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Editorial: May 2017

So much for brighter days and warmer weather: April was pretty gloomy and wet, but what a good excuse to stay indoors and play video games. A big thank you to all of our 286 followers for joining us on our blogging journey so far – you guys rock and we’ve listed you over on our dedicated page to show highlight awesome you are.

Great posts from the WordPress community just keep on coming and there’s something new and interesting to check out every day. Here are some of the reads that caught our eye last month:

  • The Charming and Open event hosted by Adventure Rules last month was such a good idea. Hopefully we’ll see another such event in the future!
  • Ooh Shiny Thoughts wrote about elitism in fandoms this month. New fans build change and keep the things we love interesting, so welcome them.
  • A bad HUD can really break immersion and take you out of a game’s world. Power Bomb Attack has some thoughts on the subject in this post.
  • Congratulations to The Well-Red Mage on his new bundle of joy! We really enjoyed reading his thoughts on fatherhood and gaming in this post.
  • It’s the little things in video games that make us love them the way we do, as described in this lovely post by Upon Completion.

  • Last month, Kim was…

    Doing:   participating in GameBlast17 for SpecialEffect
    Feeling:   all over the place
    Playing:   Herald and Horizon Zero Dawn (still)
    Writing:   The dilemma of the video game blogger

    At the time this post is published, I’ll be almost at the end of a 72-hour marathon stream as part of team Gamely Giving. We’re raising as much awareness and funds as possible for SpecialEffect this weekend, an amazing charity that helps people with physical disabilities to play video games using modified controllers and eye-control technology. I’ll be live on our Twitch channel with Ether One right now if all is going according to plan – it would be great if you could click on the link and head over there to make sure I’m still awake.

    The other event I took part in last month was Rezzed 2017, spending a day-and-a-half volunteering on the stand for SpecialEffect and the rest of my time there checking out the indie games being exhibited. My highlights were The Occupation by White Paper Games (read more about it in this post on Inside Indie Gaming) and Four Last Things by Joe Richardson; and I bought Herald by Wispfire whilst at the show, a lovely period drama with a nice little twist at the end of the latest episode. We took my stepson with us for the first time and he made quite an impression on the Other Ocean team after queuing up to play Giant Cop three times.

    Big hugs to Recreational Hobbist, The Dragon’s Tea Party and Falcon Game Reviews for our award nominations during April. I’ll be writing posts dedicated to these lovely people over the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled. I’d also like to shower everyone who follows Later Levels in kisses after hitting the 500-likes milestone recently; I can’t thank you guys enough for all of your support and it really does mean more than you know.

    I wouldn’t usually share something so personal but here goes: my dad has had some serious health issues recently and needs to undergo further tests to determine a course of action. It’s obviously had an impact on my blogging and I’d like to offer an apology – not because I feel I have to but because I want to. Once this situation has been resolved I’ll get back to being more active on both WordPress and Twitter but in the meantime, just keep publishing those splendid posts of yours so I have plenty to catch up on.

    Coming up this month…

    I’ll be revealing what it was like when I went to the set of The Bunker in real-life, an adventure-horror title captured in full-motion video (FMV) by Splendy Games and Wales Interactive. It takes place in a nuclear bunker which is located in the county in which I live, and it was a pretty unnerving experience!

    I’ll also be publishing the award nomination posts as mentioned above, along with a response to the Charming and Open event question set for me by Ian at Adventure Rules: what is The Secret of Monkey Island and what are my memories of it? Other than these, I shall see where the blogging currents take me; sometimes it’s good to not have too much of a schedule in place and let inspiration flow. I might even finally get a chance to play Kona and Virginia… if Horizon Zero Dawn isn’t still stealing all of my gaming time of course.

    Look after yourselves – Kim and Ben   ❤

    17 thoughts on “Editorial: May 2017

    1. Well done on hitting such a large milestone. That’s a whole lot of likes.
      I gave you another like here, but it seems like an odd thing to do considering your father. I hope he’s ok and the tests they’re running can find out what’s going on. You and yours and in my thoughts.

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          1. I know what you mean… I really enjoyed playing it but I’m not sure it’s worth the £15 price-tag, because it’s pretty short and there isn’t much challenge. But definitely worth picking up during a sale.

            Here’s a tip: the cafe at Kelvedon does good hot chocolate. 😉

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      1. Thanks Luna, it’s really appreciated! We have a couple of other events lined up in the coming months, and we’re looking at doing a horror stream for Halloween. 😉

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    2. Thanks for the mention. I look forward to finally learning about Monkey Island!
      I’m sorry to hear about your dad. I pray the issue is identified quickly and that it is an easy fix. Take whatever breaks you need – it’s important not to neglect your own health in the midst of the stress. We’ll all be here awaiting positive news!

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      1. I started work on the post about Monkey Island during my commute to work this morning. I’m hoping to have it ready for Monday, so you’ll have your answer soon!

        All is positive so far: the first operation took place yesterday and went well. We’re now waiting for the results and keeping our chins up. 🙂

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