I used to do recaps of the Midwest Gaming Classic every year. Then from 2016-2018 I didn't because I thought I was too busy. I attended every one during that time, even the blizzard one in 2018. Those three years are generally a dark period for new content on this site. That changed recently when I quit social media cold turkey.
Last year I decided that social media was killing my productivity and generally making me unhappy. I'm coming around to thinking it's one of the worst things our species has invented. We have measles outbreaks today because of social media. Measles, seriously people. It seems like it's only good at helping trolls and crackpots reach a wider audience. Since quitting social media I've written over 10 new things for this site, including 3 things that will be posted during Christmastime 2019. That's more than the entire span of 2016-2018.
So yeah, Midwest Gaming Classic 2019. It was a great show. Sure there was another blizzard but it's indoors and there's covered parking. Even with the hiatus I've done a lot of these galleries so I'm trying to limit this one to "things that are new or interesting to me".
Now there are two very important notes about this gallery:
1) This only represents about 10% of the entire show. I don't have photos from panels because I feel weird photographing people I don't know without their permission. I know I am now in a tiny minority on this. It's also a matter of the show growing. My 2004 recap covered ~80% of the show in just 10 pictures. This recap will come in at over 80 pictures and that's now a tiny portion of the event. The Midwest Gaming Classic has grown so much it's amazing to the 20 or so people that have been going since it was in the dimly-lit basement of a hotel.
2) I take the worst pictures on earth. I don't understand lighting or perspective. Many of these are at weird angles because I'm trying to avoid getting people in the background (see previous point). I'm honestly surprised the organizers of the event haven't asked me to take down these galleries because of how poorly I represent their show.
I was there when both of my children were born and I can say this collection of NES games is the most beautiful thing I've seen in my life. This is how I would wallpaper my house if I stumbled into some completely stupid amount of money. I don't know it for a fact, but I assume most of these games were collected before the video game price bubble we're still in.
This is sort of semi-alphabetical. One of the worst things about working in a video game store in the '90s was keeping the games in alphabetical order on the shelf. An even worse thing was arguing with co-workers about the definition of "alphabetical". In this collection they put Bill Elliott's NASCAR Challenge under the letter B. That's perfectly sensible but others would put it under E or N. E is the least defensible but I wouldn't argue with N. That part of the job was not good times.
Anytime I see an Electronics Boutique sticker I will take a picture of it. Quattro whatever was down to $29.99 in December 1992 [source: me] so I would date this purchase to just before then.
Like pretty much everyone else my age I owned a Perfection game. It was challenging the first 2-3 times you played it then it was boring. This was the first time I saw Computer Perfection which is like the 2.0 version of that game. I watched some videos of people trying it and wow does it look impossible.
Here's a bold statement, Eternal Champions for Sega CD is the best 1:1 fighter on that console. Normally I would argue for Mortal Kombat but the mid-fight loading delays knocked it down a few places. If you want to argue that the Sega CD version of Samurai Shodown is better that's fine with me. It's all a matter of personal preference anyway so pick Revengers of Vengeance for all I care.
I've seen the Tutor Vision at previous shows and just disregarded it as some Sears knockoff system. This time around I bothered to take the 3 seconds to Google it and realized how wrong I was. I now see it as an amazing concept that had no chance of working. That kind of sums up everything about the Intellivision I suppose.
Arcade & Pinball
There is a new arcade coming soon to the Chicago area called Arcade 816. They have a new premise - offering up console games in custom arcade cabinets. It's a new idea to me at least. I was impressed with their cabinet designs. My pictures do not do these any justice. Here's the TurboGrafx-16 variant.
Here's the arcade game I spent the most time on, same story last year. It's a choose your own adventure style FMV game called Deathstalker. It was developed in the '80s but never released. The folks at Galloping Ghost somehow got the original source and added new menus to make it a working prototype. I would not hesitate to back a crowdfunding project to release a home or mobile version of Deathstalker.
This is one of weirdest, and unfortunately worst, things I played all day. The hardware appears to be something close to an original Odyssey variant but you don't have control over the paddles, they can just be shifted from one fixed position to another. It's a neat novelty item and I assume very collectible. It's not something you'd want to play for more than a couple seconds though.
One of the sponsors of the show was a company selling HDMI adapters for the GameCube. They looked great and everything but the $120 price sticker was too much for me. They had a lounge area and I'm not sure how you earned some time in it. I assume buying a $120 gizmo would do it. Anyway, look for a setup like this in my backyard this summer.