Our main goal is to offer a destination for all who are passionate about gaming. A site built on a strong sense of community. A site filled with interesting content. We want to deliver entertaining and informative content of all kinds. Whether it’s with written reviews, previews, news stories and features, or whether it’s through video and audio content. Midlife Gamer is a place where we can all contribute to the commentary about our passion, through site content and the forums. We may only be a small slice of the larger gaming universe but we are certainly one of its brightest…….and possibly it’s sexiest.
THE MIDLIFE GAMER CREW
The Founders: Daren (left) and Matt (right)
Matt & Daren worked together for a time in 2005 and quickly discovered they shared a real passion for gaming; spending hours trading past gaming experiences and entertaining each other with gaming related stories. Events transpired and Daren ended up buying a house in the same town and at some point Matt left the company although they maintained contact long after Matt pursued his career elsewhere.
They kept in touch and got together once every so often and the conversation always returned to gaming. In spring 2008 they started to talk about how they could take their common interest and do something interesting with it. The discussion turned to podcasting. They both listened to a wide range of gaming podcasts and would often discuss what they had heard. They agreed that while there was nothing really wrong with what they were listening to, they had an opportunity to do something a little different themselves. For this reason they started to plan and scope out the ways and means of recording their own podcast, just for kicks.
The first recording centered around E3 2008. Both really enjoyed recording that day despite not having a clue how it was going to turn out. They were really happy with the output at the time and immediately posted it to iTunes just to get it up there. The original recording has since been lost (like Matts sex tape) , and on reflection, both Daren and Matt feel that that is not a bad thing because in reality it wasn’t perfect by any stretch! (like Matts sex tape) Nevertheless they got a taste for it and vowed to continue (luckily NOT like Matts sex tape)
On 28th July 2008 the first regular episode ‘Lemon Party’ was posted. The boys have recorded a show every week since, up until December 2011 where they shifted to a fortnightly schedule.
Daren & Matt continue to record and continue to learn. Their motto from the very beginning has been “We’re not perfect, we don’t pretend to be. Some of the best material is born out of our mistakes. What we do is what feels right. If it doesn’t feel right we’ll change.”
Come Play with Daren
PlayStation – Uncle_Fista
Xbox – Uncle Fista
Wii U – UncleFista
3DS – 5069-5143-3725
Steam – Uncle Fista
Game Centre – Uncle Fista
Come Play with Matt
PlayStation – Mantismat
Xbox – Mantismat
Game Centre – Mantismat
The Front Page Editor:
Simon Stevens (SiStevens)
Simon began his gaming way back on a Grandstand TV Game 2000 before progressing to Atari and eventually Spectrum and Commodore. Via many consoles and handhelds you can now find him rocking the Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita and, due to refusing to replace his laser lens this close to next-gen, games that are free on PlayStation Plus when work, the good lady and two kids allow it.
After taking so much from the podcasts and with encouragement from the bearded god Adamski; Simon wrote his first review for the site to give something back which, surprisingly to him, people were actually interested in reading and after a small hiatus from gaming and the site due to the birth of his son he came back with both the longest story for “Soundtrack of our Gaming Lives” for Matt & Daren (which they passed on as they didn’t fancy editing a four and a half hour show) and the first “MLG Fight Club” article.
Due to the real life stuff, the pile of shame that Si had amassed knew no bounds and at one point stood at 330 games. Due to this, Si formed the MLG spin off Podcast – the Year of Shame Challenge and during this challenge – that ran from Eurogamer 2012 to Eurogamer 2013 – he played, sold, completed and generally gave his game collection a spring clean reducing his pile to a more respectable 77 games.
Simon currently, like all of us, tries to juggle work, family and gaming time normally with an end result of not enough gaming or family time. He usually doesn’t play a huge amount of games simultaneously and instead tends to go balls deep into a game until completion (Defiance has exclusively been in his Xbox since launch three months ago). He also tends to ignore Day 1 releases and pre-orders, instead waiting for the price to drop to the £25 sweet spot.
You can Follow Simon on Twitter here
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Come Play with Simon
PlayStation – sistevens
Xbox – systevens
Game Centre – sistevens2303
Steam – simonwstevens
The Deputy Front Page Editor:
Derek McRoberts (DigitalPariah)
Dereks gaming history mirrors a lot of the staff on here. Starting at a young and impressionable age his introduction to gaming was through his Grandfather who, to keep both him and his sister amused after school when they went to their house until their parents came home, purchased a Grandstand 3000 entertainment console. Not satisfied with the various versions of Pong the 3000 gave him, he soon began the hunt for his next gaming fix.
