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The Midwest Gaming Classic hosted the following gaming industry professionals in 2019! We’ll update this page as we start to announce who will be coming in 2020!

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 Abdallah

Abdallah

 Abdallah

Abdallah

Midwestern Local, Abdallah, runs the successful YouTube Channel:
AbdallahSmash026, that has 2 million unique monthly viewers. His YouTube Channel focuses on Family-Friendly Nintendo Gameplay Content such as 100% Walkthroughs, Let’s Plays, as well as Tips & Tricks videos to help gamers of all ages.

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 younger people.

 Arlo

Arlo

 Arlo

Arlo

Independent

Content Creator

Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 4:00pm until 5:00pm
Sunday, April 7th, 2019 from 3:00pm until 4:00pm

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.

Philo Barnhart

Philo Barnhart

Philo Barnhart

Philo Barnhart

Don Bluth Studios, Disney, Silver Phoenix Entertainment*

Animator, Artist*

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!

Gary Butterfield

Gary Butterfield

Gary Butterfield

Gary Butterfield

Independent

Content Creator

Watch Out for Fireballs! is a game club podcast hosted by Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross. Gary is a podcaster, author, and musician based out of Portland, Oregon. Kole is a podcaster, writer, and video producer based out of north-central Ohio. Together they also produce many other podcasts on the listener-supported Duckfeed.tv network.

 Captain Algebra

Captain Algebra

 Captain Algebra

Captain Algebra

Captain Algebra is a Wisconsin based channel that focuses on game pickups, Video Games Monthly unboxings and retro and modern streams every Tuesday and Friday night. He is also one half of the Mega Powers with MEGADAN29.

Brian Colin

Brian Colin

Brian Colin

Brian Colin

Game Designer

Brian Colin, the creator of the arcade game Rampage, will be at the Midwest Gaming Classic less than one week before the movie version of Rampage comes out! Brian is also the man behind arcade games Xenophobe, Arch Rivals and Pigskin 621, and the Sega Genesis game General Chaos!

 Corpse_flood Gaming

Corpse_flood Gaming

 Corpse_flood Gaming

Corpse_flood Gaming

Corpse Flood Gaming is a Canada based channel dedicated to all things
gaming related: Discussion topics, pickups, unboxings, collaborations and
so on. Often including family and friends as part of the mix to add a fun
spin on things. Jason is also the co host of the Game Tenants Podcast.

Archie Cunningham

Archie Cunningham

Archie Cunningham

Archie Cunningham

Indepedent

Comic book artist and creator, painter, art teacher

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!

Ted DiBiase

Ted DiBiase

Ted DiBiase

Ted DiBiase

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

Wrestler, manager, color commenator

Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 10:00am until 12:00pm
Sunday, April 7th, 2019 from 10:00am until 12:00pm

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.

Johnny Gioeli

Johnny Gioeli

Johnny Gioeli

Johnny Gioeli

Sega*, Crush 40*

Video Game Music and Singer

Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 10:00am until 11:00am
Sunday, April 7th, 2019 from 3:00pm until 4:00pm

Johnny sings on nine Sonic the Hedgehog games as part of the band Crush 40 starting with Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast.

Matt Hissem

Matt Hissem

Matt Hissem

Matt Hissem

Independent

Replica Creator

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!

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 2:00pm until 3:00pm

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.

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!

Tim Kitzrow

Tim Kitzrow

Tim Kitzrow

Tim Kitzrow

EA Sports, Acclaim, Bally, Midway, Digital Dreams Entertainment

Voice Actor

Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 10:00am until 11:00am
Sunday, April 7th, 2019 from 10:00am until 11:00am

With NBA Jam, which grossed over $2 BILLION to date, Kitzrow introduced the iconic phrase BOOMSHAKALAKA into the basketball lexicon and with it secured pop culture immortality. A Chicago based Voice Artist and NBA pop culture personality, Kitzrow is known to fans for his sensational sports commentary, earning industry awards for all four major sports leagues. Kitzrow has enjoyed a run as the signature voice of classic games like NBA Jam, NFL Blitz, NHL Hitz, Wayne Gretzky Hockey, MLB Slugfest, Big Hurt Baseball, and NCAA College Slam. He is the only talent in gaming to voice all four major sports leagues, the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL, as well as the NCAA. He is currently working on a re-launch of the beloved Mutant Football League series, as well as a number of book and creative projects.

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

Terry Minnich

Terry Minnich

Terry Minnich

Terry Minnich

EGM, Pixel Blast Arcade*

Writer, Arcade Operator

As former Tricks of the Trade editor for Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine, the name “Trickman” was well known for video game obsessed kids of the 1990s. Today, he is still a force in the industry as one of the co-owners of the Pixel Blast Arcade in Lisle, Illinois!

Charles D Moisant

Charles D Moisant

Charles D Moisant

Charles D Moisant

Silver Phoenix Entertainment*

Creative Director*, Artist*

Charles is a comic book artist, writer, and the creative director of Silver Phoenix Entertainment. Publishing comic books since 1991, Charles’ current work includes Zombie Annihilation, Danni and Dayna in Dino World and Thunder World. He also works with many artists, printing their comic titles through Silver Phoenix Entertainment!

 Mortal Kombat Meet and Greet

Mortal Kombat Meet and Greet

 Mortal Kombat Meet and Greet

Mortal Kombat Meet and Greet

Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 10:00am until 11:00am
Sunday, April 7th, 2019 from 10:00am until 11:00am

Meet stars of the Mortal Kombat video game series Philip Ahn, Anthony Marquez, and Daniel Pesina. You might know them better as Shang Tsung (Ahn), Kung Lao (Marquez), and Sub Zero, Scorpion, Reptile, Noob Saibot, Smoke, and Johnny Cage (Pesina).

