TV Review: The Book of Boba Fett – S1/E4: The Gathering Storm

Boba Fett’s flashbacks – conveniently coming to him in a narrative friendly, sequential format as he heals each night in a Bacta Tank – now see him teaming up with Fennec Shand to recover his lost possessions and exact revenge on the biker gang who slaughtered the Tuskens who’d eventually welcomed the bounty hunter into […]

Comic Book Review: The Sixth Gun – Vol. 6: Ghost Dance

Watched over by her motley band of allies, Becky Montcrief embarks on a Ghost Dance, travelling between realities that the Six Guns have created. However, the Widow Hume and an army of Skinwalkers seek to claim The Sixth Gun for themselves, with battle lines drawn in our world – and ones never meant to be. […]

Comment: Guilty Pleasures

In conversation with a friend recently, she told me that she was watching a certain TV show fairly compulsively. She felt compelled to add: ‘it’s a guilty pleasure’, perhaps to head off any cynical or eye-rolling response from me in advance. The thing is, why should we ever feel guilty about something that brings us […]

Board Game Review: Wingspan

Taking the board game world by storm when it was released in 2019, it seems to have taken me a very long time to get around to playing this highly acclaimed, ornithology-themed game. In Wingspan – designed by Elizabeth Hargrave – players are tasked with populating various habitats on their individual boards with a wide […]

News: SNK vs Capcom: Card Fighters Clash Now on Switch

The Neo Geo Pocket Color was an unfortunately short-lived handheld console that was released at a time where it faced stiff competition from both Nintendo (their Game Boy Color having been recently released) and Bandai (whose WonderSwan console had proven popular in Japan). With SNK in financial difficulty, the Neo Geo Pocket Color was almost […]

Happy 40th Birthday, Ms. Pac-Man!

Ms. Pac-Man was first released in arcades on the 13th of January 1982 – and remains one of the finest arcade games of all time (don’t just take my word for it – Ms. Pac Man features highly on Retro Dodo’s Best Arcade Games list!). As Ms. Pac-Man celebrates her 40th birthday, let’s look at […]

TV Review: The Book of Boba Fett – S1/E3: The Streets of Mos Espa

With the assassination attempt on Fett having failed, news reaches the newly installed crime lord that certain citizens don’t respect his rule. Venturing out into the streets to confront the issue directly, he handles the situation in a uniquely pragmatic way – which turns out to be a very wise decision. Meanwhile, Fett’s recent past […]

Post 1000!

When I started writing my blog, I thought it’d be great to get myself in the habit of writing regularly. My confidence in my own writing somehow evaporated in my late 20s and this lack of self-belief seemed to persist throughout my 30s, so when I started writing here I thought I’d combat that by […]

Board Game Review: Welcome to the Dungeon

I’m always in awe of truly minimalist game design – and many titles that emerge from Japan follow this kind of ethos, with tiny numbers of components and short sets of rules, cleverly maximising gameplay opportunities despite this. Welcome to the Dungeon is a slight re-implimentation of Japanese card game Dungeon of Mandom. Adding extra […]

Preview: Tape Recovery Simulator 96k

Despite the frustration, boredom and confusion it often caused, there’s still a nostalgia for the blinky, screechy flashes of data loading from tapes that’ll be familiar to anyone who grew up with computers in the 80s. Data on cassette tapes was stored as sound files on magnetic tape, laboriously and often unreliably loaded onto the […]

Preview: Shinorubi (Steam Early Access)

Bullet hell shooter Shinorubi launches as an Early Access title on the 20th of January 2022. Thanks to IGM, I’ve been able to try Shinorubi out for myself and can confirm that it’s an incredibly addictive shoot ’em up that should be very appealing to old school fans of arcade-style vertically scrolling shooters. Shinorubi is […]

My Biggest Achievements of 2021

Though there’s a general lack of oomph – that I’m sure befalls everyone – after the excitement and then relaxation of the Christmas period, it’s a good time to pause and reflect on how the previous twelve months have gone. I started this blog and my social media account back in 2019 (hey, remember those […]

My TV Show of the Year 2021

In a year which saw the MCU explode onto the small screen and kick all kinds of ass, is it any wonder that it’s an MCU show that was my favourite of 2021? With so many to choose from, however, which one was it? The incredibly clever puzzle box antics of WandaVision? Classic MCU-style superheroics […]

TV Review: The Book of Boba Fett – S1/E2: The Tribes of Tatooine

With an assassination attempt having failed, Boba Fett and Fennec Shand interrogate their prisoner to find out who was behind the foiled hit. Though the answer they find seems straightforward enough, they’re soon sent down a different and more surprising path – with others laying claim to Fett’s newly acquired territory. Fett’s also still having […]

News: Biker Garage: Mechanic Simulator Now Available on Nintendo Switch

Though games in the simulator genre used to be pretty niche affairs, in recent years they’ve seen a surge of popularity. The Switch seems to be a natural home for simulator titles specifically based around being a mechanic too, with the availability of touch screen controls and often undemanding technical requirements making Nintendo’s console a […]

My Book of the Year 2021

My choice for the best book I read in 2021 didn’t come out last year at all, but going by my rule of the ‘My X of the Year 2021’ articles, my choice is based on something I got to experience for myself during the year. And what a year it was for me and […]

My Film of the Year 2021

I’ve already covered my favourite video game of 2021, my favourite comic book of 2021 and even my favourite tabletop game of 2021 – so now it’s time to check out my favourite film of 2021. After a few years of living through a global pandemic, political unrest and general instability in many areas of […]

My Tabletop Game of the Year 2021

We’ve already seen my choices for video game of the year and comic book of the year (and established the rules: my choice isn’t necessarily one that released in 2021, but one that I enjoyed the most during the year!), but what of my favourite tabletop game in 2021? Well, ladies and gents: let’s get […]

My Comic Book of the Year 2021

This will come as a surprise to precisely no-one who regularly reads my ramblings, but my pick for comic book of the year is the über-cool, slick and sexy synthwave thriller Chariot, written by Bryan Edward Hill and illustrated by Priscilla Petraites (and colour by Marco Lesko). It’s a genuine thrill-ride, not just for the […]

Comic Book Review: DC vs Vampires #3

Be warned: the below review does contain spoilers for the previous two issues of DC vs Vampires (reviews here of #1 and #2). If you don’t want the shocking developments of the story so far ruined for you, go and check out those issues first. It’s worth it! With Green Lantern Hal Jordan having offed […]

TV Review: The Book of Boba Fett – S1/E1: Stranger in a Strange Land

Legendary Bounty Hunter Boba Fett made a long-overdue and long-awaited return in Season 2 of The Mandalorian, with rumours of his death clearly exaggerated. Since first appearing in animated form in the otherwise worthless cringefest, the Star Wars Holiday Special, then popping up to make a deal with Darth Vader in order to retrieve Han […]

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About Me

Hi, I’m Jason. I’ve been writing on and off for the last 21 years, but it’s only in the last few years that I’ve been publishing my own work on midlifegamergeek.com. I’ve written more than 900 articles here on the blog, covering areas such as video games, board games, comic books, movies and much more.

Please get in touch if you’d like me to cover your product, for interview requests or if you’d like me to write for your publication – I’d love to hear from you and I’m always keen to widen my knowledge and experience.

I’ve written for sites such as Polygon, Retro Dodo, Nintendo Life and JumpCut Play, as well as having my work featured in print in [lock-on], Pixel Bison and more.

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