Stories from the Midwest Gaming Classic | Season 2

(19 Episodes)
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Season 2 of "Stories from the Midwest Gaming Classic" is back, bigger and better than the first! This season has 19 episodes that total a little over 12 hours of panels and competitions, hosted by Midwest Gaming Classic's very own co-founder Dan Loosen. Some highlights of season 2 are; The Making of Q*bert with Jeff Lee & Tom Malinoswki, Sonic theme music with Johnny Gioeli, Stern Pinball update with Gary Stern, My Life in Games with Ed Fries, The Art of ATARI with Tim Lapetino, Dragon's Lair to Space Ace with Philo Barnhart, the Midwest Tetris Championship Finals and a whole lot more! 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 7th-9th, 2017 at the Sheraton Milwaukee, Brookfield Hotel. Learn more about this convention by clicking HERE.

(S2: E1) The Making of Q*bert | Jeff Lee & Tom Malinoswki

The creator of Q*Bert, Jeff Lee teams up with longtime Gottlieb employee Tom Malinowski to discuss various Gottlieb arcade video games!

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 40 minutes

(S2: E2) Sonic Theme Music | Johnny Gioeli

Johnny Gioeli is the voice behind the theme songs from the Sonic The Hedgehog video game series starting in 1998 with Sonic Adventure for the Dreamcast! Since then, Johnny has been involved with writing and performing songs for the majority of the Sonic releases since then. Join him as he discusses his history with the series!

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 48 Minutes

(S2: E3) Mortal Kombat | Daniel Pesina, Phillip Ahn M.D. & Alfredo Sanchez

Daniel Pesina was the person behind many iconic characters in Mortal Kombat - Sub Zero, Scorpion, Reptile and Johnny Cage! Join him, Phillip Ahn M.D. and Alfredo Sanchez as they discusses what it was like behind the scenes, making one of the most iconic arcade fighting games of all time.

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 51 Minutes

(S2: E4) NES Homebrews | Jeffrey Wittenhagen & Kyle Gilbert

VGBS Gaming Podcast is back at the Midwest Gaming Classic and this time they are talking about the current NES Homebrew revolution. With over 500 brand new Nintendo games out that many haven’t heard about, and games coming out all the time, Jeffrey Wittenhagen and Kyle Gilbert are going to talk about our favorites and go into details on how you can join in on the fun!

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 53 Minutes

(S2: E5) Stern Pinball 2017 | Gary Stern

Gary Stern was born into the coin-operated industry, and today is the president of Stern Pinball, the largest pinball manufacturer in the world. Find out what's been going on with the company since last year and what's in store for the future.

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 46 Minutes

(S2: E6) Dark Presence Arcade Game | Doc Mack

Doc Mack of Galloping Ghost Productions presented the arcade fighting game Dark Presence. Giving some insight on the development of the game and plans he has for it in the near future.

Release Date: April 13, 2018
Language: English | CC | Runtime: 27 Minutes

(S2: E7) Splatterhouse | Retronaughts LIVE | Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Kevin Bunch & Caitlin Oliver

Retronauts mainstays Bob Mackey and Jeremy Parish break down the history of Namco’s grisly Splatterhouse series with the help of no less than two Splatterhouse world-record competitors: Caitlin Oliver and Kevin Bunch. It’s splatter-riffic!

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 47 Minutes

(S2: E8) My Life in Games | Ed Fries

Ed Fries is covering the history of the game business from the beginning up until the present and mixes in his own involvement at various points including when he led the team to launch the original Xbox. Find out what Ed is now involved in, including improving diversity in the game business, video games as works of art, and the importance of documenting the story of the business.

Release Date: April 13, 2018
Language: English | CC | Runtime: 47 Minutes

(S2: E9) Deathstalker Arcade Game | Brian Colin

Brian Colin has been in the arcade scene for many years and is responsible for some iconic games including Rampage, Arch Rivals, Xenophobe and Pigskin 621 AD. Now, together with Galloping Ghost Productions, Brian will be discussing the unreleased 1985 gem The Spectre Files: Deathstalker.

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 13 Minutes

(S2: E10) Midwest YouTubers | Chris, Church, Sheldon & Scott

Join the guys behind the YouTube gaming channels Grimsie42, Retro Games Vinyl and Beer, The Old A** Retro Gamer, The Game Grinder, and Bawesome Burf as they discuss how they got onto YouTube, their thoughts on gaming, and take questions from the audience.

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 23 Minutes

(S2: E11) 2015 Nintendo World Champioship Midwest Qualifiers| Tim Hanson & Chris Bidwel

When Nintendo decided to run an updated version of their Nintendo World Championship in 2015, Tim Hanson and Chris Bidwell won the right to represent the Midwest in the competition! Tim and Chris will share stories about winning their respective regional tournaments, share tips on how to achieve high scores on NWC Remix, and relive the drama of the finals at E3 in Los Angeles.

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 31 Minutes

(S2: E12) The Art of ATARI | Tim Lapetino

The Art of Atari video games was truly stunning, and Tim Lapetino does an amazing job capturing this unique era in video game history! The images are beautiful, and so is Tim’s book by the same name, which features page upon page of Atari’s art, while showcasing some of the stories behind it.

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 61 Minutes

(S2: E13) Building Cen64 | Tyler Stacheki & Mike Ryan

Tyler Stacheki & Mike Ryan discuss how they make the Cen64 emulator fast without compromising on accuracy.​

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 24 Minutes

(S2: E14) The Nintendo Playstation Strikes Back | Ben Heck, Terry Diebold & Dan Diebold

In 2016, Terry and Dan Diebold showed off the Nintendo Playstation prototype for the first time in the United States at the Midwest Gaming Classic! A lot has happened since last year, and the Diebolds along with Ben Heck will update you on what has gone on, where they have been, and more!​

Release Date: April 13, 2018
Language: English | CC | Runtime: 34 Minutes

(S2: E15) Gizmo's Pitch & Bat Games | Jeremy Packer, Thomas Taylor & Paul Reno

Jeremy Packer, Thomas Taylor & Paul Reno of Gizmo Games briefly discuss developing pitch and bat games in the modern era.​

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 15 Minutes

(S2: E16) Secrets of Dragon's Lair & Space Ace | Philo Barnhart & Charles D. Moisant

From Dirk the Daring and Ace, to Ariel the Mermaid and much more! Philo is perhaps best known for other projects he helped animate - 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! Philo is joined by Charles D. Moisant, a comic book artist, writer and the creative director of Silver Phoenix Entertainment where the two work together on new projects.

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 42 Minutes

(S2: E17) Pilotwings | Watch Out for Fireballs LIVE | Gary Butterfield & Kole Ross

Watch Out for Fireballs! is a game club podcast that focuses on retro games hosted by Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross. For the Midwest Gaming Classic, they talk everything Pilotwings for the Super Nintendo. It’s a very strange, sedate, and pleasant game that’s often overlooked in Nintendo’s history.

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 38 Minutes

(S2: E18) 2017 Midwest Tetris Championship Finals | Various Contestants

Join the final four competitors in the Midwest Gaming Classic Tetris tournament as they play head-to-head on the big screen in the Speaker Area to prove their Tetris dominance! The final rounds are played using the head-to-head variation of the game on the SNES.​

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 11 Minutes

(S2: E19) 2017 N64 Super Smash Bros Tournament | Various Contestants

This is it, the last episode of season 2!! Out of 32 contestants, 4 are left to compete in the Wisconsin N64 Super Smash Bros Tournament. Who will win? Watch all the action to find out!!​

Release Date: April 13, 2018

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 62 Minutes

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