Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Isaiah TriForce Johnson, displayed on card number 46 , from the Superstars of 2011 Collection. TriForce is also displayed on cards 265, 1528, 2251, 2257, 2425 and 2442 not to mention the unofficial paper circus trading card in 2009. TriForce is the founder of the development organization and eSports team “Empire Arcadia”. His eSports brand has recorded more documented tournament victories than any other team in the history of competitive gaming. He is a retired professional gamer and played games such as vs. Super Mario Bros., Tetris, Black Tiger and more. TriForce is famous for being the first person purchase a new Nintendo system such as the Nintendo DS, Wii, 3DS, WiiU and other games associated with it at the Nintendo Headquarters in New York. He has waited up to as much as 30 days outdoors to be the first one to receive a Nintendo product. I introduce to you one of Nintendo's legendary gamers, TriForce “GameMaster”
Do you think video game trading cards has a place in competitive gaming?
Like its cousin industry “sports”, eSports trading cards are very viable. Eventfully everything will go virtual or digital but if you look at sports now, they still make trading cards of your favorite sports athlete and Walter Day makes trading cards for some eSports players as well. These trading cards are more of collectibles with historical information more than anything else. The point is to trade and or collect them all like any other trading cards. There is a large historic value in them and serve better to pass down to future generations like the pastime baseball cards. The fact that these trading cards are even created by a senior who's involved and experienced in the whole competitive gaming scene as Walter, adds a level of value I believe no other trading card series in any other sporting industry in the world can match in prestige.
I honestly think the format and medium of the cards will change over time but I think trading cards will somehow remain in a physical format, even if they become digital. Have you seen the paper screens that you can watch videos on? Imagine in the future where trading cards are on digital paper with digital encrypted images and information? That would be cool and very fitting of an eSports trading card.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Jeffrey Wittenhagen, who is displayed on card number 781, from the Superstars of 2014 Collection. Jeffrey can also be seen on card numbers 1285 and 2288. Jeffrey is a published author of many gaming books such as Hidden Treasures: Rare & Unappreciated Gems and a NES collector’s guide called “The Complete NES”. He is currently working on a project to deliver the Super Nintendo Collector’s guide as well as publishing his own NES game called "Jeffrey Wittenhagen's Black Box Challenge". It is a Homebrew NES RPG, developed by Sly Dog Studios, where you collect video games, namely the first release black box NES games.
What is your favorite portable gaming device and why?
I like the Game Boy Advance SP the most. It is essentially a portable SNES, with both 16-bit ports as well as new stylized games, which is one of my favorite eras of gaming. It was also one of the first backlit systems that also were rechargeable. With all the previous systems, the battery drain was insane and the main reason why they aren’t my favorite.