Friday, February 01, 2013

IT'S ONE THING TO BE A REAL CARD AND ANOTHER TO BE ON A REAL CARD

This morning, Walter Day, the official archivist of records and accomplishments in video games, asked me if I minded his adding my likeness to a trading card.

I thought he was joking.  Obviously, he wasn't.

You may remember Walter from the movie, King of Kong.  He is the owner of Twin Galaxies, the arcade and organization that has long guarded and maintained the history of video games from the player's perspective.

I have to admit, I am pretty excited to be on a trading card.

Walter, by the way, also reads Wayson Harris novels, which may explain why he is one of the few people  involved in the industry who still remembers my name.






41 comments:

naens said...

thats actually pretty cool. you've been immortalized in plasticized paper, sir. *starts searching for Steven L. Kent cards*

Steven L. Kent said...

It's nice to be remembered.

Aaron Spuler said...

Freaking awesome.

naens said...

now, if you had harris cards you could really increase publicity.

Steven L. Kent said...

There used to be Batman and James Bond cards when I was a kid. There was even a James Bond slot car racing track.

Now that is success!

Joshua Tamasovich said...

My Wall of Palpebra blocks your 5/5 Kent. Your move...

Steven L. Kent said...

You lost me. What are Palepebra blocks?

I know, I'm too old.

Joshua Tamasovich said...

What are Palepebra? I will give you a hint.

Blink

(I am going off a card game with the whole "My Wall of Palpebra blocks your 5/5 Kent" thing"

Since you have a trading card about you, who would you trade it to/with?

Now that's something to think about!

Steven L. Kent said...

Still embarrassingly lost I am afraid.

Shoebox Princess said...

Way cool! Where can one get these trading cards?

Steven L. Kent said...

I believe they can be purchased in sets at twingalaxies.com. Please note, my number is 490. Like Harry Potter's wizarding cards, I suspect these come in random packs and the odds of getting mine seem rather dim. I have asked for some. If I am lucky enough to snag a few, I'll hand them out among us... after I've given to my parents and sister.

naens said...

an elite member of the kent fanbase eh?

Steven L. Kent said...

The "Kent fan base" is appropriately tiny. You are all elite!

naens said...

"for if we are all in jail, then we are all free." going off of the same concepts. :P you could say only the elite members are on the blog.

Steven L. Kent said...

Fair enough. It's a tiny but friendly blog.

naens said...

indeed

JenMo said...

Congrats on bring immortalized in trading card form. That's super cool.

Steven L. Kent said...

Thanks, JenMo.
Mostly, I think it's all good fun.

Haven't you haven't come around for a while. Hope we'll see more of you.

JenMo said...

I've been in self imposed crazy chick isolation. Maybe it's winter and cabin fever, but I've just been so blah. I'm ready for spring and all the action it brings!

Steven L. Kent said...

Watch world!

naens said...

hey mr. kent, did you hear what happened to olympic wrestling?

Steven L. Kent said...

Naens, the idea of eliminating wrestling from the Olympics sounds like a punch line for a Pally Shores-style joke. Wrestling is one of the few sports in the modern Olympics in which the Ancient Greeks would have competed--Wrestling, Rhythmic Dancing, and, of course, Synchronized Swimming.

Sorry, I don't mean to bag on Synchronized Swimming, too many people have done far too much of that, but removing wrestling... really?

naens said...

i agree, theres no reason for doing it.

Steven L. Kent said...

Naens, wrestling is not just an Olympic sport; it is a corps sport... maybe the corps sport. I am upset about this, and I don't even watch the Olympics... and I didn't bother with wrestling the last time I did watch the Olympics.

Look, if we are being true to the spirit of the Olympics, wrestling holds a more important spot than boxing--and that is saying a lot coming from a fanatic like myself. Having the Olympics without wrestling is like creating a high school that teaches everything but mathematics. I means, having drama, lacrosse, and Latin lessons is good, but you need to include mathematics, science and writing!

naens said...

and from a historical perspective its a terrible idea.

naens said...

for example, look what defunding our education has done. :P

Steven L. Kent said...

I get that they want to bring new sports to the Olympics, but what new sport would be nearly as symbolic or the Olympic tradition than wrestling?

naens said...

and why must they take away a sport to add one?

Steven L. Kent said...

As I hear it, they don't want to dilute the number of events. Money is probably also a concern.

naens said...

mmm... im sure russia could pay. :P but they could do donations from nations and business, etc. it doesnt have to be a problem. but i digress.

naens said...

btw, what sport are they adding in wrestling's place?

JenMo said...

When the Olympics dropped women's fast pitch softball from the last games I was pretty much done with the whole endeavor. One of the very few female team sports at that.

Wrestling seems like an odd choice to drop. Historically and symbolically it's significant, but otherwise? I don't know how the sport fares internationally, but here in the US wrestling is one of those sports that are bound to schools and doesn't move beyond. Unlike wrastling, which is physical acting, but very popular.

I'm not sure that lack of Olympic hoped will make kids in schools stop wrestling or lose interest. The culture around it at those levels aren't likely to change.

Joshua Tamasovich said...

I did a little bit more research into Twin Galaxies and I found my new calling... The U.S National Video Game Team! The only arcade games I played was Galaga and there was no way I could play for over 30 minutes on just one quarter; I think 5 minutes might be my all time best on one quarter. I would play Galaga by this public pool and I remember that the quarter return button on the Galaga arcade would shock you if you touched it.

About those pesky Olympics:

"To make it onto the Olympic programme, a sport first has to be recognised: it must be administered by an International Federation which ensures that the sport's activities follow the Olympic Charter. If it is widely practised around the world and meets a number of criteria established by the IOC session, a recognised sport may be added to the Olympic programme on the recommendation of the IOC's Olympic Programme Commission." (http://www.olympic.org/sports)

Steven L. Kent said...

Galaga--Oye, I once played a game of Galaga against Billy Mitchell. Don't ask me why. He can beat me at my best games and that is among my worst.

As to the Olympics, the question is why take out a bedrock event?

Steven L. Kent said...

JenMo, when I was a kid wrestling stopped with college. Today, it lives on in MMA. Many of the great UFC champions have Roman Grecco training in their backgrounds.

Steven L. Kent said...

What sport are they adding, Naens? No idea. I was going to suggest Ostrich racing.

naens said...

and the gold medal for holding your head in the sand the longest goes to.... north korea!

Steven L. Kent said...

Long as they don't hold their head in the sand while testing a nuke!

naens said...

yes, i do believe that would disqualify the athletes according to olympic protocol.

V Lam said...

Hello, I am a student at Wredling Middle School, St. Charles, IL, and I have chosen to research about Nintendo for my Expert project. This project involves collecting as much information as possible, so I will need to learn about the history and improvements between their first consoles and systems and present day ones. I will then organize this information into a poster and present a speech to my class. Can you send me your address so that I can write you a business letter (It is required by my teacher)?

Steven L. Kent said...

V Lam,

Send me a post with your email address. I prefer to conduct business like this directly, rather than over the blog. (And, no, I won't publish the post with your address.)