Midwest Gaming Classic 2012
Alright, time for my annual Midwest Gaming Classic recap. This is either the 8th or 9th one I've done, I guess it's a good time to stop counting. As usual I'm going to try to post photos of things I haven't posted before. However there might be a couple images that are eerily similar to previous years.
Also as usual this was another great show. There were a lot of little small themed areas that focused on a particular system or game series. The vendor area now expanded down into the basement and there were tons of cool items and great deals available. Each year they find a new way to expand the show and this was no exception.
Here's where I usually put a disclaimer about my cheap camera. I bought a much better camera recently but I still suck at taking photos. Plus many of the exhibit rooms are really dark to create an authenticate 80s arcade atmosphere. So these photos are far from professional but still provide a glimpse at what the Midwest Gaming Classic has to offer.
I'll start this little recap in the vendor hall since it's always the first place I visit. It seemed like this year there were more 3DO and 32X games than previous years. Strangely it was roughly the same 5-6 titles at each location. I assume they're the ones that every collector of those systems already has.
Here are more of the 32X games I mentioned. Hey, look at that - Zaxxon's Motherbase 2000 - I need that game, why didn't I buy it? Oh well, hopefully someone will have it next year. Also in the back of my mind I just know I'll stumble across some huge collection of 32X games at a garage sale eventually.
Here are some Saturn games to give you an idea of what they go for there. These were some of the cheaper ones there. Although I own an assortment of Saturn games it's not a system I'm trying to collect. The incredibly flimsy boxes make games in good condition rare and many of its best games are available on PlayStation. The few exclusive titles that are worth getting are usually pricey.
Stuff I Bought
Alright so let's wrap up with a gallery of the stuff I bought. This year I went in looking for about 20 specific titles and came away with a few of them.
One vendor was selling two sealed copies of Space Harrier for the 32X for only $20 each. I've seen people ask $200 on eBay, don't know what they actually got. In hindsight maybe I should have bought both and tried to sell the other. I was a little skeptical that they might have been re-wraps but the one I bought was totally new. Yes, I opened it and played it the second I got home. I've been waiting 16 years to try this game because it was scarce when it was new.
Even though I can't read Japanese I'm still determined to buy all the Falcom games. Maybe someone did a translation patch for this one, if not I'll still enjoy the soundtrack.
So I guess that's the 2012 Midwest Gaming Classic. I hope to meet some of you there next year or whatever year you're reading this in.