Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Robin Mihara, who currently is displayed on card number 286, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection. Robin is one of the top Tetris players in the world. His preference is the NES version and has been playing since its release in the 1980’s. Robin starred in and produced the documentary ‘Ecstasy of Order’, which about the Classic Tetris World Championship (CTWC) and top competitors in the world. Robin is also known as participating in the 1990 Nintendo World Championships, which he came in third place. Robin traveled over 30 cities in 1991 to compete in the Disney Capcom Play Tour. Traveling and playing NES games against others was a true honor.
When did you first play Tetris and what do you remember about it?
I first played Tetris as a rental shortly after it was released. I thought it was tedious and did not enjoy it at all. I ended up buying it when the Nintendo World Championships (1990) came to Portland and I realized it was a deeper game with a very high skill-cap.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Mike Imhof, who is displayed on card number 2712, from the Superstars of 2017. Mike and his wife Lisa are also on trading card number 2913. Along with his wife, Mike has a home arcade in Pittsburgh, PA called “RetroBrain Arcade”. Each year Mike hosts an annual home arcade party. Dozens of gaming enthusiasts come out to participate in this family friendly competition. For over a decade now, Mike has been collecting retro and modern-day consoles, pinball machines and arcade video games to share among the community. The reason Mike does this unselfishly is because he remembers going to an arcade with a group of friends and sharing the experience with others. He loves to recreate that feeling again in his home arcade.
Do you like it when Hollywood makes a movie from the video game?
No. Nine times out of ten they are awful. They never get anyone who actually knows what the game was about. I mean, have you seen Super Mario Bros. or House of the Dead? To be fair though, there have been few gems. I liked Silent Hill, Mortal Kombat, and the first Resident Evil.