Profile: Hollyanne Setola

Name: Hollyanne Setola

Favorite Classic Game: Donkey Kong Country

We are in the age of gaming for all the good and the bad. The good, a smart, talented woman who began her love of gaming at age 5 and by age 12 was getting into competitive gaming where she has achieved much success. The bad, dealing with trolls, haters and mean spiritedness that are far too often associated with gaming.

Alt F4 was honored to feature Hollyanne Setola in our latest episode where we talked about her history of gaming from being introduced to gaming by her grandmother who worked at NASA, to her Counter Strike days with her teammates. We also talked about the current landscape of gaming and todays gamers and the difference between now and only a few years ago. Our discussion about bullying and internet trolls sheds some light on what many, but specifically women deal with in gaming today.

Overall an excellent talk with a very interesting gamer. We hope you will watch and let us know what you think.

Gamer Profile: Todd Friedman

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“The Legend of Zelda still stands the time as a fun challenging game.  The gameplay , music and story are just as fun as they were in the 80’s.   I can still play for hours.” –Todd Friedman

Todd Friedman

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  • Todd Friedman
  • Favorite classic game is The Legend of Zelda for the NES
  • World record holder in DJ Hero 1 & 2 on the Nintendo Wii

Todd Friedman is a World record holder in DJ Hero and DJ Hero 2 as well as other records on the Nintendo Wii and the original Nintendo Entertainment system. An avid game collector, Todd owns over 1700 classic video games and 27 video games systems.

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Gamer Profile: Dave Vogt

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Favorite Classic Game: The Legend of Zelda

Quote: That is a seriously tough question! In the end, not Mega Man, not Mario, not even Castlevania could take that spot. It had to be Zelda. This was the game that changed everything for me. The feeling of awe that overwhelmed me the first time I stepped foot into Hyrule has never quite been duplicated- and the intrigue built from there. That sense of wonder and exploration have not only had a huge part in my getting into game development, but truly cemented my love of video games.

My Gaming History: Gaming started for me, by accounts of my late mother, at the age of three. As my parents were already hardcore gamers, it was either on the Atari 2600 or Colecovision- the only time we were a one console family was during the NES era. As time passed, I just became more engrossed. The Legend of Zelda, Castlevania, Super Mario Bros., Mega Man, and countless others from the NES. The 80’s transitioned to the 90’s, and the charge was led by Street Fighter, Doom, and various JRPGs. Platform after platform, genre after genre, game after game- the fascination has never stopped.

This passion for the art form turned into a desire to create. Starting with Doom, Wolfenstein, and Quake mods, I began seriously considering a career in game design. Life had other plans as it often does, and I hung development up for music and family- and I wouldn’t start easing back into it until 2008. Fast forward through a lot of self discovery, world records, false starts, and just family life in general. August 2013 became the new start date for my roguelike score chasing RPG, [The Bounty]. Nowadays I’m knee deep in development of that title (and others in planning phases), and co-operate Gaming World Wide () with my friend and colleague [Eric Cummings], and the help of some really swell contributors.

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Amrack’s Gamer Profile

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Hey folks, my name is Amrack, as of now I’m a platinum League of Legends player who is getting back into streaming. But before we get into anything present, let’s go over a little history about my past.

My Name: So my name originated from my youth (like most people). To me a name is like a connection to the past that you can never experience again; it’s a memory of what I once was. When I was little (~8 years old) I use to write crazy RPG adventure books. I used to stay up talking to my brother (because I bunked with him) and role played stories with him so I had more content to write in my chapter books. Though my characters changed from story to story their names remained the same. Names like “Drakis”, “Amrak” (yes, it’s misspelled for a reason), and “Larkins”, to name a few. These were my online names that I gravitated to choose when playing games with my brother.

I took more of a liking to Amrak more than any of the other names I created because, my family wasn’t very religious at the time but my mother use to tell us things like: “what comes around goes around”, meaning if we lied or misbehaved bad karma would come our way. Well, when my siblings and I were younger (some not even born), we used to travel to Newark, NJ to see family (or what is left of my outside relatives) and on these trips we played all sorts of road games. One that really stuck out was when we played the ‘palindrome game’, it didn’t last long but it was a good mind exercise. I don’t recall being able to shout one out, my older brother and sisters always beat me to it. But I did try to make sense of the word ‘karma’ since it comes right back at you (‘back’ being the keyword here, as in ‘BACKwards’). I thought I was clever in thinking: “What is the opposite of karma?” – “Well what is karma backwards?”. The word “Amrak” didn’t mean anything but I liked the ring to it; thus creating a main character in all of my stories.

