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The Midwest Gaming Classic hosts lots of industry professionals each year! Here are many of the guests we hosted in 2022! In late Summer / early Fall we’ll start adding our 2023 guests!

List subject to change.

Scott Adams

Scott Adams

Scott Adams

Scott Adams

Adams is known as the “father of adventure games” for being the first person known to create an adventure-style game for personal computers with his first game, Adventureland. His company, Adventure International, released games for many major computer platforms throughout the 80s. Recently, Scott founded Clopas, the “Puzzle Us Adventure!” company in 2017.

Philip Ahn

Philip Ahn

Philip Ahn

Philip Ahn

Dr. Phillip Ahn, MD. holds a 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Phillip is not an actor by profession, but by starring as Shang Tsung in the Mortal Kombat 2 video game, he gained fame with gamers!

Walter Banasiak

Walter Banasiak

Walter Banasiak

Walter Banasiak

Walter Banasiak is a Chicago area filmmaker and content creator for Channel Awesome, Inc. Some of his recent film work includes City of Gold and the miniseries, The Infinity Trinity. His contributions to Channel Awesome consist of shows like Awesome Comic, Top 5, Fanscription and regular guest appearances on The Nostalgia Critic.

Philo Barnhart

Philo Barnhart

Philo Barnhart

Philo Barnhart

Philo was an animator for games Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace, but is perhaps best known for other projects he helped animate – The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Rescuers Down Under, The Secret of NIMH, Happily Ever After, An American Tail, and special effects for Star Trek: The Motion Picture!

Kevin Bayliss

Kevin Bayliss

Kevin Bayliss

Kevin Bayliss

Kevin Bayliss has created many incredibly memorable games including Donkey Kong Country, BattleToads, Diddy Kong Racing, Killer Instinct, and many more! Kevin started working for leading UK video game developer ‘Rare Ltd’ right at the very beginning in the 1987, and stayed there for many years influencing the best games Rare had to offer! More recently, Kevin helped to develop the YOOKA LAYLEE series by Playtonic Games Ltd. Now, along with David Wise, Kevin is working on his first project as DK Creations entitled Salamandos, an exciting new musical story featuring brand new characters and tunes which many video game fans from the early 90’s will find ‘toadally’ familiar!

Chuck Bleich

Chuck Bleich

Chuck Bleich

Chuck Bleich

Chuck’s current position is to oversee all electronics that are developed for the games at Stern Pinball. Chuck has a long history with the coin-operated game industry and has designed and oversaw various gaming electronics at a variety of companies for the better part of 43 years.

John Borg

John Borg

John Borg

John Borg

Pinball designer John Borg has created more than 25 iconic titles including Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Tales From the Crypt, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Man, Metallica, Tron, Aerosmith, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Steve Bowden

Steve Bowden

Steve Bowden

Steve Bowden

Steve is the Sales and Marketing Manager at American Pinball working social media, helping distributors, and assisting with implementation of game rulesets. He is also among the top competitive pinball players in the world and has received a following for his tournament commentary as well as for his pinball news website, Fun with Bonus. 

Dave Brennan

Dave Brennan

Dave Brennan

Dave Brennan

Dave Brennan is the Tech Service Manager at American Pinball, helping to the incredible American Pinball machines running with phone, email and tech video support!

Kevin Bunch

Kevin Bunch

Kevin Bunch

Kevin Bunch

Kevin Bunch is a video game historian and professional writer who specializes in early game consoles. He runs the YouTube channel Atari Archive, which contextualizes the Atari 2600 library in chronological order, as well as its companion website, Atariarchive.org.  

John Buscaglia

John Buscaglia

John Buscaglia

John Buscaglia

John is the Chief Revenue Officer and VP of Sales and Marketing at Stern Pinball, Inc. Before pinball, he had experience in leadership with many other Fortune 500 companies. Picture courtesy of the PinGame Journal.

Don and Liz Caldwell

Don and Liz Caldwell

Don and Liz Caldwell

Don and Liz Caldwell

Don and Liz have been ambassadors for MGC since the early days. Don has authored various pinball articles and is always ready to share his knowledge and Liz is a keen competitor. Together they are very active in the Milwaukee pinball scene and often host league nights.

Tylor Carson

Tylor Carson

Tylor Carson

Tylor Carson

Tylor Carson is the Director of Location Entertainment with Stern Pinball. He’s been with Stern for about 8 months now, and prior to that he spent over 9 years in the beverage industry involved with a few distribution companies, Boston Beer, and Yerbaé. With Stern he directly manages and oversees everything Stern Army related. Responsible for growing, and maintaining the location based pinball! Look forward to meeting and discussing the Stern Army program at MGC!

Norman Caruso

Norman Caruso

Norman Caruso

Norman Caruso

Norman Caruso is the creator of “The Gaming Historian”, a YouTube documentary series that explores the history of video games. Want to learn about the landmark lawsuits that changed the industry? Or why the Power Glove wasn’t “so bad” after all? The Gaming Historian has you covered. The show has more than 100 million views and 800,000 subscribers, and has been featured on Destructoid, Polygon, Nintendo Life, and even Playboy.com. Norman earned his history degree from Elizabeth City State University and is currently working on his master’s degree.

Tamara Chambers

Tamara Chambers

Tamara Chambers

Tamara Chambers

Tamara Chambers is an actress and comedian from California. She studied Acting at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in California but now lives in Chicago where she hides from the snow. Tamara is on the internet show The Nostalgia Critic alongside Doug Walker and Malcolm Ray and is known mostly for her Character “Hyper Fan Girl”. You can find her on Chicago stand up stages, on YouTube, on her couch in a onesie playing Fallout, in commercials for milkshakes and pharmaceutical companies, and other extremely fun places like that.

Brian Colin

Brian Colin

Brian Colin

Brian Colin

Creator of such video game classics as Rampage, Xenophobe and General Chaos, Brian F Colin is a vastly experienced Game Designer, Artist, Animator and CEO with over 80 video game titles to his credit…. including the creation of some of the most-popular, highest-earning & best-selling titles in video game history!

