Happy New Year to Everyone. I hope you have enjoyed the Walter Day Website so far. 2019 will be a big year for the trading cards as there will be more unique ones designed by Walter himself. Some of those include Business Card Historians, Video Game Museum Hall of Fame Cards and Lynn English High School - Class of 1967 Cards. 2019 will also be the year of the first edition of the Walter Day Trading Card Book. A perfect keepsake of all of the trading cards and special comments from the card holders themselves.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Ryan Hart, who is displayed on card number 214, from the Superstars of 2012. Ryan is from London and has been playing games since he was 10 years. His genre of choice is fighting games. He succeeded tremendously in series like Street Fighter, Tekken, Virtua Fighter and King Of Fighters. Ryan has won close to 500 titles on fighting games around the world. Along with 4 Guinness Book World Records, Ryan hold multiple fighting tournament records all around the World.
What games today do you play and what are your favorite genres of games?
As you’d probably guess I play a few fighting games such as Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat, King of Fighters. I also play a bit of Counter Strike too since I work a lot with the game, I’m really enjoying it as well.
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.
Today we look back at an interview I did on February 14th, 2016 with Greg Freres. Greg is a well known artist in the pinball world. He has worked on many projects with the Stern Pinball company.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Greg Freres, who currently is displayed on card number 787, from the Superstars of 2014 Collection. Greg is a skilled artist of the pinball world and you have probably seen his work if you have ever played pinball. Some of his work includes Medieval Madness, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Elvira. Currently Greg is the Art Director at Stern Pinball where he continues to express his art in the new pinball games. On October 16, 2004 Greg was inducted into the Pinball Expo Hall of Fame.
What was the best era for Pinball gaming in your opinion?
Each era of pinball has its own unique highlights but for me the 90’s was the culmination of all elements – art, music, sound, rules, and overall mechanical tricks and gameplay. Having been in the industry since the late seventies it was great to see the growth of the overall experience that pinball had to offer as an entertainment piece.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Jason Sanford, who is displayed on card number 135 from the Science Fiction Collection. As a Science Fiction writer, Jason is a two-time finalist for the Nebula Award and has received a Minnesota States Art Board Fellowship. Jason has previously worked as an archaeologist and is a former Peace Corps Volunteer. A collection of his short stories were published in 2011. Jason co-found the literary journey storySouth, where he ran the Million Writers Award for best online fiction. He also writes a column for Czech Science Fiction Magazine.
How has writing today changed from when you were younger? What do you like or dislike about the changes?
I think the writing world has opened up massively since I was younger. Now there are large numbers of ways for a writer to reach their audience, from traditional publishing to self-publishing to apps and podcasts and much more. I think that has helped opened writing to many new audiences and participants and is a great thing.