Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Brian Allen, who currently is displayed on card number 329, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection.  Brian is also featured on cards 2130 and 2466.  Brian is considered one of the best Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Junior players in the world.   He has accomplished the well-known ‘Kill Screen’ many times in Donkey Kong.  He has his name in the record books for Donkey Kong Jr and Donkey Kong 3.  Brian has had a personal tournament named after him called the ‘Allen-Off”.   This battle between Allen Staal of Australia and Brian Allen of the U.S.   Look for Brian at some of the Kong Off tournament, as he will surely be up there in the rankings.

If you could own one arcade game besides Donkey Kong, what would it be and why? 

I do own 18 arcade and pinball machines in my game room arcade in my house. There is always machines I am wanted but the lack of space and money limits me from buying anymore. I used to own a Space Fire Bird arcade machine.  I would love to find another one of those and take the world record on that.

When did you achieve the ‘kill screen’ in Donkey Kong and where was it at?

I got my first Donkey Kong Arcade Kill Screen in June of 2012.  The first Donkey Kong kill screen happened live on Twitch stream in June 2012.  I had 60 viewers at the time.

What is your opinion on console version of Donkey Kong and is that a record you are shooting for?

Donkey Kong console on the Nintendo Switch? Some players have already pushed that score out of my reach right out of the gates.

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

I enjoy playing today’s current games from Monster Hunter world to WWE Champions on my Cell Phone. The current games there is not an end to them. There is always something different and new coming to them.

Did you ever think when you were younger you would be on a video game trading card? 

I used to collect and sold sports cards as a Teenager. I always looked at them and dreamed if I could ever have my own card.

Have you ever received any media coverage for your appearance on the trading card?  If so, where?

Since getting my own Trading Cards I have been featured on a few different websites and done interviews with PSP, Cat and TG

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

Walter Day is a Really quiet man. A Man of Mystery. I got to meet him in 2012 at the NW Pinball and Arcade Show. He watched me go for the World Record on Donkey Kong Junior.

Are you still involved with competitive gaming today, and what are your goals?

As an everyday player of Classic Arcade Games. I Pretty much Retired from Competitive gaming Jan 1st, 2016. I continue to play a serious game of Donkey Kong once a month. I have tried to bring back Classic games competitive events like the Donkey Kong Open in which I started back in 2012. I have hosted Events from Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Junior, Donkey Kong 3, Pooyan and few others recently. Players have played in these events from around the world. The Goal is to bring back the fun of playing a classic Arcade game during an event.

What games today do you play and what are your favorite genres of games?

I try to play a lot of different games from Retro Arcade games to current console and cell phone games

What does it take to be a world record holder on an arcade game?

It takes a lot of skill and time. There is a lot of watching other players to see hidden things they are doing to add things to your game play.

Are video games aimed mainly at children, adolescents or adults?

Video games are made for everyone. I feel certain games are made for the younger gamers.

Do you remember your first video game / arcade you played and what do you remember about it?

The first arcade game I ever played was Asteroids. in 1979. I was at this Swimming pool place camping with my family and they had Asteroids and other game there. Game was huge tall machine me being an 8-year-old boy standing up to it.

Do you prefer playing video games alone, against friends or online against the world and why?

I enjoy playing games by myself and having my music playing. I enjoy going to the Events NW Pinball and Arcade Show every year and playing games and hanging out with the Fans! Teaching them how to play a game is a great thing to pass down to older and young players.

Which company makes the best games and why?

Over all I would say Capcom makes the best video games.

Are video games good for relieving stress?

They are if you are not chasing a score or something. Then things become really stressful.

Who is your favorite video game character and what makes that character special?

Mario Jump Man is my favorite and on consoles it is Mega Man!

What springs to mind when you hear the term ‘Arcade Games’?

I think of Retro Arcades and Pizza places from the 80’s. Playing that brand-new game in the Arcade was something special. Those kinds of things are completely Lost today.

What is your favorite single player game and favorite multiplayer game?

That would be Donkey Kong Arcade and Multiplayer game would be Monster Hunter World and WWE Champions Cell Phone Game.

If you can design your own game, what would it be about and who would be the main character?

If I could make a video game, it would be a Donkey Kong Country type of game with RPG too it and leveling up all the different guys in the game.

Where do you see video gaming in the next 20 years?

Sadly, I do not see them being sold in stores anymore. They will be sold on console websites and what not. I already miss the Kart and everything.

This is one of an ongoing series of articles based on the Walter Day Collection of e-sports/video gaming trading cards – check out more information at thewalterdaycollection.com.

Todd Friedman Todd Friedman (391 Posts)

Todd Friedman is heavily involved in the retro gaming community and has co-promoted the Video Game Summit in Chicago, IL for the past 16 years. He also has published 2 books and written for various different gaming magazines including Old School Gamer.