Stories from the Midwest Gaming Classic | Season 3

(21 Episodes)

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The Midwest Gaming Classic is a trade show featuring 150,000+ square feet of retro and modern home video game consoles, pinball machines, arcade video games, computers, table top gaming, crane games, collectible card games, air hockey and that’s just the start!

This convention is about celebrating gaming, trying new things, learning about the gaming hobby, meeting others who share the love of gaming, and having fun doing it!

No matter if you have one console and a handful of games, or thousands of games in every room of your house, you’ll find something to celebrate with us! 

Speakers were filmed at the Midwest Gaming Classic April 13-15, 2018 at the Wisconsin Center. Learn more about this convention by clicking HERE.

(S3: E1) A Journey Through SEGA's Past | Dr. Ken Horowitz

As the popularity of retro gaming rises, there is a growing need for documenting and preserving the stories of developers, video game companies, and their software. Join Dr. Ken Horowitz as he discusses his experience documenting Sega, and how it may serve as an example of continued efforts by the gaming community to protect the legacy of our beloved hobby.

Release Date: April 26, 2019

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 45 minutes

(S3: E2) All About Dungeons & Dragons | Rob Wieland

Join game designer Rob Wieland on a tour of tabletop role-playing games! Whether you’re an old hand, a fanatic Critter or someone who’s just die-curious, this event is for you! Rob will talk about the latest version of Dungeons & Dragons, the worlds he has worked on like Star Wars and Firefly, and help out any Dungeon Masters with their burning questions.

Release Date: May 3, 2019

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 42 Minutes

(S3: E3) Associated with Iconic Characters | Jon St. John & Johnny Gioeli

Jon St. John is instantly recognizable by a generation of gamers for being the voice of Duke Nukem. Johnny Gioeli’s music is recognizable to anyone who has played a Sonic the Hedgehog game since 1999. Find out what it is like to be associated with an iconic video game character, and the differences and similarities in performing one as a voice versus performing for one musically.

Release Date: May 10, 2019

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 49 Minutes

(S3: E4) ATARI Got a Raw Deal | Retronauts

Jeremy Parish, Bob Mackey, Kevin Bunch and Marty Goldberg trek back 35 years ago to the so-called “Atari Crash” that shook the U.S. games industry to its core. Was it really all Atari’s fault? We look at different sides of the story, and the great Atari creations that never got a fair shot throughout the late ’80s.

Release Date: May 17, 2019

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 49 Minutes

(S3: E5) Building a Community | Cartridge Club

Building an online community can be difficult, but it can also be extremely rewarding. Some of the people behind the online community Cartridge Club would like to share some lessons they’ve learned on creating and fostering a welcoming place for people to celebrate their passions.

Release Date: May 24, 2019

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 47 Minutes

(S3: E6) Content Programming Your Channel | Midwest YouTube Gamers

Join five Midwest YouTube Gamers as they discuss their theories for content programming on their channels and how they work to grow their audience.

Release Date: May 31, 2019
Language: English | CC | Runtime: 48 Minutes

(S3: E7) Cosmotrons, Passion Project to Producrion | Shane Gutbrod & Dave Furrer

Cosmotrons is a NEW 4 player space battle video arcade game with a premium cabinet that started as a passion project for Shane & Dave! Revealing their game at MGC 2017 resulted in being voted the #1 multiplayer game at the show, going on a 6,000+ mile West Coast tour with Cosmotrons, and into making actual production units! Learn more about Shane & Dave’s journey in producing new arcade games.

Release Date: June 14, 2019

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 43 Minutes

(S3: E8) Donkey Kong '94 | Watch Out for Fireballs

Watch Out for Fireballs!, the game club podcast hosted by Kole Ross and Gary Butterfield, appears at MGC 2018 to talk about the classic GameBoy game Donkey Kong ’94. Butterfield and Ross host several shows about games and culture on the podcast network

Release Date: June 28, 2019
Language: English | CC | Runtime: 50 Minutes

(S3: E9) Hidden Gaming Gems | Jeffrey Wittenhagen & Kyle Gilbert | VGBS 

Throughout the history of video games there are titles that go unnoticed by the majority of gamers. Let’s sit down and go over a few of our favorite unappreciated games from various generations, both old and new. From the Atari, Nintendo Entertainment System to newer systems like the PS4 and Switch, there are Hidden Gaming Gems all over the place! In classic VGBS Live fashion, people in the audience are also encouraged to share their stories as well!

Release Date: July 12, 2019

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 47 Minutes

(S3: E10) Making Great American Games | Gary Stern & Eugene Jarvis

Eugene Jarvis and Gary Stern have each been a fixture in the arcade world for more than 30 years, and today run two of the largest and most well known arcade companies – Eugene runs Raw Thrills and Gary runs Stern Pinball. In this presentation, hear the two of them answer questions that compare their experiences with the transition that arcades have gone through recently, and hear what they think the future may hold. They will also take some audience questions at the end!

