Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Ken Horowitz, who is currently displayed on card number 3190, from the Superstars of 2019 Collection. Ken is a huge historian and a writer of many gaming topics. Sega is his love and he has been writing about it for the last 15 years. Ken runs Sega-16, the world’s largest resource on Sega’s hardware legacy. With over 200 interviews, Ken has talked about and learned almost everything possible about Sega. Beyond dominating Sega, Ken wants to preserve and keep the history of all gaming alive. Ken wants the newer generation of gamers to remember the past as well as the present. If interested, you can order Ken’s books on Amazon by clicking here.
When did you write your first book and what motivated you to do so?
Working on Sega-16 was the primary motivation. After writing about the Genesis for so long, I had a lot of information that was too big for a site but perfect for a book. I also had a ton of new contacts that I wanted to explore for more material.
It was also just a matter of how things worked out. I would really like to dedicate a book to each aspect of Sega’s business, from Japan to South America, and the U.S. portion just happened to be the easiest one for me to start with. I had all the topics I needed, and the people involved, so it just evolved from there.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Zach Sharpe, who is displayed on card number 341, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection. Zach has had a major impact in the world of pinball as a player, writer and as an organizer. Zach was at one time in charge of the Illini Pinball Association and still helps out with the IPA when he can. As a major contributor to Play Meter Magazine, Zach has major pinball world championships to his name. Zach has finished first place in Gameworks Chicago, PinWars Tournament and the Southern Pinball festival. Zach is ranked 14th in the world on the IFPA (International Flipper Pinball Association). Currently Zach is the Director of Marketing for Stern Pinball in Chicago, Illinois.
What are your opinions about today’s generation of Pinball? How do you compare them to older, classic machines?
At the end of the day, it’s still pinball regardless of generation. While a lot of older machines have less “stuff” in it, at the end of the day as a player, you are battling gravity, defying physics, and ultimately trying to get 1 point higher than your opponent while playing. It is incredible though to see the advancement of technology and how much more robust the “world under glass” continues to improve.