Recently inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame, Brian is well-known for sharing enthusiastic, first-hand, anecdotal insights into over three decades of game design and development; from creating Arcade classics in the early 80’s right up to stories straight from the sets and locations of the recent Rampage Movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Kevin Conran

Kevin Conran

Kevin Conran

Kevin Conran

Kevin Conran co-created the landmark Paramount Pictures film, SKY CAPTAIN & THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, which starred Jude Law, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow. A one man art department, the interior and exterior sets, props, vehicles, and layouts all derived from his hand. Kevin also received the Saturn Award for Best Costume Design. The film itself was the first of its kind. Shot entirely against blue screen, its unique design and production process paved the way for such films as SIN CITY, 300 and AVATAR. Kevin worked on the feature films BEE MOVIE and MONSTERS VS. ALIENS and the award winning TV series DRAGONS – RIDERS OF BERK, His live-action work includes; AEON FLUX, MR. MAGORIUM’S WONDER EMPORIUM, THE MUMMY III, GI JOE 2, and television shows SUPAH NINJAS and REVENGE.

Pat Contri

Pat Contri

Pat Contri

Pat Contri

Pat Contri is a game historian, collector, and online content producer best known for Pat the NES Punk, Flea Market Madness, the Completely Unnecessary Podcast, and The Video Game Years. He is the executive producer of Not for Resale: A Video Game Store Documentary and has produced the Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library and Guide to the SNES Library books.

Archie Cunningham

Archie Cunningham

Archie Cunningham

Archie Cunningham

Archie Cunningham is a comic book artist and creator, painter, and art teacher who brings dynamic story telling to the page or canvas. Archie will be creating a number of original pieces for the show!

Scott Danesi

Scott Danesi

Scott Danesi

Scott Danesi

Spooky Pinball*

Pinball Designer, Pinball Software

Pinball designer, mechanical engineer, sound and music programmer and software engineer… Scott did it all on Total Nuclear Annihilation and is the designer behind Rick & Morty pinball! Scott built Total Nuclear Annihilation just to create a semi-simple custom machine. The result was so good, Spooky Pinball worked with Scott to start production of the machine in 2017!

Jack Danger

Jack Danger

Jack Danger

Jack Danger

Jack Danger is the eccentric and enthusiastic host of the award-winning Pinball broadcast, DeadFlip on Twitch! A daily live-stream focusing on Pinball that was only meant to be a fun side project, but today is the largest visual outlet for Pinball game launches, tutorials, and entertainment.  Danger is also Stern Pinball’s newest Pinball Designer, and already has a title under his belt with the Jurassic Park Home game. Growing the hobby and showing how fun Pinball can be, is his number one goal. 

Dimitri (Jade Jackhammer) Daniels

Dimitri (Jade Jackhammer) Daniels

Dimitri (Jade Jackhammer) Daniels

Dimitri (Jade Jackhammer) Daniels

Demitri Daniels a.k.a “Jade Jackhammer” is a Shaolin wu gong disciple to 31st generation Shaolin warrior Shi DeCheng as well as a martial arts brother to Master Daniel Pesina. An actor and social media icon. With 35 years of Shaolin gongfu training most of which at the Shaolin temple in China. An American real-life Liu Kang. Best known on TikTok for his drunken fist and chain whip skill he is called the Drunken Master. Jade Jackhammer co-stars with Master Pesina in his new movie MK Legends Never Die and has been working on a new TV series called Legendary Masters Council. He spends a great amount of time traveling spreading traditional Shaolin culture throughout the United States, China, and Europe.

Lauren Davis

Lauren Davis

Lauren Davis

Lauren Davis

Lauren only started playing air hockey within the past year, playing weekly tournaments in Chicago. She has quickly risen through the ranks and is one of the best up and coming players. When not playing air hockey Lauren sings random made up songs about her cat Margot. 

Patrick Davis

Patrick Davis

Patrick Davis

Patrick Davis

Patrick Patman QC Davis is a lifelong videogame fan. He has been around pinball and arcade machines all of his life. He has also been collecting video games from the Atari 2600 to the Xbox one with literally everything in between. In 2018 he started the YouTube channel PatmanQC history of arcade game documentaries which has amassed almost 200 short documentaries on various arcade and console games. In 2015 he lost his hands and feet due to complications from pneumonia but that didn’t stop his love for video games which continues to this day.

Warren Davis

Warren Davis

Warren Davis

Warren Davis

Warren Davis, is an International Video Game Hall of Fame inductee. As a freshman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he discovered Pong, and later created his first game, a simulated gin rummy that was done via punch cards. After graduating, Davis landed his first programming job in 1982 at the arcade game company Gottlieb, where he helped create Q*bert—one of the most popular video arcade games of the ’80s—an accomplishment that led him to later achieve breakthroughs in automating the digitizing of graphics used in such games as Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam.

Larry Demar

Larry Demar

Larry Demar

Larry Demar

Larry Demar worked with Eugene Jarvis to design games like Defender and Robotron 2084 before moving into pinball where he is credited on the design and / or software team for many of the most successful pinball machines ever including the Addams Family, Twilight Zone, Fun House, High Speed, Space Shuttle, Black Knight and World Cup Soccer!

Allison DiMichele

Allison DiMichele

Allison DiMichele

Allison DiMichele

After getting started in air hockey in 2017, Allison “Scorpion” DiMichele has quickly risen through the ranks of the sport to become one of the highest rated women players on the planet and is aiming to become the first woman ranked in the top ten of all players. When she’s not dominating the table in Chicago-based weekly tournaments, she’s hard at work making deals, closing sales, and trying to get her french bulldog Pudge to eat his green beans.

Richard Divizio

Richard Divizio

Richard Divizio

Richard Divizio

Richard Divizio is best known for portraying Kano in Mortal KombatMortal Kombat 3Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and Mortal Kombat Trilogy. He also portrayed Quan Chi and Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero, Baraka in Mortal Kombat II, Kabal and Noob Saibot in Mortal Kombat 3 and provided some of the motion capture for Mortal Kombat 4.

Brian Eddy

Brian Eddy

Brian Eddy

Brian Eddy

Brian Eddy started in pinball doing effects, moved on to software and then got the chance to design games, and… wow! Brian designed both Attack from Mars and Medieval Madness, two of the best rated pinball machines ever! Recently, it was announced that Brian has returned to pinball with Stern Pinball as Senior Game Designer!

Barry Engler

Barry Engler

Barry Engler

Barry Engler

Barry is the Production Manager for American Pinball, overseeing parts, building, QC, and shipping of American Pinball machines. He has been working within the pinball industry since 1990 starting as an operator prior to coming to work on the manufacturing side in 2018.

David Fix

David Fix

David Fix

David Fix

David is the Executive Vice President of American Pinball, overseeing all business and production operations. He has been involved in the pinball and gaming industry for over 20 years, including his role as Vendor Hall Chairman for the Chicago Pinball Expo. 

