Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Natalie Rossetti who is displayed on card number 2078, from the Superstars of 2015 Collection.   Natalie has been in the television and media world for many years now.   She has worked on a variety of TV shows such as Fly Girls on the CW network.  In 2012, she joined forces with Dave Danzara and was the videographer and editor of the documentary, “The Video Craze”.  She is currently in the process of another gaming documentary called “No Princess in the Castle”, a film about women in the gaming industry.  Natalie also owns her own film company called White Willow Films.

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

I might be aging myself here, but my older brother had an ATARI 2600 in the early 80’s and I had to ask him for weeks if I could try it out.  When he finally said yes, I just remember staring at the screen not really knowing what a video game was exactly. I have no idea what game I played, but I’m guessing it was Asteroids.

What are your opinions about today’s generation of video games?

How do you compare them to older, classic games? I appreciate the technology and role playing of new games, but my heart belongs to classic gaming since that reminds me of growing up in the 80’s and 90’s.

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

It was probably at one of our releases for our first film, The Video Craze.

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

Kind.  I feel like Walter Day is the kindest soul I’ve ever met.  To be in his presence is always a good feeling.

What is your favorite portable gaming device and why?

I fancy the Nintendo Switch, so my two gamer girls can play on the go.

Do you prefer PC or Console gaming and why?

I’m stuck in the 80’s so it’s got to be console gaming.  Old school Nintendo games such as Elevator Action, Contra and Mario Bros defined my childhood.

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

I honestly don’t have time for games since I’m so busy (I do squeeze in pinball whenever possible) but my 10-year-old and 9-year-old girls play Miku Hatsune Diva Project X on PlayStation, any Mario Bros, Kirby and Yoshi games.

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

I definitely LOVE Pinball and would kill to get my hands on The Twilight Zone.

Which console company is your favorite and why?

Nintendo, Sony, Sega, or Microsoft? Nintendo for life.

What does it take to be a Video Game Journalist?

Going to a lot of events and talking to many people of all backgrounds and ages/sexes.

Do you believe some Video Games are too violent and lead to violence in America today?

Unfortunately, violence is everywhere (movies, tv, books the news etc,) so I would say that it really doesn’t lead to violence as an individual source.

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

I really love the Barcade scene.  It’s a good place to hang out with friends and have a little friendly competition (I also enjoy kicking their asses at Street Fighter).

Which company makes the best games and why?

Konami made the best NES games because of their graphics and game play.

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

I spent the last few years helping launch filming our second documentary film involving games called No Princess in the Castle, a film about women in the gaming industry.  I also spent a year helping the initial launch of The Arcade Expo (Museum of Pinball) in Banning, CA.

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

Very interactive with each other and less of a solitary activity.  I assume it will be 3D virtual and maybe it will combine all the senses (touch, smell, sight and sound).

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.

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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.