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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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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

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

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!

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

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.

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.

Alumni

Below are some of our guests from past shows

 

 

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.