Mark Flitman

Mark Flitman

Mark Flitman

Mark Flitman

Flitman worked at top video game publishers including Konami, Acclaim, Mindscape, Midway and Atari producing dozens of titles: WWF Royal Rumble, RAW, Maximum Carnage, X-Men, Wolverine, Spiderman, MLB Slugfest, NFL Blitz, Boxing, Dragon Ball, Simpsons, Batman, TMNT, Mission Impossible, Zoids, Yu Yu Hakusho, Steel Harbinger, Kings Quest, Pirates, Carmen Sandiego, Dirty Harry, Tiny Tunes and more. He then moved to Hasbro Entertainment to create toys over a wide variety of brands. Throughout his career he continued to write stories and screenplays as an additional outlet for his creativity, and is gearing up to release his autobiography, “It’s Not All Fun and Games: My Life in Film Production, Video Games and Toys” which will be out in Fall of 2022.

Gary Flower

Gary Flower

Gary Flower

Gary Flower

Independent*

Writer, Historian

Gary is an author and historian for the hobby of pinball, perhaps most well known for his outstanding book “The Lure of the Silver Ball.” Gary has also done countless presentations and seminars to help share his knowledge and keep the history of pinball alive, including helping to invite many of our pinball VIPs to the show this year!

Jason Gares

Jason Gares

Jason Gares

Jason Gares

Jason C. Gares of 249 Studios & JasonGares.com produces original documentary films and series that can be viewed on many video streaming platforms worldwide. He is also the author of a new instructional hobby book on building and painting award-winning plastic model kits and dioramas. His new 473 page how-to instructional eBook *Building Large Scale Sci-Fi & Fantasy Models* is distributed through KLP Publishing and can be purchased from their website. You can also find him every Thursday evening at 8:30 PM (CT) on the tvMGC Twitch channel where he shares prior panels and stories of his life in gaming!

Erik Gilly

Erik Gilly

Erik Gilly

Erik Gilly

Erik is the main person at Stern pinball who helps to manage and grow the Stern distribution chain, helping to get the machines that Stern is building into people’s hands to play! Before working at Stern, Erik played a similar role for Bandai Namco.

Martin Goldberg

Martin Goldberg

Martin Goldberg

Martin Goldberg

A former writer and programmer in the video game industry, Goldberg has had a lifelong fascination with all things electronic entertainment since first playing PONG and Tank as a child at his local arcades in the 70’s. As the former site director of IGN/GameSpy’s ‘ClassicGaming.Com’ and a current freelancer for Retro Gamer magazine, Goldberg has been writing about video games for 20 years. Along with Dan Loosen and Gary Heil, Goldberg is also a co-founder of the Midwest Gaming Classic, one of the largest electronic entertainment expos in the United States open to the general public. In 2004, Goldberg also founded the Electronic Entertainment Museum (E2M), a non-profit archive whose mission is to help preserve the history and artifacts of the video game and home computer industries. In line with this goal, he’s also a member of the International Game Development Association’s (IGDA) Game Preservation SIG, a hub and community for those interested in digital game preservation and history.  Whew!

George Gomez

George Gomez

George Gomez

George Gomez

George leads the game design studio. He has spent his entire career creating entertainment products. His diverse portfolio includes early 80’s video arcade games, consumer toys, redemption novelty games, PlayStation and XBOX video games and Williams and Bally pinball machines, including hits such as Monster Bash and Pinball 2000 Revenge From Mars. He first worked with Stern pinball as a consultant designer; during which time he created hits such as Lord of the Rings, The Sopranos, and Batman the Dark Knight. In 2010 Gary Stern and Dave Peterson invited him to join the company full time to lead the design studio. He has designed 18 pinball machines over the course of his career; 13 of those titles for the Stern brand. Occasionally, the company still lets him design a game. His latest design was Deadpool

Ted Gordon

Ted Gordon

Ted Gordon

Ted Gordon

Ted was the Lead Animator for Raw Thrills on King Kong of Skull Island VR, Superbikes 3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cruis’n Blast, Jurassic Park Arcade, Stubbs the Zombie, and Voice Over for Space Invaders Frenzy

Seth Graham

Seth Graham

Seth Graham

Seth Graham

Seth is a graduate of Southern Virginia University and BYU Idaho majoring in Illustration. He has worked on several comic books, children’s books, coloring books, video games, and tabletop game projects and has multiple publications. He has received a national award for one of his comic strips and is a skilled writer and artist currently working for Epic Quest Productions.

His art is featured on the RPG Module ‘Return to Tamoanchan’ authored by the infamous D&D author Harold Johnson. Seth currently resides in Wyoming with his wife and 3 girls and enjoys hiking, fishing, and painting while spending time with his family in the great outdoors.

Michael Grant

Michael Grant

Michael Grant

Michael Grant

Michael Grant is the Marketing Manager of Stern Pinball. Michael assists with all Stern Pinball marketing activities, including the promotion of Insider Connected and Stern Army initiatives, content creation and community relations. Michael also helps coordinate the logistics for Stern’s presence at pinball shows. An avid pinball player, Michael relocated from New England to Chicago in early 2020 to begin his career in pinball as the sales and marketing manager of a pinball startup. Before pinball, Michael marketed licensed collectibles, tabletop and collectible card games to retailers across North America and beyond.  

Carson Gunby

Carson Gunby

Carson Gunby

Carson Gunby

Carson is usually busy making sure all the computer systems and network infrastructure are all up to the task of allowing our talented team to create all the great pinball games that Stern produces. Much like pinball, it’s a constantly advancing field that gives him plenty of new things to work on. He also assists with much of the physical and electronic documentation that goes into the release of each title.

John Hancock

John Hancock

John Hancock

John Hancock

John is a longtime collector of video games.  As one of the original organizers of the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, John went on to establish a YouTube channel where he uploads weekly content that covers everything from Atari to Xbox. He loves to share his passion about video games with others.

Imoto (Arcade) Harney

Imoto (Arcade) Harney

Imoto (Arcade) Harney

Imoto (Arcade) Harney

Imoto does it all! As the face of MarcoTV, Imoto helps introduce the world of pinball to new players and educate pinballers of all ages! A positive force in the community, Imoto Arcade is there to cover it and share her love of all things arcade!

Ben Heck

Ben Heck

Ben Heck

Ben Heck

Ben is a master hacker, engineer and tech hobbyist who has done things that touch nearly every aspect of the show… including naming it in 2002! Ben has hacked consoles to create portable versions of them, created pinball machines that were then manufactured by Spooky Pinball, talked with Dan and Terry Diebold to help fix the Nintendo Playstation Prototype and runs a popular online show, the Ben Heck Show, while he’s at it all!

