The Midwest Gaming Basic occasion has come and gone for 2019, with the present increasing their attain into a bigger venue and bringing alongside extra names to indicate off their items. I didn’t attend; sadly this does are inclined to occur very near Amusement Expo and whereas I’d like to jet round to each arcade expo there may be, funds are restricted. I’ve gathered data and reviews from those that did attend nonetheless, so let’s see what went on.
By the reviews of those that have been there, the presence of video arcade video games has dwindled from previous MGC occasions, whereas pinball has expanded significantly. This was additionally demonstrated in good half by each Stern Pinball and Jersey Jack Pinball selecting to make use of this occasion to unveil their newest video games, versus utilizing Amusement Expo to take action (reasoning behind that is probably that MGC is a collector targeted occasion, and pinball sells lots of machines to collectors). You additionally had in depth quantities of console, pc and board video games to take pleasure in, probably which means there was extra to do than you can presumably attend to over a number of days. There have been additionally some enjoyable after events that went on too…
Absurd ending to a extremely Enjoyable Day! The MGC “After-Celebration” featured an sudden Bonus Sport that went into the wee small hours… #rampage #arcades #videogames #retro #retrogaming #generalchaos #genesis pic.twitter.com/vb5oLDVfiQ
— Brian F Colin (@BrianFColin) April 15, 2019
The primary bit of reports we received out of the occasion got here from Jersey Jack, as they unveiled Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Manufacturing unit. We’ve spoken about that already, and plenty of who went to the occasion have shared photos and video of it on-line. MGC does hand out awards to the completely different merchandise that seem, and Jersey Jack was proud to have this sport earn the “New Sport of the Yr” award. Congrats! Right here’s a pic snapped by Flynn’s Arcade that exhibits simply how keen individuals have been to test it out:
To not be missed was the primary public look of the just lately introduced Black Knight: Sword of Rage by Stern Pinball. Stern reviews that in combining with Marco Specialities, this was their largest commerce present sales space ever, spanning about 6,000 sq. ft. in dimension. This allowed them to additionally showcase all the things that they’ve in manufacturing proper now, together with The Munsters, Deadpool, The Beatles and extra. Supply.
Right here’s a pic of Black Knight designer Steve Ritchie and arcade collector and fan Invoice Dermody (operator of the Flynn’s Arcade web page linked above) shaking palms over the sport:
Additionally discovering tons of curiosity and fixed traces all through the occasion was the American Pinball setup with Houdini and Oktoberfest pinball. Feedback I’ve seen are additionally constructive about how this one performs.
The occasion wasn’t all about pinball machines although, there have been loads of old fashioned video video games to play too. I’m uncertain if any model new video from an enormous producer was readily available (Uncooked Thrills workers was there, however I’ve not seen any pictures of recent tools there), however there have been some indie sport makers that have been busy discovering new followers.
First was Arcadeaholics and their sport Cosmotrons. They held a “Cosmolympics” occasion, hosted by Gar Nelson of the Garcade there in WI. Past seeing who would reign supreme because the common champion of the Cosmotrons sport, they introduced alongside some arcade star energy each promote the sport and reward that champion. As you’ll be able to see from this picture, Walter Day of excessive rating/world information referee fame and Eugene Jarvis of sport improvement (and current CEO of Uncooked Thrills) fame have been there to current some particular trophies to the winner of the event. That winner was Karl Gebhard, heart within the picture beneath. Yow will discover video on Fb of the ultimate match and award presentation by clicking right here.
Subsequent up is Galactic Battleground. That is an indie sport that I solely found just lately due to their look at Amusement Expo 2019 a number of weeks in the past. Identical to all the things else I’ve seen from MGC, it appears like they’d a busy, busy sales space:
General, it appears prefer it was a extremely enjoyable occasion. I haven’t been capable of come throughout anything of curiosity from MGC, so in case you are conscious of one thing missed, remark beneath or on the boards!
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