This week we look back at an interview with author and game enthusiast Brett Weiss. This interview was done on November 29th, 2015.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Brett Weiss who currently is displayed on card number 221, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection. He is also featured on cards 227, 1193,1207,1320,1393 and 1402. These cards commemorate Brett’s books that he has written over the years. Brett is a passionate writer of many books and has contributed to numerous publications, including Game Informer, Video Game Trader and the PinGame Journal, to name a few. His well-known books, Classic Home Video Games can be purchased on amazon and other retail book sites. You can also find out more information about his work at www.brettweisswords.com.
Do you remember your first video game/arcade you played and what do you remember about it?
My brother and I played Pong at my cousin’s house in 1975—they had gotten it for Christmas. We were amazed that you could play it on television. Prior to this, I had played Gun Fight, Pong, and a few others in the arcades. When Breakout hit the arcades in 1976, I began liking video games even more than pinball, which I loved.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features George Riley, who is displayed on card number 206, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection. He is also featured on card number 369. George is a widely know Donkey Kong 3 Champion. His scores on M.A.M.E. and the arcade are number one on the Twin Galaxies scoreboard. George is a big collector of Atari 2600 games. George also holds some records on Galaxian and Donkey Kong Jr. You can always see George and subscribe on his YouTube Channel. When not gaming George makes his living as substitute teacher.
How does video game music influence games past and present?
Video game music adds flavor to a video game. It can also add a couple of notches to a video game. The music to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series made the video game just as much as the graphics, and the gameplay. As far as the Golden Age games it was important too. Donkey Kong that came out in 1981 has a lot more music than most people realize, and it really does add to the experience. Even Space Invaders with that da da da noise is something that's an iconic memory.