Matt Hissem

Matt Hissem

Matt Hissem

Matt Hissem

Matt has created an incredible replica of the DeLorean Time Machine from Back to the Future and is bringing it to the show to share with everyone! Ask Matt about how he created this iconic car, and of course, check out the car for yourself too!

Dan Houser

Dan Houser

Dan Houser

Dan Houser

Dan is currently the line artist for the ENNIE Nominated Superhero RPG ICONS and has worked for several companies in the RPG industry, such as Green Ronin, Gaming Paper, and Vigilance Press. Dan also has written a number of ICONS modules and also co-created the Stark City line of superhero products. Come hang out with Dan and see what ICONS is all about.

Matteau Isbill

Matteau Isbill

Matteau Isbill

Matteau Isbill

One of the lead announcers of the Monster Jam Triple Threat series Matteau Isbill has been hosting for 7 years.  He is also the owner of Overdrive Reality Productions producing the Midwest Gaming Classic After Party, videos, voice overs, and so much more!

James Jarosz

James Jarosz

James Jarosz

James Jarosz

James (Jim) Jarosz, studied film and animation at Columbia College in Chicago back in the mid 90s. He has work on several indie films from acting to camera and sound to props and practical effects. Jim has been a featured extra in a few major motion pictures including Road to Perdition and Public Enemies. He has worked for Channel Awesome for the past five years in several capacities. More notably, as Doug Walker’s photoshop guy and camera man for Nostalgia Critic, and as Quinn the camera man on Demo Reel. The past year Jim has made several props and costumes for the NC and even a bit of animation. He is also prop master and set designer for many of Channel Awesome’s up coming new shows.

Harold Johnson

Harold Johnson

Harold Johnson

Harold Johnson

Legendary game designer Harold Johnson will be at MGC with his company, Epic Quest Productions! Harold started with TSR in 1978 as a copy editor on the original Dungeon Masters Guide! Since then, he has designed modules for popular role-playing games like Dragonlance and Indiana Jones, as well as working on countless D&D projects!

Brad Jones

Brad Jones

Brad Jones

Brad Jones

For the past 13 years, Brad Jones has been the creator and star of the popular YouTube and Channel Awesome series The Cinema Snob, a satirical look at exploitation cinema throughout the decades. As well as portraying The Cinema Snob on a weekly basis, Brad also keeps very busy, having created the animated series Lloyd, the movie review show Midnight Screenings, and is also the writer of the feature films The Cinema Snob Movie and the religious parody film Jesus Bro.

Daniel Kim

Daniel Kim

Daniel Kim

Daniel Kim

A programmer at Play Mechanix, Inc. since 2011, he’s had a hand in almost every aspect of game development. He’s worked on some recent arcade games such as Minecraft Dungeons Arcade, Nitro Trucks, Halo: Fireteam Raven, and the Walking Dead.

Evan Kirby

Evan Kirby

Evan Kirby

Evan Kirby

Evan is the Director of North American Commercial Sales for Stern Pinball. He manages Stern’s relationships with distribution partners while helping place games on location for the public to enjoy! Evan also oversees Stern’s award-winning Insider Connected program in the commercial market. A second-generation member of the industry, Evan previously worked with TouchMagix and Andamiro USA before joining Stern Pinball.

Camille and Kennerly Kitt

Camille and Kennerly Kitt

Camille and Kennerly Kitt

Camille and Kennerly Kitt

Identical twin harpists Camille and Kennerly Kitt have achieved extraordinary success by smashing boundaries between genres of music! The twins’ ability to reinvent the harp has given them the opportunity to represent the United States at four different World Harp Festivals, amass over 2.5 million fans across their social media sites and over 140 million Youtube music video views! Mixing their virtuoso harp skills with stunningly complex arrangements of rock, metal, Celtic, Renaissance, and soundtrack classics – as well as Celtic Nordic inspired original songs – the Harp Twins deliver exciting, comedic, and interactive family-friendly performances that you won’t forget! 

Tim Kitzrow

Tim Kitzrow

Tim Kitzrow

Tim Kitzrow

TIM KITZROW is the iconic voice of your favorite sports franchises — NBA Jam, NFL Blitz, NHL Hitz and MLB Slugfest — and over a dozen classic pinball games. With NBA JAM, which grossed over $2 BILLION to date, Kitzrow introduced BOOMSHAKALAKA to the NBA lexicon and earned pop culture immortality. For 25 years, Kitzrow has enjoyed a legendary run as the signature voice of classic games like NBA Jam, NFL Blitz, NHL Hitz and Wayne Gretzky Hockey, MLB Slugfest and Big Hurt Baseball, and NCAA College Slam.

Tanio Klyce

Tanio Klyce

Tanio Klyce

Tanio Klyce

Tanio is the Senior Software Engineer at Stern Pinball, which means that he writes the code for some of your favorite Stern games like The Walking Dead and Star Trek! Before working at Stern, he was a Developer at both Valve and Backbone Entertainment working in the video game field.

Jason Knapp

Jason Knapp

Jason Knapp

Jason Knapp

Originally, Jason Knapp created Knapp Arcade to track a charity dart tournament held in their home arcade before it transformed into one of the foremost pinball and news sites out there! Today, Knapp Arcade is known for the latest industry news and great photographs of your favorite games!

Kevin Kolodziej

Kevin Kolodziej

Kevin Kolodziej

Kevin Kolodziej

Kevin joined Stern’s Product Development team as a Mechanical Engineer in December of 2021. He has been playing pinball as long as he can remember and has always been fascinated by how the insides of a machine work. While working with pinball machines was not something he realized could become a career until recently, his 20+ years of designing and building competitive robots as a hobby and professionally has certainly prepared him well for anything a game designer can throw at him. 

Adam Koralik

Adam Koralik

Adam Koralik

Adam Koralik

Adam Koralik is a content creator who has been producing videos for thirteen years on YouTube. Whether he’s unboxing a PS5, cleaning and restoring a Sega Saturn, or just giving an engaging history lesson on previous console generations; Adam’s videos are a must-watch for any gamer. He is a video game console expert known Keep Dreaming, Console Retrospectives, and PlayLoad. He features consoles from different generations of gaming and provides many videos detailing how to repair them. He even has whole videos with incredible access to one of a kind prototypes like the Sega Pluto and Nintendo PlayStation!

