On Saturday 28th September, Midlife Gamer (www.midlifegamer.net) once again held their Eurogamer Expo after-party, inviting the Midlife Gamer community, other gaming publications, game publishers, developers and PR, as well as game enthusiasts at large, from all corners of Europe, to enjoy a magnificent night of celebration, socialising and charitable giving.
Taking place, for the first year, in a new and more expansive venue following the cramped conditions – that trying to squeeze so many people into a small venue brings – last year at O’Neills; Riley’s Sports Bar in Victoria was made MLG Central for an evening of love, sharing and charity on the Saturday.
This year an amazing £2,442 and change (including Gift Aid) was raised thanks to the after-party. All money is going to GamesAid, a video games industry charity that supports smaller UK based charities with particular focus on helping children and young adults through incredibly difficult and emotional times, giving them hope and inspiration.
The Midlife Gamer raffle, auction and competitions saw prize contributions from the wonderful community all in aid of a fantastic charity. Once again EpicToneDogg and Beefkr10z used their formidable artistic skills to inspire the community to open their pockets, Beefkr10z provided an MLG customised GBA which sold well in the auction and a MLG Tagged WiiU which was given away as a competition prize on the night.
Epic brought his usual flair to the event, with his pictures of Master Chief, John Marston and Link selling for over £200 apiece.
Presentations were made to long standing members of the community, with a Gary Barlow signed MLG coaster being presented to Guernica and another Epic painting, this time of Dark Age of Camelot, being presented as a gift to our resident unboxer and Gamescom correspondent Oli.
Finally, our American Community Manager brought us a special edition of his GoddTodd eats videos, which had the room in both fits of laughter and churning stomachs alike, and presented the surprise “Man-Meat” video to run out the event. (both videos and reaction shots will be posted once editing is complete).
Better yet, the current total is still growing with additional donations still coming in via the Just Giving page.
None of this could have been possible without the support from the following people and companies:
Hyper Mega Blaster
Hide and seek games
Bongo the Sane