Co-Owner, Operations Manager
Roxanne’s husband Scott Adams is known as the father of adventure games, and when he returned to creating games Roxanne became co-owner and operations manager of their new company, Clopas, helping to ensure new adventure games for everyone to enjoy today!
Adventure International, Clopas*
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 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.
Nintendo Enthusiast, Enthusiast Gaming
Greg Bargas stumbled his way into journalism with GAMINGtruth under the wing of DeejayKnight. Since then, he has gone on to cover shows like IndieCade, the Game Developers Conference (GDC), and E3. Fun fact: His review for Super Meat Boy was mentioned in Indie Game: The Movie, which sadly, is the only thing that inspires him to get up in the morning.
Don Bluth Studios, Disney, Silver Phoenix Entertainment*
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!
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.
Williams Pinball, Midway Games, Stern Pinball*
Chuck presently oversees all electronic development at Stern Pinball. This encompasses system design, vendor interface, proto-type coordination and regulatory compliance. In short, all aspects related to electronics from concept, into production are within Chuck’s domain!
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 and the latest Stern Pinball machine Guardians of the Galaxy!
Williams Pinball, Jersey Jack Pinball
Duncan started working at Williams/Bally Pinball and a couple of years later they shut down for good. Coincidence? After a couple of decades in the slot machine industry, he’s back in pinball, as a software engineer for Jersey Jack Pinball. In his spare time Duncan curates the Steve Kordek Archives of pinball history, and builds the occasional lost Harry Williams game.
Chief Revenue Officer, VP of Sales and Marketing at Stern Pinball, Inc.
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.
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.
Neopong Software, inXile Entertainment, Incredible Technologies, Stern Pinball*
Waison is not 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!
Digital Eclipse, Video Game History Museum
Producer, Historian, Preservationist
Frank Cifaldi is the founder of The Video Game History Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to making sure that the roots of our favorite hobby are never lost. He is also a producer at Digital Eclipse, and has worked on classic game compilations including Mega Man Legacy Collection, Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, and SNK 40th Anniversary Collection.
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!
Pinball Designer, Pinball Software
Pinball designer, mechanical engineer, sound and music programmer and software engineer… Scott did it all on Total Nuclear Annihilation 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!
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.
After discovering that he had unknowingly purchased the only known Nintendo Playstation prototype in a lot from a company that had closed, Terry has made the choice to share it with the world! Come meet Terry and hear about his travels since finding the console, and get a chance to check out and maybe even try the console too!
Midway Games, Jersey Jack Pinball
Cabinet Designer, Mechanical Engineer
After serving in the USMC in 1980 Peter Dorn held several positions designing many different products from printing presses to some of Bally Life Fitness’s firs weight lifting machines. Peter found his way to Midway Games as a Mechanical designer / project engineer in the mid 90’s. He did game cabinet design and human interface design for the games Hyperdrive, Hydro Thunder, Off Road Thunder and The Grid. For the past 16 years, after Midway closed, he transitioned into Slot machine design for WMS and. Peter has returned to Coin op, and has been with Jersey Jack Pinball as a Mechanical Designer for the last year and a half.
Williams, Stern Pinball*
Senior Game Designer
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!
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!
I Play Games*
Founder, Video Game Promoter, Tournament Organizer
Kevin was an experienced video game promoter and tournament organizer when he founded I Play Games in 2009. Today, I Play Games hosts charitable events, coordinates cross country trips, supports gaming media, and hosts awesome gaming tournaments for companies and groups!
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!
Bally Pinball, Williams Pinball, Whizbang Pinball*, Jersey Jack Pinball, Stern Pinball*
Artist and Art Director
Greg has created iconic work for games like Fathom, Strange Science, Elvira and the Party Monsters, Scared Stiff, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Smash TV, Cruis’n USA, Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons and many more! Today, he serves as Stern Pinball’s art director.
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.
Green Ronin, Gaming Paper, and Vigilance Press
Line artist, module creator, game creator
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.
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.
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!
Epic Quest Productions, TSR
editor, game designer, author
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!
Williams, Stern Pinball, Play Mechanix, Jersey Jack Pinball
Director of Software, Software Engineer, Game Rule Designer
Keith has been in coin-op for 20 years, starting with Revenge From Mars. He’s led software on 8 games including Simpsons Pinball Party, Lord of the Rings, Wizard of Oz, and JJP Pirates of the Caribbean and helped out on at least 11 others. After a detour to Play Mechanix to help out on online abilities, Keith designed the JJP game platform and leads the software department in creating the most innovative and immersive games in the industry today.
Backbone Entertainment, Valve Corporation, Stern Pinball*
Senior Software Engineer
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.
Animerica Magazine, WIRED magazine, Kotaku
Chris Kohler’s video game writing has been featured for over 20 years in places like Animerica magazine, WIRED magazine and Kotaku! His books about video games include “Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave The World An Extra Life” (2004) and Boss Fight Books’ “Final Fantasy V” (2017).
Video Game Historian, Writer
Tim Lapetino created the beautiful book Art of Atari to celebrate the amazing pictures that were created to bridge the gap between the imagination and reality of early Atari games. Tim has also written for Geek Monthly, RETRO Magazine, and other great publications, and is the founder and Executive Director of the Museum of Video Game Art.
