Trading Card Spotlight - Tom Asaki

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Tom Asaki who is displayed on card number 1046, from the Superstars of 2014 Collection.  As one of the founding members of the U.S. National Video Game Team, Tom is one of the original players at the Twin Galaxies arcade in the early 1980’s.  He was the first to attempt the billion score in Nibbler, with a final score of 838 million points.   He can be seen in the documentary Man vs. Snake showcasing his Nibbler memories.   Tom’s game of choice and the game that he held the first record on is Ms. Pac-Man with a total score of 681,130.  

When did you first meet Walter day and where was it at?

I met Walter at Twin Galaxies Arcade in the summer of 1983.  I had come to Ottumwa to demonstrate that my reported Ms. Pac-Man scores were real.  I found a friend in Walter and spent some of the summer and autumn with Walter and Billy Mitchell.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Jack Gale

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Jack Gale, displayed on card number 103, from the Superstars of 2011.  Jack is also on card numbers 929 and 2155.   Jack was one of 22 gamers of the 1985 Twin Galaxies Coronation Day tournament held in Los Angeles, CA.   Jack has held records in such arcade games as Karate Champ, Zoo Keeper and Hogan's Alley.  Jack attends events both locally and throughout the US while acting as a spokesperson to help promote the positive aspects of the gaming culture of yesterday and today.

Do you find boss battles to be the best part of a video game?

Generally no.  I don’t like most boss battles because they seem contrived.  Compare the original Deus Ex with Deus Ex: Human Revolution.  Human Revolution is an excellent game but the boss battles seem like forced spectacles; whereas the original Deus Ex has the boss battles so smoothly integrated into the gameplay they don’t feel like boss battles at all but carry just as much significance. 

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Trading Card Spotlight - Wes Copeland

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Wes Copeland, who is displayed on card number 769, from the Superstars of 2014.   Wes is also features on card numbers 1838 and 2245.  Wes is the current world record holder, on what some people call the holy grail of arcade records, Donkey Kong.  As of 5/11/2016, Wes has the current high score on Donkey Kong of 1,218,000.   Wes has appeared in multiple Kong-Off Tournaments and has recently taken second place in Kong-Off V held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   

Are you still involved with gaming today, and what role do you play?

As of this writing, I’m the Donkey Kong arcade world record holder, and compete on several other titles including Balloon Fight, Ice Climber, Donkey Kong Junior, and Crazy Kong. I also build software to nourish the competitive gaming scene, including the current tournaments platform used by Twin Galaxies

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Trading Card Spotlight - Scott Mosey and Roxy Hinze

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Scott Mosey and Roxy Hinze, owners of Retrocade, displayed on card number 2318, from the Superstars of 2015.   Located in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Retrocade was opened by Scott and Roxy on December 5th, 2013.  Scott has been repairing coin-op games since the he was very young and Roxy adds her creative décor to the business. The arcade features over 40 retro classic arcade games as well as a few pinball machines.   Classic tunes are played with the vintage jukebox to make this throwback arcade a reality.   It is people like Scott and Roxy that are passionate with bringing the old 1982 arcade era back to the current time and have the newer generation enjoy gaming with the original generation.

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

The game would be an epic journey through ancient eras, discovering the technologies of the past to unlock the secrets that will shape the future with Walter Day as your travel guide.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Tim Balderramos

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Tim Balderramos, who is displayed on card number 71, from the Superstars of 2011.   Tim is one of the greatest Pac-Man players you will ever see play.   He is one of 7 people who have reached the Perfect Pac-Man score of 3,333,360.   Tim was recently inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame in Ottumwa, Iowa.   He has written a book about his Pac-Man career called “The Perfect Game: Confessions of a Pac-Man Junkie".  Tim came out of retirement to compete in the Xbox 360 Pac-Man World Championship in 2007 – qualifying for a trip to the grand finals in New York City and taking 5th Place overall .  Tim also took part in the Pac-Man Twin Galaxies Kill Screen Challenge in North Hollywood, California in 2015Tim also holds other records with such games as Commando and Congo Bongo.   

How does video game music influence games past and present?

Music in a game can be compared to music in a movie.  During critical times you are immersed in a particular score that makes you feel a certain way.  This was as true with Pac-Man as it is with Call of Duty.  The best music you may not particularly remember, but you do remember how it made you feel.

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