Trading Card Spotlight Richard Booth

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Richard Booth, who currently is displayed on card number 704 from the Superstars of 2014 Collection.  Richard has devoted the last 7 years to Twin Galaxies and is determined to keep Walters vision he had in 1981 alive.   Richard is more of a fan than a gamer to beat world records.   He enjoys being behind the scenes and spreading the word of Walter and Twin Galaxies in the gaming community.   If he plans to submit a score one day it may be on his favorite game Tetris,  but with the Nintendo Switch out and his favorite system, we may see some of those records come out from Richard.  

Which company makes the best games and why?

Nintendo, and it’s not even close. Nobody makes a game with as much love and craftsmanship like Nintendo. The smallest example I have of this is that the games are finished when they release. There’s no need for a day one patch, and that’s huge to me. It makes the price point seem worth it. Secondly, the level of detail they put in their games is incredible. Think about it, who would have ever thought that wearing metal on your person in a thunderstorm in Breath of the Wild would could result in electrocution?

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Trading Card Spotlight Van Burnham

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Van Burnham who is displayed on card number 1620, from the Superstars of 2014.  Van is the author of the book “Supercade: A Visual History of the Video Gaming Age 1971-1984”.   Van was formerly an editor for Wired Magazine.  She currently owns one of the largest collection of arcade machines form the 70s and 80s with close to 500 machines to date.  Van still writes about video games today and contributes as much as she can to the gaming industry.

When did you write your book and what motivated you to do so?

Supercade was first published in 2001, but I had started thinking about it years earlier. The first pages were written in 1997.

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Trading Card Spotlight "REWIND" Nolan Bushnell

April 6th, 2016 was when the Trading Card Spotlight of Nolan Bushnell was published.   Nolan was gracious enough to take some time out and answer some of my questions about gaming and his career.  I hope you enjoy.  

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Nolan Bushnell, who is displayed on card number 165, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  Nolan can also be seen on card number 821 and 1333.  Nolan is the founder of Atari and Check E’ Cheese as well as over 20 other companies in his career.  Nolan is a pioneer in the industry and has been influential to millions of people across the globe.   He was named one of Newsweek’s “50 Men Who Changed America”.   To this day Nolan is still working on new designs for the industry.  On August 9th, 2010 Nolan Bushnell was inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame in Ottumwa, IA.  You can see Nolan in dozens, if not more, documentaries about gaming or video game related material.   Some of those include Atari: Game Over and Video Games - The Movie.

Do you remember when you created your first video game or arcade and what do you remember about the experience?

My first electronic game development was modifying electromechanical games so they could operate in an amusement park setting where players could win tickets.  The other game I designed strictly in software on a large mainframe that had a video display was the game of Fox and Geese.  It was sometime in the winter of 1967 at the University of Utah.

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Trading Card Spotlight "REWIND" Steve Sanders

This week we revist the interview of one of the original Twin Galaxies arcade players and world champion,  Steve Sanders.   This article was published on December 28th , 2015.  Steve was nice enough to take some time out and answer my questions.  I hope you enjoy.  

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Steve Sanders who currently is displayed on card number 308, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection.  He is also featured on cards 88127 (with Lonnie McDonald) and 328 (With his Son Isaiah).  Steve is one of the original members of the Twin Galaxies community back in 1982.  He can be seen on the famous Time Life Magazine photograph taken outside the original Twin Galaxies arcade opened by Walter Day.   Steve has many world records in arcade history, including games like Donkey Kong, Joust and Super Pac-Man.  He can be seen in the documentary, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, which is currently out on DVD.   Steve wrote the book “The Video Master’s Guide to Donkey Kong” as a teenager back in the early 80’s and also competed on the “That’s Incredible” Arcade Championship as a top contender.  Steve currently works as a trial attorney in Kansas City, Missouri.  

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

My first memory of video games is playing Atari’s Pong on a home console my parents bought for me in the early to mid-1970s.  I was still in elementary school, so it would have been 1972-1974 time frame.

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Trading Card Spotlight "REWIND" Josh Houslander

This latest Trading Card "Rewind" was published on December 13th, 2015.  It is a very comprehensive interview that Josh was nice enough to take time out for. I hope you enjoy.     

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Josh Houslander who is displayed on card number 139, from the Twin Galaxies Superstars Collection of 2011.  Josh was one of the creators of a podcast for Twin Galaxies website that discussed all things Twin Galaxies as well as world records established by the community.  The new podcast which Josh is involved in can be heard primarily on  Josh also was involved in an exclusive interview with Walter Day that can be purchased on DVD.   Josh has also personally interviewed top talent in the video game industry through the years and was a key part of the Video Game Hall of Fame in Ottumwa, IA in 2010.  Some of Josh’s Video Game Records include Bubble Bobble Plus on the Wii and Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES.

Did I ever think when I was younger that I would be on a video game trading card? 

Hmm, yes I probably did.  My dream as a kid was to become an absolute video game master.  I wanted to test my skills against all comers, I wanted to work in the video game field as a game tester, write up reports on the latest and greatest new games, and be the ultimate video game champion.  At a young age I thought up ways to have potential tournaments, championships, and competitions to find out who the true "King of Nintendo" was (that is what I would have called it as a child).  The only problem is, that if one were to go back in time and tell eleven year old Josh that one day he would be on a video game trading card; but that he would be remembered much more for covering events, podcasting, and his journalistic contributions to the subculture rather than his own world records or prowess as a master of all video games. That may just be one heartbroken little dork.

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