Midwest Gaming Classic 2014
To make up for last year's haphazard Midwest Gaming Classic review I've decided to make this one the biggest yet. OK, I don't know if that's actually true. Sometimes I just like to make random claims and put no effort into determining if they're true. This article will probably be peppered with them.
The 2014 was great as usual. The attendance seemed to be higher than any previous year but this could be one of those unverified statements I'm prone to. Here are 40 or so pictures from the event that will hopefully encourage you to attend next year.
Here's why you need to preorder tickets folks. This was the line at show open for tickets. Those who preorded could skip it and get right in. The massive tents were a new edition. The majority of vendors were in this area which resulted in there being a little more space to move than before. Unfortunately it rained badly on Saturday and although the tents held up nicely, there were a couple swampy spots. There were tons of cool items in this year which I'll recap a little further down.
Although this picture shows NBA Jam: Tournament Edition they later had Fight for Life running at this Jaguar station. I never played Fight for Life before so I gave it whirl. I can honestly say it's one of the 3 worst games I've ever played, close to the absolute worst really. On the other hand, NBA Jam: Tournament Edition is pretty darn good.
Here's the final prototype for the RetroN 5 which Hyperkin announced was due in the next month. One of the causes for delay was the addition of Sega Master System support which requires a Power Base Converter. Look for those to suddenly spike in price on eBay. I have two of them, including a boxed one, so maybe I'll be able to retire after all.
One of my favorite things about the Midwest Gaming Classic is getting to try systems for the first time. You'd think after roughly 10 visits that wouldn't be possible but they keep surprising me with new (old) systems. This year I played the RCA Studio II for a while. It's probably been there before but I don't remember it. The games were very simple but addictive. This is definitely a system I'd like to own someday.
Here's a cool Vic-20 mod called the "Station Wagon", very nice 70s style. At some point I'll have to write-up the story about the Vic-20 I modded for a high school science fair project.
At this year's show I encountered a new species - the TurboGrafx Hipster. This would be anyone born after 1989 who first heard of the TurboGrafx-16 through the Wii Virtual Console and is now collecting it. One that I talked to was surprised to learn that most US games at one point included cardboard boxes. Anyway, I'm sure one of them bought this ROM AMP thinking it was an import TurboGrafx-16.