What is the Midwest Gaming Classic?

You may have heard that the Midwest Gaming Classic is an “all encompassing electronic gaming trade show,” you may be aware that it is a trade show open to the general public featuring home video game consoles, pinball machines, arcade video games, computers, and even table top gaming, but you may be wondering more about what you should expect when you come to the show. Click “Learn More” and I’ll explain what we have tried to make the Midwest Gaming Classic, and what it is that I believe the event is all about.

Dan Loosen
Co-Founder

The Midwest Gaming Classic is about celebrating gaming. All of the main organizers of the Midwest Gaming Classic are gamers first. The show began in 2001 as a celebration of one of our favorite game consoles, and it has blossomed since then into a 40,000+ square foot gaming extravaganza that covers everything a gamer could want to know about the industry, from Pong to the PS4 and everything in between (and even older with some of the pinball machines)!

The Midwest Gaming Classic is about trying new things. No matter what you are into now, we want you to stop in and try your hand at a little bit of everything. If you like the old school games, try some of the latest ones. If you like new games, try some of the old. If you like pinball, take the time to check out the computers. And so on. The Midwest Gaming Classic will introduce you to all aspects of electronic gaming, and you’ll have a lot of fun with them all.

The Midwest Gaming Classic is about learning things about the hobby of electronic gaming. No one knows every aspect about his or her favorite aspects of gaming. Whether you find out something new by interacting with the person that created the game or just another fan who found something neat out, if you look around, there are lots of great opportunities to learn new and exciting things about your favorite hobby.

The Midwest Gaming Classic is about meeting other people who share the love of electronic gaming. The event is a place where friends who chat on the internet get together to meet face-to-face for the first time; where old friends run into each other and discuss their favorite arcade game that they used to play together as kids in the arcade. Everyone can meet new friends who share a common interest.

Finally, the Midwest Gaming Classic is fun. This means exactly what it sounds like. If you come to the show and you enjoy any sort of electronic gaming, you will have fun playing your favorites, competing against others, hearing from people in the industry about how games are made and finding new games to purchase and play. No matter if you only have one console and a handful of games or so many different games and consoles that you lost count years ago, you’ll have fun at this show.

I’m extremely excited about the upcoming event, and we will keep you updated with all of the happenings for the show on this web site, so make sure to sign up for the mailing list and check back often to find out all about the exciting things that will be happening at the show. Thanks for stopping by today, and make sure to say “hi” to me when you see me at the show!

Latest News

All Castle Games Welcomed Back as Sponsor

The Midwest Gaming Classic is extremely pleased to announce the return of one of our outstanding coin operated industry sponsors for this year’s show today in All Castle Games!

All Castle Games is a family owned & operated amusement company based in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. They pride ourselves on clean, fun, and WORKING games. Simply [...]

MilCoG Gaming Area

Join the Milwaukee Company of Gamers, or MilCoG, for a table top gaming experience that can’t be beat!  MilCoG will be bringing tons of racks worth of amazing board games for you to check out and play with other showgoers!  You can rediscover old favorites or introduce yourself to totally new games in the amazing [...]

MGC Music Added to the Show

Brand new at this year’s MGC is MGC Music, a Saturday event featuring some of the best bands from Milwaukee! The bands are confirmed and ready to tantalize your eardrums with their awesome tunes, and we’ll post a schedule closer to the show. The following bands will be playing at the Midwest Gaming Classic in [...]

Laptop LAN Added to VIG Pre-Party

Want to participate in a LAN at the Midwest Gaming Classic with your own equipment? For the first time in the history of the Midwest Gaming Classic, we will be hosting a laptop LAN Friday night from 4pm-9pm!  Simply sign up as part of the VIG Pre-Party package and you’ll get to sit down with [...]

PSNation Brewers Tailgate and Game Returns

The Brewers schedule has again synched up with the Midwest Gaming Classic one, and it means that you can again accompany Glenn and others from around the country to check out Miller Park and where the Brewers play, the Wisconsin way!  You’ll get on a bus at the Brookfield Sheraton and ride down to the [...]

AVC Online Returns to Sponsor the MGC!

AVC Online (formerly Atari Video Club) is a club for Atari fans which organizes online discussions, develops games for the Atari 2600, supports Jagfest conventions throughout the world, and hosts the Video Game Summit in the Chicago area. On top of all of this, AVC Online has been the longest running supporter of the Midwest [...]

Midwest Pinball Championship Announced

In 2015, the Midwest Pinball Championship returns with an all new format designed to make this spectacular free tournament even better this year! We’ll be taking the most number of qualifiers ever, and those players will be eligible for the most WPPR points ever awarded at a Midwest Gaming Classic event!

Find out all the details [...]

Artist Alley Revealed, Show Your Art and Win Prizes

Returning in 2015, the Midwest Gaming Classic presents Artist Alley, a new Art Exhibition at the show taking submissions now for this unique art show to feature art inspired by games!  Artists who submit their work could find them receiving new items to inspire them, as the top art piece as picked by the exhibit [...]

Calling All Cosplayers!

In 2015, Spooky Pinball returns with the wildly popular Cosplay Heroes tournament, a celebration of the people who come dressed up!  Whether you’ve Cosplayed at lots of different tournaments, or never done it before, the Midwest Gaming Classic and Spooky Pinball want to see you!

On Saturday at 7:30pm in the Lounge where speaking will be [...]

Arcade Details Announced – Rewards and Parties!

One of the biggest arcades in the world is ready to come back to life this April!