Josh Kugler

Josh Kugler

Josh Kugler

Josh Kugler

American Pinball*

Director of Software Engineering

A pinball fan since a young age, Josh used his homebrew games as his resume to switch careers and jump into the pinball industry.  He was instrumental in the launch of American Pinball as he did rules, programming, and a whole lot more on their games.  Josh uses the ‘method’ approach to pinball, totally immersing himself into the themes he works on. Learning all he could about magic and the man himself while working on Houdini, drinking a ton of beer and eating unhealthy carnival food while doing Oktoberfest and driving fast and wild for Hot Wheels (fighting an evil scientist and his dinosaurs was not an option).

Mike Kyzivat

Mike Kyzivat

Mike Kyzivat

Mike Kyzivat

It’s those dastardly Kyzivat brothers, as George Gomez has dubbed us.  Well, one half of the dastardly duo anyway.  Hi, this is Mike Kyzivat.  I am a programmer here at Stern pinball and I’ve been with the company for a little over 10 years.  I was originally hired in 2007 and have worked as a support programmer, designer, and even voice actor on many games.  Some highlights include Shrek, Spider-Man Vault Edition, Elvira House of Horrors, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Deadpool, Godzilla, and Ghostbusters.  I am also a massive fan of pop culture, which lends itself well to my line of work, especially in theme integration and writing dialogue.

Tom Kyzivat

Tom Kyzivat

Tom Kyzivat

Tom Kyzivat

It is I, the other half of the dastardly Kyzivat Brothers duo!  Mike handles the programming while I storyboard and animate the LCD screen animations!  I came into the business in 2007, and have been slingin’ pixels ever since.

Tim Lapetino

Tim Lapetino

Tim Lapetino

Tim Lapetino

Tim Lapetino is a writer and award-winning creative director, mining geek culture for compelling stories. He is the author of the best-selling book, /Art of Atari/, and co-author of /Pac-Man: Birth of an Icon/. He is also an editor of /Sky Captain and the Art of Tomorrow/ and /Undisputed Street Fighter/. He also co-authored the design inspiration book Damn Good: Top Designers Discuss Their All-Time Favorite Projects. His design work has been featured in more than a dozen other books and magazines, and his books have been published in five languages. Tim is dedicated to writing and working at the intersection of design and geek culture. He resides in Chicago with his wife and two kids.

Kelsey Lewin

Kelsey Lewin

Kelsey Lewin

Kelsey Lewin

Kelsey Lewin is the co-director of The Video Game History Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to preserving, celebrating, and teaching video game history. She also co-owns the Seattle-based retro game store chain, Pink Gorilla Games.

Jason (Metal Jesus) Lindsey

Jason (Metal Jesus) Lindsey

Jason (Metal Jesus) Lindsey

Jason (Metal Jesus) Lindsey

The Metal Jesus is a long-haired rocker dude who runs a popular YouTube channel dedicated to Retro Gaming with a Heavy Metal soundtrack. With the help of the Seattle gaming community he covers Hidden Gems, Buying Guides as well as the popular I HATE U series, Gamer Eats and much more. He was also an employee at mega publisher Sierra On-Line in the 90s and he brings his love of big box PC gaming to his channel as well. New videos released every Friday!

John Luedtke

John Luedtke

John Luedtke

John Luedtke

John’s been plugging away at the podcast game for a long time. Co-host of Team Fremont Live, Drunken Gamers Radio, Super the Hardest, MoJoWeekly, and more, some might say he just likes the sound of his own voice. When he’s not yammering on to whomever will listen, John co-creates goofy videos and short films with his buddy Klaus. But you can always find him creating, and babbling, at MoJoMenace.com

Anthony Marquez

Anthony Marquez

Anthony Marquez

Anthony Marquez

Anthony Marquez is an American actor and martial artist. He is best known as Kung Lao in the Mortal Kombat video game series

Randy Martinez

Randy Martinez

Randy Martinez

Randy Martinez

Randy Martinez has created official art for Lucasfilm (Star Wars, Indiana Jones), Marvel, DC, Aliens, Harry Potter, The San Diego Padres and The San Francisco Giants. Considered the Swiss Army Knife of Illustrators, Randy Martinez has been creating Cartoons, Caricatures, Illustrations, Paintings, and 3D art for just about every form of media and merchandise, since 1992.

Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer

One of the top air hockey players in the world, Dan Meyer, is happy to teach players skills, run some fun tournaments, and share his love of the air hockey! Dan recently finished 5th in the World Championships, and is a two time Doubles World Champion.

Terry Minnich

Terry Minnich

Terry Minnich

Terry Minnich

As former Tricks of the Trade editor for Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine, the name “Trickman” was well known to video game obsessed kids of the 1990s as being the editor most likely to know all the tricks and publish them in the magazine!

Bob Montgomery

Bob Montgomery

Bob Montgomery

Bob Montgomery

Bob was the Lead Environment Artist for Raw Thrills on Big Buck Safari, Terminator Salvation, Aliens Armageddon, The Walking Dead, Halo Fireteam Raven, Minecraft Dungeons Arcade

Fard Muhammad

Fard Muhammad

Fard Muhammad

Fard Muhammad

Known in classic gaming and Atari Jaguar communities as “The Ultimate Atarian”, Fard Muhammad has worked for Channel Awesome and Stoned Gremlin Productions in different capacities . On-camera, he has appeared on many shows and movies, including the Nostalgia Critic, Dragon Bored, Jesus Bro, and Disco. He also made appearances on Channel Awesome’s Twitch stream with his VR rig. Behind the camera, he’s been responsible for animating the Channel Awesome logo and the Nostalgia Critic intro sequence, and additionally designed the DisneyCember intro sequence. Outside of Channel Awesome, he has provided his acting, animation, and voice over talents to many videos and podcasts– most notably, he is the voice of the intro to the Dennis Miller Option podcast. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram (@fardmuhammad)

Paul E. Niemeyer

Paul E. Niemeyer

Paul E. Niemeyer

Paul E. Niemeyer

Paul E. Niemeyer’s game art career began at Bally/Midway in 1982, where he did art on games including Tapper, PacMan Plus, Super PacMan, Professor PacMan, TRON, Satan’s Hollow, Spy Hunter, WACKO, and Midnight Marauders, as well as dozens of prototype games. In 1984, he went freelance and worked on games like Time Killers, Aeroboto, Star Guards, Demolition Man pinball, and Mortal Kombat! Paul has also worked on movie properties like Little Mermaid, Jurassic Park II, Men in Black, Star Trek 5, Star Wars: Phantom Menace, and Pirates of the Caribbean. More recently, Paul sculpted parts for American Pinball’s Legends of Valhalla!

