RPGamer Editor-in-Chief Michael A. Cunningham Passes Away

It is with the utmost sadness that we at RPGamer must announce the passing of our long-time Editor-in-Chief Michael A. Cunningham this morning. Michael has been the backbone of the site for many years, and it is impossible to overstate how his tireless support and positive attitude have been key factors in making the site a wonderful place to write for. He will be greatly missed by all both here and in the wider gaming community, which was only bettered by his presence.

RPGamer would like to thank all those who have given and wish to offer their support following this news. We will be providing a celebration of his life — and the many great memories we will keep of him — in the near future; we will also be temporarily suspending regular updates for a few days. We hope you join us in passing our condolences onto all Michael’s family and friends.

As we’ve been getting some questions regarding this, Michael’s family asks that no flowers be sent to his home or the service for celebrating his life. Instead, please consider a donation to St. Jude’s or your local SPCA in his name. RPGamer would also like to invite all of those who had the pleasure of interacting with Michael the chance to contribute their memories and tributes. For more details please check here.


Michael A. Cunningham (orange shirt) visiting XSEED Games during RPGamer’s Run to the Sun in 2012


Alex Fuller

Alex joined RPGamer in 2011 as a Previewer before moving onto Reviews, News Director, and Managing Editor. Became Acting Editor-in-Chief in 2018.

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14 Responses

  1. plattym3 plattym3 says:

    My sincerest condolences and prayers go out to all his friends, family, and RPGamer family. I only knew him through his work here and it was always entertaining. Rest easy, Macstorm.

  2. RIP. It was an honor knowing Mac for so many years on this site.

  3. I wish I had gotten to know him better. I still consider him a friend, though, and will cherish his memory. Rest in peace, Mac.

  4. LordGolbez LordGolbez says:

    This is very sad news. My condolences to his family and to all the RPGamer staff.

  5. MrCairo MrCairo says:

    So sad to hear. My condolences goes out to all who were close to him.

  6. DogOfZahan DogOfZahan says:

    New recruit here. Sorry to come to such sad news on my first day here. My sincerest condolences.

  7. Aeramis Aeramis says:

    Damn, sorry for your loss. And my heartfelt condolences goes out to his family. I understand the loss as my wife had lost her battle with a rare form of cancer. F*ck Cancer.

  8. FermatMD FermatMD says:

    I’ve had the honor of working with Mac during my brief stint here, and his passing is not only a great loss to this site, but to the world as well—it had lost one f*cking awesome guy. Rest in peace, Mac. May there be an endless sea of epic and awesome RPGs wherever you are.

  9. I’ve been visiting rpgamer.com since its inception in the 90s. This is sad news indeed. My condolences to his family, and your community.

  10. I only knew him here and on Twitter, but this news devastates me. Many of us enjoy RPGs as an escape from the nasty stuff that lurks in the real world, but the way Michael integrated games into his battle was inspiring. His unyielding, lighthearted strength in the face of a force so devastating is reminiscent of some of the fantastical stuff we all enjoy on the site he helped provide. In this case, however, the hero was real.

    Goodbye, Mac. Although this chapter ended sadly, the ‘true ending’ is no doubt a happy one.

  11. Tex Tex says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this. He was a great person, who brought a lot of joy into the world, and know all y’all who run this website cared deeply for him. You’re all in my thoughts.

  12. Victar Victar says:

    I am sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

  13. watcher watcher says:

    This comes as a shock. Condolences

  14. batmansmk batmansmk says:

    I’m sorry to read this. Been reading the website since 98, this comes as a shock. Was reading his retro-reviews to know which rpgs to play on zsnes as I didnt had the system and the games were impossible to find at that time. Good times.

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