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Obituary: Mike Singleton

By Dan Pearson

Obituary: Mike Singleton

Tue 16 Oct 2012 7:42am GMT / 3:42am EDT / 12:42am PDT

Lords of Midnight and Midwinter creator passes after battle with cancer

Mike Singleton, a founding figure of British home computing and creator of dozens of games, has passed away in Switzerland following a battle with cancer.

Singleton died on October 10, according to a post on the Giant Bomb forum.

Singleton was the creator of many defining titles for early 8 and 16 bit machines, including Spectrum classic Lords of Midnight, Atari ST, Amiga and PC smash Midwinter, which featured a sandbox open world alongside complex strategy and role playing elements back in 1989. His most recent credit was working on GRID for Codemasters in 2008.

Singleton was also an author, having written his novel, The Eternal Empire, during his time at university. Before becoming a programmer, he worked as a teacher in Cheshire.

Several key figures in both British and international development have expressed their sadness at the news via Twitter today.

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Franck Sauer Creative / Tech Art Director, Fresh3d

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Terrible, terrible news. We lose a terrific programmer and a friend. RIP Mike.

Posted:4 years ago


Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic

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Absolutely gutted. Never got into Lords of Midnight (too young to appreciate it properly), but spent a good amount of time with Midwinter... Happy days playing that on the Amiga.

Posted:4 years ago


Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant

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Sadly quite a few of the 8 bit veterans from the early 80s are no longer with us and the whole era has only been lightly documented, which is amazing when you think of the impact that it had on the development of what is now a major global industry.


Posted:4 years ago


Stephen Woollard Online Infrastructure Specialist, Electronic Arts

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"It has been 7 days since Luxor the Moonprince rode forth into the Icemark"

Posted:4 years ago


Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer

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As soon as the name came up I knew who he was. Lords of Midnight is one of the best games I had the pleasure of owning back in the spectrum days.

He'll be missed.

Posted:4 years ago


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