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Aug 29th 2013



Ep 97: Sunbed Hero

posts 11


Greetings all,

I have been listening to MidLife Gamer for some time now. Only recently have I joined the forum.

Allow me to recall a story from my early years. I believe I was still at College, around 16 to 18. I wrote an article to Amiga Format at the time, one of my favourite magasines. In fact, whilst living in France I used to ask my mum to redirect it to keep my spirits up. Being alone in a dodgy flat was not easy.


The letter highlighted that many of my friends at the time mocked me for gaming. I was too old, they informed me. It was for kids, not young adults.

I had the letter published with a reply. I wish I'd have kept it! They also sent me a disposable camera for having the letter published.


In these days of torrents and community forums, will I be able to download old Amiga Format magasines, perhaps in PDF format?


Well to a mid life community forum, I thought I'd post this. Isn't it ironic how mentalities change?


Keep smiling,


Splatty awesome

Splatty 42 going on 12


Aug 29th 2013


Ep 64: Hippo's Yawn

posts 254


Post edited 16:57 – Aug 29th 2013 by Solm

Nice post Splaty,


I still get mocked and looked at funny from my brother in-laws about my gaming hobby. To each his own that's what I say. I love gaming, I'm not the best gamer but I just love what gaming gives me, escapism. Pity you never kept you letter. 

Aug 29th 2013

Uncle Fista

MLG Central, Staffordshire


posts 417


Great post Splatty.

A google search (Amiga Format PDF) yielded instant results for me. The first link I clicked was this one.

If you manage to find it put up a link. We'd all love to have a read.

Aug 29th 2013



Ep 97: Sunbed Hero

posts 11


Wow – thanks for finding the site.


I'll plough through these and see what I can find.





Splatty 42 going on 12


Aug 30th 2013


Bangor, N. Ireland

Ep 86: Munter Hunter

posts 67


This reminds me of this old Amiga Shopper folder I have in the back of the cupboard.  All of 1994 in here!

Aug 30th 2013



Ep 97: Sunbed Hero

posts 11


A big thumbs up to the forum – very active.

I've been downloading the Amiga Format PDFs. Still not found the letter but I'm only two pages in.

Look what I found in an early edition :


I had to post this to Twitter and the man himself. He retweeted:


You'll have to try to get Dino on the show guys. I know that Retro Asylum had him on, yet their podcast isn't as big as yours wink




Splatty smile

Splatty 42 going on 12


Sep 2nd 2013



Ep 46: Steak drapes

posts 535


haha I know what you mean, I used to get a lot of funny looks and comments from the in-laws but I think I've managed to win them round (or wear them out lol). But I never used to tell people that i played games until I came across the midlife gamer community when I realised that i was okay and it was all normal ;-p

Oct 26th 2013


Ep 98: Wave 'em up

posts 8


Sometimes I think I'm too old as iv had teenagers mock me for playing minecraft. I had my curtains open. Little bastards. But I play it with my kids and we all love it. It's better than spending all my money on drink, at least I have something to show for it.

Oct 30th 2013


Ep 87: Heavy Wayne

posts 60


Occasionally some folk my own age seem to think that my interest in gaming is a little unusual, but nobody sniggers in the way they do at a colleague who's a model railway enthusiast. All the teenage gamers I talk to (and I talk to a fair few – I'm a teacher) are no less surprised to discover that I'm a gamer, but they think it's great. At the end of the day, time spent doing something you love is time well spent, and bugger what anyone else says!

Oct 30th 2013


Ep 64: Hippo's Yawn

posts 254


Yes totally agree with jamtomorrow. We all have interests and I love gaming, not as good as I would like to be but I'm not planning on stopping anytime soon. As long as my fingers and thumbs are working I will be still gaming.

Oct 30th 2013



Ep 54: To Me, To You!

posts 399


I will game til the day I die. I started with the industry and I will support it til my last day.  Corny eh?

Oct 31st 2013

Derek "Digi" McRoberts

Ayrshire, Scotland

MLGX Completionist
MLGX Completionist

posts 330


Im in the same boat as tepic.


