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Video Game Trading Card Spotlight – Sam McNear

Our subsequent Trading Card Spotlight options Sam McNear, who at present is displayed on card quantity 3372, from the Superstars of 2020 Collection.  Sam can be featured on card quantity 3547.  Sam is a basic arcade collector, gamer restorer and rating chaser. He loves taking part in the basic arcade video games when he has an opportunity. Sam is decided get many excessive scores on video games akin to Asteroids and Star Castle.  HE at present has world information in Space Duel and Jr. Pac-Man.  Sam has a dwell stream from his residence arcade referred to as “Digital Jazz Arcade”, the place he goes for world information dwell.

Do you bear in mind your first online game / arcade you performed and what do you bear in mind about it?

I don’t bear in mind my first, however I bear in mind going to the arcade within the subsequent city after faculty virtually each day. I walked most likely 45min to get there virtually each day. I cherished all of the video games and seen the excessive rating board within the arcade (electrical works in Forest Grove OR) and didn’t cease taking part in till I had my identify on that board.  I ended up getting my identify on the board for nearly each sport within the arcade.  I want somebody would have taken an image of that top rating board.

What are your opinions about in the present day’s era of video video games?  How do you evaluate them to older, basic video games?

I’m actually not an enormous fan of newer video games, though my youngsters and spouse love some on-line video games. I desire the classics with the customized sport management panels with joysticks, trackballs, leaf buttons, and many others.

As for the brand new Arcade video games most are some form of redemption sport. I like taking part in them some, however they’re all fast play and really feel rigged to get as a lot cash from you as quick as they’ll.  So, it doesn’t really feel like not a lot talent concerned in taking part in.

Did you ever assume once you had been youthful you’d be on a online game buying and selling card? 

No however again then I believed I’d have a WR, or no less than be in joystick journal with a high rating. I submitted a number of scores solely to be beat by another person earlier than the subsequent addition of the journal.

What are your world report scores in singles and doubles play?

I official maintain the Twin Galaxy (TG) world report (WR) for Space Duel tethered. And I share the official TG WR with John McAllister on single ship doubles. I even have TG 2nd place on Jr Pacman Turbo.

Unofficially I maintain the WR for single ship Asteroids. I’ve all the sport play in full on my YouTube channel (Digital Jazz Arcade) for folks to see the scores are legit however extra importantly to assist folks be taught my methods in order that they beat my scores with follow. I really like a problem.

Have you ever acquired any media protection on your look on the buying and selling card?  If so, the place?

Never, that is the 1st.

When did you first meet Walter Day and the place was it at?

I met Walter Day on the Portland retro gaming Expo. Where he referred to as Billy Mitchell and all of us talked. I instructed them of my quick Pac jr. documentary and getting the WR on Jr. Pac turbo which has been crushed since.

If you can describe Walter Day in a single phrase, what would that phrase be and why?

Friend. From the primary time I met Walter he was form, pleasant, and I felt at that second we might be pals.

Are you continue to concerned with aggressive gaming in the present day, and what are your objectives?

Yes, I really like taking part in in competitions.  I competed in lots of Grinkfests, and Battle of the Arcades. I additionally competed within the Asteroids Addicts on Facebook, within the 1 ship Asteroids competitors which is the place I acquired the unofficial WR. I’ll proceed to compete in basic arcade competitions as usually as I can. I do have a private purpose of getting 10 high 10 twin Galaxy scores on ten completely different basic video games.

When did you first play Space Duel and what do you bear in mind about it?

I bear in mind when Space Duel confirmed up at Electric Works arcade. I performed it and in comparison with Asteriods and Deluxe it was actually laborious. But I fell in love with the tethered function. I quickly was getting over 100k after which the arcade pulled it for one thing that might earn more money, I imagine it was Gravitar however as everyone knows that sport was not that fashionable within the arcade. I really like Gravitar don’t get me unsuitable, however I really like Space Duel much more.

Do you like arcade or console gaming and why?

I really feel consoles killed the golden age of arcade so, sure, I’ve some dislike in direction of consoles. With that stated I did play console video games for a few years after the arcades died out and had a lot enjoyable taking part in them with my youngsters. But if arcades had been nonetheless alive like again within the 80’s I’m certain I’d have reasonably took my youngsters to the arcades reasonably than taking part in on the PlayStation. I really feel arcade machines are the actual factor and consoles are simply imitations.

Once I noticed I may afford and purchase actual arcade video games for my home about 15 years in the past, as you may think about I form of stopped taking part in console video games.

When it comes all the way down to it for me it’s the controls that make the distinction. The generic handheld controllers on consoles simply can’t evaluate to personalized controls on an arcade machine. You can’t play Space Duel the identical on any console.

When did you first play Space Duel and why was that sport a draw for you?