Eventually caving to the pressure he put on them every year, his parents relented and in the winter of 1986 he became the proud owner of his first gaming machine, the Commodore C16+4. This was the point of no return. From here it was only a matter of time before he was the proud owner of a NES and a spanking new Amiga 500 a few Christmases later.
Over the years Derek has owned some great consoles (SNES/PS1/Megadrive) and some failed consoles (Saturn/Jaguar/CDi) but one thing has always remained. The love of the games.
Like many of the community, Derek’s a family man. Owning a PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC as well as several “on the go” gaming platforms he tries to game whenever he has the opportunity.
Due to an incident at Eurogamer 2011 involving Derek, a pedestrian crossing and a motorcyclist where Derek walked away with a broken thumb and the motorcyclist walked away with a heap of scrap that used to be his bike; Derek not only earned the nickname of the indestructible Scotsman but MLG now have to announce when he is going to travel to Eurogamer so motorcyclists in the area can leave safely.
You can Follow Derek on Twitter here
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Come Play with Derek
PlayStation – Digital_Pariah
Xbox – DigitalPariah
Game Centre – digitalpariah
Steam – digitalpariah
3DS – 0877-0920-2274
The Front Page Writers:
Jason Currie (currierox)
Jason has been involved with Midlife Gamer now since 2010. It’s been a wild ride packed with fun gamer nights with the community (who by the way are the greatest!), meet ups and even new friendships. Later in 2011 Jason was offered the chance to write for the site and since then it has been his own way of giving back for all the fun times his had since joining.
The origins of Jasons gaming started way back in 1989. Although he does have some vague memories of playing some stuff before that he really can’t remember much from that time; just a squirrel in some kind of platformer and it was played on a keyboard. 1989 was the big year where it all started for him. It was when his dad brought home a NES with two games: Super Mario Bros. and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. An addiction was born that day as was a Nintendo fanboy. From that day till some time in 2008 Jason was only interested in Nintendo consoles. Even the PlayStation 1 & 2 passed him by. It was the Wii that ultimately led to him looking elsewhere for his gaming fix. While there are some great games on that system, the ones he was interested in were just too far and in between. So he turned to the Xbox 360 and found that it had many more games that suited his interest. It was also his first step into online multiplayer, but even that didn’t come till he joined Midlife Gamer. Another online cherry popped by Midlife Gamer.
When Jason is not playing or writing about games he also enjoys reading. His favourite authors are Neil Gaiman, Stephen King and Terry Pratchett. Jason has also got heavily into comic books lately and is a frequent visitor to the Midlife gamer Comic Club forum posts.
You can follow Jason on Twitter here
You can send Jason sexy words by email here
Come Play with Jason
PlayStation – currierox
Xbox – currierox
Steam – TnJrox
Craig Hallam (craigieH)
Way back in the eighties, Craig became the inexplicably proud co-owner (along with his brothers) of a green screen Amstrad CPC 464. Ever since this momentous day, he has gamed, gamed, gamed, via a slightly unconventional route of the SEGA Master System , the SNES, the Game Boy, the Amiga (600),the PS One, the PS2, Dreamcast and a dalliance with low end PC’s.
This doesn’t include a significant chunk of time around the PS2 / Xbox era, where he was busy working, studying and drinking for 5 years straight as a (slightly) mature student, with only a GBA and his brother’s PS2 to jump on during holidays. A brief dalliance with Resident Evil 4 and Vice City whilst moving into his new home in 2007 was soon turned supernova when his wife bought him a Xbox 360 for his 30th birthday.
This was to be an event as revolutionary to him as that first moment on the green screen Amstrad. Despite the advancements in online and social interaction, Craig still mostly games solitary. A reflection of his age, experiences and tastes maybe, but he loves writing about, talking about and discussing games, and the Midlife gamer community offers that in abundance.
