Video Game Trading Card Spotlight – Tim Hanson


Our subsequent Trading Card Spotlight functions Tim Hanson who at the moment is displayed on card quantity 2309, from the Superstars of 2015 Collection.  Tim is a big Nintendo fan and gamer.  Games like Super Metroid and Super Mario Bros. three to name a handful of.  Tim finds himself collecting not only Nintendo but other retro gaming systems and newer consoles as properly. His twitch channel, Timzy88, shows Tim playing his favored retro games as properly as contemporary-day very first-particular person shooters on console and Computer.

Do you don’t forget your very first video game / arcade you played and what do you don’t forget about it?

The earliest memory I have is playing Super Mario Bros with my mother. I was about three or four, and I can don’t forget struggling to make a handful of jumps. I would pass the controller more than to her, so she could make it for me and then I would take more than. That gradually changed all through the years, she was sooner or later passing the controller more than to me in Super Mario Bros three or Donkey Kong County.

What are your opinions about today’s generation of video games?  How do you examine them to older, classic games?

Video games now are way a lot easier than they employed to be. With auto saves and guides becoming published, nothing at all is left for the inventive players to uncover. How a lot of players do you feel located the warp whistle on their personal in Super Mario Bros three, in the very first castle stage? Now days, almost everything is published the moment the secret is found, or an straightforward cheat is located. It requires away the challenge and excitement of playing a new game.

Did you ever feel when you had been younger you would be on a Video game Trading card? 

By no means in a million years did I ever feel I would be a trading care, let alone a Video Game trading card. It is an astounding feeling to see a thing like this made to show off my accomplishments in Video Game history.

When did you very first meet Walter Day and exactly where was it at?

I very first meet Walter Day through ICON in Iowa when he presented me with the award for my trading card. Even although we by no means meet he treated me as if we had been close friends for the final 20 years. I was greeted with a hug and smile, he congratulated me on my accomplishment and encouraged me to sing a handful of of the cards on the tables for other individuals to grab. It was a blast obtaining to know that group that evening and I’ve ran into Walter a handful of instances at several Gaming Expos and he treats me the exact same way each and every time.

If you could describe Walter Day in one particular word, what would that word be and why?

Humble. Walter Day is one particular of the humblest people today you will ever meet. I’ve meet him about three instances and he’s remembered specifically who I was and nevertheless will go out of his way in a crowd to quit and say hi to me. I ran into him at Midwest Gaming Classic and he stopped me to say hi and chat for a handful of minutes.

How substantially practice did you place in prior to the Nintendo Planet Championships?

Just before the regional finals, I was playing possibly a couple matches a day. I was unable to figure out the capacity to combo the viruses in Dr. Mario much more than two or three at a time. It was the weakest component of my game I was capable to clear Super Mario Bros 1 and three in a minute or significantly less. But Dr. Mario was an additional story. Just before the finals in LA, I was playing Splatoon and Legend of Zelda 1 a ton. I was attempting to figure out the greatest stats for each mainly because I knew they had been a component of the competitors.

What was your favored knowledge from the occasion?

I have two moments in the occasion exactly where I had to pinch myself. The very first took location prior to the contest even began. A bunch of us had been consuming lunch in the area they setup for us when none other than Shiegru Miyamoto walked in to consume lunch. He sat at the table across from us and no one particular had the courage to go and introduce themselves. The other moment was obtaining a six-kill combo in Splatoon to maintain my group in the lead. Simply because of that kill combo my group was capable to cover much more ground in paint and seal the win for us.

What game was the hardest to carry out and what was your favored game?

The hardest to carry out was Blast Ball. It was a brand-new game and we got the capacity to play it prior to the principal occasion but only a handful of rounds. My favored game was Super Metroid, I don’t forget playing it as a kid but by no means beat the game. Possessing my capacity to shine in that game against one particular of the speed runners of the neighborhood was astounding. I was ahead on the boss fight but Sinister1 knew a handful of tricks that he was capable to use through the escape scene to pass me, I only lost by 10 seconds.

What games now do you play and what are your favored genres of games?

I get pleasure from playing practically any video game out there. I’ve constantly enjoyed Platformers or RPGs. From Mario bros to Adventure Island, I’ve constantly loved the challenge that came with them. No matter how a lot of instances I’ve beaten them I constantly go back to them. RPGs to me are a cinematic adventure, you devote so substantially time invested into the story that you started to really feel for the character. For me that is the greatest escape you can take whilst playing video games.

If you could personal one particular arcade game or pinball game, what would it be and why? 

