Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Alan Radue, who is displayed on card number 383, from the Superstars of 2012. He is also featured on card 2210 from the Superstars of 2015. Alan is the current world record holder on the arcade games Sea Wolf & Sprint 2. Alan, who is a mechanical engineer in the automotive industry, created a home arcade in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan. He called it Tranquility Base Arcade which was named after the Apollo 11 moon landing. Opened in 2008, Alan has 25 vintage arcade games from the 'golden era' in his collection and in 2011 won the Home Game Room of the Year Award. One area that stands out to other arcades are his personalized bar stools. Alan designs customized Arcade bar Stools for his arcade as well as others. He has graciously donated personalized bar stools for Richie Knucklez Kong Off tournaments.
Which company makes the best arcade games and why?
I have a soft spot for Atari. They were the only company that 'entered my home' when I was a kid through a pong console, the 2600 game console, the Atari 400 and eventually the Atari 800. Playing a 'Real Atari Arcade Game' at an arcade was always a thrill back then and is still a thrill for me today! That said there are so many wonderful arcade game manufacturers from my youth!
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Joe LeVan who currently is displayed on card number 2206, from the Superstars of 2015 Collection. Joe is the founder of “Challenge Arcade”, located in Wyomissing, PA. It was in the Berkshire Mall from 2004 until it closed in 2010. His arcade held up to 80 vintage arcade cabinets. It was home of many Arcade world records such as Donkey Kong 3, Burger Time and Mr. Do. Joe is a big believer in keeping retro coin-op gaming alive and well. He is currently hoping to reopen the Challenge Arcade in the future and until then enjoys restoring and preserving coin-op arcade gaming. Along with his wife Sue, Joe strives to keep the past time alive with the media so others can understand and see how important the arcade culture was and is today.
What are your opinions about today’s generation of video games? How do you compare them to older, classic games?
As a child I remember reading video game magazines and thinking of how great the graphics were on the upcoming games. I remember wishing how cool it would be to play ultra-realistic games. Now that we are nearing that era of ultra-realism, it’s ironic that I really miss those days of gaming. Many modern games don’t really seem to have much of a point of playing in my opinion. The art of achieving a certain score or getting to a higher level seems to have been lost for the most part.