Midwest Gaming Classic is an annual electronic entertainment exposition that takes place in Miwaukee, Wisconsin. For SEGA Dreamcast fanatics it is so much more!
In 2002, homebrew developer Paul Boese showed off his game 3D Invaders for Dreamcast. The event must have been a great success because Dan Loosen Co-Founder of the event launched GOAT Store Publishing and next year in 2003, together with Cryptic Allusion they debuted the first original indie Dreamcast game Feet of Fury.
- After the successful launch of Feet of Fury, MGC continued to reveal and launch Dreamcast games on an annual basis. 2006 was the most exciting year when Loosen went on stage and announced 12 Indie Dreamcast games, unfortunately to date IRiDES: Master of Blocks is the only games from the list of announced games to have successfully been released.
What happened? You must be wondering. Well, when things fall apart – their are many contributing factors. For example Sony took down GOAT Store Publishing’s largest distribution partner Lik-Sang. Simultaneously European distribution partner and collaborator Dreamcast-Scene’s own Max Scharl decided to start his own publishing label Redspotgames. These variables evolved the indie scene from a labor of love to a commercial rivalry between publishers.
Unfortunately, cracks started to appear in the newly formed Redspotgames when developers of their debut title “Last-Hope” publicly expressed their dissatisfied with the publishers and proceeded to launch their own publishing label with NG:Dev.Direct and Hucast. Even though, their efforts are commendable the Indie Dreamcast scene has been further saturated with 4 publishing labels.
With the history lesson out of the way; Get ready for MGC 2014 because the pioneers of indie gaming are ready to reunite the Dreamcast-Scene!
Here is our predicted list of games that will be revealed 2 out of 3 have already been confirmed by their respective developers:
Confirmed as a game GSP will publish.
For more info read DCS 2013 in Review: Part 2
Confirmed as playable by Developer.
For more info read DCS 2013 in Review: Part 3.
No updates yet, but fingers crossed.
For more info read DCS Year in Review Part 2
The Midwest Gaming Classic is about celebrating gaming. All of the main organizers of the Midwest Gaming Classic are gamers first. The show began in 2001 as a celebration of one of our favorite game consoles, and it has blossomed since then into a 40,000+ square foot gaming extravaganza that covers everything a gamer could want to know about the industry, from Pong to the PS4 and everything in between (and even older with some of the pinball machines)! The Midwest Gaming Classic is about trying new things. No matter what you are into now, we want you to stop in and try your hand at a little bit of everything. If you like the old school games, try some of the latest ones. If you like new games, try some of the old. If you like pinball, take the time to check out the computers. And so on. The Midwest Gaming Classic will introduce you to all aspects of electronic gaming, and you’ll have a lot of fun with them all. The Midwest Gaming Classic is about learning things about the hobby of electronic gaming. No one knows every aspect about his or her favorite aspects of gaming. Whether you find out something new by interacting with the person that created the game or just another fan who found something neat out, if you look around, there are lots of great opportunities to learn new and exciting things about your favorite hobby.
The Midwest Gaming Classic is about meeting other people who share the love of electronic gaming. The event is a place where friends who chat on the internet get together to meet face-to-face for the first time; where old friends run into each other and discuss their favorite arcade game that they used to play together as kids in the arcade. Everyone can meet new friends who share a common interest.
Finally, the Midwest Gaming Classic is fun. This means exactly what it sounds like. If you come to the show and you enjoy any sort of electronic gaming, you will have fun playing your favorites, competing against others, hearing from people in the industry about how games are made and finding new games to purchase and play. No matter if you only have one console and a handful of games or so many different games and consoles that you lost count years ago, you’ll have fun at this show.
I’m extremely excited about the upcoming event, and we will keep you updated with all of the happenings for the show on this web site, so make sure to sign up for the mailing list and check back often to find out all about the exciting things that will be happening at the show. Thanks for stopping by today, and make sure to say “hi” to me when you see me at the show!
Founder Midwest Gaming Classic & GOAT Store Publishing