– I dont know when but i’ll be posting a part 2.

Stream: http://www.twitch.tv/amracklarkins

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Gamer Profile: John A Pompa

John A Pompa

Name: John A Pompa

Favorite Classic Game: Super Mario Bros. (NES)

Quote: Out of all the games I own, and have played.  Super Mario Bros. is that one game that just never gets old. It was the first game that I ever owned (not played) when I got an NES for Christmas.  Everything about that game is just perfect, the game play, sound effects, music, tricks & secrets. The game is such a timeless classic that Nintendo has re-released it so many times now, and parts of the game and images and music still turn up in modern Super Mario games.

Bio: I love all games.  Both old and new, but the classic/retro ones, are the ones that appeal to me more.  I’m a collector of game systems and computers. It seems the older I get, the farther I drift back in these gaming machines.  The older stuff, and this is just my own personal opinion, has a much greater re-play value.  I mean  Batman ArkhamCity on the Xbox 360 or PS3 is great, looks amazing and is super fun.   But once it’s beaten, I will most likely never go back to it.  Yars’ Revenge on the Atari 2600 is a different story with me, that game could never get old.

I remember when my brother and I were younger, we would go to the arcade in our local Mall on the weekends.  Mom and Dad would give us a few dollars to get quarters with, and it was greatest feeling in the world, seemed like the possibilities were endless.  Who would have guessed, those same games in the arcade, would still be as relevant in my life almost 25-30 years later.  Now I’m older and have found new ways to keep these classics alive in my heart.  Places like Twin Galaxies and Retrocade allow me to compete with scores, talk about all these great games, and find others who share the same passions in life.  And with the streaming of the Internet, all these gaming generations can come together as one.  This is a great time for all video game players.

TGI Trading Card Profiles: Matt Bradford

 

Matt Bradford

Name: Matt Bradford

Favorite Classic Game: TRON: Deadly Discs

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Details as to why it is your favorite: One of the first games I used to play (and got addicted to) with my Dad when we first brought home the Intellivision. Like many classics from that time, it connects me back to the 80s when gaming was still new to me, and I wasn’t spoiled by all the advancements that came after.

Bio: I’m a freelance editor/writer who contributes as daily news contributor for www.gamesradar.com and as 2012’s Puzzle Expert in the latest Guinness World Records Gamers Edition. I was also the Editorial Director for Twin Galaxies International until earlier this year. When I’m not living and breathing video games, I’m also writing for numerous radio stations and publications from my home in Barrie, Ontario; where I live with my most excellent wife, Marijana, and our soon-to-be gaming child.

TGI Trading Card Profiles: Lance Eustache

Lance Eustache

Name: Royal Lance Eustache

Favorite Classic Game: Street Fighter II

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Details as to why it is your favorite: Street Fighter II was literally my escape to game when I was a child. When I got crap from my parents I would head to the arcade and start playing. I also played my cousins in SF2 as a kid. I sometimes sandbag just so the losers would stop whining.

Bio: Lance Eustache immersed himself into the video game culture by attending events such as PAX East, New York Comic Con, and MAGFest. When not at his day job, Lance writes gaming articles, tests his fighting game skills against top players, does referee work for Twin Galaxies, etc., etc. Lance is also part of local gaming communities such as StreetPass Network New York and Empire Arcadia.

TGI Trading Card Profiles: Ben Mullen

Ben Mullen

Name: Ben Mullen

Favorite Classic Game: NES Tetris

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Why it is your favorite: NES Tetris has been my muse, my vice, and my obssession for quite some time.  To make a Long story short, I want to max out the score and join one of the most exclusive clubs in gaming history so doing.


What is your part in the movie: The movie itself follows the story of 6-10 of the best NES Tetris players in the world covering their training routine, love of the game, past present and future plans: I am one of those players I currently hold the lines record (well sort of, but i certainly did at the time of filming) and am in first place (amoung those who have not maxout out yet) sort of a “best of the worst of the best” haha

Bio: I’m a small town fellow from North Dakota who gre up playing very few video games, tetris was my favorite and remains so to this day.  I work as an Advisor at a Community College in Minneapolis, helping students navigate resources and decide on the best courses to take etc… I like cubed and fried SPAM… its a fact 🙂

TGI Trading Card Profiles: Matt Miller

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Name:  Matthew S. Miller

Favorite Classic Game:  Night Stalker (Intellivision)

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Why it is your favorite: With seemingly endless game play and a crafty A.I., Night Stalker not only tests your skill and reflexes, it challenges your will.  Squaring off against a relentless and perpetually respawning invisible robot (from the 80,000 point mark on) along with three other omnipresent threats in an enclosed battleground, one is routinely faced with split second fight versus flight decisions, which provides edge of the seat excitement.

