We were proud to welcome the following VIPs to the Midwest Gaming Classic in 2018! Click on an industry below to filter by industry, and click on the VIPs themselves to learn more about who you might meet at the show!
Follow our Facebook page for guest announcements for 2019! We are expecting over 100 industry VIPs again this year, and will update this page to our 2019 list after we have announced our first 20 guests!
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.
Left of Left Center*
Jason Compton is an actor with Left of Left Center theater company who portrayed Steve Jobs in Mike Daisey’s monologue The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. We are excited to have Jason join us at the Midwest Gaming Classic to perform this monologue at the convention itself. The production was originally directed by Jake Penner for Left of Left Center theater company. Photo credit Benjamin Barlow.
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!
Wickstead Design Associates, Activision, Absolute Entertainment, Viacom Media Networks, SGK Service Inc*
Game Designer, Game Programmer, President
Garry developed or co-developed tons of great games for early video game systems including Keystone Kapers, Pressure Cooker, Donkey Kong and Space Jockey for the 2600 and Stealth ATF, Simpsons: Bart Vs. The Space Mutants, Simpsons: Bart Vs. The World and Battletank for the NES, as well as a bunch more!
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.
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!
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!
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!
Jon St. John
It’s time to kick butt and chew bubble gum… and we’re all out of gum! Perhaps best known for his role as Duke Nukem, Jon has voice acted in many games such as Sonic Adventures, Guild Wars 2, Star Trek: Online, World of Warcraft, Counter-Strike, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Rad Rodgers, This is the Police, and D&D Neverwinter, just to name a few.
Verant Interactive, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE)
Game Master, Quality Assurance, Development, Level Design, Storyboarding
Eric had a major hand in the development of several extremely popular MMO titles such as PlanetSide, Star Wars: Galaxies and Vanguard Saga of Heroes. His crowning achievement is with the popular EverQuest franchise, as he developed EverQuest: Macintosh Edition, earning him the prestigious Sony Achievement award. He is currently in production of his own indie tabletop game.