Craig feels that the best game ever is Super Mario World. He will listen tolerantly to arguments for A Link to the Past before explaining to you why you are wrong. Although with this in mind his favorite game of all time remains Fallout 3
You can Follow Craig on Twitter here
You can send Craig sexy words by email here
Come Play with Craig
PlayStation – craigie28
Xbox – craigieh
Steam – 76561198018758780
Damien Ashley (Type_40 Dashboxer)
It was the ZX Spectrum that got Damien. He got one for Christmas in 1982. And then he had a Spectrum+, then a +2, then a NES… then he discovered booze and girls and gaming took a bit of a break with the exception of Super Mario Bros 3 and too much Doom and the 7th Guest on PC. It was the SNES and Megadrive era that Damien most missed out on. Then one day he saw a giant billboard for FFVII. That, Tomb Raider 2 and Abe’s Oddysee helped him realise what he’d been missing and there’s been no looking back ever since.
The majority of Damiens mates still don’t ‘get’ gaming (we all have a few of them). He’d been listening to a fair few podcasts and MLG was very relatable. He wanted to find a like minded community and he did. Damien is still here, very nearly 3 years later.
You can Follow Damien on Twitter here
You can send Damien sexy words by email here
Come Play with Damien
Xbox – Dashboxer
Game Centre – Dashboxer
Matt Jones (MunkiMatt)
One of Matts earliest memories is staring into Menzies windows, transfixed by the shapes and colours that this grey, boxy keyboard plugged into the TV was somehow producing. Soon after he was the proud owner of a Spectrum ZX, and a lifelong obsession with video games was born.
After getting a NES at around the age of 6 he became a Nintendo fan for his formative years, apart from a brief dalliance with a Playstation 2, but he branched out this generation and picked up an Xbox 360. Matts first taste of online gaming hooked him in entirely and he soon added a PS3 to ensure he didn’t miss out on the greatest gaming has to offer. Matts recently picked up a PS Vita for his first taste of handheld gaming for many a year, plus recently completed his first PC self build without losing any fingers.
You can Follow Matt on Twitter here
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You can send Matt sexy words by email here
Come Play with Matt
PlayStation – munkimatt
Xbox 360 – munkimatt
Steam – munkimatt
Tanja Currie (TeeJ_x)
Tanja has been gaming on and off since she was a kid. She was bought up on the Commodore 64 and various different versions of the Commodore Amiga. However she’s a Sega girl at heart, with her Megadrive her most beloved possession as a young’un. Tanja spent hours upon hours playing Columns and Sonic with her Dad.
Then she got a PlayStation…and discovered Tekken, Crash Bandicoot and Parappa the Rappa. Somewhere along the line she acquired an N64 and discovered Zelda and Mario too but then she took a long break until she met a certain somebody (the clue is in her name) who moved in and bought his games consoles too…and the rest is history as they say.
Apart from gaming Tanja is a bit of a paranormal geek and loves getting muddy at Rock Festivals. She also has a huge Hello Kitty obsession which formed the basis of her first ever article which featured in the Midlife Gamer 2013 April Fool’s Joke.
Tanja is the youngest staff member but don’t let that fool you; she’s no push-over. She pulls no punches in her brutal honesty and her articles reflect that.
You can Follow Tanja on Twitter here
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You can send Tanja sexy words by email here
Come Play with Tanja
Xbox – teej_x
PlayStation – teejrox
Steam – TnJrox
The Midlife Gamer Unboxer:
Holger Müller (Oli)
His name is Holger, He’s from Germany and he does amazing things with a butter knife
In May of 2009, Holger listened to Episode 44 of the Midlife Gamer Podcast and in June 2010 he started making small videos for the forum. What started as a fun little side project, over time evolved into a lot of funny unboxings for the site – known today as “What’s In The Box?”.
Holger was a gamer pretty much since he could walk. His father had the hobby of computers back in the early 80s and the first computer in the Müller house was a Commodore VC20,followed by the C64 and then the AMIGA. Whenever he got his new toy, Holger would inherit the old one. Holger never had a console of his own back in those days. But he did have friends who did and Oli and his friends would spend many a night where they played a lot of Mario Kart, or Street Fighter II on the SNES.
Holger’s main love however, was the AMIGA and then his first PC (386 33Mhz). He was always into RPGs. So games like Eye of the Beholder, or the ULTIMA Series were big highlights. Holger soon became part of the console generation with the PlayStation One his first own console and he loved it. “Final Fantasy VII” blew him away back in the day. Then Holger moved out from his parents, got his own job and had the money and internet to do more or less what he wanted.
Holger wanted to play lots and lots of MMO(RPGs). Starting with Dark Age of Camelot and later WoW, he played whatever existed up until today. The name Oli(gon) came from a Name Generator in Dark Age of Camelot. He liked that name back in the day and Oligon became Oli for short and that name has stuck with him since then.There are a few people that play more MMOs then Holger, but most of them earn a living from playing them. Although Holger does own every current gen console he still mostly sticks to PC and the PS3.
