Trading Card Spotlight - Estel Goffinet

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Estel Goffinet, who is displayed on card number 553,  from the Superstars of 2013 Collection.  Estel is also featured on cards 1049, 1240 and 2496. Estel is one of a very small group of gamers who has a recorded and approved Donkey Kong kill screen.  Estel competed in the Kong-Off III in New Jersey.  His highest Donkey Kong scores are 999,800 (Hammers Allowed) and 640,500 (No Hammers Allowed).  You can see Estel playing his favorite streamed games on MAME and he will appear at times at Donkey Kong events to show his Donkey Kong skills.

What games today do you play and what are your favorite genres of games?

I mostly play classic arcade games like Donkey Kong, Intrepid, Moon Patrol, etc.  I will find time to squeeze in a RPG every now and then.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Jim Schelberg

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Jim Schelberg, who is displayed on card number 284, from the Superstars of 2012.  Jim is also featured on cards 739 and 1714.  Jim is the editor and publisher of “PinGame Journal”.  He has a passion to spread the news and history of pinball as well as the breaking news, records and other information about the industry. On October 17th, 2009, Jim was inducted into the Pinball Expo Hall of Fame.  You can see Jim at various pinball events around the United States.

What’s your opinion of the Console Pinball games (Xbox, PlayStation) that recreate the original machines onto the TV screen?

They are fine for what they are. But it's not pinball. It's another game. Pinball requires a physical ball governed only by physics.  This is not remotely a new thought. One commonly quoted statement from pinball pioneer Harry Williams is "The ball is wild." In any video game the ball is programmed, not wild.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Derek Sorrells

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Derek Sorrells, who is displayed on card number 832, from the Superstars of 2014 Collection.  Derek is also featured on cards 1280, 2158 and 2254.   Derek is an old school gamer who loves arcade machines.  He grew up in the prime of the arcade era and played as many arcade machines possible.  His love grew until the crash of the arcades in 1983.  He relived his childhood in 2006 and began restoring and collecting arcade machines from the mid-80s.   His collection of about 50 machines can be seen when Derek run a local tournament in his Arcade.  Derek offers his expertise to other Arcade collectors and helps them with restoring and maintaining arcade machines.  Derek is also one of the people responsible for the creation of the Walter Day Collection Web site.  Any suggestions or ideas for the website can be sent to Derek at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What are your opinions about today’s generation of video games? 

Today’s games are all about graphics and drawing the game play out. In the 80s, arcade games were designed to take your quarter and generally let you play for a mere 90 seconds. The games of today have downloadable content and multiplayer options that allow you to play for hours.  Only the best of the best played for hours in our generation.

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Official Video Game & Pinball Book Of World Records

I was able to purchase an old classic book edited by Walter Day himself.   It's the Official Video Game & Pinball Book Of World Records, 1st Edition published in 1998.   This book details "The Official Scoreboard for the World of Video Game & Pinball Playing", Twin Galaxies opens its vaults and reveals who the champions of the electronic gaming world are. The only book of its kind, this volume lists thousands of games--old and new--and crowns the top ten champions of every pinball, home game, network game, computer game, and arcade game ever made. Illustrations.  This book was sold at Discover Books Website.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Charles Ziese

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Charles Ziese, who is displayed on card number 408, from the Superstars of 2013 Collection.  One of the most beloved games , Sonic the Hedgehog, has been an inspiration to him since the 1990’s.   Living with Asperger’s Syndrome, Charles has overcame many obstacles in life and uses video games to strive for excellence.   He has held world records for Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic & Knuckles for the Sega Genesis.   He also holds a record for Castlevania for the NES.  Charles is using video games to spread cheer to people and to let people know that life is precious and to be happy with yourself and the gaming community.  

Do you believe some Video Games are too violent and lead to violence in America today?

The only way a game can be a bad influence is if the person was already unstable. I should know, on a similar note, a book I read made my depression worse. It's not the game, it's the person.

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