Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Estel Goffinet, who is displayed on card number 553,  from the Superstars of 2013 Collection.  Estel is also featured on cards 1049, 1240 and 2496. Estel is one of a very small group of gamers who has a recorded and approved Donkey Kong kill screen.  Estel competed in the Kong-Off III in New Jersey.  His highest Donkey Kong scores are 999,800 (Hammers Allowed) and 640,500 (No Hammers Allowed).  You can see Estel playing his favorite streamed games on MAME and he will appear at times at Donkey Kong events to show his Donkey Kong skills.

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

I mostly play classic arcade games like Donkey Kong, Intrepid, Moon Patrol, etc.  I will find time to squeeze in a RPG every now and then.

Of these five elements video games, which is the most important to you and why?  Gameplay, Atmosphere, Music, Story, Art style

It would be a tie between game play and music. I’ve played a few games that were not pretty and had horrid story but the game play and music keep me interested.

Do you find boss battles to be the best part of a video game?

Nah, it’s the entire journey of the character. Or in the case of Thousand Arms for the PlayStation, it’s the dating simulation lol.

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

My favorite multiplayer game would be Terarria for PC. There are so many great single player games that there is no way I could decide.

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

Ah, my first video game I remember playing would be River Raid for the Atari 2600. I spent a lot of hours in front of the old 2600 and I think that was what got me hooked into video games.

Did you ever think when you were younger you would be on a Video game Trading card? 

I never thought I would be on a trading card of any kind. It’s a real honor to be included with such great gamers.

When did you first meet Walter day and where was it at?

I first met Walter Day at the Atlanta Southern Fried Gaming Expo back in 2014

Are you still involved with gaming today, and what role do you play?

I am somewhat active. I’m not sure I’ll have a whole lot of time now since I have a new baby girl here.  I do stream some games from time to time. Mostly on MAME but occasionally I’ll stream from my cab.

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

I mostly play classic arcade games like Donkey Kong, Intrepid, Moon Patrol, etc.  I will find time to squeeze in a RPG every now and then.

Growing up were you team Sega or Nintendo and why?

Sega all the way!! (Sorry Glen) I loved the variety of RPGs and platformers that Sega offered. The Sega Saturn was by far my favorite of all Sega consoles with amazing games like Panzer Dragoon Saga, Astal, and all the titles from Working Designs. Not to mention all the great import games like Radiant Silvergun, Macross Remember the Love, and Dragon Ball Z just to mention a few.

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

I prefer to play against my friend for the most part. Gaming, for me, is more about the community and friends than the games themselves.

Which company makes the best games and why?

Capcom has always been really good for platformers and it was a tie between Working Designs and Atlus for the RPG side for me.

Are video games good for relieving stress?

Yes, unless you’re playing Donkey Kong. Then I rage most of the time lol.

What springs to mind when you hear the term ‘video games’?

My cobbas, fun, and beer. It’s definitely the social aspect of gaming that has kept me coming back.

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

I would love to own a Medieval Madness pinball machine.  I’ve played it a few times and that game is what got me hooked on pinball.


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 (125 Posts)

Todd Friedman is heavily involved in the video game community. He is currently writing for Old School Gamer Magazine, RetroGaming Times and The Walter Day Collection. He has Co-Promoted the Video Game Summit in Illinois for the past 11 Years. Todd is an avid video game collector with over 3550 console games and 35 systems. He holds over 60 world 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.