Trading Card Spotlight - Xander Skullion

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Xander Skullion who currently is displayed on card number 2725, from the Superstars of 2017 Collection.  Xander is a full-time podcaster who loves the gaming community and gives back when ever he has a chance.  Some of his time is reviewing video games for different companies.  He loves the idea of getting contacted by gaming vendors and helping them. Xander is also a musician and movie lover.  

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How does video game music influence games past and present?

Oh man video game music is a huge part of my life. Other than playing video games I’m a musician. I play 4 different instruments. And that’s always been a dream of mine to compose video game music. I’ve some opportunities in the past with Indie titles but those went belly up. Who knows though maybe I’ll be the next Yuzo Koshiro (laughs) I mean we share the same birthday!

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Trading Card Spotlight - Robert Racek

Our next Trading Card Spotlight Features Robert Racek/Sid Seattle who currently is displayed on card number 2293, from the Superstars of 2015 Collection.  Robert also represents himself and "Arcade Culture" on cards 2735, 2849, and 2850 and a couple others with the Sid Seattle Events Series. You can find Robert in the Guinness Book of World Records – Gamers Edition 2012.  He has a few record-setting high scores on such games as Mr. Driller, Prop Cycle, Qix,Gyruss, Daioh, Ice Climbers, gaplus/g alaga 3, Avalanche, Mr. Driller G and Pang 3.  His Alternate alias is “Sid Seattle”.  Robert worked for Irem/Fabtek, Culture Brain and Nintendo and Microsoft in the late1980’s/ early 1990's. Robert had got ten million at Bubble Bobble live at an arcade in front of witnesses back in 1990 without using any of the cheating "joystick codes". Robert’s next event idea is PTTP... (Payment to the Players) where 100% of the coinbox of an event is given to the player with the highest score at the end of the show on the "extreme challenge machine”. such as at Grinkers Grand Palace mid-October in Eagle Idaho. (DKJ/Remixed 2-minute ROM) Sid hopes to see you all there. Sid Seattle is also the Founder of "Scorechasers" (a group of Jerseyed players that are about gaming and fun as well as” The Future of Retro Arcade Culture".. ). 

"Sid Seattle Events is the Future of Arcade Competitions" -Walter Day

What games today do you play and what are your favorite genres of games?

I play classic-style arcade games to this day. I like everything by Namco and the newest Konami released 8 player bomber girl looks fantastic, (I hope that somewhere in the US will take a chance on a non-music-based game by Konami.)

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Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight - Sarah Pinsker

Our next Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight features Sarah Pinsker, who is displayed on card number 175, from the Science Fiction Collection.  Sarah started writing Science Fiction since she was a little kid.  It wasn’t until 2012 where her career really took off.  Since then she has written over 40 stories in multiple publications. She been a Nebula nominee four times and won in 2015 for best Novelette. Her fiction has been translated into a half a dozen language.   Her next project, “Sooner or Later everything falls into the Sea”, will be published in 2019.

How early in your life did you know you would be a writer? 

I always wrote, but I thought it wasn't a viable career choice for a long time. So, I guess it depends on if you mean when I knew I would write stories (always), when I started submitting (12 or 13?), or when I thought I could make a career of it (not until my 30s.)

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Trading Card Spotlight "Rewind" - Tom Asaki

We are rewinding back to an interview I did with Tom Asaki back in September of 2016.  Tom was kind enough to spend some time answering my questions and contributing to the Walter Day Trading Card Spotlight.   I hope you enjoy and have a great weekend.

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Tom Asaki who is displayed on card number 1046, from the Superstars of 2014 Collection.  As one of the founding members of the U.S. National Video Game Team, Tom is one of the original players at the Twin Galaxies arcade in the early 1980’s.  He was the first to attempt the billion score in Nibbler, with a final score of 838 million points.   He can be seen in the documentary Man vs. Snake showcasing his Nibbler memories.   Tom’s game of choice and the game that he held the first record on is Ms. Pac-Man with a total score of 681,130.   

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

I met Walter at Twin Galaxies Arcade in the summer of 1983.  I had come to Ottumwa to demonstrate that my reported Ms. Pac-Man scores were real.  I found a friend in Walter and spent some of the summer and autumn with Walter and Billy Mitchell.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Stephen Wagner

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Stephen Wagner who currently is displayed on card number 158, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  Stephen has been playing arcade games since he was 7 years old.  All the years of experience has put Stephen in the record books on such games as Berzerk and Elevator Action.  As an avid guitar player and sports fan, Stephen still finds time to playing arcade machines and beating any high score that comes his way.

What games today do you play and what are your favorite genres of games?

Front Page Sports Baseball ’98 as well as classic arcade games that I haven’t yet been satisfied with scores on, like Rally-X, Galaxian and others.   My favorite genres are probably platformers, sports and janky early 80’s space shooters.

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