Trading Card Spotlight - Donald Hayes

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Donald Hayes who is displayed on card number 17, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.   Donald is a highly recognized retro game player who has held and holds many world records on classic games.  Some of his games he currently holds records on are Centipede, Dig Dug and Joust.  In 2005, Donald was named player of the year by Twin Galaxies International Scoreboard.  He has also been named player of the year numerous times at the arcade “Funspot” in New Hampshire.   Most recently, Donald participated in the Battle of the Arcades event and finished first overall individually and his team finished second out of the five arcades that were involved. 

What are your opinions about today’s generation of video games?  How do you compare them to older, classic games?

I’ve really not played much of recent video games and prefer to stick with the older classic games. The graphics today are obviously better, but it seems like a lot of modern games are so similar to each other in terms of game play. There seemed to be a lot more variety in the 80’s when new games were coming out.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Jon Klinkel

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Jon Klinkel, who is displayed on card number 66, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  Jon is also featured on cards 2916 for Galaga Forum and soon-to-be-released 2918 in a Score Wars group picture. Current Administrator of Galaga Forum, Jon is very passionate about Galaga. In 2010 Jon broke many Galaga World Records at that time. Jon is a true Retro Gamer as he has played on most of the systems created since the early 1980’s. He also plays PC games as well when he finds time.  Jon is currently on the committee with the International Video Game Hall of Fame. 

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

I've actually come up with several ideas for video games.  A very in-depth MMORPG that I wouldn't be able to describe in less than several pages, a persistent world based on the original Bard's Tale, a battle royale game, a game similar to Clash of Clans based on hillbillies - with appropriate units, gear and weaponry, sports simulators - among many other ideas I tend to have.

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International Video Game Hall of Fame Nomination Forms

Submissions for the International Video Game Hall of Fame Class of 2019 are now open. 

As the preeminent voice, The International Video Hall of Fame respectfully requests your nominations for our Hall of Fame Induction.  IVGHOF Committees will select winners solely on qualifications and a narrative submitted on the nomination form.

The class of 2019 will be honored at the annual International Video Game Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held in Ottumwa, IA in October.

Entry forms are available online at

Categories Include:

1990’s Gamer (1990-1999)
2000’s Gamer (2000-Present)
Game Developer
Industry Leader
Golden Age Game (1970-1989)
1990’s Era Game (1990-1999)
2000’s Era Game (2000-2009)
Current Era Game (2010 – current)
Community Action Award
Walter Day Lifetime Achievement Award

 You may submit multiple nominations for each category, however separate entry forms should be submitted for each nomination.

The entry deadline is April 30, 2019.


Trading Card Spotlight "Rewind" - Robyn Swanson

Please enjoy this interview that was done a little over 2 years ago with ESports competitor and champion, Robyn Swanson. Robyn has many world records on various games and is always competiing in some sort of fashion.   Thanks for reading this article done on April 7th, 2017.

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Robyn Swanson, who is displayed on card number 119 from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.   Robyn is also displayed on card number 920.   Robyn is one of the most competitive women gamers today.   Robyn is currently a Professional Gamer and Content Creator eSports team Empire Arcadia.  In 2011 Robyn became a member of the Supercon 2k Series and helps host video game events and tournaments.   Robyn has many records on the Twin Galaxies website for games such as Just Dance and Dance Central.

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

The very first video game that I remember playing was Mario Bro/Duck Hunt on the original NES, staying up late during the summertime with my mom going from castle to castle, discovering secrets, and mimicking her movements on the player two controller as she played the game. I was 4 or 5yrs old at the time when my mother Tracey Brown taught me how to play. 

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Trading Card Spotlight - Jerry Buckner

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Jerry Buckner, who currently is displayed on card number 1345, from the Superstars of 2014 Collection.  Jerry is also featured on cards 1832, 1981, 2388.   As a musician and producer, Jerry Buckner created many memorable music hits in the 1980’s.   Nothing prepared him for the smash hit “Pac-Man Fever”.  The song was and still is etched in the minds of every adult that was playing video games in the 1980’s.   Created along with his partner Gary Garcia, Pac-Man Fever was featured all over the world on the radio, TV shows, commercials and other forms of advertisement.   Along with video gaming music, Jerry has produced and provided music for many TV shows and movie hits.  Recently Jerry has produced and performed the title track for the 2012 movie, Wreck-it-Ralph.  

Did you know at the time when Pac-Man fever was released, that it would be such a smash hit?

No not at all. We were just hoping it would get played locally and help our jingle business.  When we were in L.A. doing some TV shows we were driving through Beverly Hills when our song came on the radio. We looked at each other and laughed when Gary said, "Not bad for a couple of guys from Akron."

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