At the Show

With more than 130,000 square feet of fun, the Midwest Gaming Classic features more than 20 unique areas for you to learn more about your favorite hobby, share a game with a friend, discover a new game, find items for your game room, meet game designers, check out things you’ve never seen, and so much more. Click on the pictures below to find out more about what you can do At The Show!

 

Arcade

Arcade

When the show opens, so does the largest arcade in Wisconsin! Featuring more than 100 arcade video games, and more than 250 arcade pinball machines, this is a room that you don’t want to miss!

Artist Alley

Artist Alley

Brand new this year, Artist Alley is an area that features a number of great artists! Check out the work of Philo Barnhart, Charles Moisant, Dirty Donny and more! Check out different art options, like this piece from Rusty Shackles!

BitBuilt Experience

BitBuilt Experience

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

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!

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Cosmotrons: Make a Map

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?

Cosplay

Cosplay

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!

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Galloping Ghost Arcade

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

Garcade

Garcade

The Garcade is our nearest pay-one-price, play-all-day arcade! The GarCade will be on hand throughout the day with fun giveaways and with some games to share with you here! Also, make sure to get tickets to their after party on Saturday night to keep the fun going!

Geeks Mania

Geeks Mania

Geeks Mania from Madison, Wisconsin is a great pay-one-price arcade that has some great news to share with people at the Midwest Gaming Classic! Check out their games, and ask them about what new machines they will have after the show!

Giant Screen Gaming

Giant Screen Gaming

Courtesy of Old School Gamer Magazine, these HUGE gaming screens will allow you to play games where the characters are as big as you are! Stop by and play some games and check out the magazine Old School Gamer Magazine when you do!

Gnome Games

Gnome Games

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.

Gnome Games Family TableTop Games

Gnome Games Family TableTop Games

Find a game that is fun for you and your kids to play together! Gnome Games will have a number of family games with demos that are fun to play for pre-k kids all the way through middle school!

Guys, Games and Beer

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!

I Play Games

I Play Games

I Play Games is coming to the show and bringing a bunch of their great head-to-head modern games for people to check out and play! Stop by for a casual game, or play in a for-fun tournament with announcers calling the action live!

Indies! @ MGC

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

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

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

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.

MGC Music

MGC Music

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

MilCog

MilCog

With a library of more than one thousand table top games to borrow, MilCog (or the Milwaukee Company of Gamers) has something fun for you to play with your friends! Pull up a chair and sit down at a table! Want help learning a new game? We’ll have staff on site to help teach you new things!

NintendoAge

NintendoAge

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.

Overdrive Reality

Overdrive Reality

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 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!

Pixel Blast Arcade

Pixel Blast Arcade

The Pixel Blast arcade of Lisle, Illinois is bringing a bunch of their exciting and popular arcade video games to the floor of the MGC to share them with you! Stop by and check out what this great arcade has to play!

Pokemon League

Pokemon League

Stop at the Gnome Games booth to play in the Pokemon League! Get tips on how to play Pokemon and play in some friendly matches against other Pokemasters! Who will you choose? Bring your deck if you have one!

Pokemon Podcast

Pokemon Podcast

Visit the Pokemon Podcast room to get your fix of all things Pokemon! Talk Pokemon while you play Pokemon games on various consoles, as well as take on others in the card game!

Star Worlds Arcade

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 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

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!

Turbofest

Turbofest

Head to Turbofest to enjoy the games for the various NEC consoles that were not as well known back in the day, but have become retro classics today! See the rarest NEC consoles and play games on them too!

Vendor Hall

Vendor Hall

Over 50,000 square feet of gaming goodness! Whatever you are looking for – from games and systems to shirts, toys, machine parts, costume pieces, and so much more – find it among our over 100 vendors from all over the country!