To celebrate this weekends Midwest Gaming Classic event, we look back at the person that helped start it all, Dan Loosen. On April 13th-15th, 2018 Dan will be hosting one the largest video game conferences in the Midwest. This interview with Dan was done on December 6th, 2015. Hope to see you at MGC in Milwaukee.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Dan Loosen who is displayed on card number 160, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection. Dan is one of the co-founders and organizers of the Midwest Gaming Classic, a gaming trade show in Milwaukee, WI. The MGC showcases retro and modern home video game consoles, pinball machines, arcade video games, computers, table top gaming, crane games, collectible card games and much more.
When did you first meet Walter Day and where was it at?
I first met Walter at the 2004 Midwest Gaming Classic. He had emailed me and told me that he would be coming to our show with a few players and was it okay if a team that was shooting a documentary was there too. We said sure, and a few weeks later at the show I met him. I didn’t have too long to talk to him, but he was definitely a great person to have around, and his love of the culture around gaming and preserving that culture was outstanding.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Mike Gedeon, who’s Cleveland's Classic Console and Arcade Gaming Show (CCAG) is displayed on card number 233, from the Superstars of 2012. Mike and his partner Matt Teske are the organizers of the Cleveland Classic Gaming Show in Ohio. This event displays various gaming displays form both console and arcade gaming, as well as pinball. Tournaments, auctions, prizes and many other surprises can be found at this one-day event. The mission of this event is “To strive to keep the days of early video gaming alive. Paying homage to the games and systems that started and formed the largest and most pervasive form of entertainment media ever!”
Do you remember your first video game / arcade you played and what do you remember about it?
Probably either some black & white arcade games at the local Sears or some 70’s pinball machines on a Florida vacation.