Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Brian Allen, who currently is displayed on card number 329, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection. Brian is also featured on cards 2130 and 2466. Brian is considered one of the best Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Junior players in the world. He has accomplished the well-known ‘Kill Screen’ many times in Donkey Kong. He has his name in the record books for Donkey Kong Jr and Donkey Kong 3. Brian has had a personal tournament named after him called the ‘Allen-Off”. This battle between Allen Staal of Australia and Brian Allen of the U.S. Look for Brian at some of the Kong Off tournament, as he will surely be up there in the rankings.
If you could own one arcade game besides Donkey Kong, what would it be and why?
I do own 18 arcade and pinball machines in my game room arcade in my house. There is always machines I am wanted but the lack of space and money limits me from buying anymore. I used to own a Space Fire Bird arcade machine. I would love to find another one of those and take the world record on that.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Armando Gonzalez who currently is displayed on card number 2536, from the Superstars of 2016 Collection. He is also featured on trading card number 3187. Armando is considered the best Galaga player on the planet. He holds both major world records on Galaga arcade. Armando achieved the score of 9,525,700, Tournament settings. Gonzalez also scored 17,684,050 points based on Marathon settings. As part of a team of Galaga experts, he has helped create a Galaga Forum which is the center of all Galaga records and information. You can visit the forum here. www.galagaforum.com. Besides Galaga, some of Armando’s favorite games are Ikari Warriors, Twin cobra and Rastan.
When did you first play Galaga and what do you remember about it?
I remember first seeing Galaga in the place right here, I still live next to it, it’s like a restaurant, called ‘El Pollo’, which is The Chicken. They had Galaga there. I didn’t like it, I’ll be honest with you. It didn't have the fast fire chip in there otherwise I would have loved it, but it was a slow fire Galaga. That’s all I remember, I was not good at it, I was not interested in it. I played other games they had there and that place, there was only like 3 video games at the time. What thing I do remember about Galaga at that time is we could easily get some credits by folding a paper clip in a U shape and getting multiple credits. I remember doing that, but other than that I really didn’t care about Galaga at that time.