The Corgs Expo has been around since 2009 and since then Gary Carnuche and Gary Mayer have been wonderfully welcoming Ohio and Midwestern video game aficionados to the Columbus Ohio Retro Gaming Society Convention (CORGS-Con). During that time they have welcomed thousands of gamers to their various venues over the years. They, along with some of the other great shows in Ohio, have made this part of the country a hotbed for cons/swap shows for video games.
Pinball Expo returned to the pinball and retro video game convention circuit on October 27th, 2021. For the first time, Pinball Expo would be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL. The venue itself was pretty spacious for Pinball Expo attendees and easily allowed for over 100 + Pinball machines and a generous amount of arcade game cabinets set to free play for show attendees. It’s excellent to see that Pinball Expo is celebrating the retro video game side of the gaming world. There were plenty of pinball and video game fans in attendance that enjoyed everything the show had to offer.
The final convention stop for Old School Gamer in 2021 couldn’t have been any better. After a 936-day pandemic-induced hiatus from its 2019 show, the Midwest Gaming Classic finally returned to the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This was my 13th year attending the show, but the first time seeing it as both a vendor and a performer. I’ve always
known that the amount of work it takes to pull off a convention the size of Midwest Gaming Classic is gigantic, but until you see it from the vendor perspective, you only understand about 25% percent of what it takes to put it all together. A massive “thank you” needs to be said to everyone who makes Midwest Gaming Classic happen.
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