2021 Game Nights!

A New Gaming & Music Festival

July 2 & 3, 2021 • Brookfield Sheraton

Game Nights is a new gaming and music party from the creators of the Midwest Gaming Classic. With two nights of wild entertainment and a game room that never closes, Game Nights is a party designed for adults that love gaming and want to celebrate it with friends.

 

Movies & Trivia during the day
 
Tabletop gaming
 
Concerts & Dance Parties at night
 
Original tournament games
 
A massive game room that never closes including Arcade Video, Console, and Pinball
 
Hotel rooms available
 
Food available on-site
 

 

 

MUSIC PERFORMANCES

 
C+C Music Factory

C+C Music Factory

C+C Music Factory

C+C Music Factory

Wait, like the music group? The one that made us move and groove and everybody dance now?!

Yes. Nuff’ Said. No? OK, they’re known for songs like “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)“, “Here We Go (Let’s Rock & Roll)“, “Things That Make You Go Hmmm…“, “Just a Touch of Love“, and “Keep It Comin'”.

Kung Lao and the Scorpions

Kung Lao and the Scorpions

Kung Lao and the Scorpions

Kung Lao and the Scorpions

Watch what the actor behind Kung Lao, Anthony Marquez, does when he isn’t ripping out spines and defending the Earthrealm, it turns out he’s the frontman of his own band – Kung Lao and the Scorpions! Mixing Bruce Lee with Jon Bon Jovi, this is going to be an TOASTY show you don’t want to miss!

Lords of the Trident

Lords of the Trident

Lords of the Trident

Lords of the Trident

With METAL so pure that only diamonds can scratch it (and even the diamonds get hurt and run away!), Lords of the Trident is here to melt your face with the most incredible metal mix of battle and bloodshed! Seriously, these guys are awesome, and you should check them out at the most metal website on Earth and join them as they make Friday night at GNLI the most metal night EVAR!

Mechanical Life Vein

Mechanical Life Vein

Mechanical Life Vein

Mechanical Life Vein

This experimental video game rock group performs classic NES-era soundtracks alongside LIVE video game playing! At the mercy of their player will be playing the 1986 NES game Metroid, the band provides the soundtrack and effects like a malfunctioning NTSC 60hz sound chip! This is a performance you don’t want to miss!

GAMES AND TOURNAMENTS

 

$5* MTG Drafts

$5* MTG Drafts

$5* MTG Drafts

Draft the some of the recent, awesome Magic: The Gathering sets for JUST $5 if you’re a whole session ticket holder, or just $10 if you’re a single session holder! For your money, you’ll get three packs (generally, $12!) to create a 40 card deck with, and then face off against friends and foes alike to prove you’re the best mage around! Both Kaldheim and Zendikar Rising will be available for purchase and play!

2600 Combat Tournament

2600 Combat Tournament

Put your name in the hat to take to the stage and challenge someone on the 2600 classic COMBAT! Can you shoot their tank into submission! 8 will enter, only one will leave!

2v2 Arcade Video Tournament

2v2 Arcade Video Tournament

Take to the virtual sand with a partner to bump, set and spike with them against others! Teams will play in a single elimination tournament where the winner gets a volleyball!

Ben Heck’s Game-A-Rama

Ben Heck's Game-A-Rama

Ben Heck’s Game-A-Rama

When Ben Heck says “I want to do something…” we say “YES!” What’s his Game-A-Rama all about? Your guess is as good as ours! Knowing his skill and penchant for the unique, this experience can only be what we would call Heck-A fun? Mind-Ben-ding fun? Heck-tacular!? No matter what you call it, you don’t want to miss it!

Biggest Balls Tournament Finals

Biggest Balls Tournament Finals

Biggest Balls Tournament Finals

After a qualifying round of pinball, the top 16 scores face off with an ever-increasing size of balls! 8 players will get knocked out playing Skee-Ball, and then Pop-A-Shot will again trim the field in half to four, with the final four having a wacky physical challenge to see who wins! Winner gets a giant golden yoga ball, while the runner up gets two smaller blue playground balls.

Board Game Library

Board Game Library

Board Game Library

We’re breaking out over 100 great tabletop games that you can borrow and play, including some classics, and some that are a bit NSFMGC, if you catch what we mean! Bring your sense of humor and bust out a game!

Boxing Tournament

Boxing Tournament

Boxing Tournament

We’re not hitting each other…. except when you wallop your opponent with a roundhouse to their pinball pride. Don the gloves of pugilism to compete on games you are NOT supposed to wear boxing gloves while playing: pinball, arcade video games, Skee Ball and Pop-A-Shot. Sounds difficult? That’s the point.

Casual Tournaments

Casual Tournaments

Casual Tournaments

Looking for something casual? Hook up with some randos and get your game on. Are you down to flipper? What can you do on a table? Perhaps a bit of four-play(er) before you grab a stick and mash… some buttons!

D&D Tournament

D&D Tournament

Exit Loop One Loop Tournament

Exit Loop One Loop Tournament

Exit Loop One Loop Tournament

You get one chance to make it to the bottom of this MGC release without dying. ONE. CHANCE. It’s hard. Highest score wins a MGC poster package!

Friday Night Fish Fry Tournament

Friday Night Fish Fry Tournament

Play this exceptionally rare 2D arcade fighter against other patrons to see who is going to end up with money for a good old Wisconsin Fish Fry!

Head to Head Alvin G Tournament

Head to Head Alvin G Tournament

It’s a head-to-head pinball machine, and who will win! Each round, one will advance and one will get knocked out! Winner receives a soccer ball!

