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

Tournaments This Year… Now All FREE!

Midwest Gaming Classic would like to thank everyone who purchased presale tickets and those who plan on attending this weekend! We would also like to thank all of those who have supported MGC over the years.

Midwest Gaming Classic is for all of us who are kids at heart. So in the spirit of MGC, and [...]

Awkward Terrible joins Saturday Night Band Line Up

Milwaukee’s premier chip tune band joins BEAKER and the Zelda Routine to make an all star line up of music to hear once the show ends Saturday! Awkward Terrible is a band that the UWM Post recently described after seeing them that, “I thought that my earlobes might explode (in the best way possible).” [...]

Speaking Line Up Announced!

This year’s speaking line up is amazing no matter what you are coming for!  Hyperkin, Jim Schelberg, Eugene Jarvis, TDGMods, Jeff Lee, Howie Rubin, Tim Lapentino, Marty Goldberg, Digital Iris, Don Caldwell, Mark Bakula, and Spooky Pinball are all announced and doing different panels and presentations throughout the day… and that’s just Saturday!

Sunday, we have [...]

Interactive Event Guide Launched

Where will you find yourself at 11:22am next Saturday?  How about 3:41pm Sunday?  You can figure out exactly what you’ll want to see by using our interactive Event Guide and Map that was just launched!

To use it, head to either the Event Guide or Event Map link on the top, and you’ll be able to [...]

Check out the latest Stern Pinballs thanks to Marco Specialties

Stern Pinball is churning out great game after great game, and this year at the Midwest Gaming Classic you’ll get to check them all out!  Thanks to Marco Specialties, who brings you Everything Pinball, six brand new machines will be unboxed at the show and set up for freeplay!  The machines that will be there [...]

Tournaments Announced!

What is your best game? At the Midwest Gaming Classic, we’ve got a bunch of different things for you to prove your skills in at the Midwest Gaming Classic!  A few of the highlights are the return of the Midwest Pinball Championship and Midwest Tetris Championship, the biggest tournaments of their types in the area, [...]

Pokemon Podcast Returns, Nintendo Joins the Fun!

The popular Pokemon Podcast room is returning in 2014 and will be hosting an extra special guest – Nintendo!  Stop in the Pokemon Podcast room to find all of your favorite Pokemon games and talk to the people being the It’s Super Effective Podcast.  This is always a great room to hang out in and [...]

Two Bands Announced for Saturday Night

The Midwest Gaming Classic is excited to announce the appearances of two of Milwaukee’s favorite bands on Saturday night in the Sheraton Bistro Lounge.

BEAKER takes the stage at 8:00 PM with their high-energy non-stop punkafunkadelic rock.  Get our your lab coats and enter BEAKER’s lab!

Immediately following BEAKER is THE ZELDA ROUTINE.  Like the organ-centric music [...]

Vendor Space More Than Doubles

If one of your favorite parts about the Midwest Gaming Classic in the past was the vendor hall, you don’t want to miss out on this year’s show!  As we’ve already mentioned, in order to add more space, the vendor space will be in a giant enclosed temporary structure just outside the walls of the [...]

Eugene Jarvis to Present

Arcade icon Eugene Jarvis will be returning to the Midwest Gaming Classic and will make a keynote presentation on Saturday at noon.  Jarvis, who has been a key player in some of the most memorable games, both video and pinball, to appear in arcades over the last 40 years, is known for the work that [...]