Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Midwest Gaming Classic post script

Drafted my son's Whack-a-Mole for tournament play.


Alex's Donkeykong the game Billy Mitchell set the world record on

Nice crowd of participants. Very helpful to each other. Organizer gave my Techno-child  the keys to his games to keep them running.


It was decided the show had once again outgrown its space, and moved locations for its 2004 show to the Sheraton in Brookfield. A name change was also in order, as it was discovered a Midwestern golf tournament also used the Midwest Classic title, and the word "Gaming" was added. The retitled Midwest Gaming Classic also expanded to a 2 day show. Thanks to the efforts of Tom and Dan the arcade section of the show grew even larger, with 40+ video, pinball and electro-mechanical arcade games there.

Twin Galaxies also attended the show for the first time, with founder Walter Day, Dwane Richard, and legendary competitor/record holder Billy Mitchell making appearances. Billy also set the world public record for Donkey Kong while in attendance.

Speakers were also added to the show for the first time, with Gene Cunningham, Don Caldwell, Mark Bakula, J.D. Norman, Dan Loosen, Marty Godlberg, and others speaking about relative gaming topics. Noted homebrew publishers AtariAge and Packrate Video Games attended the for the first time. Game LANs also made a return to the MGC with the Macintosh classic Marathon 2 and PC based Battlefield: Vietnam there in large 12 player LANs. The 2004 MGC also added musical entertainment with Bud Melvin, who plays a banjo with a hacked GameBoy Color as background music, on hand in the main hall.

The 2004 show exploded in attendance to an official 1,200 over the 2 days. However the attendance was actually closer to 2,000 as only paying attendees are traditionally counted for the final count (children 12 and under have always been free, and make up a large part of the attendance as well). The show was clearly growing beyond the scope of the 4 organizers, and it was decided to take 2005 to plan further growth and to obtain volunteers to help run and organize it.


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