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11/5-7 2021; Fri 6p-12a, Sat 10a-8p, Sun 10a-5p

November 5 - 7, 2021 • Friday: 6p-12a, Saturday: 10a-8p, Sunday: 10a-5p

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4/29-5/1/22; Fri 6p-12a, Sat 10a-8p, Sun 10a-5p

April 29 - May 1, 2022 • Fri: 6p-12a, Saturday: 10a-8p, Sunday: 10a-5p

MEET

The Midwest Gaming Classic hosts lots of industry professionals each year! Here are the guests we expect to host this year!

List subject to change.

Rob Anthony

Rob Anthony

Rob Anthony

Rob Anthony

Rob started working at a local arcade at age 13 and immediately took to the service aspect of the games. After running an amusement route, and taking technical trainings from Williams, Bally, NSM, Atari, and Rowe he developed extensive board repair experience and can troubleshoot and repair most any issue. He travels all over the US repairing games and will be offering on site board and game repair at the show!

John Borg

John Borg

John Borg

John Borg

Data East Pinball, Sega Pinball, Stern Pinball*

Pinball Game Designer

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!

Dave Brennan

Dave Brennan

Dave Brennan

Dave Brennan

American Pinball

Tech Service Manager, helping to keep your American Pinball games running with phone, email and tech video support.

Don Caldwell

Don Caldwell

Don Caldwell

Don Caldwell

Independent

Historian

Don is a pinball historian that has been studying, writing about and hosting seminars on the industry for more than 15 years. Picture courtesy of the PinGame Journal.

Waison Cheng

Waison Cheng

Waison Cheng

Waison Cheng

Neopong Software, inXile Entertainment, Incredible Technologies, Stern Pinball*

Software Engineer

Waison is a game designer for Stern Pinball, having worked on games like Aerosmith, Star Trek, KISS, Game of Thrones, and Avengers to name a few. Before that, he worked on the Golden Tee series for Incredible Technologies, and before that on programming games for the Nintendo DS!

Chuck Ernst

Chuck Ernst

Chuck Ernst

Chuck Ernst

Atari Video Games, Midway Games, Warner Brother's Interactive NetherRealm Studios, Stern Pinball*

CG art director

Chuck has had more than 28 years programming and has more than 40 titles that he did! He is currently the CG art director at Stern Pinball, but his lengthy resume includes stints with Warner Brothers Interactive, Midway Games and Atari Video Games!

George Gomez

George Gomez

George Gomez

George Gomez

Bally, Williams, Stern Pinball*

Executive Vice President, Chief Creative Officer

George got his start in video games helping to design both Tron and Spy Hunter. During the video game crash, he left arcade video to design toys, but returned in 1993 to Williams Electronics, designing games like Monster Bash was a critical part of the Pinball 2000 design team. When Williams closed, George went to Stern, first as a designer who designed games including the landmark Lord of the Rings, and has now become the Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer at Stern Pinball! Picture courtesy of the PinGame Journal.

Ben Heck

Ben Heck

Ben Heck

Ben Heck

The Ben Heck Show*, Spooky Pinball

Video Game Hacker, Pinball Designer, Pinball Software

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!

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!

Tom Kyzivat

Tom Kyzivat

Tom Kyzivat

Tom Kyzivat

Stern Pinball

Storyboard Artist and Animator

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.

Eric Meunier

Eric Meunier

Eric Meunier

Eric Meunier

Jersey Jack Pinball*

Pinball Game Designer

The new Jersey Jack Pinball machine, the Pirates of the Caribbean, was the first design of Eric Meunier! Featuring lots of innovative new ideas, it looks like Jersey Jack has found a winner.

Andrew Mills

Andrew Mills

Andrew Mills

Andrew Mills

Stern Pinball, Inc.

Director of Quality Assurance

Andrew Mills is the Director of Quality Assurance at Stern Pinball, Inc. In addition to a life of pinball enthusiasm, Andrew has a background in engineering and holds graduate degrees in business and mathematics. While at Stern, Andrew has led their talented manufacturing quality team on titles such as Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Avengers: Infinity Quest, Led Zeppelin, Godzilla, and many others.

Jim Shird

Jim Shird

Jim Shird

Jim Shird

Alvin G., Williams/Bally, Stern Pinball

Electrical Engineer, Prototype Lab Manager, Game designer

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.

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!

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.

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!

Wally Welch

Wally Welch

Wally Welch

Wally Welch

Alvin G, Capcom, Jersey Jack Pinball

Mechanical Design

Wally graduated from the University of St. Louis with a Master’s Degree in Psychology in 1979.  Returning to Chicago, he joined the Bally Pinball design team where he designed “Medusa” & “Mysterian” pinball machines.  As an independent contractor, he produced the “Jolly Roger” pin which was revised and manufactured as “Pistol Poker” for Alvin G & Co. It was here he also designed “Mystery Castle,” “Slam n Jam,” and “Maxx Badazz” pins.  At Capcom, he designed “Eureka” and “Austin Powers” Novelty games.

As a Mechanical Engineer for Grand Products he worked on the following products: Time Crisis 4, DDR Dance Revolution, Bowl O Rama, Fast & Furious, Ultracade Video, Wangan II. He was a member of the Chicago Gaming design team developing both Pin games and a variety of Novelty Games. At Jersey Jack Pinball, he was a member of the design team that developed the following pin games: Hobbit, Dialed In, Pirates of the Caribbean, Willy Wonka, and Guns n’ Roses. Wally retired from Jersey Jack Pinball in April.  Although he is happily retired, he is currently designing several original concepts for pinball machines that are market-specific.

Alumni

Below are some of our guests from past shows

 

 

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. Jeff will be hanging out in the Galloping Ghost Arcade room (3 on the map) throughout the weekend!