Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Shawne Vinson who currently is displayed on card number 440, from the Superstars of 2013 Collection.  He is also featured on cards 1076, 2412, and 3200.   Shawne, who is known as the “Nintendo Master of Sacramento, can be seen in the 2016 Edition of Guinness Book of World Records – Gamers Edition.  With many world record scores on the Twin Galaxies scoreboard, Shawne is always motivated to break ore records and be the best gamer in his hometown.   He just beat the 2 tough hard mini shooting games, which no one has ever completed, Swan Shooter and Night Strike. It’s called the Furu Furu Park and it’s on Wii.  One of his games he is currently working on setting records for are the puzzle games, such as Super Bust-A-Move.  You can see Shawne on his YouTube Channel “ShawneTheGreatGamer”. You can also find out more about Shawne on his video adventure story of his gaming career and culture. “Shawne Vinson’s Video Game Journeys”.

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

I was doing performing a world record for highest scores and winning streaks, even I will able to determine to destiny for my video game journey, and I’m going to try for the video game world tournaments, and championships…I know I can do it for the best gaming, from now on.

As for an older classic games, in the 90’s and 2000’s, some games was targeting at Game Crazy Store from Hollywood Video and even EB Games, when it was just had a preowned price and MVP was a service offered by GameCrazy which provided customers with a 10% discount on used games and accessories as well as a 10% increase in video game trade-in value.

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

My first playing arcade was Millipede when I was 5 and my home game console was Jr. Pac-Man and Commando on the Atari 2600 when I was 6.

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

Not exactly. I was just…make my only the beginning of my appearance for the video game trading card, when I was in 2013. Even if I’ll do my best part of the gaming history.

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

I was in the Sacramento Raw Radio Show, when I’m interviewing for my story, it was back in March 13th, 2013, June 23th 2013, and August 6th, 2013 at J’aime Deorosan’s Fashion Show Event from Downtown Sacramento. Especially I have some more interviews of more for the appearance at the Video Game trading card award ceremonies and Arcade Expo 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0 from Banning, California.

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

I was in a chat online at twin galaxies from the America Online. It was back in 2004, and I finally meet him at the Museum of Pinball from Banning, California back in October 15th, 2015.

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

Video Game Hero.  Because I will continue his legacy. And I have risked for my humanitarian spirit and work on my video game journey. As from now on, I guess I always just wanted to be a “Video Game Hero”.

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

Yes. I also have my responsibility for my video game journey, as long as I created.  And I just determined to my destiny. Video games was life, it was my other different time for the beginning and I just made my own journey, when I was imagining for my advantage, at least I was good at it.  And I love to play Puzzle Bobble/Bust-A-Move game of the series from Taito, like 2, 3, 4, Super Bust-A-Move 1 & 2, Space Bust-A-Move, Bust-A-Move BASH, and more. And my goal is to become a Bust-A-Move/Puzzle Bobble Champ or a Puzzle Master.

What is your favorite portable gaming device and why?

Because I love Game Boy Advance, it makes me so smart, as long as I ever learn for the intelligence.

Do you prefer PC or Console gaming and why?

I would probably just play “Every” Nintendo console. But any different game consoles sound okay for me. At least I’ll give it my best shot.

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

I just love Puzzle Bobble/Bust-A-Move games of the series, and even the video games of the 90’s and 2000’s.

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

I will able get the Ultracade or Global Arcade someday. It’s a revolutionary multi-game video arcade machine that lets you select and play
hundreds of LICENSED and LEGAL video arcade game classics from major game makers,
and is made with the commercial owner/operator in mind but can also be used in the home.

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

Because I love Nintendo. Nintendo is the most one of the coolest names of the video games and consoles. Even it’s been developed of the gaming company and the most influential in the industry, as long is I loved. So anyway, I should know to handle and collect some stuff. I went to store and shop to order go on the internet, and is got all those Nintendo cool stuff, like T-Shirts, cool hats, cool belt buckles, notebooks, pajamas sets, wall decorations, wallets, folders, notebooks, and of course video games! And Nintendo comes up for cool new stuff all the time, even a special reward too. It’s possible to keep up with. And is a cool the best way to be, instead of gaming.

What does it take to be a Video Game Journalist?

Actually, I would do my best for knowledge of the various genres of different games would be key, I think.

How does video game music influence games past and present?

I’m only just listen to the video game music and even with a video game remix, electro, and techno music.

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

My brothers and sisters and I fell in love with playing video games, when we were kids, from back in the 90’s.

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

Not exactly. I’m not interested instead of too violence for video games.

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

Because I love to play video games with Wi-Fi, a gaming network online, and gaming live stream ever since when I was alone. And people will might get to know me in all over the world. Even good thing is they have a video game tournament a gaming network online, when I just won already instead of 2 times from a while ago.

Which company makes the best games and why?

Taito of course. Taito just made Bubble Bobble was in 1986 instead of popularity. Even Puzzle Bobble a.k.a. Bust-A-Move series is one of my favorite, and it makes me for being smart as well.

Do you learn anything from playing video games?

I play the NES and the arcade when I was 8 years old, I enjoy and learn about the history of video games ever since when I was 17. Even I just love reading a video game magazine a lot too. Especially

Are video games good for relieving stress?

Yes. I was just finally beat the game with no continues for every Puzzle Bobble/Bust-A-Move game for high scores. Especially I learn it for beating every adventure game too.

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

Yes. It was called The Wizard the video game movie. At least it was my favorite, and it was back in 1989. It a story about a boy and a girl takes his hidden-genius little brother to the video game championships in Los Angeles.

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

Bubblun & Bobblun (Bub & Bob) are adorably amazing. Even I just like got difference between of their bubble powers and Rainbow Powers, when they were humans.

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

I was just searching for the arcades, anytime, anyplace, and spending time for my life. Even the video game night at the café, when I was having a gaming company.

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

I like to make a great perfect story about me for my adventure, even I already have just name of it too…….”Shawne Vinson’s Video Game Journeys”. That’s me.

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

Yes. Just a every adventure and fighting game. At least I just think positive for good.

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

I just love to play Bust-A-Move ’99 on Nintendo 64 for a single play when it has a difference between for a great level. Even the “Edit Mode” I create every level by myself. As for my favorite multiplayer game I play Bust-A-Move BASH! On Wii, when it’s got 8 players, as I’m good at it so perfectly.

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

I just have my own special Nintendo idea for the ghost type to known, as the “Boos”. It was based on Super Mario.  And the main character name is…Lady Bow.

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

I just heard all about the video game tournaments and championships for a while. You see, many generations have passed. Gamers have to compete and win battles, highest scores, winning streak, and even a best time of speed runs. At the number of referees and adjudicators in the importance of the historical contribution to qualify for the video game tournaments, championships, and world records. At least I gotta do it from now on. Ya know it’s my video game journey.


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 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.