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There are tons of games and gaming related things to discover at the Midwest Gaming Classic! Here’s just some of what we had in 2022! Expect 2023 announcements to start in late Summer / early Fall!

 
Arcade

Arcade

Arcade

Arcade

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

Interested in bringing a machine to share and getting awesome rewards? Click this button:

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Artist Alley

Artist Alley

Artist Alley

Artist Alley

Check out the work of established and up-and-coming artists in our Artist Alley section! If you are an artist interested in displaying and selling your work here, please visit our Artist Alley Registration page.

BitBuilt Experience

BitBuilt Experience

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 a composite out to a system like the Colecovision or finding a way to make a portable Atari 2600 using the original boards, this is a fun room to check out!

Bonus Stage

Bonus Stage

Bonus Stage

Bonus Stage

Our friends from Hair of the Dogcast and Premium Edition Games are here to share collecting trends, discuss what it is like to make games, and more! Look for lots of special guests throughout the weekend!

CARCADE

CARCADE

CARCADE

CARCADE

Milwaukee’s own mobile arcade returns to the Wisconsin Center! CARCADE arrives #PARKandPLAY your favorite games with its go-anywhere entertainment system – perfect for birthday parties, tailgating, company events, and more!

Classic Gaming and Computing Museum

Classic Gaming and Computing Museum

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 PS5 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!

Cosplay

Cosplay

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 we host our Spooky Pinball Cosplay tournament! On Sunday, we invite kids to come in costume and show it off!

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Escape Room @ MGC

Escape Room @ MGC

Escape Room @ MGC

Escape Room @ MGC

Fire positron beams at enemy ships! Pilot the Astro Rover through space! Grow alien babies from eggs! Negotiate with hostile aliens! Master faster-than-light travel! And discover a secret that will change the
galaxy… but only if you survive! Test your wits, guile and teamwork in this high tech escape room!

Your ragtag group of space scavengers have just stumbled upon the motherlode – a derelict Galactic Concordant Starship ripe for the taking! Scrapping it for parts alone would net you enough credits to buy a small moon! But the unusual cargo on the Astraeus has made it a target by the ruthless Urbraxian Dominion. And what you thought was a simple scavenging job has become a race for survival!

Additional Admission Required. Check available times and signup on the Events Page

Future Classics

Future Classics

Future Classics

Future Classics

Try out the classics of the future from various developers of all sizes! From VR to console, Steam to mobile, you might be the first to check out tomorrow’s hot new game!

Are you a developer? Register here to show your games at MGC.

Future Classics Stage

Future Classics Stage

Future Classics Stage

Future Classics Stage

The Future Classics section features brand new games, game information, and FUN from developers and manufacturers of pinball machines, arcade games, new consoles, Steam, and even retro consoles like the NES! The Future Classics stage will allow those developers to share their ideas and concepts with one another and YOU, so you can learn about how the industry works now and in the future! Sponsored by JLS Gaming!

Garcade

Garcade

Garcade

Garcade

The incredible Menomonee Falls-based arcade the Garcade joins us and is throwing an EPIC bash! Featuring games, a DJ, and a friendly competition, come celebrate the Garcade with them! Can’t wait? Visit the Garcade in Menomonee Falls today to play over 175 games for one price!

Guys, Games and Beer

Guys, Games and Beer

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!

ICONS Superhero RPG

ICONS Superhero RPG

ICONS Superhero RPG

ICONS Superhero RPG

Icons Superpowered Roleplaying is a tabletop game of superhero adventure, creating exciting stories of the imagination with friends, based around the heroes you create.

Friday, April 29th, 2022 from 6:00pm until 10:00pm

Saturday, April 30th, 2022 from 12:00pm until 3:00pm

Saturday, April 30th, 2022 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm

JP16

JP16

JP16

JP16

Did anybody hear that? It’s not an impact tremor… it’s JP16, Brian Schafer’s beefed up version of the jeeps that you can find shuttling rangers, veterinarians, and Chaos Theory specialists around the island to try to get them to endorse the park!

Check them it online: OldhouseMedia

LAI Games

LAI Games

LAI Games

LAI Games

Arcade Legend
You may know LAI Games from iconic titles such as Stacker or Speed of Light, but for their debut at Midwest Gaming Classic they’re bringing something different… they will be doing live demos of their first consumer VR game, Arcade Legend!

Stop by their booth to play the demo, snag an Arcade Legend T-shirt, and a chance to win a Quest 2!

Visit the Arcade Legend Steam page at https://store.steampowered.com/app/1490600/Arcade_Legend/

Arcade Online
LAI will also be giving out promo codes for their new platform, Arcade Online!  Arcade Online lets you control real games with your phone or PC and win tickets that can be redeemed for instant digital prizes!  Stop by the LAI booth to snag exclusive discount codes only available for MGC attendees!

Arcade Trivia
LAI will also be hosting an arcade trivia game show where contestants can go head-to-head and win some awesome swag and deep discounts for Arcade Online. You won’t want to miss it!

