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.
This week we look back at an interview with author and game enthusiast Brett Weiss. This interview was done on November 29th, 2015.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Brett Weiss who currently is displayed on card number 221, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection. He is also featured on cards 227, 1193,1207,1320,1393 and 1402. These cards commemorate Brett’s books that he has written over the years. Brett is a passionate writer of many books and has contributed to numerous publications, including Game Informer, Video Game Trader and the PinGame Journal, to name a few. His well-known books, Classic Home Video Games can be purchased on amazon and other retail book sites. You can also find out more information about his work at www.brettweisswords.com.
Do you remember your first video game/arcade you played and what do you remember about it?
My brother and I played Pong at my cousin’s house in 1975—they had gotten it for Christmas. We were amazed that you could play it on television. Prior to this, I had played Gun Fight, Pong, and a few others in the arcades. When Breakout hit the arcades in 1976, I began liking video games even more than pinball, which I loved.