Ed Owens

Ed Owens

Ed Owens

Ed Owens

Ed is general manager for Victory Glass restoration jukebox parts, oversees parts reproduction and overall operation.  Ed has been active in the coin op hobby for over 20 years restoring jukebox’s pinball and arcades. Active YouTube co-host of Pinball Mayhem.

Nadia Oxford

Nadia Oxford

Nadia Oxford

Nadia Oxford

A lifelong game-lover, Nadia Eisner Oxford learned how to warp in Super Mario Bros. long before she learned how to do long division. She’s worked in the games media since 2003, and she currently co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God RPG podcast. Incidentally, she still doesn’t know how to do long division.

Jeremy Parish

Jeremy Parish

Jeremy Parish

Jeremy Parish

Jeremy Parish is one of the foremost video game historians, sharing his knowledge through the podcast Retronauts as well as through various books. Make sure to catch his great presentations throughout the show!

John Parrish

John Parrish

John Parrish

John Parrish

John is the Northern Kung Fu expert who portrayed Jax in Mortal Kombat II, 3, 4, Trilogy, Advance, and Ultimate Mortal Kombat! John now runs two companies in the Chicago area including an IT consulting company and a fitness company.

Daniel Pesina

Daniel Pesina

Daniel Pesina

Daniel Pesina

Daniel played Sub Zero, Scorpion, Reptile, Noob Saibot, Smoke and Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat I and II. He also was one of the Foot Soldiers in Teenage Mutant Ninjas II!

Greg Peters

Greg Peters

Greg Peters

Greg Peters

Greg Peters is an internationally renowned animation artist who has won 4 daytime Emmys! Peters has worked at many of the greatest animation studios including Hanna Barbara, Amblin, Warner Bros, Sony, Disney, and Nickelodeon! Specializing in character design, some of Peters work includes Pinky and the Brain, Animaniacs, Rugrats, Dilbert, Family Dog, Timon & Pumbaa, and Mickey’s House of Mouse! He also worked as an animator for Sega video games in the 1990s. Today, Peters is part of Wacool Animation School.

Erika Phillips

Erika Phillips

Erika Phillips

Erika Phillips

A nerd-girl with a fashion modeling background, Erika “Verika” Phillips found a way to combine two of the things she loves by becoming a published model in the board gaming industry. She enjoys promoting the value of gaming through the products she has appeared in. In a predominantly male hobby, she aims to break down the perceptions of typical female gaming stereotypes by showing females can be smart, strong, funny, and anything else they want to be for themselves. She hopes her example leads to females becoming increasingly interested in gaming!

Brian Quezada

Brian Quezada

Brian Quezada

Brian Quezada

Independent

Top Player

Brian Quezada has been playing competitive air hockey regularly for the last decade, recently finishing 6th in the World Championships. Along with his teammate, Dan Meyer, Q is a two time doubles world champion. Brian enjoys discussing strategy and tips for air hockey with anyone who wants to learn.

Malcolm Ray

Malcolm Ray

Malcolm Ray

Malcolm Ray

From telling you about the new McCafe items at McDonald’s to tormenting the Nostalgia Critic as Satan, Malcolm Ray is an actor, and voice actor. His skills go beyond acting with professional training in film and video as his major at Columbia College Chicago. In the span of his Bachelor career at Columbia, Malcolm has successfully completed his Interdisciplinary Film Degree, been the casting director for a practicum film, interned at O’Connor Casting, and has begun a professional acting career. He’s also studied courses in Columbia’s Radio and Theatre Departments including; Voice Over, Voice Acting For Animation, Radio Production, Stage Voice and more. Malcolm is represented as talent at the Stewart Talent agency in Chicago. As a freelance actor, he is currently hired talent for the online production company Channel Awesome. For three years today, he’s appeared alongside Doug Walker in many episodes of “Nostalgia Critic”.

Allan Reizman

Allan Reizman

Allan Reizman

Allan Reizman

Allan Reizman is a former Bally R&D lab supervisor and a pioneering member of the solid state pinball electronics design team. Allan’s team was responsible for Squawk and Talk, Vidiot, and the -17/35 and 6803 MPU platforms. Allan often worked with game designers to bring their ideas to fruition whether it be a long forgotten talking Kiss game, Xenon Multiball, or a Flash Gordon flash-tube. Still working as a computer engineer today, Allan continues to assist the Bally pinball community with their projects and trivia.

Heather Reusz

Heather Reusz

Heather Reusz

Heather Reusz

Heather is the resident Channel Awesome Twitch Queen and can be seen on camera throughout the week in addition to running tech behind the scenes for the live-streams. She first joined the cast of Channel Awesome in 2016 for the show Awesome Comics. Since then, she has also appeared in and written for Orbit Report, Top 5, and Nostalgia Critic. In addition to Channel Awesome, she has her own Twitch variety channel (twitch.tv/heatherreusz) focusing mainly on story-driven games. When not gaming, Heather enjoys watching movies, TV shows, and anime and drinking craft beer with her friends. Find her on Twitter (@heatherreusz) or Instagram (@hreusz).

John Riggs

John Riggs

John Riggs

John Riggs

John Riggs started his YouTube channel in November 2014 as means to showcase his love for video games and breakfast cereal. It features a variety of topics including how to edit your own Nintendo games, how to clean and ‘fix’ your old carts with ‘Open Cart Surgery’ and showcases new technology that most may not have known about. He also gets a lot of help from his daughters who are featured in his videos regularly. John’s a regular guest on the Metal Jesus Rocks channel, is “taller than I expected” and is looking forward to his first time at MGC!

Ray Rosario

Ray Rosario

Ray Rosario

Ray Rosario

As the Senior 3D artist and Lead Character Modeler, Ray worked on King Kong Skull Island VR, Cruis’n Blast, Super Bikes 1,2,3, Fast & Furious Arcade series, TMNT arcade 2018, Jurassic Park Arcade 2015,
Xgames Snowcross & Snowboard, Nicktoons Nitro, Target Terror

Brian Schafer

Brian Schafer

Brian Schafer

Brian Schafer

When it comes to incredible replica jeeps and island tour cruisers, something has survived… and Brian made it happen! Brian will be bringing both his JP16 Jeep (based on the movies) and Park Tour Cruiser 09 (based on the book / games) to share with everyone! Ask Brian about how he created these iconic vehicles

Kevin Schechtel

Kevin Schechtel

Kevin Schechtel

Kevin Schechtel

Kevin Schechtel is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Stern Pinball.

Stern Pinball, Inc. designs and manufactures arcade-quality pinball games. It is the only maker of arcade-quality pinball games in the world and is located just outside Chicago, Illinois. For a quarter of a century Stern has continued to carry the pinball banner and promote the game throughout the world.