Magic: The Gathering Play and Tournaments

Magic: The Gathering Play and Tournaments

Magic: The Gathering Play and Tournaments

Magic: The Gathering Play and Tournaments

Did you know Magic: The Gathering was revealed at the same physical location we are at (although in the previous building) in 1993? Join friends or make new ones playing Magic: The Gathering with us! Don’t have your cards? We’ll even have an cool old-school multiplayer format that you can play using our cards!

Magnetag

Magnetag

Magnetag

Magnetag

The MagneTag Foam Combat Arena is the place to put your warrior skills to the test against your friends and loved ones. Grab a sword and put on the hit detecting armor. Steel yourself for large scale multiplayer battles with foam swords, arrows, shields and blaster darts. Milwaukee-based MagneTag is bringing its new magnetic hit detection technology to the Midwest Gaming Classic. We will be playing team elimination (aka Hunger Games), team deathmatch, singles and doubles tournaments, and much more. Have you studied the blade? Prove it!

MarcoTV Stage

MarcoTV Stage

MarcoTV Stage

MarcoTV Stage

Stop by the MarcoTV Stage to learn about lots of different aspects of PINBALL! From how to update and fix your machine, to exploring rare games, to witnessing friendly competition on stage, the MarcoTV stage will have it all!

Saturday, April 30th, 2022 from 4:00pm until 5:00pm

MGC Belt Challenge

MGC Belt Challenge

MGC Belt Challenge

MGC Belt Challenge

Stop by the Garcade to challenge for the MGC Title Belt! Made by the same people who have made belts for the WWE and NFL, the Midwest Gaming Classic Belt is an impressive piece of metal and leather that you can strap on and take your photo with for defeating your opponent in a game! Or just for fun!

MGC Main Stage

MGC Main Stage

MGC Main Stage

MGC Main Stage

The MGC Main Stage features bands, wrestling, tournaments, game shows, and even the epic MGC After Party Saturday night! Don’t want your MGC fun to end Sunday night? The stage stays open a little extra beyond show close to bringing an epic end to the weekend!

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MGC Select Auction

MGC Select Auction

MGC Select Auction

MGC Select Auction

Last fall we helped sell 60+ games to their new homes.  Classics from Robotron to Tetris and Ms. Pacman to more modern titles, pinball games to arcade classics.

Games will be sold in a LIVE auction that will also be fed over the Internet on our site (http://www.oldschoolgamerauctions.com/watch/).

Games will sell for anywhere from $100 to as much as $5,000.

Most working games will sell for between $500-$1000.  Buyers onsite will pay a 10% buyer’s premium (12% if paid with a credit card) and all online bidders will pay the 15% premium plus sales tax.  Items will be sold in the order posted as of Saturday evening at 6 pm when we will be doing a full walk-through and showcase of products being sold on Sunday at noon.

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MilCog Game Library

MilCog Game Library

MilCog Game Library

MilCog Game Library

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!

Mortal Kombat 30th Anniversary

Mortal Kombat 30th Anniversary

Mortal Kombat 30th Anniversary

Mortal Kombat 30th Anniversary

Get Over Here! and celebrate 30 years of Mortal Kombat with many of the actors who portrayed the iconic characters in the series. Protect Earthrealm. Fight like Johnny Cage and hear the thunderous applause! No telling who might teleport into the festivities.

Park Tour Cruiser 09

Park Tour Cruiser 09

Park Tour Cruiser 09

Park Tour Cruiser 09

When Brian Schafer decided to make this Toyota into a Island Tour Vehicle just like was found in the Jurassic Park book and video games, he spared no expense! Check it out and imagine what it would be like to tour the island in style and check out dinosaurs up close and personal!

Check it out online: OldhouseMedia

Pop-A-Shot World Championship

Pop-A-Shot World Championship

Pop-A-Shot World Championship

Pop-A-Shot World Championship

Join Pop-A-Shot to prove you’re the best at the Pop-A-Shot World Championship! Hosted by the voice of NBA Jam, Tim Kitzrow, players will qualify throughout the day before the top eight players take to the stage Saturday night for an intense showdown with a $1000 cash prize on the line! You better hope that YOU’RE ON FIRE for this one!

Saturday, April 30th, 2022 from 10:00am until 6:00pm

Saturday, April 30th, 2022 from 6:30pm until 7:00pm

Pro Challenge Match: Allison vs. Lauren

Pro Challenge Match: Allison vs. Lauren

Pro Challenge Match: Allison vs. Lauren

Pro Challenge Match: Allison vs. Lauren

Two of the top Chicago female air hockey players, Allison DiMichele and Lauren Davis, will battle it out to determine who is the #1 ranked player in IL. Challenge matches are an air hockey marathon with the players competing in a best of 7 set battle, with each set being the best of 7 games.

Come out and watch two of the best air hockey players battle it out and learn about the world of competitive air hockey.