Bio:
Age:  32
Occupation:  Manager of Merge/Purge Services
Interests:  Gaming and attending heavy metal shows

Gaming Achievements:  I currently hold fifty individual world records and two team world records at Twin Galaxies.

TGI Trading Card Profiles: Brian Cady

Brian Cady

Name:  Brian Cady

Favorite Classic Game:  Tempest

Why it is your favorite:  It took so many quarters in my youth and helped get me into the IVGHOF.

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Bio: 

Brian Cady enjoys maintaining and restoring classic pinball and arcade games as much as he enjoys playing them. He was inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural 2010 group, is the Vice President of the non-profit organization that produces the Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show and is the Senior Twin Galaxies Referee for pinball.

Brian has worked in the IT field for over 15 years and held leadership positions at IBM, Washington Mutual and Microsoft. He also enjoys photography and writing and has had numerous articles published including several in the Pin-Game Journal. Brian lives in Bonney Lake, Washington with his wife Shirley (who has the world record on Sky-Line) and three children.

World Records

96,832 Tempest (Extreme Settings) 03/15/2009*
1,673 Bank-A-Ball (pinball)    06/13/2009*
386,430 Klax                        03/25/2010*
2,480 Space Fever (Game A) 10/01/2011*
2,160 Space Fever (Game B) 10/01/2011*
2,870 Space Fever (Game C) 10/01/2011*
* Scores were world records on these dates

TGI Trading Card Profiles: Eric R. Cummings

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Name: Eric R. Cummings

Favorite Classic Game: Destiny of an Emperor (NES)

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Why it is your favorite: It’s an NES RPG by Capcom based on events that took place in Second Century China that first puts you in the shoes of Liu Bei, Guan Yu and Zhang Fei (The same guys from the ROTK and Dynasty Warriors series by Koei) to quell the Yellow Turban Rebellion. At first it seems like a Dragon Warrior clone in which your party moves at a high speed but upon further inspection, it’s a cool history lesson wrapped in the guise of an entertaining video game. Battles are fought in two ways, turn based and strategic with weapons and magic or a quick fight option where everyone fights at a high speed until stopped or one party is wiped out. The coolest thing about the game is the ability to recruit hundreds of defeated opponents to add to your stable of generals and incorporate them into your 5 man (7 man total, 2 in reserve) battle party.

Bio: I’ve been playing video games since the age of 3 when my Father bought one of the original Pong games in 1980. Raised in a small town with a tiny population, Sawyer MN, the only thing to do was swim, bike, and play in the woods or play video games. We owned the Intellivision, Atari 2600 and the NES before we moved to CT when I was around 12. It was around that age that I started really getting into gaming, absorbing the history, learning who makes what and anticipating releases. I participated in the 1991 Nintendo World Championships, which was taking place in Hartford CT when it came to my area. I loved that I got to play games that weren’t out and ended up reaching the Quarter Finals.

I own a massive video game collection with over a thousand games, over 20 systems and tons of first and third party controllers. I also hold many different Gaming World Records with various organizations and have a vast knowledge pertaining to the history of gaming. I’ve worked many different jobs over the years but my favorite jobs were 3rd Key at Funcoland, Managing a Video Store and Working for Twin Galaxies International. I currently run Gaming World Wide www.gamingworldwide.org and have big plans on the horizon.

TGI Trading Card Profiles: Rudy J. Ferretti

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Name: Rudy J. Ferretti

Favorite Classic Game: Well I have been asked the question so many times and so many to choose so, it will have to be Castlevania NES

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Why it is your favorite: This game was the ONLY reason I rushed home from school each day to play the NES, I was intrigued by the colors, the originality and the secrets. I loved the idea of being a Vampire Hunter locked inside a castle and no way to turn back, scoring points and learning how to defeat and master the game and the enemies and bosses. The music was so advanced for it’s time and I could remember playing it in my head and talking about it at recess at school, and  the problems we had with certain enemies and bosses in the game, and although there were games similar to this game out there, NOTHING compares to the game and the series in itself, and everyone one of them were unique in their own way, I will and have always been a fan dark/evil games and movies but, this game and series is prob the biggest reason why I started playing the NES…

Bio:

