The Midwest Gaming Classic event has come and gone for 2019, with the show expanding their reach into a larger venue and bringing along more names to show off their goods. I did not attend; unfortunately this does tend to happen very close to Amusement Expo and while I’d love to jet around to every arcade expo there is, funds are limited. I have gathered info and reports from those who did attend however, so let’s see what went on.
By the reports of those who were there, the presence of video arcade games has dwindled from past MGC events, while pinball has expanded greatly. This was also demonstrated in good part by both Stern Pinball and Jersey Jack Pinball choosing to use this event to unveil their latest games, as opposed to using Amusement Expo to do so (reasoning behind this is likely that MGC is a collector focused event, and pinball sells a lot of machines to collectors). You also had extensive amounts of console, computer and board games to enjoy, likely meaning there was more to do than you could possibly attend to over a few days. There were also some fun after parties that went on too…

Absurd ending to a really Fun Day! The MGC “After-Party” featured an unexpected Bonus Game that went into the wee small hours… #rampage #arcades #videogames #retro #retrogaming #generalchaos #genesis
— Brian F Colin (@BrianFColin) April 15, 2019

The first bit of news we got out of the event came from Jersey Jack, as they unveiled Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. We’ve spoken about that already, and many who went to the event have shared pictures and video of it online. MGC does hand out awards to the different products that appear, and Jersey Jack was proud to have this game earn