In 2018, the Midwest Gaming Classic featured more than 20 unique areas for visitors to learn about their favorite hobby, share a game with a friend, discover a new game, find items for their game room, meet game designers, check out things they had never seen, and so much more!
We will reveal more about the 2019 show on Facebook and will update this page to reflect those changes soon!
The BitBuilt Experience is people from BitBuilt and the Ben Heck Experience coming together to show you how they have hacked consoles to give them more functionality! Whether it is adding composite out to a system like the Colecovision or finding a way to make a portable Atari 2600 using the orignal boards, this is a fun room to check out!
Classic Gaming and Computing Museum
The Computing and Gaming Museum is one of the centerpieces of the Midwest Gaming Classic! Check out hundreds of different consoles from Pong to the PS4 and everything in between! Discover the joys of early computers, share the fun of hit games from the past, and check out the present of video games in the home!
Best of all? Unlike a museum where you can just look, in the Computing and Gaming Museum, it’s almost all playable too!
Cosmotrons: Make a Map
Want to be able to say you helped make an arcade game? Now you can! Stop at the Cosmotrons booth and draw a map that you think would be great for the game! The Cosmotrons team will be picking one or more maps throughout the weekend to put INTO the final version of the game as a playable level! Will it be yours?
Come to the show dressed as your favorite character from gaming! Come Saturday for a chance to win prizes for the best costumes when the Spooky Pinball gang and Bright Eyes Cosplay host our Cosplay tournament! On Sunday, we invite kids to come in costume and show it off! More details about time and special kids Cosplay hosts coming soon!
Galloping Ghost Arcade
Galloping Ghost Arcade from Brookfield, Illinois is the LARGEST arcade in the United States, featuring more than 550 UNIQUE arcade titles! While they can’t bring all of their games to the MGC (you’ll have to visit them for that!), they are going to have a great selection with them, as well as do some special events throughout the show, such as hosting many of the actors from the Mortal Kombat series!
Check them out online: Galloping Ghost Arcade
Gnome Games of Green Bay and Appleton is coming to share tons of table top and trading card games with players! Loan a game from them, buy a game from them, or just challenge others in their area! Additionally, Gnome Games will have a TON of competitive games throughout the weekend! Some of these games do have fees associated with them to cover tournament supplies such as card packs.
Guys, Games and Beer
The fun-loving Guys, Games and Beer podcast is an amazing group of guys (and gals!) that get together to discuss games and beer! They love sharing their favorite games with people, whether it is classics you may know, or extremely unique and one-of-a-kind things you may never seen! Walk into the room and become part of the G2B family and see what all the fun is about!
Indies! @ MGC
Indies! At MGC is your chance to get hands on with new and upcoming games being made by talented designers living right here in the Midwest! This year we have 18 games to share so whether you fancy the competitive, high-speed swords & sorcery brawling of The Moon Fields, deftly navigating the risk & reward of beautiful, retro-esque, side-scrolling shooter, Risk System, or would like to travel to new places via our virtual reality setups, courtesy of VR developer Galactavision, then come visit Indies! At MGC.
There’s a little new something for everyone!
Check out more online: Indies! @ MGC
Kids Cosplay Showcase
If your kids want to come in costume and just have some fun showing off what they are dressed up as, this is the perfect event for you! Bright Eyes Cosplay and some of her friends host in costume a showcase and free photo session for the kids who are in costume, and even give out some fun free swag for the kids who come! This event is held at the MGC Music stage.
KingPin Kiddie Ride Menagerie
Want to put your kids into a vehicle from a popular 80s cartoon, the back of an animal, or onto a space ship? These are just some of the options that KingPin Games will have in their KingPin Kiddie Ride Menagerie at the show! Hop on (as long as you are the correct size and / or weight) and take a ride down memory lane in this fun area! If you love one of these, you can bring one home with you or get it to put at a location to share after the show is over! Want to reserve one for delivery at the show? Contact Chris at KingPin at (608) 393-2299 for current inventory and pricing!
Mario’s Party at Star Worlds Arcade
It’s a celebration, and you’re invited on the Sunday of the show! Star Worlds Arcade is hosting Mario’s Party, where a couple special brothers will be making appearances and taking pictures throughout the day. Photos are taken professionally by our team in return for a donation to Troop 580 of at least $5 or more. If you want to ensure a chance at a photo, make sure to sign up for the Priority Photo times by pre-ordering your tickets before the show starts! Otherwise, spots are while supplies last.
Check out some awesome bands while you are at the show! Many bands perform fun sets throughout the day.
Check out the stage schedule: MGC Music Stage Schedule
The NintendoAge room is hosted by several members of NintendoAge.com, a website dedicated to collecting, trading, and playing retro video games. Stop by to play some of the classics from the early years of Nintendo, and take some time to try out the newest developments for classic Nintendo systems.
The Chicago-based Overdrive Reality returns to provide LIVE coverage of the MGC! Join Overdrive Reality host Matt Isbill, who also hosts Monster Jam on FOX Sports 1, along with stand-up comedian Adam Malkowski, MK2 commentator extraordinaire Mike Trinidad, movie buff Jason Cordero, and the ultimate collector Mate as they broadcast throughout the weekend Tons about what is going on at any given time! Stop by their booth in person to see the filming, meet a VIP, and maybe even get invited on the show!
Packrat Games Underdog Chamber
Packrat Video Games returns with the Underdog Chamber, an exciting area celebrating the lesser known games that never got a fair shake! Play Quake on a HUGE Apple iMac LAN and a Steel Battalion LAN for the original Xbox! They also have tons of great – and new – games for the lesser known systems like the Magnavox Odyssey 2, Atari 2600 and Vectrex! Get ready to experience something different than what you remember in the Underdog Chamber!
Star Worlds Arcade
Star Worlds Arcade of DeKalb, Illinois is bringing the fun of their arcade that has been in continuous operation for more than 30 years to the MGC! Featuring music games, classic arcade titles, and a room that looks like no other at the MGC, you need to stop here! Additionally, Star Worlds Arcade features crafting projects for kids of all ages to share!
Stories from the Midwest Gaming Classic Season 2 Premier
Stories from the Midwest Gaming Classic is past presentations from the MGC available on Amazon Prime, Amazon Video On Demand or Vimeo on Demand as well as showing at the show. When the Midwest Gaming Classic starts on Saturday, we will start playing the presentations from last year at our viewing area! Stop here to relax and catch a presentation as they will be run in random order all day long.
Time Machine DeLorean
Wait a minute Doc, are you trying to tell me Matt Hissem built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?! The way we see it, if you’re going to be at the Midwest Gaming Classic, you might as well do it with some style… as this incredible DeLorean is going to be on the show floor! Great Scott! Special thanks to Geeks Mania in Madison for helping to make this possible!