Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Rob Kempf, who currently is displayed on card number 4006, from the Superstars of 2022 Collection.  An avid XBOX collector, Rob used to have a huge collection when he was growing up but lost them. So, in the last few years he has built back up his collection with such games as Spy vs. Spy, Midnight Club 3, and True Crime. Rob is totally on team XBOX and can be seen online playing against friends and competitors. His screen name is RKs2Sik. He is truly happy to be a part of this wonderful community.

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

Donkey Kong Country on the SNES, I remember playing with my siblings and trying to figure out all the secret areas and collecting hundreds of an animal and racking up extra lives.

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

I’m truly impressed with the graphics in today’s systems because back in my Original Xbox days I thought the graphics couldn’t get any better so it’s nice to see my childhood favorites slowly getting enhanced to the new generation of gamers. and to me? That’s priceless!

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

No, because I was too busy playing games instead of reading up on the news, but to be recognized as such now I wish I knew about it sooner. It’s an honor to be known for something I’ve always enjoyed.

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

A couple years ago at my local mall. He was there with Billy Mitchell; I was in awe the whole day I was there to be surrounded by such great people.

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

Humble. Because he took time to listen and acknowledge everyone he talked to.

Do you prefer PC or Console gaming and why?

Console gaming because I find it something I’m familiar with.

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

GTAV, Rock Band 4, Roblox, and Burnout Paradise. I couldn’t honestly pick a genre because I like a little bit of everything.

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

House of the Dead 2, Because of the mechanics and use of light gun, I’ve collected some xbox light guns and games because of it.

Which console company is your favorite and why?  Nintendo, Sony, Sega, or Microsoft?

Microsoft because my first console was the Original Xbox and the exclusives always kept me wanting more it will always hold a special place in my heart.

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

I honestly don’t think games should have an age limit because there’s games that kids may like but adults may like them too. So at the end of the day, you can’t put an age on a Video Game.

Do you believe some video games are too violent and lead to violence in America today?

Depends on the person., because what if they were already having thoughts and started playing video games that revolved around those thoughts. Everyone needs a friend so be kind to another you never know what battles they fight.

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

It depends on the day really, but majority of the time it’s with my friends or alone. I enjoy knowing who I play with on Xbox.

Which company makes the best games and why?

I couldn’t pick just one because everyone makes good games and I like a little bit of everything.

Do you learn anything from playing video games?

A bunch of stuff but mostly control because of having control over the scenario is a good place to be.

Are video games good for relieving stress?

I personally think YES because you could be having a bad day and if you are playing a game, you can ease the mind with some brain activity other than feelings.

Do you like it when Hollywood makes a movie from the video game?

Yes, some games I’ve played growing up and seeing a movie is quite entertaining and nostalgic to see.

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

Happy Place.

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

No, I personally like everything that helped that game come together. It allows me to see a glimpse into the creative mindset behind the game.

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

Yes, I have been actively playing GTAV with friends I’ve met online. I use gaming as my way to help my ADHD manageable.

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

That’s interesting because the graphics and processors in today’s systems are already insane and to think that they are only going to get better is going to be interesting to see what’s to come.

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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 (308 Posts)

Todd Friedman is heavily involved in the video game community. He is currently writing for Old School Gamer Magazine, Retro Gaming Times and The Walter Day Collection. He has Co-Promoted the Video Game Summit in Illinois for the past 13 Years. Todd's first book, Walter Day's Gaming Superstars, Volume 1, was released in February of 2020. Volume 2 of the Gaming Superstars was published on December 24th, 2021. Todd is also on the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Nomination Committee for the International Video Game Hall of Fame.