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The Midwest Gaming Classic hosts industry panels open to all attendees in the Whatnot Panels and Presentation Room! Topics cover all aspects of gaming.
 

Saturday, April 30th, 2022



Saturday Morning Cartoons w/ Greg Peters and Philo Barnhart

Saturday Morning Cartoons w/ Greg Peters and Philo Barnhart
11:00am until 11:45am @ Whatnot Presentation Hall


Animators Greg Peters and Philo Barnhart join us to talk about.. What else, cartoons! They discuss their time in the industry, their different roles in gaming, and their history in making some of the most iconic hand drawn characters ever!


Nostalgia Critic: Why Gaming Movies (Usually) Suck

Nostalgia Critic: Why Gaming Movies (Usually) Suck
12:00pm until 12:45pm @ Whatnot Presentation Hall


What is is about transferring a digital game to the screen that often leaves fans wondering what went so wrong? The Nostalgia Critic crew discusses many of the misses in video game adaptions, and what they feel could improve those films moving forward!



Retronauts: The Games That Shaped Japan

Retronauts: The Games That Shaped Japan
1:00pm until 1:45pm @ Whatnot Presentation Hall


 Mario. Sonic. Final Fantasy. Zelda. Resident Evil. We all know the games that came from Japan and influenced the world, but what about the games that inspired those series? Jeremy Parish, Nadia Oxford, and Kevin Bunch look at the classics that Japanese audiences (and game designers) fell in love with during the early 1980s and used as their blueprints for inventing the hit franchises that we still play today.


Kevin Bayliss / David Wise: A Rare Career

Kevin Bayliss / David Wise: A Rare Career
2:00pm until 2:45pm @ Whatnot Presentation Hall


Kevin Bayliss (art and design) and David Wise (composer) joined Rare Studios in 1987 and went on to influence many of the incredible system and genre defining games from the UK powerhouse studios including BattleToads, Donkey Kong Country, Diddy Kong Racing, and so many more games. Learn the story behind the games, get to ask them questions, and even hear about the new projects they are teaming up together for!


MK 30th Anniversary

MK 30th Anniversary
3:00pm until 3:45pm @ Whatnot Presentation Hall


Mortal Kombat 30th Anniversary Kelebration

The original Mortal Kombat was released 30 years ago! Hear about the development from the actors who portrayed the characters – how they influenced the development of the game, what they thought of the controversy, and more! Join Daniel Pesina (Johnny cage, Sub Zero, Scorpion, Reptile), John Parrish (Jax), Philip Ahn (Shang Tsung), Richard Divizio (Kano), and Anthony Marquez (Kung Lao).


Premium Edition Games: New Nintendo Switch Games!

Premium Edition Games: New Nintendo Switch Games!
4:00pm until 4:45pm @ Whatnot Presentation Hall


Premium Edition Games is revealing brand new Nintendo Switch physical game releases! Come check out what these amazing titles are EXCLUSIVELY at the Midwest Gaming Classic!



Video Game YouTubers: Memories that Lead to Videos

Video Game YouTubers: Memories that Lead to Videos
5:00pm until 5:45pm @ Whatnot Presentation Hall


We’ve got a lot of great video game Youtubers that will be at the Midwest Gaming Classic this year! Join our panel as they discuss where they find inspiration for their videos, their favorite videos, and various gaming memories! Panelists include John Riggs, Metal Jesus, Pat The NES Punk, John Hancock, Adam Koralik, and Patrick PatmanQC Davis.



Video Game History Foundation Panel

Video Game History Foundation Panel
6:00pm until 6:45pm @ Whatnot Presentation Hall


What does it mean to preserve the history of video games? What’s going on out there in the world of game preservation, and how can you help? Learn more about how to approach the complicated issues involved in saving our industry’s history with Kelsey Lewin of The Video Game History Foundation!




Sunday, May 1st, 2022

Gamers (Who Happen to Be Women)

Gamers (Who Happen to Be Women)
11:00am until 11:45am @ Whatnot Presentation Hall


We put together a panel of some super influential gamers… that happen to be women Imoto “Arcade” Harney is the face of MarcoTV. Erika “Verika” Philipp runs MilCog tabletop gaming with her husband Jamey and has been a model for different board games. Allison DiMichele is one of the top-ranked women air hockey players in the world. Kelsey Lewin who is part of the Video Game History Foundation. Join them all – and maybe more! – to hear about their experiences being some of the top gamers in the world… who happen to be women!


Nostalgic Critic: Becoming A Youtuber 

Nostalgic Critic: Becoming A Youtuber 
12:00pm until 12:45pm @ Whatnot Presentation Hall


One of the most sought after jobs for young people today is “YouTuber.” What does it mean to be a Youtuber, how can you get your start, and what are some of the pitfalls and possibilities you should know if you’re interested in getting started!


Atari 50th Anniversary

Atari 50th Anniversary
1:00pm until 1:45pm @ Whatnot Presentation Hall


Hosted by Jeremy Parish of Retronauts and featuring Atari historians Marty Goldberg and Tim Lapetino. Harken back to the beginnings of Atari and what has happened since. Atari is a third-party company for Nintendo. Previously they were the leader of the video game market from 1975 to the early 1980s. They created systems including the 400, the 2600, the 5200, the 7800, Lynx, Jaguar and VCS.


Kevin Conran's Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Kevin Conran's Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
2:00pm until 2:45pm @ Whatnot Presentation Hall


Kevin Conran co-created the landmark film, SKY CAPTAIN & THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, starring Jude Law, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow. As a one-man art department, Kevin created all designs for sets, props, vehicles, and layouts for the beautiful and groundbreaking film. He recently wrote a book that delves into his art and process, Kevin Conran’s Sky Captain and the Art of Tomorrow. Kevin will talk about his experiences, creative process, and inspiration behind the film with book editor and creative consultant Tim Lapetino in this interview style panel.




Documenting Video Game History

Documenting Video Game History
3:00pm until 3:45pm @ Whatnot Presentation Hall


Video games have a strange history when it comes to preservation, as many stories from the infancy of the industry have been lost, forgotten, or even purposely buried. We’ve gathered three of the top video game historians – Norman Caruso (Video Game Historian), Jeremy Parish (Retronauts), and Kelsey Lewin (Video Game History Foundation) as they discuss the challenge of documenting gaming’s history properly.