IGN, USGamer, Retronauts*
Retronauts is perhaps the most well known retro gaming podcast, and Bob Mackey is one of the people behind it! Having worked in gaming journalism for sites like IGN and USGamer, Mackey brings his vast knowledge of gaming history to every project he participates in.
Nintendo Enthusiast, Enthusiast Gaming
Editor, writer, content creator
Brett Medlock runs one of the top Nintendo-dedicated sites in the world, Nintendo Enthusiast. He is also a full-time writer and content creator on YouTube. Nintendo Enthusiast’s YouTube channel was ranked #28 in Feedspot’s “Top 40 Nintendo Youtube Channels For Nintendo Fanatics”. Brett also travels the world hosting gaming events and preaching the word of Shigeru Miyamoto.
Gold Standard Air Hockey*
Ambassador, Top Ranked Player
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 the two time Doubles World Champion.
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!
Jersey Jack Pinball
Mark is a new hire to join Jersey Jack Pinball, he started only a few month ago! Mark is new to the Pinball scene, but he comes from Larry Demar’s Slot and Poker company, LED Gaming. Mark has been making art and design for exciting slots and poker games for the last 13 years, and he is looking forward to making some great pinball games with Jersey Jack Pinball!
Rick is a software engineer who is now a programmer for Stern Pinball, and his first title is the new Iron Maiden machine! Before Stern, Rick worked for WMS Gaming on slot machines, Jardvark Studios for iOS, Chewy Software on Direct 3D games and as a software engineer for EA working on the Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2 and PS3!
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!
IGN, 1UP, USGamer, Retronauts*
Bob Mackey and Jeremy Parish of Retronauts will be at the Midwest Gaming Classic April 14 and 15 in Milwaukee, WI! Retronauts was started over ten years ago as a podcast featuring games of the past, and continues today weekly covering a diverse range of retro gaming topics!
Milwaukee Company of Gamers*, Verika Model & Gamer Gal*
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!
Video Game History Foundation, Nintendo of America, Chair Entertainment, Gameduell, Microsoft Xbox
Game Producer, playtester, consultant
Howard was one of the first employees at Nintendo of America where his role became playing upcoming games and telling Nintendo how he thought they would do in the US! Howard was also featured in the Howard & Nester comic series within Nintendo Power! Later, he produced games for LucasArts, Microsoft, and Epic. Today he works with the Video Game History Foundation to preserve the history of the industry!
Howard will also be playing NES games with our VIG attendees as part of the Official MGC After Party! If you ever wanted to play a game with the person credited for telling Nintendo to turn Doki Doki Panic into Super Mario Bros 2, this will be your chance!
Brian Quezada has been playing competitive air hockey regularly since 2009 in Chicago. Currently at the #10 spot, he is shooting for his 5th top ten finish at a national level event in 2019. 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.
Wisconsin Ghostbusters, Wisconsin Star Cars
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!
Atari Pinball, Williams Pinball, Stern Pinball*
Pinball Game Designer
Steve started by designing pinball machines for Atari before moving to Williams, creating hugely successful machines like Firepower, High Speed, Terminator 2, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also worked on arcade video games, and is the voice of Shao Kahn in Mortal Kombat. Recently, he has been working for Stern Pinball, designing hits like Spider-Man, AC/DC, Star Trek and Star Wars!
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.
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
Writer, Photographer, Editor
As the owner and creator of the PinGame Journal, Jim Schelberg has been documenting the pinball hobby for more than 150 issues! With information that no one else gets and great photos, the PinGame Journal is a must for anyone who is a fan of the silver ball!
Data East, Williams, Stern Pinball*
Lyman Sheats is a great pinball player, and an incredible pinball programmer. He has been programming pinball machines since the 1990s with Data East, moving to Williams and then heading to Stern Pinball. Among his many credits are Medieval Madness, ACDC, Metallica, Tron, and Monster Bash.
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.
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.
David has been creating sound for games for a long time. The coin-op video game Q*bert was the first hit game. Winter Games for the C64 was another hit. Capcom Bowling did very well too. The very first Data East Pinball machines have music and sound effects by David, including Time Machine. Altogether David has written music and created sound effects for twenty eight pinball machines for Gottlieb, Data East, Stern Pinball, Multimorphic, Jersey Jack Pinball, Heighway Pinball and now Deeproot Pinball. A half dozen slot machines and a couple of mobile games have sounds by David as well. At present, David works from his Pinball Audio Studio in Redmond WA.
Gottlieb, Action Graphics, Incredible Technologies, Stern Pinball, High Point, Dark Tonic, Multimorphic, Jersey Jack Pinball, Heighway Pinball, Deeproot Pinball
Alvin G, Capcom, Jersey Jack Pinball
40 year veteran of the Pinball/Amusement Game Industry. Designer of Bally’s Medusa Mysterian, designer of Alvin G’s Maxx Badazz, Mystery Castle, Pistol Poker, Slam n’ Jam. Designed Novelty games at Capcom & Grand Products & did mechanical design on Medieval Madness at Chicago Gaming. Currently doing mechanical design at Jersey Jack Pinball where he worked on Hobbit, Dialed In, Pirates Of The Caribbean.
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