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There are tons of games and gaming related things to discover at the Midwest Gaming Classic! The following is an incomplete list of many of our features from last year, and will be updated for the 2020 show in the coming months as we reveal more events!

 
A Winner Is You Stage

A Winner Is You Stage

A Winner Is You Stage

A Winner Is You Stage

New this year, the A Winner Is You Stage was described to people presenting as a stage sort of like “the guy selling knives at the fair.” It probably isn’t why you go to the fair, but once you get there, it’s oddly captivating to watch! Learn about niche topics, try your hand at trivia, or participate in fun stuff! Schedule to be reviewed.

Arcade

Arcade

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!

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Arcade816

Arcade816

Arcade816

Arcade816

Before Arcade816 opens in Chicago’s south suburbs, they’ll visit MGC to preview their brand new experience! A video game arcade and museum with a focus on the 8-bit and 16-bit eras of gaming, Arcade816 will have playable consoles featuring your favorite games on custom arcade kiosks! Learn the history of video games first hand, but most importantly; see, hear and PLAY these pioneering games! Pay once, and play all night! Video game lovers, get ready… your new favorite hangout is on the way!

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 use our contact form at the bottom of any page for more information.

Be My Player Two

Be My Player Two

Be My Player Two

Be My Player Two

Are you a Mario looking for your Princess Peach? Ms. Pacman looking for her Mr. Pacman? Do you find yourself searching for a player two and having no luck finding one? Try our “Be My Player Two” Speed Dating event on Sunday, April 14th at 1pm at the show. Interested? Sign up at http://bit.ly/BeMyPlayerTwo All information will be kept confidential, and we will contact you with more information! *Note: Due to logistics with numbers, some people who sign up may not be able to participate.

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!

Chicago Gaming

Chicago Gaming

Chicago Gaming

Chicago Gaming

Chicago Gaming is one of the largest arcade game manufacturers in the world, with smash hit pinball machine remakes like Monster Bash, Attack from Mars and Medieval Madness joining incredible home arcade products like Arcade Legends 3, Ms Pac-Man and Galaga, and the most beautiful foosball tables! If you’re looking for the best, look no further than Chicago Gaming!

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 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

Cosmotrons

Cosmotrons

Cosmotrons

In Cosmotrons, one to four players yell and celebrate as they pilot a spaceship setup of THEIR choice in battle against gravity and friends throughout dangerous alien territories! Gameplay, risk versus reward, depth, endless replayability, and camaraderie are #1 most important with the games we, Arcadeaholics, design. Cosmotrons is housed in our beautifully designed premium Delux-o-Tron arcade cabinet. Replay-ability is infinite in Cosmotrons! Pilots have multiple ship types to choose from like the Noob, Recruit, Fighter, Beast (spray and pray), Snipes (powerful primary weapon), Jalopy (a sloppy flying broken down ship), and Squid (shoots out its butt….er… rear end), each which have their own unique attributes, feel, and skill level. Pilots also get special charge abilities to choose from like the “Cosmobuster” and EMP, thus players create a combination that suits their play style. In multiplayer mode, two, three, or four Cosmotron pilots battle in teams or solo in intense aerial dogfights. There also is a “Be the Boss” mode where one player gets to take an over powered ship and battles against up to three of their friends at the same time. In single player mode space pilots can explore territories, practice flight and shooting skills, and participate in timed speed runs.

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 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!

Ecto-1 Replica

Ecto-1 Replica

Ecto-1 Replica

Ecto-1 Replica

Everybody can relax, we found the car! It may have needed some suspension work, shocks, brakes, brake pads, lining steering box, transmission rear end… but Andy Ries took care of that, and will be sharing his success at the Midwest Gaming Classic! Whether you look like a scientist or a gameshow host when you take your picture near it is up to you!

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!

Galloping Ghost Arcade

Galloping Ghost Arcade

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

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

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!

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Gnome Games

Gnome Games

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

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

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

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!

Jersey Mike’s Subs

Jersey Mike’s Subs

Jersey Mike’s Subs

Jersey Mike’s Subs

Everything about Jersey Mike’s is high quality. Our MSA Grade top round beef are trimmed and cooked right in the store. Our meats and cheeses are all top-quality premium brands. Our bread is fresh-baked each day on the premises. And of course, everything’s prepared right in front of you. It’s what makes Jersey Mike’s the most authentic tasting submarine sandwich available, and it’s a tradition of quality we’ll never outgrow.

Johnny Gioeli Rock Band Jam Sesh

Johnny Gioeli Rock Band Jam Sesh

Johnny Gioeli Rock Band Jam Sesh

Johnny Gioeli Rock Band Jam Sesh

So, like, this one time at Midwest Gaming Classic, I TOTALLY played Rock Band with Johnny Gioeli on vocals. It was like totally Phaze, man! He like totally went super Sonic! In other words, come play Rock Band and Johnny Gioeli (Hardline, Crush 40, Axel Rudi Pell, Accomplice) might belt out the vocals, maybe…

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

Kid’s Cosplay Crafting

Kid’s Cosplay Crafting

Kid’s Cosplay Crafting

Kid’s Cosplay Crafting

Kids can get a cape and draw on it, or just wear it around if they didn’t come in costume.  Kids can also visit some show patrons in costume for photos and fun!  Cosplay lounge area.

