Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Paul Drury, who is displayed on card number 2771, from the Superstars of 2017. Paul has been a writer for Retro Gamer (UK) since 2004. He has interviewed over 150 programmers, designers and artists of games such as Nolan Bushnell, Eugene Jarvis, Warren Davis and Ralph Baer. He also reviews games for his local paper, The Nottingham Post. Paul has bridged the gap between the USA and Europe for Video Game culture. Using his knowledge and talent Paul has paved the way for current writers and enthusiasts across the UK and America.
How early in your life did you know you would be a writer?
Writing is just a lovely sideline for me – I trained to be a teacher after leaving university and have always worked with children and adults with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, teaching in various special schools and colleges and running residential homes for disabled adults. I’m now a Senior Lecturer in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion at Nottingham Trent University. Since 2002, I’ve been writing about videogames both old and new, first in the pages of my local paper the Nottingham Post and then in 2004 I started writing every month for Retro Gamer magazine… and still do both to this day.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Joe Brewer, who is displayed on card number 133, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection. Owner of his own arcade, Brewer’s Arcade, Joe has become an arcade collector and preservationist. Joe even donated one of his games to the International Video Game Hall of Fame in 2010. After Joe’s generation donation, more followed and the IVGHOF received many arcade games that year as donation. Joe can restore and preserve old 1980 arcade games to keep the fever alive. Joe’s arcade is located in his basement of his home and a few times a year hosts an open house to the public to play the arcade games and have a good time.
Do you believe some Video Games are too violent and lead to violence in America today?
I believe parents should use common sense with what games their children play. If you don’t know that allowing your 8-year-old to play Call of Duty may be have a negative influence, then the parent doesn’t have common sense and the child doesn’t have a chance in life anyway. If you allow your child to watch violent movies and realistic violent video games that depict real life situations I think it easily can numb that child mentally and definitely has the potential to negatively affect their perception of the real world.