  • Rudy had been gaming since he was six years of age. Born May 27, 1979, In New Rochelle, N.Y.. He discovered that he could compete and keep up with the best gamers in the World. I Discovered Twin Galaxies in 2000 and the first score I saw that I Knew I could match was Pitfall two for the Atari 2600, after that I started submitting on the NES going through many battles on many titles and systems. I won many and lost many that’s what a real champion is all about winning and losing. I have a colorful collection of many World Titles that range from fastest times to highest scores and even some that I have lost the 1st place spot on were and will always be notable scores. Some Include one of the most popular games Splatterhouse for TG 16 I was the first high score champion and have lost and regained the score since, I hold the World title on the Sega Genesis Mutant League Hockey with a 43-0 Shutout only to not score higher do to CPU going crazy in the game, A Nightmare on Elm Street for the NES, I was the first high score champion and still am to this day.
  • Other scores include Monopoly for the NES 2:!6 Bankruptcy of the Computer, Lethal Weapon NES Max score 602,700, Wizards and Warriors Max Score NES, Home Alone Max score NES 141,340, Castlevania 3 Max score NES 999,999 Nes Monster in my pocket 9,999 max score, Super Mario GB 999,999 Land I have many other scores on multi consoles and have been listed in Guinness gamers edition all 5 years and in 2008 he was featured more than any gamer in the entire world in the book, Video Game collector magazine, Retrocade and in several other books in hopes to be in more.
  • Rudy has appeared on Coin-Op TV, Retroware TV and has been on several podcasts on various sites over the years, he is also a World Class Flash gamer on Retromundi.com,
  • I have been to many events, and have performed and obtained world records on gaming LIVE and on the Spot.
  • Two notable facts about Rudy J. Ferretti, I was the only gamer in history that flew nearly 3000 miles to prove in person that my score On Jaws for the NES was not by a Turbo Controller due to that fact in my prime my finger speed was second to none, I was not only the person to ever Crack 2600 Points on Twin Rifle a novelty Arcade game but it was done on my first try in Las Vegas at the Pinball Hall of fame at the end of several tried I shattered the Record of 2600 points and obtained a whopping 9100 points In front of Walter Day  but, it did not stop there a year later on the same machine in the same location, I not only broke the record on ONE try but , I did it in front of Todd Rogers scoring and looping the game 9999, with a new score of 10,200 points after NOT playing the game an entire year.
  • The game I revolutionized was for the Atari 2600, the time the score was a sub 40k, I was the first person not only to brake 40k, I scored over a million on the game only to kill off my remaining 50 plus lives in reserve. The game was Muppets Pigs in Space.
  • Plagued by politics and and hate and corruption over the years in gaming, Rudy has never truly maxed his performance potentials in gaming and to this his dreams of having the all around gaming league continue but, Rudy says the most important goal and Record of ll is to maintain his record of holding the most NES perfect/max scores that stands at 14 to this  day as he continues to play to add to that number and although he may not hold the Tetris score yet, Rudy has placed himself into history of a TOP all time NES  player and one of the best all around video gamers in history……
  • What’s next for Rudy? will just have to wait and find out.

TGI Trading Card Profiles: Patrick Scott Patterson

Patrick Scott Patterson

Favorite Classic Game:  Lode Runner (Commodore 64)

Details as to why it is your favorite:  Great blend of a platformer and deep strategy with plenty of levels and different challenges.  Timing and memorization is key throughout.

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Bio:  Patrick Scott Patterson – After more than 30 years of playing video games, The OriginalPSP has moved into recording gaming history and helping push gaming culture and the people in it into pop culture where he can.  Scott competed in numerous gaming contests in the 1990s and stays active today with several world records on both classic and modern gaming platforms.

Sabre: Frag Dolls

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Name:  Sabre

Group: Frag Dolls

Company: Ubisoft

Gamer Tag: SabreFD (Xbox Live)

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Favorite classic game: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Why?  This was my very first Zelda game, and I feel in love with it as soon as I started playing it. I can remember taking turns playing the game with my dad, and we’d work together to beat the mini-bosses and temples. It was absolutely amazing 😀

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Pixxel: Frag Dolls

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Name:  Pixxel

Group: Frag Dolls

Company: Ubisoft

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Favorite Classic Game: Super Mario World

Quote: Super Mario World was my introduction into gaming. When I was about four years young, my mom purchased a SNES and this was my very first game for it. She would play this game with me for what seemed like hours on end and I feel like it really bonded us.

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Spectra: Frag Dolls

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Name:  Spectra

Group: Frag Dolls

Company: Ubisoft

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Favorite Classic Game: Dr. Mario

Why is it my favorite: Because I was really really good at it. It was my very first video game addiction. I played it so much that when I closed my eyes at night I would see little pills falling. No other video games at the time appealed to me like this one did. It was the only game I was interested in playing. I played it over and over. I love Dr. Mario.

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