Kid’s Cosplay Parade

Kid’s Cosplay Parade

Kid’s Cosplay Parade

Kid’s Cosplay Parade

If anyone knows what it’s like to parade around in a costume as a kid, it’s child actor Butch Patrick who played Eddie Munster in the 60’s TV show The Munsters! Butchplays Grand Marshall of our Kid’s Cosplay Parade this year! Anyone who comes in costume or creates a costume in the Cosplay lounge will get to take part in a fun parade around the Vendor Hall.

KingPin Kiddie Ride Menagerie

KingPin Kiddie Ride Menagerie

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!

Marco Specialties

Marco Specialties

Marco Specialties

Marco Specialties

Okay, let’s just get right to it. If you want to see Black Knight Sword of Rage, Marco Specialties is the booth to go to. If you want to see 50+ Stern Pinball machines, Marco Specialties is the booth to go to! And, if you want to meet Butch Patrick, you guessed it – Marco Specialties is the booth to go to!

Mario’s Party at Star Worlds Arcade

Mario’s Party at Star Worlds Arcade

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 Lifestyle

MGC Lifestyle

MGC Lifestyle

MGC Lifestyle

Check out great products for your home, incredible cars, and energy to power them both!

MGC Museum Showcase

MGC Museum Showcase

MGC Museum Showcase

MGC Museum Showcase

What the heck is that odd-looking machine?! Have you ever seen a Fairchild Channel F? A Coleco Telstar? Super A’Can? Join us as the museum team takes a closer look at some of the rarer systems and their games at the MGC.

MGC Music

MGC Music

MGC Music

MGC Music

Check out some awesome bands while you are at the show! Many bands perform fun sets throughout the day.

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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!

Neo Geo World Tour

Neo Geo World Tour

Neo Geo World Tour

Neo Geo World Tour

The Neo Geo World Tour is coming to find out who is the King of Fighters! Players take on each other in streamed matches of King of Fighters 98 (Sat) and King of Fighters XIV (Sun) with the winner of EACH tournament receiving a trip to the finals, expected to be held in Asia! There will also be a Metal Slug tournament for a high score! If you have ever wanted to see a high level, ultra-competitive fighting game tournament, don’t miss checking out the Neo Geo World Tour!

NES Collection

NES Collection

NES Collection

NES Collection

We’re teaming up with Watagames to display a COMPLETE IN BOX NES COLLECTION as part of the MGC Gaming Museum! Revisit every game for the original Nintendo console with us, including the first time Mario appeared on a Nintendo console in the US!

NintendoAge

NintendoAge

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.

Old School Gamer

Old School Gamer

Old School Gamer

Old School Gamer

Old School Gamer is a proud sponsor of the Midwest Gaming Classic. Old School Gamer is dedicated to the gamer who enjoys everything from Arcade Game collecting – refurbishing – playing to the home console gamer reliving his childhood from the 70s, 80s and 90s and passing it on to the next generation of gamers.  Those that collect the arcade machines, bring that back to life and play them, those that collect and enjoy games from the first generation to the current.

Get your free subscription to Old School Gamer at
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OSGM Presents Walter Day

OSGM Presents Walter Day

OSGM Presents Walter Day

OSGM Presents Walter Day

Show sponsor Old School Gamer Magazine will be on hand, and will be bringing the founder of Twin Galaxies Walter Day to their booth. As the founder of the oldest video game scorekeeping service in history, Walter Day is sometimes considered the creator of e-sports and has been at the center of many remarkable video game stories. His remarkable efforts to find, verify and catalog video game world record even led to a partnership with The Guinness Book of World Records. Walter will be appearing throughout the day at the Old School Gamer Booth on the exhibit floor all weekend.

Overdrive Reality

Overdrive Reality

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 NBC Sports, 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 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 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!

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

Raw Thrills

Raw Thrills

Raw Thrills

Raw Thrills

Raw Thrills™, was founded in 2001 to develop the finest arcade video game entertainment. The studio is led by veteran game designer Eugene Jarvis, whose credits include classic titles such as Defender™, Robotron:2084™, and the Cruis’n™ series. From its debut hit The Fast and the Furious™, to the 2015 release Jurassic Park Arcade™, Raw Thrills™ strives to bring the player the ultimate arcade experience while delivering consistent reliability and value. Find them in the KingPin Booth at the show

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Star Worlds Arcade

Star Worlds Arcade

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!

SunRun

SunRun

SunRun

SunRun

Play your games… with the power of the sun?! The largest residential solar company in the US, SunRun can do that! Sunrun’s Samuel Gulotta will be on hand to answer your questions and get you started on the road to your own solar system!

Now you’ll be playing with power… SunRun Solar Power!

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!

Turbofest

Turbofest

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

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 in to the vendor hall 30 minutes early on Saturday!

Wisconsin Ghostbusters

Wisconsin Ghostbusters

Wisconsin Ghostbusters

Wisconsin Ghostbusters

Don’t be afraid of no ghost…busters that is. Members of the Wisconsin Ghostbusters will be on hand Saturday in full ghostbusting attire for pictures. They’ll be easy to find as they’ll be standing next to the Ectomobile!

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