I’ve constantly wanted to personal either Donkey Kong or The Simpsons arcade game. I don’t forget developing up playing each a ton and no matter how a lot of quarters I lost, I nevertheless had a blast. As for a pinball table, I’m genuinely torn. There are so a lot of excellent tables, that it is challenging to pick out just one particular. But on table I constantly get pleasure from is the original Star Wars.

Are video games aimed primarily at young children, adolescents or adults?

Adolescents for confident, most of the targeted audience are these who have the freest time to play. But games like Fortnite or other free of charge to play games target the youngster inside us whilst bringing in complex gameplay mechanics so the older generations will get pleasure from it was properly.

Do you think some Video Games are as well violent and lead to violence in America now?

Even though games and motion pictures show violence, I think it comes down to the parent or induvial to know ideal from incorrect. Just mainly because you play a video game or watch a film that is graphic or violent does not imply you are going to go out and do these actions in genuine life. It is a lot easier to point the finger towards the sector than to take the blame for not performing your component in teaching or figuring out ideal from incorrect. Films and games have a rating for a explanation, if an eight-year-old is playing GTA V then it is on the particular person who purchased it for them. Not the sector.

Do you choose playing video games alone, against close friends or on line against the globe and why?

I have constantly had this urge to be the greatest at any game I play. I adore the believed of going toe to toe with an additional player to prove you are improved than them. But I also adore the regular Story or Co-op game. I play a ton of games with my close friends from Higher College who all reside in distinct states now. On line gaming has provided us the capacity to maintain in challenging much more typically then we typically would have.

Which organization tends to make the greatest games and why?

Retro – Capcom, they make some of the greatest platforming games ever produced. From Mega Man all the way to Chip N’ Dale Rescue Rangers

Contemporary – CD Project, the games coming from this organization are really properly polished and prepared for the industry on Day 1. Most corporations rush to force a game to industry these days, but CD Project requires their time and will push back release dates to make confident it is prepared.

Do you discover something from playing video games?

The numerous years playing video games has defiantly gave me the skills to excel in my day to day job. I can feel outdoors of the box and troubleshoot challenges from distinct angles that other individuals do not. Video games have also pushed me into studying much more about Computer. I at the moment operate for a 911 dispatch computer software organization as a DBASupport Tech.

Are video games excellent for relieving anxiety?

Yes, when I sit down to play a video game it is like flipping a switch for me. Anything about me just fades away and I can drop concentrate on what’s been troubling me. It is a excellent way to loosen up and clear you thoughts of what’s been stressing you out. Then come back a handful of hours later with a clear head to possibly see a thing or a option to what’s been stressing you out, that you weren’t capable to see prior to.

Do you like it when Hollywood tends to make a film from the video game?

Possibly a really unpopular selection but I adore the Mario Bros and Double Dragon film. I don’t forget watching them as a kid and seeing my favored characters obtaining an actual face and character. Certain, they weren’t the greatest film about and didn’t age the greatest, but they had been entertaining.

Who is your favored video game character and what tends to make that character specific?

For me it is a tie involving Luigi or Hyperlink. Each characters are the silent hero that absolutely everyone pushes about. But they maintain going, neither of them asked for the energy or fame they had been provided. Luigi lives in the shadow of his brother but nevertheless functions to be his personal particular person. The drive it requires to frequently shine above his brother is encouraging. Just mainly because you are not quantity 1, does not imply you are not excellent. Hyperlink is provided a duty to frequently save the globe and these he loves. Even although he is frequently becoming woken up time following time to save the globe he does it without having asking twice.

Each characters have provided me the strength to be who I am now. An inspiration does not have to be a genuine-life particular person, it can be a fictional character. No matter how challenging life gets, you will have to maintain going. I know from time to time you are stuck performing a thing you do not want to do or want you could it distinct. But life is complete of options and it is up to you on how you interact with them. Why not make the greatest of scenario and move on?

Exactly where do you see Video gaming in the subsequent 20 years?

I hope to see Video games in the Olympics. In 20 years if Esports continues to develop there is no explanation it’ cannot be a National Sport. Envision rooting for your favored video game competitor as you do now for your favored athlete or film star. Some issue, just a distinct category.


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Todd Friedman is heavily involved in the video game neighborhood. He is at the moment writing for Old College Gamer Magazine, RetroGaming Instances and The Walter Day Collection. He has Co-Promoted the Video Game Summit in Illinois for the previous 11 Years. Todd is an avid video game collector with more than 3550 console games and 35 systems. He holds more than 60 globe records on the Nintendo Wii game DJ Hero. Todd is also the ChairPerson of the Nomination Commitee for the International Video Game Hall of Fame.


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