Trading Card Spotlight Michael Thomasson

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Michael Thomasson who is displayed on card number 531, from the Twin Galaxies Superstars Collection of 2013. Michael is also featured on card number 670.  Michael is one of the most widely respected videogame historians in the field today. He has written books, published games, helped with other creators on game development and has had articles published in the newspaper.  Michael is also the founder and creator of the company “Good Deal Games”.   He has been a classic gamer since the beginning and in 2014 became the Guinness Book of World Records as the person with the most collected video games at over 11,000.  

What was the first game you ever purchased?

It was Lady Bug for the Colecovision. I saved up money from mowing neighbor’s lawns and dispatched my father to pick it up for me from Gold Circle on his way home from work. I specifically remember him having me call all the local stores to find the best deal. One of many life lessons taught to by my father as a result of the videogames.

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Trading Card Spotlight Frankie Cardulla

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Frankie Cardulla who is displayed on card number 201, from the Twin Galaxies Superstars Collection of 2012.  When it comes to Atari, Frankie is one of the best.   Back in the 1980s, Frankie competed in major Atari tournaments such as Space Invaders and Asteroids.   At one time Frankie played Asteroids in the arcade for 40 hours straight.   You can see some of his Atari world records on the Twin Galaxies scoreboard.  Some of the games he holds world records on are Pole Position, Atlantis, Defender, and Freeway.  

Do you remember the first coin-operated video game you ever played? 

Back in 1979, I inserted a quarter into Space Invaders at Dog Ear Records, which was located in Northbrook, Illinois. That one game, that I played on that day, would have a tremendous impact of my teenage years. 

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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 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 "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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