Release Date: July 26, 2019

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 48 Minutes

(S3: E11) Making Iron Maiden Pinball | STERN Pinball Design Team

Join the newest pinball designer Keith Elwin as he shares how the brand new Iron Maiden pinball machine from Stern Pinball came together into the amazing package you can play now!

Release Date: August 9, 2019

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 44 Minutes

(S3: E12) Meet the Masters of Magic | American Pinball

Grab a cup of coffee and get to informally chat with the creators of Houdini: Master of Mystery! Last year, they had one prototype… and this year the game is in production for people to play and buy! Get the chance to hang out with the production team and ask questions about how it all came together!

Release Date: August 23, 2019

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 45 Minutes

(S3: E13) Mortal Kombat to Dark Presence | Galloping Ghost Arcade

Mortal Kombat was a genre-defining game, and one that many other games sought to attempt to replicate, but never quite got the formula right… perhaps until now! Galloping Ghost Productions is working on putting the final touches on a new Mortal Kombat style game called Dark Presence, which even uses many of the Mortal Kombat actors! In this panel, the game creators and many of the original Mortal Kombat actors will discuss the creation of Mortal Kombat, and how that same spirit is being used to create the new Dark Presence game!

Release Date: September 6, 2019

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 47 Minutes

(S3: E14) My Game on the Silver Screen | Jeff Lee and Brian Colin

There has been a lot of movies lately inspired by video games, including the new RAMPAGE movie that is being released on April 13! How do the creators of these games feel about Hollywood taking their creations to the silver screen? Find out when Brian Colin, creator of Rampage and freshly back from the Hollywood premier is joined by Jeffrey Lee, creator of Q*Bert, as they discuss their thoughts and feelings about what happened when their games went Hollywood.​

Release Date: September 20, 2019
Language: English | CC | Runtime: 40 Minutes

(S3: E15) Nintendo World Championships | Historical Panel

In 1990, Nintendo turned the fictional Video Armageddon tournament from the film “The Wizard” into the legendary Nintendo World Championships. We gather a bunch of the NWC champions and finalists to preserve the history of what was in many ways one of the first large-scale eSports event series!​

Release Date: October 4, 2019

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 47 Minutes

(S3: E16) Philo Talks Movies | Philo Barnhart & Charles D. Moisant

Philo Barnhart is an animator with an incredible portfolio! His work includes The Little Mermaid, 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! Some of his most unique work, however, was working on the Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace series, both of which had sequels that are less known that Philo was involved in. Join him as he discusses these sequels, as well as his other work in animation, and maybe even get to see him create some new art while he talks!

Release Date: October 18, 2019

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 50 Minutes

(S3: E17) Same Name, Different Game | Joe Drilling & Eric Grider

Join Joe Drilling of Same Name, Different Game and Eric Grider of Game vs. Game to take a look at the history of ports! Today, games are typically close to identical across various platforms but in the past strange licensing agreements and wildly different specs for the platforms the games were made on often necessitated radically different takes on a game with the same name on two different systems. Starting with Space War! being ported to the arcade as Computer Space, trace the lineage of game interpretation in this great panel!

Release Date: November 1, 2019

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 51 Minutes

(S3: E18) Stories Behind Classic Games | David Crane & Garry Kitchen

Join legendary game developers David Crane (Pitfall!, Kaboom, A Boy and His Blob) and Garry Kitchen (Keystone Kapers, Donkey Kong 2600) as they talk about what it was like to make games in the early 1980's, tell about a number of funny happenings during the development of some of your favorite games, and take questions from the audience!​

Release Date: November 15, 2019

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 50 Minutes

(S3: E19) Street Fighter Hitting It Big | Steve Hendershot & Tim Lapetino

Join Undisputed Street Fighter author Steve Hendershot and Art of Atari author Tim Lapetino for an inside look at the unique, east-meets-west formula that has made Street Fighter a global sensation for three decades. The series’ gameplay, characters, and aesthetic all reflect a hybrid, Japan-meets-America style that’s proven difficult to replicate—even for series producer Capcom. We’ll look at the elements that have made Street Fighter so special, and examine why thirty years after the series’ debut, the magic of its cross-cultural formula remains both potent and elusive.​

Release Date: November 29, 2019

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 50 Minutes

(S3: E20) That Was Then, This is Now | Scott & Roxanne Adams

 Scott Adams is known as the father of the adventure game, and was extremely influential in starting this fun genre of games back at the dawn of the home PC era. Today, Scott, along with his wife Roxanne are working on new adventure games with CLOPAS! Scott and Roxanne will be sharing his beginnings, the present activities and new company, and future endeavors they have planned together!​

Release Date: December 13, 2019

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 46 Minutes

(S3: E21) Time Well Spent | Eric Wile

Eric Wile 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. Find out about the development of these games, Eric’s role in that development, and lots more about what it is like to create MMO games in this presentation.​

Release Date: December 27, 2019

Language: English | CC | Runtime: 40 Minutes

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