Stories from the Midwest Gaming Classic | Season 1

(12 Episodes)

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Stories from the Midwest Gaming Classic is a 12-part documentary series that showcases 10 panels from the 2016 convention. Some topics discussed are: designing the Argus arcade game, designing the Atari 2600, early Atari & Amiga computer engineering, pinball through the ages, designing Ghostbusters pinball, a brief history of pinball, the Nintendo PlayStation, 2 podcasts, a cosplay contest, and more. Pinball and video game history all in one place. If you want inside, behind the scenes information on things having to do with video games and pinball, this is the series to watch!

Speakers were filmed at the Midwest Gaming Classic April 8th-10th, 2016 at the Sheraton Milwaukee | Brookfield Hotel. Learn more about this convention by clicking HERE.

(S1: E1) Show Introduction | Dan Loosen

Midwest Gaming Classic co-founder Dan loosen explains the origin of the convention and provides a brief tour.

Release Date: March 21, 2017

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 10 minutes

(S1: E2) Argus Arcade Game | Jeff Lee and Tom Malinowski

Jeff Lee and Tom Malinowski discuss the development and history of the very rare Gottlieb arcade game Argus.

Release Date: March 21, 2017

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 37 Minutes

(S1: E3) Designing the Atari 2600 | Joe Decuir

Joe Decuir & Marty Goldberg discuss the development behind the legendary Atari VCS / 2600 home video game console.

Release Date: March 31, 2017

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 36 Minutes

(S1: E4) Early Atari and Amiga Computer Engineering | Joe Decuir

Joe Decuir along with Marty Goldberg talk about early Atari and Amiga computer engineering that took place in the early 1980s.

Release Date: April 03, 2017

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 57 Minutes

(S1: E5) Pinball Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow | Gary Stern

Gary Stern of Stern Pinball discusses the three different editions of pinball machines they manufacture for each game produced, who they've been marketing them to, what demographics he'd like to see play them and the future of the hobby.

Release Date: April 17, 2017

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 31 Minutes

(S1: E6) Creating Ghostbusters Pinball | John Trudeau, Jeremy Packer & Dwight Sullivan

John Trudeau, Jeremy Packer & Dwight Sullivan discuss how the three of them designed the Ghostbusters Pinball machine for the Stern Pinball company.

Release Date: April 22, 2017

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 33 Minutes

(S1: E7) A Brief History of Pinball | Don Caldwell & Mark Bakula

Don Caldwell & Mark Bakula give a quick history of pinball through the years. From the origin of the game, it's advancements, where it is today and ending with recognizing some of the artists that have truly given life to various machines with their unique art.

Release Date: April 29, 2017

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 28 Minutes

(S1: E8) Nintendo PlayStation | Dan & Terry Diebold

The Nintendo PlayStation was found and it's first appearance in the United States was at the 2016 Midwest Gaming Classic. Jeremy Parish, Dan and Terry Diebold discuss the discovery of the system and their journey up to that point.

Release Date: May 07, 2017

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 28 Minutes

(S1: E9) SEGA Master System | Retronauts Podcast

The guys from the Retronauts podcast along with two Sega Master System historians discuss and explain the history of the Sega Master System home gaming console.

Release Date:May 15, 2017

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 55 Minutes

(S1: E10) Video Game Culture Chronicles 1990 | VGBS Live

Jeffrey Wittenhagen & Kyle Gilbert of the VGBS podcast discuss the year 1990 in their Video Game Culture Chronicles at the 2016 Midwest Gaming Classic convention.

Release Date: May 23, 2017

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 56 Minutes

(S1: E11) Cosplay Contest | 2016 Edition

Spooky Pinball and Bright Eyes Cosplay team up for the 2016 edition of the Midwest Gaming Classic cosplay contest.

Release Date: May 25, 2017

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 25 Minutes

(S1: E12) Bonus Level | Extras

A Q&A session with Joe Decuir, outtakes with Dan Loosen and Beaker's live performance of their trademark song "Squirrel Killer" finishes off season 1.

Release Date: May 25, 2017

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 12 Minutes

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