Shufflegames

Shufflegames

Shufflegames

Shufflegames

Slide Pucks, Enjoy Life! We live this when we’re playing our shuffleboard games or we’re working or just hanging out. We hope/wish that our customers, friends and shuffleboard game players can join us in adopting this philosophy. Our creative team has not only designed new “Target Shuffleboard” table games, we also make our own tables. Using professionally printed graphic decals, our playing tops are totally unique and enhance & enable how you play our games. In other words, new shuffleboard games need new playing guidelines to pull everything together. Debuting a couple new game boards that will appeal to a wide audience.

Saturday, April 30th, 2022 from 11:00am until 12:00pm

Saturday, April 30th, 2022 from 2:00pm until 3:00pm

Sunday, May 1st, 2022 from 11:00am until 12:00pm

Slypatch Magic Room

Slypatch Magic Room

Slypatch Magic Room

Slypatch Magic Room

Buy Magic, play Magic, talk Magic…BE MAGIC!

Also offering on demand events such as $5 pack wars where both players get a pack and the winner gets a pack, Old School MGC Tower, where both players use the same old school cards to duke it out in a format unique to the Midwest Gaming Classic, and much more!

Run by Slypatch Gaming.

Time Machine DeLorean

Time Machine DeLorean

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!

Vendor Hall

Vendor Hall

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  100+ vendors from all over the country! Remember, if you pre-ordered tickets, you get into the vendor hall 30 minutes early on Saturday, and for VIG, that’s an HOUR early!

Want to be a vendor at MGC? Sign up here!

Videogame Sage

Videogame Sage

Videogame Sage

Videogame Sage

Video Game Sage is a website dedicated to all things retro gaming and is excited to be hosting a room at Midwest Gaming Classic. At VideoGameSage.com you can work on your collection, participate in challenges, buy and sell video games, or just hang out and chat with people who love gaming, classic to current gen. Stop by the VGS room and play games from the past or some of the newest homebrew creations for the NES. 

Warhammer 40K

Warhammer 40K

Warhammer 40K

Warhammer 40K

Warhammer 40,000, the thrilling hobby of tabletop wargaming! The game is set in the grim darkness of the far future, where mighty armies clash on countless war-torn worlds and Humanity stands alone, beset on all sides by the threats of the heretic, the mutant and the alien. There is no mercy. There is no respite. Prepare yourself for battle. Hang out and talk strategy, paint or learn to paint models, learn to play or just see what it is all about, and get lucky in a random giveaway.

Register Here for the Main Tournament

Run by Best Coast Pairing and Faklandia Gaming

Whatnot

Whatnot

Whatnot

Whatnot

What’s Whatnot? The most interactive way to buy video games, collectibles, and just about anything else online! Our sellers host live streams where they auction, sell, or straight-up giveaway amazing items to their viewers. Be sure to come by the Whatnot booth, meet some of our amazing community, and take our prize wheel for a spin to win some awesome prizes – we’re bringing more than $4,000 worth of sweet gaming goodness – no cost to play, just show us your Whatnot username in the app!

Any new referrals who utilize this link will get $10 off of their first purchase, and the Midwest Gaming Classic will get $10 to help out in future shows!

Register Now!

Saturday, April 30

12:00pm – 2:00pm: GeneralMalice Going Live

Be sure to check out the amazing GeneralMalice as he streams live from the Whatnot booth. Top tier items, special guests, and free giveaways – there’s something for everyone!

https://whatnot.com/live/7ee4cc03-27fc-4e34-972e-db3fc81a9efc

4:00pm: Going Wild with Whatnot, Part 1!

Want to go wild in the vendor room? How about Whatnot spots you up to $500 to make it happen! Be at the Whatnot booth and show us your username in the app to be entered, and we’ll pick a winner live and go shopping!

Sunday, May 1

1:00pm: Going Wild with Whatnot, Part 2!

Seemed so nice, we had to do it twice – come by the Whatnot booth and flash your Whatnot username in the app to score a chance to win a $500 shopping spree on the vendor floor! We’ll draw the winner live at the booth, and help make a piece of their retro gaming dreams come true!

2:00pm – 4:00pm: Retail Rally Live!

Join Retro Rick live on whatnot, as he sells 25 beautiful CIB N64 games and one gorgeous Sculptor’s Cut cart at $50 each! Think you can grab one?

https://whatnot.com/live/5f6ae348-43ee-4419-83ac-17b933750ac2

Yu-Gi-Oh! Play and Tournaments

Yu-Gi-Oh! Play and Tournaments

Yu-Gi-Oh! Play and Tournaments

Yu-Gi-Oh! Play and Tournaments

The Yu-Gi-Oh! card game has been extremely popular for years, and this year thanks to our friends at Imperial Trading Cards, we’re hosting some great Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments, as well as open play! They will also be hosting friendly competitions here throughout the day!

Provided by Imperial Trading Cards.