Arda Ocal

Arda Ocal

Arda Ocal

Arda Ocal

MSG Networks, ESPN

Announcer, Television Personality

Meet Arda Ocal at the Midwest Gaming Classic April 14 and 15 at the Wisconsin Center! Arda is a television personality and announcer who has worked for the WWE (under the stage name Kyle Edwards) and currently works for MSG Networks and ESPN! Arda is a lead voice for ESPN on their eSports coverage, as well as covering many other sports!

Butch Patrick

Butch Patrick

Butch Patrick

Butch Patrick

Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 3:00pm until 5:00pm

Butch Patrick is synonymous with pop culture and the lovable character of Eddie Munster from the iconic television show, The Munsters, a character role that he embraces! Butch, in his own individual capacity, is a great and amazing person. He has been through many personal adversities; has fought and conquered the negative issues around his life. Butch Patrick….the man today reflects the sustainability of simpler times and fans’ memories of their childhood connection with a TV show – The Munsters. Whether you have seen Butch on TV or have had the opportunity to meet him in person, you got a glimpse of who he is….genuine. Additional chances to meet Butch can be found at https://www.munsters.com

Daniel Pesina

Daniel Pesina

Daniel Pesina

Daniel Pesina

Midway

Actor

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!

Andy Ries

Andy Ries

Andy Ries

Andy Ries

Wisconsin Ghostbusters, Wisconsin Star Cars

Replica Creator

Andy decided it was time to bust some heads, in a spiritual sense of course, he needed the right vehicle to do it in… so Andy created a replica of the iconic Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters and will be bringing it to the show to share! Ask Andy about the work that went into recreating one of the most recognizable movie cars, and how he feels about that car being the star of the new teaser trailer for the upcoming Ghostbusters movie!

 RisingBluePhoenix

RisingBluePhoenix

 RisingBluePhoenix

RisingBluePhoenix

RisingBluePhoenix is a Wisconsin based channel focusing on Nintendo games like Pokemon, and Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. Playing with viewers and challenge runs of well known Nintendo games. Playing games live with viewers on stream is this channel’s specialty.

Kole Ross

Kole Ross

Kole Ross

Kole Ross

Independent

Content Creator

Watch Out for Fireballs! is a game club podcast hosted by Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross. Kole is a podcaster, writer, and video producer based out of north-central Ohio. Together they also produce many other podcasts on the listener-supported Duckfeed.tv network.

Adam Ruben

Adam Ruben

Adam Ruben

Adam Ruben

Adam Ruben is a writer, comedian, and molecular biologist.  His most
recent book, Pinball Wizards: Jackpots, Drains, and the Cult of the Silver
Ball, explores the past, present, and future of pinball.  Adam has
appeared on the Food Network, the Travel Channel, the Weather Channel,
Discovery International, Netflix, and NPR; he currently hosts Outrageous
Acts of Science on the Science Channel.  At one time, Adam was the
80th-ranked pinball player in the world.  Then he had kids.

Brian Schafer

Brian Schafer

Brian Schafer

Brian Schafer

OldhouseMedia Event Cars

Replica Creator, Photographer, Videographer

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

Tad Stones

Tad Stones

Tad Stones

Tad Stones

Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Imagineering, Universal Cartoon Studios, Film Roman Studios, Netflix

Producer, Writer, Artist

Tad Stones is a Producer / Writer / Artist who started his animation career at Walt Disney Features then moved to Disney Imagineering to design rides for EPCOT Center. He was one of the founders of Walt Disney TV Animation where he created such shows as Chip ’n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers and Darkwing Duck along with several feature spinoffs. After 30 years at Disney, Tad produced several direct to video features, most notably two Hellboy Animated movies, Hellboy: Sword of Storms and Hellboy: Blood and Iron. He he also cowrote and directed the Netflix Original Series, Kulipari: An Army of Frogs.

 Svengoolie

Svengoolie

 Svengoolie

Svengoolie

MeTV*

Television Personality

Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 6:00pm until 7:00pm

Svengoolie will once again head from Berwyn to the Midwest Gaming Classic on Saturday, April 13th in support of KingPin Games! Until then, catch him on MeTV at 7pm CST!

 The Game Grinder

The Game Grinder

 The Game Grinder

The Game Grinder

The Game Grinder is midwest based Youtube channel focused on everything video games. For four years “Church” has created vlog style Youtube content from video game collecting to scripted reviews to co-hosting The Game Tenants Podcast. For the third year in a row, Church will be participating in sharing insights and information about maintaining and growing a Youtube channel at the Midwest Gaming Classic.

 The Old A.. Retro Gamer

The Old A.. Retro Gamer

 The Old A.. Retro Gamer

The Old A.. Retro Gamer

Christopher “The Old A.. Retro Gamer” Pico is a filmmaker and has been a diehard gamer ever since his parents purchased an Atari 2600 when he was a child. When he lost his job of 11 years in 2011 he was forced to sell his video game collection, which he had been amassing since the late 90s, to pay the bills. When he made the decision to return to the hobby in 2013 he created The Old A.. Retro Gamer YouTube vlog to document his quest to reclaim his collection. Massive YouTuber collaborations are his specialty along with pick-up videos and sharing his favorite gaming Diamonds in the Rough.

Jack Thomas

Jack Thomas

Jack Thomas

Jack Thomas

Independent

Author, cartoonist, YouTube creator

Jack has done work as an author, cartoonist, and content creator for a number of YouTube channels, including work within the gaming industry.

Alumni

Below are some of our guests from past shows

 

 

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.

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