You can Follow Holger on Twitter here
You can send Holger sexy words by email here
Come Play with Holger
PlayStation – Oli-1977
Xbox – Oligon
Steam – Oligon
Game Centre – Oligon
3DS – 2578-3472-2389
The Community Managers:
Adam Edwards (Adamski)
Family, gaming and science.
Adam has been gaming since his granddad brought home a Grandstand 6000 system. An early ‘Pong’ system. In colour..well, three colours to be exact. Then it was onto the ZX Spectrum 48k for most of his youth from the early eighties up until he discovered hormones and girls (in that order).
A brief hiatus (well, there was a dabble with a Mega Drive) until a student grant went towards a SNES. Uni Rally being his standout title. Witnessing Wipeout convinced Adam to grab a PSOne which started a brief romance with Sony (PSP and PS2). This was before an original Xbox system found its way into his life like the dirty mistress of gaming some years ago. Not long after that, Adam embarked on a long and successful relationship with the Xbox 360 that continues to this day.
Like us all, time for gaming is at a premium for him with family and work commitments, but it makes it all the more enjoyable when he manages to escape real life and boot up a console.
As a Community Manager Adam is probably one of the first people you will discuss biscuits and beverages with once you join the forum. Oh, and he likes science stuff. And beard grooming. And is currently on a one man mission to combine the both of them.
You can follow Adam on Twitter here
You can send Adam sexy words by email here
Come Play with Adam
Xbox – Adamski UK
Neale Jarrett (Baron Von Pleb)
He is Neale and he likes to drink beer. And game. More than often at the same time. Neales gaming history is that of legend, to detail it here would be long and vast and quite possibly impossible. So we won’t bore/entertain you with the details. Lets just say he can remember playing on a BBC computer at school and thinking it was a magic box full of wonder… Currently a console and handheld gamer and still think games are art and magic.
Neale stumbled upon Midlife Gamer whilst looking for a new gaming podcast. Hooked from the start and then introduced himself via this site and forums – and look at him now… Top of the world Ma! If you are wondering what Neales favourite games are. Well… All the Bioshocks, Skyrim and sitting there with pride at the top… It’s Fallout 3. Neale played so much Fallout he began to see VATS in real life. Took the head off a granny at the bus stop the other day.
Neale is currently juggling gaming with a more than full time job, a passion for photography and his fiancé. Ain’t life grand.
You can Follow Neale on Twitter here
You can send Neale sexy words by email here
Come Play with Neale
PlayStation – BaronVonPleb
Xbox – Baron Von Pleb
Todd Evans (GoddTodd)
Todd is what you might call a Midlife crisis Gamer. His last console was a Sega Genesis. After he put that down, he stopped playing for over ten years until one day he saw this huge Big Daddy in
a Gamestop window, and my imagination was captured. First there were the PC games (Bioshock & Portal), then came the gateway console (Wii), then came one Black Friday in back in 2009, he found himself sneaking off to Target at 04:0o in the morning while his wife was sleeping to pick up a PS3 with Infamous and Batman. And it’s been a rapid decent down the Rabbit Hole ever since.
Well, at least it’s a little cheaper than a Ferrari.
Because Todd had been so out of the loop, he started listening to podcasts so that he could find out what cool games he should buy. There were a lot of terrible ones back then where the sum of each review was ‘It’s really good’ and not much else. There were also a lot of American podcasts with adolescent humour. To his great joy, he found two great podcasts that really clicked with his state of mind. One wasMichael Abbott’s Brainy Gamer podcast, which is all about game theory, the art of play, and game design (and is highly recommended).
The other had these two British dudes that were smart, witty, and loved video games. They had sort of a classic Stan and Ollie vibe about them, rather than the kick you in the nuts MTV vibe of many of the other podcasts. In the meantime, whenever he went online, he kept coming across these young American kids who were out to mess with everyones experience and call people racist and homophobic names. The British podcast guys kept waxing poetic about what a lovely forum community they had, so he signed up in the summer of 2010. It was here Todd found a nice, funny, and mature group of people who liked to play videogames and he’s been here ever since.
