Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Warren Davis, who is displayed on card number 239, from the Superstars of 2012. The designer and programmer of Q*Bert, Warren has been around the gaming industry for decades. He has worked at such companies and Gottlieb, Williams/Bally/Midway, Disney Interactive and ILM. Other games Warren worked on are Us Vs. Them, Joust 2, T2: Judgement Day, and Revolution X to name a few. His video digitization system was used on many games including Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam. Warren is still marginally involved in the videogame industry today working with Sony on PS4 projects. His future projects will involve PSVR. Warren has also worked as an actor when not involved with gaming. He has been seen in such shows as House M.D. and Criminal Minds.
What is your favorite game you have worked on in your career?
I've enjoyed all of them in one way or another. I'm not very good at picking favorites. If I had to single one out it would probably be Us Vs. Them, because we were able to combine my love of video games and my love of filmmaking in a way that was unique and innovative for its time.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Arda Ocal who is displayed on card number 2813, from the Superstars of 2018 Collection. Arda is a broadcaster whose resume includes ESPN, NHL, WWE, MSG Network and many more. From being the weather reporter or a report for championship games, Arda has been all over. An avid Video Game fanatic, he hosted and participated in the 2017 NHL 94 Championship in Las Vegas. He was successful in his very first world record attempt.
What are your opinions about today’s generation of video games? How do you compare them to older, classic games?
What I appreciate about retro games is that there was a big limitation when creating them: the challenge was, “make a fun game that people will want to play over and over while dealing with limited memory space, graphics and functionality”. That's what makes games from the 8 and 16-bit era, that you can still play and enjoy, so impressive.Today, the possibilities are endless: games evolve at such a fast rate. In 1985, Mario was a crowning achievement. In the foreseeable future, we could literally be playing Mario in Virtual Reality. Zelda: Breath of the Wild is just mind boggling in terms of how complete and vast it is. It has to be in the conversation of greatest video game ever made.