Mike Singleton: 1951-2012,
Mike Singleton, the designer behind many classic PC games, has passed away at the age of 61.
Singleton started his career in gaming in the 1980, where he taught himself to code in both BASIC and Commodore PET. Singleton previously worked as an English teacher in Cheshire, England, before quitting to become a freelance game designer in 1982. Throughout the 1980′s, Singleton would be responsible for some of the most critically acclaimed titles to grace both the ZX Spectrum and the Amiga systems, including The Lords of Midnight series, Dark Spectre, and War for Middle Earth, one of the first video games based on The Lord of the Rings series.
Years later, he would develop deep strategy games for both the Amiga and the PC, including the acclaimed Midwinter games, Starlord, and the final chapter of the Lords of Midnight saga, The Citadel. Singleton also developed for consoles, working on titles such as Indiana Jones and the Emperors Tomb, Wrath Unleashed, Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows, and his final major project, Grid.
Following a year long battle with jaw cancer, Singleton died of natural causes in Switzerland, on October 10th, 2012. Rest in Peace, Mike, and may your games still reach millions out there.