Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Ken Horowitz, who is currently displayed on card number 3190, from the Superstars of 2019 Collection. Ken is a huge historian and a writer of many gaming topics. Sega is his love and he has been writing about it for the last 15 years. Ken runs Sega-16, the world’s largest resource on Sega’s hardware legacy. With over 200 interviews, Ken has talked about and learned almost everything possible about Sega. Beyond dominating Sega, Ken wants to preserve and keep the history of all gaming alive. Ken wants the newer generation of gamers to remember the past as well as the present. If interested, you can order Ken’s books on Amazon by clicking here.
When did you write your first book and what motivated you to do so?
Working on Sega-16 was the primary motivation. After writing about the Genesis for so long, I had a lot of information that was too big for a site but perfect for a book. I also had a ton of new contacts that I wanted to explore for more material.
It was also just a matter of how things worked out. I would really like to dedicate a book to each aspect of Sega’s business, from Japan to South America, and the U.S. portion just happened to be the easiest one for me to start with. I had all the topics I needed, and the people involved, so it just evolved from there.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features John Pompa who currently is displayed on card number 143, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection. With over 100 World Records on various video games, John is a true video game enthusiast. Some of the games he holds world records in are Daytona USA 2001 for the Sega Saturn, Widget for the NES and The New Tetris for the N64. Not only does he play video games, he is an avid collector of them as well. John loves challenges and feels video gaming is a great way to get through challenges in life as well. John is a supporter of Autism Awareness and feels that video games can help people with Autism in many ways.
What are your opinions about today’s generation of video games? How do you compare them to older, classic games?
When it comes to graphics and stories there’s no comparison really, the newer generation has it there, but I always prefer the older “retro” stuff. When it comes to replay value, the older classics is where it’s at for me. I will never get sick of playing Super Mario Bros. 3, but something like Watch Dogs would be a beat once and done.