Aaron Schmitt

Aaron Schmitt

Aaron Schmitt

Aaron Schmitt

Aaron is the new Owner of Victory Glass Restoration parts. He has been a long time jukebox and arcade collector. Oversees all new products and operation of victory glass. Grew up around jukeboxes in the living room as his family has a history with operating and collecting Coinop machines.

Anthony Schwader

Anthony Schwader

Anthony Schwader

Anthony Schwader

“The Ginmaster” has been an ‘entertaining’ force over the last two years on Twitch, and you may have seen him on TVMGC’s official Twitch channel with his show “Ginmaster Vs.” taking on old school games on Wednesday nights.

Christopher Sean

Christopher Sean

Christopher Sean

Christopher Sean

Japanese American Actor. Very proud son to a Navy veteran and Mother born and raised in Japan. Known for Star Wars Resistance, Hawaii Five-0, Days of Our Lives and Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Cultured through living in many countries but Southern California is considered home. Studied martial arts, Tae Kwon Do, Jiu-Jitsu, boxing and wrestling.

Saturday, April 30th, 2022 from 12:00pm until 1:00pm

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

Sunday, May 1st, 2022 from 2:00pm until 3:00pm

Mark Seiden

Mark Seiden

Mark Seiden

Mark Seiden

Mark Seiden created a homebrew pinball game based on the video game Metroid. In 2021 he joined Jersey Jack Pinball as their newest game designer. He has been apprenticing under Steve Ritchie and has started his first independent game design.

Max Senesac

Max Senesac

Max Senesac

Max Senesac

Max Senesac- Max is a Sales Associate at American Pinball hailing from Milwaukee. He works with distributors, shipping tasks, and is the face at the American front desk/voice on the main phone line.

Zach Sharpe

Zach Sharpe

Zach Sharpe

Zach Sharpe

Zach of all trades, master of all things pinball! Director of Marketing for Stern Pinball. Vice President of the International Flipper Pinball Association. Former #1 ranked competitive pinball player in the world. To say I was born into the world of pinball would be an understatement. To say I love my job working in the pinball industry would be a disservice. When you love your job you never work a day in your life and I hope to live a very long one with pinball by my side!

Jim Shird

Jim Shird

Jim Shird

Jim Shird

28 Year veteran of the Pinball/Amusement Game Industry, Jim got his start at Alvin G in 1991. Working on games such as Mystery Castle and Pistol Poker before designing Punchy the Clown. In 1994 Jim moved to Williams/Bally where he ran the Manufacturing Lab. He continued to do Electrical Cabling, manager of the prototype lab and was a part of the Pinball 2000 design team. Currently at Stern working on the electrical configurations for games and making sure they are in compliance.

Dwight Sullivan

Dwight Sullivan

Dwight Sullivan

Dwight Sullivan

Williams Electronics, Stern Pinball*

Senior game developer

Dwight is currently a senior game designer with Stern Pinball, and has worked on lots of different games for Stern, including being the team leader for games like Pirates of the Caribbean and more! Before that, he worked for Williams Electronics.

Jerry Thompson

Jerry Thompson

Jerry Thompson

Jerry Thompson

Stern Pinball*

Sound designer

Jerry is a sound designer working on some of Stern’s best titles recently including Iron Maiden, Star Wars, Batman ‘66, Ghostbusters and Whoa Nellie: Big Juicy Melons!

Charles Urbach

Charles Urbach

Charles Urbach

Charles Urbach

Charles Urbach is an award-winning writer and colored pencil illustrator with more than 25 years of experience in design, publishing, and illustration. His detailed original concepts and drawings have appeared on book covers and merchandise, and hundreds of his illustrations have appeared in gaming products including: Magic: The Gathering, Heroclix, Legend of the Five Rings, A Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, various Star Wars products, Das Schwarze Auge, Infinite City, Mage Knight, Everquest, Call of Cthulhu, Esper Genesis, DoomTown Reloaded, and many others.

More information about his work is available at his website: www.charlesurbach.com

Mark Valuch

Mark Valuch

Mark Valuch

Mark Valuch

Love pinball? Learn how it works with Mark’s Basement Arcade! Mark has an incredible YouTube channel where he shows how to fix and maintain older, electro-mechanical pinball machines. Want to ask questions while you learn? Mark hosts Mark’s Basement Arcade Chat and Repair every Sunday at 2 pm CST on tvMGC on Twitch!

Mukesh Vasani

Mukesh Vasani

Mukesh Vasani

Mukesh Vasani

Mukesh is the Founder and CEO of Aimtron Group, known for the production of printed chip electronics, and the parent company of American Pinball. He has utilized his manufacturing business expertise in building up American Pinball to a major player within the industry and is continuing to expanding it to the next level. Mr. Vasani also started the Aimtron Foundation which is a not-for-profit Sec 501(c)(3) USA / 80G entity with the focus to empower youth to pursue their full potential and engage in community social activity.

Nirmal Vasani

Nirmal Vasani

Nirmal Vasani

Nirmal Vasani

American Pinball

Marketing Strategist

Nirmal has been with the American Pinball since 2018. He started on in sales and marketing, and moved to a project management role in 2020. He directs efforts to design electronics, creates PCBA prototypes, and troubleshoots electrical and PCBA design related issues.

Mike Vinikour

Mike Vinikour

Mike Vinikour

Mike Vinikour

Mike does software testing, helps with rule design, and runs the Stern Pinball field test program to ensure that the Stern Pinball machines are the most fun they can be!

Klaus Von Hohenloe

Klaus Von Hohenloe

Klaus Von Hohenloe

Klaus Von Hohenloe

Klaus Von Hohenloe is a video creator from Minnesota who has dabbled in everything from movie reviews to cooking videos, which have been described as “weird and intense.” He does all of this, along with skits and short films, with his friend John. When not doing that, he runs a YouTube channel called The Dungeon Newb’s guide, where he talks about about and teaches TTRPGs. Like a nerd.

Aiyanna Wade

Aiyanna Wade

Aiyanna Wade

Aiyanna Wade

Aiyanna is a comedic performer and writer. She loves to perform various sketch and improv shows at Second City Training Center and The Annoyance. You may recognize her from Nostalgia Critic Reviews (including Harley Quinn in NC’s Suicide Squad and Beverley in NC’s It Chapter 1 & 2) or Channel Awesome’s Top 5. She also voices Becky and Sunny in the animated series Multiplex 10.

