The Weekend of October 5th, 2018, David will be inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame in Ottumwa, Iowa. He will be recieving the Walter Day Lifetime Achievement Award. We look back at the Trading Card Spotlight interview I did with David on July 13th, 2018.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features David Crane who is displayed on card number 337, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection. He has been named number 12 of the top 100 game creators of all time. David has created some of the most memorable Atari 2600 games in the library. As the Co-Founder of Activision, some of his creations are Pitfall, Dragster, Freeway and Grand Prix. David has received numerous awards for his work of the past 35 years. Some of his awards include the AIAS Pioneer award, Video Game Designer of the year twice and a Parent’s Choice Award for “positive human values” in a video game. You can see more of David’s biography at www.dcrane.com.
What is your favorite game you have worked on in your career?
I can never single out one of nearly 100 games that I created. Every game has something unique and interesting that I, as a game creator, found special. In many cases, the game player might not even know about the cool technological thing I did to make the game they enjoyed, but as long as they enjoyed the game that doesn’t matter. That said, Grand Prix was one of the most technically challenging 2600 games ever made, and it often comes up as a favorite of mine for the internal technology.
The Weekend of October 5th, 2018, Joel will be inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame in Ottumwa, Iowa. We look back at the Trading Card Spotlight interview I did with Joel on May 14th, 2016.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Joel West, who is displayed on card number 11, from the Circus Card Collection of 2011. Joel is also featured on cards 1236, 1911, 2103, 2189 and 2197. Joel grew up in the early 1980’s when the arcade boom began. He was one of the original members of the famous TIME Life Magazine photo shoot in Ottumwa, IA outside the original Twin Galaxies arcade. The game he is most known for is Berzerk, where he holds a number of world records on both the Fast and Slow versions. In 2016, Joel is looking to break the marathon record on Frenzy (the sequel to Berzerk) with 100 hours of nonstop play on single quarter. You can see Joel in the documentary “Chasing Ghost: Beyond the Arcade” as well as in person at Walter Day events across the country.
Do you learn anything from playing video games?
Oh so much! I learned how to spend money while standing in one spot for hours before internet shopping was invented. I learned there is no place too far to go to attend a competition. I learned all video gamers have superior hand-eye coordination and driving skills. I learned there is a cacophony of peoples from many different walks of life who love video games. While their paths may never cross in other areas of life; when they cross in an arcade, they easily make friends for life. The most important thing I learned is my life would not have been as rich if I had never dropped that first quarter and became a part of the gaming community.