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MIDWEST GAMING CLASSIC MILWAUKEE, WI
BY RYAN BURGER

Spring is a quieter season for gaming conventions, but winter found a way to come back to the Midwest Gaming Classic again, this year in Milwaukee. This was our second year at the Midwest Gaming Classic as an exhibitor (an attendee for approximately 8-10 years before that). We had a blast and were able to bring in nearly 1000 new digital subscribers to the magazine. Mission #1 accomplished…. Mission #2 is making all of you jealous that weren’t able to make it this year.

It was 150,000 square feet of retro gaming goodness April 12th through the 14th in Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Center downtown. Gary Heil, Dan Loosen, and a crew of probably a hundred or more produce this show that grows nicely each year and ,by Old School Gamer’s estimate, hit over 15,000 attendees this year. This was the show’s second year in it’s new facility, but it keeps to its roots of being a show for the attendee and has a great community feel.

This year some of our favorite moments included Ted “The Million Dollar Man” DiBiase and Eric Bischoff representing and discussing wrestling and video games, and Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters as part of the new celebrity push for the show. In the video game celebrity arena, Scott and Roxanne Adams (Adventureland), Eugene Jarvis (Robotron, Defender, Raw Thrills), the guys from Retronauts, Tim Lapetino, Jeffrey Wittenhagen, and more, gave excellent presentations in the two halls. Afterward, they would hang out and talk with you about anything you wanted. The best thing about this show is the atmosphere. It’s a thing of beauty, where the classic and celebrities from the industry, YouTubers and podcast- ers, are all just part of the mix as everyone there is just celebrating gaming. And while the main push is video gaming and pinball, there is a ton of other gaming, from cards, to D&D, Wargaming, and more.

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