MGC / UC Recap 2013
As with every show for a while now, I cannot recap the whole thing, simply because I did not see the whole MGC show. I would always like to do so, but it is amazing how much time goes into preparing for the show, and how quickly the time goes by when you are at the show (and running an exhibit). I did get to see more than usual this year, which was nice for a changes (thanks to the help of Greg, Erica, and Jeff)!
For 2013, the lower levels were not visited at all by myself, so apologies to those who were down there. Probably would have been fun to check the down level, but just didn’t do it this show, for reasons unknown even to myself.
Otherwise, in semi-alphabetical order:
Upper level, we’ll start with the museum wing. Guys, Games and Beer was an odd podcast setup with various consoles in the room. Have to say that I just didn’t get into this room, but that was just me, as the folks in there seemed to be having a great time.
Jersey Jack Arcade Video and Pinball Hall, was on the Main level again as last year. And honestly, this room just kicked ass. Literally over a hundred pinball and arcade games running, all set to free play. Who could ask for more. This year I had time, especially the after party on saturday night, to go into this room and have some electronic fun. While I played a good amount of classic stuff (my specialty), a few friends I was with and myself discovered something that was rather cool. A Dungeon & Dragons pinball machine from 1987. While it was not one of the better pinball games I’ve played, the fact that it was an official D&D machine made up for that. It was just so cool that there was such a machine made back in the 80’s. The price was reasonable at around $1,200, but out of my reach for this year. In all, the D&D pinball machine was the icing on the cake for the fabulous Jersey Jack Arcade Hall!
The Vender Hall on the main level was packed with lots and lots of cool gaming material, from consoles, and a few arcades, to everything that goes with them. This year there seemed to be a lot of 2600 stuff for sale, which is not an issue. But I have to admit, this is the first year I did not buy anything myself form the hall. Why? Mainly because I have so much already, and nothing really jumped out at me saying ‘buy me’. So sorry to the vendors for not giving you any money, but there was enough activity in the Vendor Hall that I’m sure everyone did well for 2013.
I did peak into the MGC FIght Club room, in which folks were having a ton of fun. But fighting games are not my favorite type of game, so I did not partake in this room myself.
The Midwest Light Gun Association had a small but very active room, crammed as much as they could with light gun games for older systems and modern as well. Looked like a complete blast – pun intended too.
Atari Jagfest was just a quick glance for me for this show. For some reason, it just didn’t attract my attention (not that I’m saying anything bad, I just did not partake much of it).
The Die-Hard Gamer Console Arcade (which I think needs a shorter name) was a great setup, as it always is. Lots of more modern games, this year with a different and simpler display board setup than in prior years (the boards were mainly used to display the game running – which was simple but effective). Very nice selection of games, systems, and all, and gamers in there were enjoying themselves immensely.
The E2M area did rather well for 2013, with various groups within the E2M area showing off lots of retro computer and video game goodness. I had the chance to play some TRS80 games this year, and also some pretty good ZX81 games too. And got a nice look at Demon Attack on the old TI system, which has the oddest looking demons in any version of that game I’ve seem, including a very odd but cool dracula type boss on the second level of this game.
My own area, the Underdog Chamber did very well this year, and will be recapped in detail later this month. The best thing I can say about 2013, is I got a reasonable amount of people talking about the old classic systems, which is something I just love – talking to gamers who are enthusiastic about the old stuff. And bumping into Scott Adams was rather a thrill too! And of course, some folks coming in and recognizing the Packrat area I had setup within the U.C. area. Just wish I had had stuff to sell, as there were people looking to buy.
As in prior years, I avoided the Versus Room, as it just isn’t’ my cup of tea. Once again, no offense to those that were enjoying that room.
Another new area this year was NintendoAge, which got only a brief visit from me, mainly because it seemed to attract the younger generation of gamers. Not that that is a bad thing, but I have not been huge on the old Nintendo systems, with the exception of the DS and Wii
Nippon Imports was in the Museum area, and had a nice selection of Import games. One area that I don’t do too much of, but it looked like a good thing for those into imports.
Slightly out of order here, but none-the-less rather coo, was Hyperkin – showing off their Retron 5 system which will be coming out this summer. This will be a system that will run NES, Super NES, Genesis, GameBoy Advance, and games from Japan too. The demo they were running was rather impressive, with the classic systems being upscaled to 720 on a high def TV set, which was looked very good. This is something I will be watching for this summer on the market.
Spooky Pinball was showing off some cool pinball games and other material, for pinball fans. Looked like fun, but I did not partake much of this room, for whatever reason.
Table top gaming the the hotel lobby seemed to do pretty good this year, with many gamers having fun with the games supplied by local Board Game Barrister store.
Benheck was back again, this time in the museum annex. The few times I stopped in there, he was busy building his latest pinball machine. I did not see too much fixing of gamers broken consoles, but I might have just missed this. I though about rubbing in the fact that I beat them at fixing a Channel F from last year, but they just seemed to busy, so I did not do so.
Lastly here, I did partake in Scott Adams presentation for his new Inheritance text/sound game based on previous games from last years show. It was an interesting show, with a good amount of participation from the audience, and a nice amount of humor tossed in (which made it rather fun).
To sum things up, the Midwest Gaming Classic for 2013 was a fantastic show, with more attendees than last year. There was a constant flow of gamers of all type, both days of the show. It was fun to see old friends, and meet a few new ones too, and have some very cool talks about old system – like the Channel F or RCA Studio II (seriously too on that – even by Scott Adams too).
(And I’m sure I missed a few things that I saw at the show – and apologies for those interesting things I saw but did not put in this simple recap for 2013)
As always, game on!