You can Follow Todd on Twitter here
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You can send Todd sexy words by email here
Come Play with Todd
Xbox – MLG GoddTodd
PlayStation – GODDTODD
Steam – GoddTodd
Game Centre – Goddtodd
Ian Brown(Brother Brown)
Ians gaming career started off with the Mattel Intellivision way back in the day playing Space Spartans and yes it did have the Intellivoice which was a voice synthesis device that let certain games talk to you (he still has it all in the loft). Ian then moved on to different handheld devices that were the size of shoe boxes, such as Astro Wars and Caveman. His next gaming purchase was the Amiga 1200 and the first completed game was Gods. Ian discovered lager, girls and then became a Postman he has have never to this day played a Zelda game or touched a Mega Drive although his fascination with handheld gaming continued with the purchases of an N Gage and a Game Gear.
Then came along marriage, the Xbox and the PlayStation. The need to shoot stuff with Max Payne, trying to get that code to see Lara Croft in the shower with no clothes on, combined with sorting a new house out restricted my gaming. Ian veered down the Xbox side of gaming when he updated his console, courtesy of a big toy stores cock-up on the payments, this meant he got it free. Approximately six years ago he purchased a PS3 and within a year Mini Me arrived so game time was restricted again although it didn’t stop him purchasing more handheld devices including a PSP and a DSi XL.
On 22nd November 2012 his gaming changed once again as Little Miss Brown made her entrance into the world, so just before you headshot him during a Gears and Beers session see if he is actually moving as he may be elbow deep in nappies and Sudocrem.
You can follow Ian on Twitter here
You can send Ian sexy words by email here
Come Play with Ian
Xbox – BrotherBrown
PlayStation – BROTHERBROWN
The Midlife Gamer Development Team:
As one half of our development team Elsa makes things pretty and reliable. Along with John (more on him shortly) she fixes stuff that the rest of us break. Elsa can normally be found inflicting her gamers tourettes on the community during any one of the gamer nights but most likely Gears n’Beers Friday or Burnout Paradise Sundays.
Elsa loves meeting up with the community and has been a staple of the Eurogamer meet ups with her top highlights being Dance Central with Matt & Daren as well as Rockband 3 with Adamski.
Elsa took a small hiatus from the site to concentrate on other real life goings on but recently returned in aiding the set up and management of the new MLG Google+ page as well as investigating new features and designs for the site with John.
Elsa is also, like many on the site, a huge Lego addict and may contain marmalade, however the marmalade part is just her.
Along with Tanja, Elsa truly proves that you don’t need balls to Go Balls Deep!
You can follow Elsa on Twitter here
You can send Elsa sexy words by email here
Come Play with Elsa
Xbox – marmaladegirl
PlayStation – marmaladegrrl
Steam – marmaladegirl
Game Centre – marmaladegirl
John is the other half of our dynamic duo development team often working from screenshots when one of us has pushed a button we shouldn’t have. John has been captivated by games since he was old enough to see. Even though John plays them all the time he still seems to constantly have a growing pile of shame, maybe it’s because he buys games at amuch faster rate than play them.
Back in the 90′s John was all about the SEGA and then after they went 3rd party he started looking into Nintendo’s rich back catalog of games. If he’s free he’ll join up with the MLG clan on Killzone 3 on Saturday nights. Like all of our community nights is great fun and there are some true superstars on our squad.
Apart from games John also has interests in movies, books, tv shows and comics(Check out the 4 guys and a zombie podcast for evidence of John’s love of these things). John works as a web developer for a company in his hometown of Newry, lives with his good lady and their 2 Jack Russell pups. They all enjoy Game of Thrones, falling asleep on the sofa and playing fetch in the garden. It’s up to you to make up your own mind as to who enjoys what.
Like Elsa, John is a regular at the Eurogamer meetups and loves mingling with the community, just remember when you see them to buy them a drink because that thing that used to annoy you – They fixed it!
You can Follow John on Twitter here
You can Like John on Facebook here
You can send John sexy words by email here
Come Play with John
PlayStation – originaljohn
Steam – originaljohn
Nintendo ID – originaljohn
3DS – 2449-4660-2730
Friends of Midlife Gamer:
- Adam Riley
- Anthony Bate (Antman)
- Greg Giddens
- Mike Mason
- Chris Evans
- Jayce Stokes
- Darren Wright (D5120)
- Terry Fox (Foxhounder)
- Chris Mohan (Altered Ego)
- Dave Moran
- Jennifer Allen (jenjea)
- Mitchell Norton
- Pete Willington (xeroxeroxero)
- Sam Turner
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