2784 Chris Steele


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    2784 Chris Steele
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  • Tags: LIFE MAGAZINE Ottumwa Old School Celebrations Superstars of 2017
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    During the recent Ottumwa Trading Card Ceremonies, Chris Steele was among an elite group of video game luminaries who were honored on trading cards for their historic participation in the 1982 LIFE Magazine photoshoot. Returning to Ottumwa for the 35th-year reunion of the photo, they were honored with trading cards that were presented by Billy Mitchell and Walter Day along with the AWARD CERTIFICATE shown herein. They were presented on Saturday, November 11, 2017, during the Ottumwa Old School Arcade Galaxies of Gaming Festival, at the Quincy Place Mall, in Ottumwa, Iowa. To see the other trading cards unveiled during this ceremony -- or to see the long chronological history of the TRADING CARDS AWARDS TRADITION, go to this link: Chronological History of the Trading Card Awards Ceremonies


    Back in the Golden Age of Gaming, Canadian Chris Steele was known far and wide as Darren Olson, and gained eternal immortality as one of the 16 “V.I.P. Superstars” photographed by LIFE magazine in their legendary group photograph taken in Ottumwa in November, 1982. Plus, he was one of the three finalists on the “That’s Incredible” video game championship of 1983. Considered by many to be the best player of that ancient era, his amazing skill with Centipede inspired Walter Day to choose Centipede as the game to master. Though long gone from the video game world, his gaming career was featured in the popular video game documentary, Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade. Today, he lives in Southern California and operates chinaliquidators.com, which is one of the world’s most prominent companies specializing in “Wholesale Overstock. Closeouts and Liquidation Merchandise.”

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