Doug Walker

Doug Walker

Doug Walker

Doug Walker

Doug is best known for his character The Nostalgia Critic from ChannelAwesome.com, who reviews movies and TV shows connected to childhood. He’s also noted for having a long standing “rivalry” with The Angry Video Game Nerd.  He’s appeared on PBS, Entrepreneur Magazine, New York Times, 20/20, Rifftrax, Honest Trailers, Cinema Sins, and was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year at the Mashable Awards as well as one of the Best Youtube Critics by WatchMojo.com. 

Rob Walker

Rob Walker

Rob Walker

Rob Walker

From Santa Christ to the Executor, Rob Walker always plays a big role in the creation of the show Nostalgia Critic.  He co-writes each episode, plays several hilarious characters, and also co-hosts the blog series Sibling Rivalry with his brother Doug.  Always having a quick comeback (except when he doesn’t), he’s there to entertain.

Brett Weiss

Brett Weiss

Brett Weiss

Brett Weiss

National columnist Brett Weiss has been a gamer since 1975 and a professional gaming writer since 1997. He’s the author of a dozen books, including The NES Omnibus Vol. 1 and 2, The SNES Omnibus Vol. 1 and 2, and The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987. With his Classic Home Video Games series, he wrote the world’s first complete guides to numerous video game consoles, including the Atari 5200, Atari 7800, ColecoVision, Intellivision, Vectrex, Odyssey2, Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Master System, Neo Geo, TurboGrafx-16, and Sega Genesis.

Dave Wise

Dave Wise

Dave Wise

Dave Wise

Dave Wise and Kevin Bayliss have composed and created for some great classic titles including ‘Donkey Kong Country’ ‘BattleToads’ ‘Diddy Kong Racing’ ‘Killer Instinct’ since working for leading UK video game developer ‘Rare Ltd’ right at the very beginning in the 1987. Now they are on their first project as DK Creations entitled Salamandos, an exciting new musical story featuring brand new characters and tunes which many Video Game fans from the early 90’s will find ‘toadally’ familiar!

Jeffrey Wittenhagen

Jeffrey Wittenhagen

Jeffrey Wittenhagen

Jeffrey Wittenhagen

Jeffrey is the writer of tons of awesome books like the Complete NES: Ultimate NES Collector’s Book and many others! He is also one of the hosts of the popular VGBS podcast!

Eddie Yates

Eddie Yates

Eddie Yates

Eddie Yates

Abt Electronics, Stern Pinball

Technical Support Engineer (Stern Pinball)

Hey there! My name is Eddie Yates, and I am a technical support engineer for Stern Pinball. I joined the Stern Family in October 2020. Prior to joining Stern Pinball, I worked at Abt Electronics as an appliance repair technician for 7 years. Overall, I’ve been in customer service and in the technology industry for over ten years. At Stern, I’m responsible for customer service, which includes diagnosing and advising on the repair of our pinball games. In my department, we reach out to all branches of the company. We work with programming, engineering, marketing, sales, as well as manufacturing

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Scott Adams

Scott Adams

Scott Adams

Scott Adams

Adams is known as the “father of adventure games” for being the first person known to create an adventure-style game for personal computers with his first game, Adventureland. His company, Adventure International, released games for many major computer platforms throughout the 80s. Recently, Scott founded Clopas, the “Puzzle Us Adventure!” company in 2017.

 Arlo

Arlo

 Arlo

Arlo

Arlo is a Youtuber who strives to create a friendly, upbeat environment where discussion is greatly encouraged and bad puns run rampant. This includes reviews, opinion pieces, let’s plays, analyses, nostalgia talk, comedy bits, and anything else he feels like cooking up. Whether he’s offering a positive reaction or an honest criticism or a pained lament, lighthearted comedy is at the heart of everything Arlo does. His main focus is Nintendo, but he dabbles in PC gaming and other consoles as well.

Eric Bischoff

Eric Bischoff

Eric Bischoff

Eric Bischoff

2019

AWA, WCW, WWE, TNA, Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment, MX Digital

On Air Interviewer, Executive Vice President, WWE General Manager, Podcaster, Producer

As Executive Vice President of WCW, Eric Bischoff took WCW from a distant second to the leading wrestling company in the world for a time, while also serving as a major on screen character. After WCW folded, Eric shocked the world by agreeing to serve as the WWE RAW General Manager. Today, he records the popular 83weeks Podcast with Conrad Thompson about his time in the industry.

Ted DiBiase

Ted DiBiase

Ted DiBiase

Ted DiBiase

Mid-South Wrestling, NWA, All Japan Pro Wrestling, WCW, WWF/E

Wrestler, manager, color commenator

Often regarded as the greatest villain in pro wrestling, WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase played the Million Dollar Man to great affect, headling Wrestlemania IV and the first SummerSlam! His character was also featured in numerous wrestling video games, and is fondly remembered to this day.

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Perhaps best known for his role as Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbusters series (including voice work for the video game and pinball machine!), Hudson has appeared in countless movies and shows, and is currently producing and starring in The Family Business on BET. Mr. Hudson is expected to join us on Saturday, April 13.

Eugene Jarvis

Eugene Jarvis

Eugene Jarvis

Eugene Jarvis

Atari Pinball, Williams Electronics, Vid Kidz, Midway, Raw Thrills*, Play Mechanix*

Video Game Programmer, Pinball Programmer, Co-Founder of Vid-Kidz, Owner of Raw Thrillz

Eugene designed many landmark arcade video games including Defender, Robotron 2084, Narc, Smash TV, and the Cruis’n series. He also worked in pinball, helping to bring designs like Firepower, Pinbot, Space Shuttle, High Speed, and F-14 Tomcat to life. If that isn’t enough, he owns Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix, the premier modern arcade developer with hits such as the Walking Dead, Jurassic Park, Injustice Arcade, the Big Buck Hunter series, and more!

Jeff Lee

Jeff Lee

Jeff Lee

Jeff Lee

Gottlieb

Arcade Video Concept and Design

@!#?@! Perhaps best known as the creator of Q*Bert, Jeff Lee is an artist who created great work for many of Gottlieb’s video arcade games, as well as games on the Macintosh and Genesis.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern

Gary Stern

Gary Stern

Stern Electronics, Data East, Sega Pinball, Stern Pinball*

President*

Gary Stern has been in the pinball industry his entire life, starting by working with Stern Electronics, then moving to Pinstar, Data East, Sega Pinball, and then eventually in 1999 purchasing the company from Sega and renaming it Stern Pinball. Since 1999, Stern Pinball has been the largest pinball manufacturer in the United States, producing multiple incredible machines each year!