I started gaming at a young age, when gaming in its current form was in its infancy. Having such a close link to hobby that I love, it feels almost like gaming and I have grown up and matured alongside each other. As long as gaming keeps evolving, changing and adapting Im along for the ride.


I've noticed attitudes change over the years. A lot of my peers were also gamers growing up, and although mocking did occur frequently back in the 90's, I knew I was actually among a silent majority, rather than being in a minority. Online forums such as these, and the explosion of ready to consume facts/figures and opinions on the internet only solidified that feeling.


Nowadays, I still get the occassional odd look when I say I'm a gamer, but now instead of it being followed up by jeering and mocking, it is more often than not followed up by the question "why?"


There is still a way to go until its accepted as a mature medium in the same way as film, but as long as there are people like ourselves out there showing that we believe its acceptable to game into our 30's, 40's and 50's I fully believe that this stigma will soon disappear.


definitely a gamer until I die.

Nov 2nd 2013



Ep 80: Fap Off

posts 93


We don't stop playing cause we grow old,
We grow old cause we stop playing.


Nov 4th 2013

Adamski UK


Community Manager

posts 1965


I find it strange in the office sometimes. I'm the one branded a geek by the 'older' employees, and yet when they need some advice about video games, its my door they knock on.

Now, I'll be the first to admit that these days I'm really struggling to find time for any gaming, but when I do find the time, I make the bloody most of it!


Too old to game? Take a look at Gamer Gran 87…you may have alrerady see this…


She decided to take out her frustration after reciving a bill from British Gas:


PSN ID: Adamski__UK  (That's a double underscore)

We don't stop playing because we grow old; We grow old because we stop playing.
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Dec 13th 2013


East Sussex, UK

Ep 94: Spray on pants

posts 26


Gotta roll with it and be proud of your hobby. I'm 20 and my mates give me stick for being as into it as I am (they're all just dimwits who live on FIFA and cod).

I know some people who don't talk about their hobby and I don't understand why they'd be like that. I love gaming and I don't care who knows it haha.

If people call me a nerd I see it as a compliment as I know I'm not your stereotypical nerd. I'm just a normal person who has a hobby. Like the rest of us here.

Nice post brother. :-D

Aug 4th 2014


Ep 94: Spray on pants

posts 27


After months of getting this look rofl from my friends, I've won. I've managed to encourage them to indulge into gaming. Now, they are more addicted to it than I was before.


By the way, nice story Splatty. Hope you'll find those letters of yours.

I have gaming laptops under 1000 and it is really great!

Aug 4th 2014

Baron Von Pleb

Sheffield Sex City

Community Manager

posts 1010


I love this thread.

I'm under the same 'pressure' or assumptions as you guys and gals. I do still get laughed at by work colleagues when video games or video game merch gets delivered to work. I guy almost pissed himself when my Fallout hoody arrived from the US. Yes – it is bring blue and yellow… but once he knew it was from/or related to a video game he thought i was the biggest loser he'd seen. dick.

I've just turned 36 and i do not give one shit if anyone thinks I’m a nerd/geek whatever. This is my hobby. You can spend your money of All Saints t shirts that you'll wear twice if you like; I will spend hours/days/months enjoying myself and living my life in different scenarios.

Gamertags: Xbox 'Baron Von Pleb' and PSN 'BaronVonPleb'

Twitch: baron_von_pleb

Twitter: BaronVonPleb


Gimme a shout if you need a hand with owt. 

Aug 4th 2014



Ep 97: Sunbed Hero

posts 11


Hi all,

Well I must apologise. I registered for the forum a year ago, during the holidays. This evening I logged back in, taking me an age to remember my sign in details.


Nevertheless, I appreciate the comments that have been made here, albeit a year apart.


I love gaming, yet my current situation, being the father of four year old twins, I rarely get time to sit down and play some games. I love retro gaming, hence the number of emulators and Mame roms I have.

I think you are right and do believe that there has been a change in people's attitudes towards nerdy gaming over the years. Well, I mean since the early 90's when my Amiga was in full flow.


I'll try to dig out the Amiga Format article I posted during that decade. May i just add that the camera that was posted to me by the Amiga Format gang has long since gone. I simply couldn't manage to put the cube flash on the top of it!! Remember them??





Splatty 42 going on 12


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