I really like Asteroids and Asteroids Deluxe so once I noticed Space Duel which was a coloration vector, I used to be hooked. The means to have the ability to play doubles is what I all the time thought Asteroids and Deluxe was lacking. Space Duel was really the subsequent step for Asteroids. I’m unsure why it wasn’t referred to as Asteroids 3. Maybe as a result of there have been no asteroids lol.

What video games in the present day do you play and what are your favourite genres of video games?

I nonetheless play all of the classics. Lately I’ve been taking part in Donkey Kong Jr. Still chasing down that kill display screen. I got here shut a number of instances. I even have been taking part in Asteroids Deluxe, and Omega Race my purpose there’s to recover from the 300k on A.D. and over one million on O.R. in fact on TG settings.

As far as style I really like all golden space 80’s and 70’s video games. I actually get pleasure from all 5 button or related video games like Space Duel, Omega Race, Star Castle, and many others…

If you can personal one arcade sport apart from Space Duel, what wouldn’t it be and why? 

I’ve been an arcade collector for some time now, so I already personal most video games I actually needed. Like Tron and my most up-to-date acquired a uncommon Cliff Hanger.  But I nonetheless really need an Ice-Cold Beer. ICB is only a sport I all the time play once I go to arcades which have it.

What does it take to be a world report holder on an arcade sport?

Well, it takes follow, follow, follow and a few talent, and It doesn’t damage to personal the sport.

Are video video games aimed primarily at youngsters, adolescents or adults?

All three, the basic arcade video games I believe had been geared toward fake youngsters primarily boys, however it appears all ages cherished the video games.

Do you imagine some video video games are too violent and result in violence in America in the present day?

Well, that is an fascinating query. I by no means actually favored combating video games after they got here out. Maybe as a result of they appeared all the identical or I used to be by no means good at them, or I simply was by no means thought any form of combating was a good suggestion.

As I take a look at the historical past of the place combating and 1 particular person shooter video games are in the present day, I do know that some are influenced by them. Back within the 90’s after they began getting fashionable, video games like avenue fighter and doom   by no means felt actual, and the place extra of a joke so I don’t assume they actually promoted violence, But video games in the present day are so lifelike that it has to affect some folks to be violent. I do know that when wanting on the historical past of all of the mass shootings in America that a few of these killers cherished to play graphic 1st particular person shooters.

Do you like taking part in Space Duel alone or with a doubles accomplice?  You have information on each.

Good Question, I’d say I like taking part in alone tethered ships finest. But I like taking part in doubles with single ship not tethered. Playing doubles tethered is enjoyable however very laborious to play. I’ve been making an attempt to play single ship single participant do to get the report on that model. But the information from the 80’s are excessive, and no sport play is out there to glean methods from.

Which firm makes one of the best video games and why?

I’ve a tough time answering this as a result of I like video games from many alternative causes. I’d say Atari made most of my favourite video games. Games like Space Duel, Asteroids, Tempest, Pole Position, Missile Command, Battlezone, and Dig Dug Atari did make many hits and video games I really like. But I really like Taito video games like Alpine Ski, Qix, and Frontline.

Are video video games good for relieving stress?

Absolutely! When I’m harassed, I really like going and taking part in a online game whereas listening to music. It makes my thoughts concentrate on the sport as an alternative of all of the stress of the day. Sometimes all it takes to alleviate stress is to alter focus onto one thing else for a short while.

Who is your favourite online game character and what makes that character particular?

I’d say Q*bert. Q*bert is only a enjoyable character, every thing from sounds, voice to actions. Although I do love laser disk characters like Dirk and Lupin III J

What springs to thoughts once you hear the time period ‘Space Duel’?

I see my private report of 477,770 which is larger than the world report. I actually wish to beat this rating and publish that on TG.

What is your favourite single participant sport and favourite multiplayer sport?

Besides Space Duel my favourite single participant sport is Alpine Ski by Taito, and favourite multiplayer sport is Mario Bros.

If you may design your personal sport, what wouldn’t it be about and who can be the primary character?

I believe I’d like to see an arcade fashion sport that might mix the PC video games Marble Drop, Crazy Machines and the arcade sport get away or Arkanoid. I believe a assume good fundamental character can be a mad scientist that appears like Einstein.

Where do you see arcade gaming within the subsequent 10 years?

I hope newer generations see the genius within the fashion of basic arcade video games and begin to play and get impressed to make extra video games just like the basic style. I hope somebody will begin making basic video games for the brand new generations. I like the thought of the Arcade 1up, it’s a nice concept. But I really feel the controls want a lot enchancment. I want they might simply put actual arcade high quality joysticks and buttons within the machines like Xarcade makes use of. I’d pay the additional price for actual controls. But 1up is displaying large enterprise there’s a marketplace for basic video games and my hope is somebody will do it proper and the basic gaming neighborhood will cont. to develop.  Actually, I believe it has been rising. Just take a look at all of the retro gaming expos. Here in Portland the expo (earlier than covid) was rising like twice the scale yearly.


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