dear retro gamer, i’m currently in my mid-fifties and i’ve been gaming since i’ve been old enough to hold a joystick. Gaming has given me a tremendous amount of pleasure over the years and it’s a journey i’ve followed since the earliest arcade games and home computers began appearing in the Seventies. i’ve played probably thousands of games over the last 40 years and gone through lots of different systems, from the ZX81 to the PS3, but now i’m simply content to read magazines like retro gamer and try new games on the raspberry Pi my son built for me.
it feels like lately a lot of gaming greats have left us, and it’s upsetting to see. i used to adore Bob Wakelin’s artwork for ocean Software and i was in awe of Paul Woakes’ work on the Commodore 64. i know their work lives on, but it doesn’t make the pain any easier to deal with. you probably think i’m being silly grieving over people i never knew, but i knew their games and their work and it meant the world to me. i hope there are other readers out there that feel the same way as me. david Giles
we’re sure you’re not the only person to mourn the loss of gaming legends, we clearly do. as you’ve already pointed out, the best thing anyone can do in a situation like this is to simply look back and enjoy the legacies that have been left behind. as long as you’re still enjoying the games, art and music they’ll always be a part of you and what you love.
[Atari ST] We may have lost greats such as Paul Woakes, but you can still enjoy their games.