Jay Brand’s Pinball Olympics

Jay Brand's Pinball Olympics

Jay Brand’s Pinball Olympics

Jay has crafted challenging ways to play pinball. Play while looking through the wrong end of binoculars? How about really long flippers that move in different directions? Each game has a unique component to it that everyone will love to hate and who knows, maybe you finally beat your partner at their favorite game. Limited field of view, new ways to interact with the games, and other obstacles to make the games more challenging for even those who have mastered them.

MTG "Dan’s Way" Tournament

MTG "Dan’s Way" Tournament

MTG Kaldheim Draft

MTG Kaldheim Draft

MTG Kaldheim Draft

It’s getting cold in here! On Saturday, play with the latest Magic: The Gathering set to use SNOW, Kaldheim! Draft your deck and play it to get out of your pod, with the winner getting some classic snow – First will get an Ice Age Starter Deck, second place will get an Ice Age Booster Park, and third will get a Coldsnap Booster Pack! Entry is FREE with your Game Nights (& Day!) ticket!

Orbitor 1 Tournament

Orbitor 1 Tournament

Orbitor 1 Tournament

Pinball Marathon

Pinball Marathon

We’re bringing 26 pinball machines to Game Nights, can you play them all? And score high? Grab a scorecard and some friends and get to work. Winner declared at 10am on Sunday morning and gets a prize TBA!

Pinball Power Pack

Pinball Power Pack

Pinball Power Pack

The MGC has been collecting an epic set of pinball machines to share! From popular titles like Metallica and Jurassic Park to rarities like Full Throttle and 3 Coins to oddities like Viper: Night Drivin’ and Orbitor 1, we’re bringin’ a ton of of pinball from all eras for you to play and compete on!

Pop-A-Shot

Pop-A-Shot

Pop-A-Shot

Pops shoots and scores… it’s like a grammar book but in game form! You pop, lock, and drop it in the hoop. It’s like a dance but it’s really just sportsball!

Pop-A-Shot Tournament

Pop-A-Shot Tournament

Sign up to face off in a head to head Pop-A-Shot tournament! Each round, one will advance and one will get knocked out! Winners receive special Game Nights stickers and other fun stuff, courtesy of Pop-A-Shot!

Respect Your Elders Tournament

Respect Your Elders Tournament

Respect Your Elders Tournament

It’s like a classic pinball tournament, but with only our oldest games! Play on all EM (or earlier!) games and see how you stack up! Prize TBA.

Retro WWF Game Tournament

Retro WWF Game Tournament

Retro WWF Game Tournament

Suplex your buddy’s bragging into a steel cage and then fly off the top rope to claim the title in this crazy multi-game, multi-format tournament led by Dylan “Swoggle” Postl of WWE and ACW fame!

Room of Boom Tournament

Room of Boom Tournament

Route Machine Tournament

Route Machine Tournament

Route Machine Tournament

So it might not be level, the rubbers might be old and cracked, and some switches and lights might be out, but darn it, the public won’t notice, right? Play on our (purposely) half done machine to prove you can earn a free game from a (pretend) operator who doesn’t care! Prize TBA

Rush 2049 Stunt Tournament

Rush 2049 Stunt Tournament

lay Rush 2049’s Stunt mode for high scores! Qualify by playing throughout the weekend and getting one of the top 4 scores! The top four face off Saturday night in three rounds to prove they are the best at flipping, flying, rolling, and not blowing up! Prize TBD. 

Skee Ball

Skee Ball

Skee Ball

Instructions 1. Firmly cup the ball in your hand. 2. Thrust the ball toward the hole. 3. Score!

Skee-ball Tournament

Skee-ball Tournament

Skee-ball Tournament

You’ve never played Skee Ball like this! Skee-Ballers will be tasked with different challenges, from rolling backward to rolling with alternating hands, and more!

Speed Connect 4ing

Speed Connect 4ing

We’ve got a giant connect four, and you’ll play it on stage… with only 5 seconds in between each move to drop your piece in or your opponent gets to go! It’s high speed connecting with all the pressure on! Prize TBA.

Speed Way Tournament

Speed Way Tournament

Speed Way Tournament

Take a spin at the Speed Way and win a BRAND NEW (HOT WHEELS) CAR! How high can your score go on this crazy 1948 pinball? Chances are, you’ve never played one like this!

Spot It! Tournament

Spot It! Tournament

Spot It! Tournament

In Spot It!, use your observation skills and reflexes to quickly make your move! It’s easy to pick up and play, and we’ll be giving away copies to some players throughout the night(s)! And yes, we’ll even have a drinking variation of the game you can partake in!

The Mandalorian Pinball

The Mandalorian Pinball

The Mandalorian Pinball

You’ve seen the show, now play the pin! This is the way! >Seriously, who doesn’t want to be a galactic bounty hunter in any way, shape or form. Well, here’s a brand new way to do just that. Stern hit hyperspace and is planning to have a Premium preview to the show via Kingpin Games. Be ahead of the pack and claim your bounty hunting accolades by being one of the first to play this brand new pinball based on the wildly successful Mandalorian show on Disney+.

Trivia!

Trivia!

Throughout the weekend, we’ll be hosting different trivia contests! Think you know stuff about the 80s? 90s? What about gaming in particular? Join in for one or all, with the winners getting prizes!

Tutti Frutti Face Off

Tutti Frutti Face Off

Tutti Frutti Face Off

Find your imperfect match in this game of fresh fruit and bruised egos. Get your hands on some plump plums or find that perfect set of melons. Clap together some coconuts, or split some peaches. Things get juicy in this frenetic fruit-flavored fun-filled game. If you get lucky, you might handle the largest stack that scores the win.

Werewolf Tournament

Werewolf Tournament