Trading Card Spotlight - Natalie Rossetti

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Natalie Rossetti who is displayed on card number 2078, from the Superstars of 2015 Collection.   Natalie has been in the television and media world for many years now.   She has worked on a variety of TV shows such as Fly Girls on the CW network.  In 2012, she joined forces with Dave Danzara and was the videographer and editor of the documentary, “The Video Craze”.  She is currently in the process of another gaming documentary called “No Princess in the Castle”, a film about women in the gaming industry.  Natalie also owns her own film company called White Willow Films.  

Do you remember your first video game / arcade you played and what do you remember about it?

I might be aging myself here, but my older brother had an ATARI 2600 in the early 80’s and I had to ask him for weeks if I could try it out.  When he finally said yes, I just remember staring at the screen not really knowing what a video game was exactly. I have no idea what game I played, but I’m guessing it was Asteroids. 

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Trading Card Spotlight David Kaelin

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features David Kaelin, who is displayed on card number 448, from the Superstars of 2013.   David is the CEO/President of Game Over Videogames & organizer of Classic Game Fest.  Game Over Video Games was started in 2005 and continues today as a leading Retro game shop.  The mission was simple, to create a huge place to find and get the best retro game and system experience in the United States.  David also helps run one of the biggest retro game conventions in Texas called “Classic Game Fest”. This year it falls on July 28th and 29th.  His dedication to the industry helps keep the classic gaming world alive and well and fund for all generations.  

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

No way!  There is no game, movie, or TV show that forces anyone to kill another person or commit mass violence.  People that do that already have that pre-disposition to be that way in my opinion.  Saying it’s the fault of music, movies, or videogames is simply passing the blame to something besides the parents, friends, and family life that most often are the real cause of such issues.

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Trading Card Spotlight Steven Lucas

 Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Steven Lucas, who is displayed on card number 178, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.   Steven is the 1991 Nintendo Campus Challenge National Champion, in which players contested over Super Mario Bros. 3, Pin-bot and Dr. Mario on a time limited cartridge. Steven has a passion for gaming and always can be seen attending various conferences and events in the gaming industry. He has also competed in other tournaments such as the Sega Genesis College Tournament. 

If you can design your own game, what would it be about and who would be the main character?

Well I did make a game using the Shoot Em Up Construction Set where a kid who had his Nintendo taken away by his parents and given away to unsavory characters fights to recover it. "Battle for Nintendo Power".

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Fairfield Trading Card Spotlight "REWIND" Jim Karpen

This Interview was done November 3rd, 2017 and I talked with IPhone Life Magazine writer, Jim Karpen.   This is a series of Fairfield Cards that have been produced to commemorate Fairfield, Iowa's unique distinction as the "Renaissance Capital of the World.".   

Our next Fairfield Trading Card Spotlight features Jim Karpen, who is displayed on card number 14, from the Fairfield Collection. These cards commemorate Fairfield, Iowa's unique distinction as the "Renaissance Capital of the World."  Jim has been involved in TM (Transcendental Meditation) since the early 1970s. Starting in the year 2000, Jim has worked full time as a writer for Maharishi University of Management as well as for various publications, with a focus on technology. Most recently he wrote for iPhone Life Magazine. Jim also enjoys tennis. 

How is your involvement in the TM industry been important to you?

It has transformed my life. I had never been very successful at anything, but that all changed once I began TM. I went back to school and did well, ending up with a PhD. And now, after 40 years, I’m enjoying experiences I could never have imagined.

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Trading Card Spotlight "REWIND" Dan Loosen

To celebrate this weekends Midwest Gaming Classic event,  we look back at the person that helped start it all, Dan Loosen.  On April 13th-15th, 2018 Dan will be hosting one the largest video game conferences in the Midwest.   This interview with Dan was done on December 6th, 2015.  Hope to see you at MGC in Milwaukee.  

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Dan Loosen who is displayed on card number 160, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  Dan is one of the co-founders and organizers of the Midwest Gaming Classic, a gaming trade show in Milwaukee, WI.  The MGC showcases retro and modern home video game consoles, pinball machines, arcade video games, computers, table top gaming, crane games, collectible card games and much more.  

When did you first meet Walter Day and where was it at?

I first met Walter at the 2004 Midwest Gaming Classic. He had emailed me and told me that he would be coming to our show with a few players and was it okay if a team that was shooting a documentary was there too.  We said sure, and a few weeks later at the show I met him.  I didn’t have too long to talk to him, but he was definitely a great person to have around, and his love of the culture around gaming and preserving that culture was outstanding.

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