Trading Card Spotlight Tim Kinzy

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Tim Kinzy, who is displayed on card number 2422 from the Superstars of 2016 Collection.  His documentary film trading card is featured on card number 2495.  Tim is one half of the team that directed, produced and edited the documentary “Man vs. Snake”.  A story of the arcade game Nibbler and the fight to set the world record.   This successful documentary was featured in many film festivals over the past couple years and can also be seen on Netflix.  Tim has been a television editor on such shows as Battlestar Galactica, Eureka, Falling Skies, and Beyond.

What games today do you play and what are your favorite genres of games?

I don’t have much time these days between 12+ hour work days and raising 2 babies, but I try to get a good game of Galaga or Dig Dug in at home in when I can carve out a little bit of time.  My favorite genre of games tends to be the one-person player games from the classic video game era.  You know, the basics, Donkey Kong, Pac Man, and of course Nibbler.

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Trading Card Spotlight Alexis Crowley

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Alexis Crowley, who is displayed on card number 2721, from the Superstars of 2017.   Alexis is a collector of all things Nintendo.   He also collects arcade machines which were made by Nintendo.   You can see Alexis on his YouTube Channel “Nintendo Arcade”.  Alexis is involved in a project to bring back a classic forgotten game called Sky Skipper.  The project began on June 10th, 2017, and he has the hope of making this classic rare game come to life.

If you could own one arcade game or pinball game, what would it be and why? 

Well I own 10 arcade machines mostly Nintendo but I guess if there was one game I would like to own it would be a full-size space launcher.  I have the only cocktail in existence but would love to own the upright version but none have ever been found.

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Trading Card Spotlight Jason Newman

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Jason Newman, who is displayed on card number 2589, from the   Superstars of 2016 Collection.  Jason is a multiple Ridge Racer world record holder on multiple platforms including the arcade version.   His love for the game keeps him busy and going for more records each day.  With over 100 records on the game he is without doubt the best Ridge Racer gamer in the world.  Jason also hold some records on the game Rave Racer for the Arcade.     

Did you ever think when you were younger you would be on a Video Game Trading card? 

Not at all no. Although I did feel a pretty solid connection with the Ridge Racer series from a young age so I had a feeling it was going to go somewhere. Something about the game just ticked all the boxes for me and I've been playing ever since. But no, I never really thought I would take it as far as I have and end up on a Trading Card.  It's an honor have been chosen by Walter and to be alongside the many great gamers featured on these cards.

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Trading Card Spotlight Toni Caven

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Toni Caven, who is displayed on card number 2724, from the   Superstars of 2017 Collection.  Toni is the creator of company in Finland called “Reprocade Ltd.”.  He repairs, restores and operates arcade cabinets and pinball machines.   His business has grown and now he has added jukeboxes to his list of machines he can repair.  Toni and a partner also run "Blast! From the Past" barcade-events at a local bar/nightclub.  He would like to open up his own barcade in Finland, a worthy goal for Toni.

If you can design your own game, what would it be about and who would be the main character?

I would like to try to continue the Mario vs. Donkey Kong setting from the original Donkey Kong arcade game, but as several easy-to-learn-difficult-to-master minigames designed for portable gaming devices. Boldly retro graphics with some beautiful effects made possible by the latest technology. Original music should be done by one or more of the legendary composers of the Commodore 64 games era: Rob Hubbard, Matt Gray, Fred Gray and Reyn Ouwehand with so blindingly catchy melodies you would want to get them as a ringtone :)

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Trading Card Spotlight Niklas Nylund

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Niklas Nylund who works for the Finnish Museum of Games, displayed on card number 2723, from the Twin Galaxies Superstars Collection of 2017.  The history of Finland gaming is located in Tampere, Finland and opened in January of 2017. As the Museum curator, Niklas tries to collect and preserve the history of gaming and keep it fresh for people to visit and remember.   You can find additional info on the Museum in English at vapriikki.fi/en/pelimuseo/When Niklas has some time to spare he will play video games to keep himself busy. 

What are your opinions about today’s generation of video games?  How do you compare them to older, classic games?

There are many more types of games to choose from nowadays. I especially enjoy the proliferation of indie games, since they seem to focus more on gameplay than on the graphics and production values. Still, there is a time and space for all kinds of games, everything from AAA game titles with great production values to informal mobile games played on the way to and from work.

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