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Editorial: November 2018

Sun, sangria… and a new PS Pro

Welcome to November’s editorial, where darker nights have arrived and our thoughts are starting to turn to Christmas. Let’s take a look back at what happened last month as well as find out what’s coming up over the next few weeks.

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Personal backstory

In my last editorial I mentioned I’d started to stream more frequently and I’ve tried to continue that during October. My other-half and I have been working our way through the Myst games – which reminded me just how much I loved the original – and the end of the series is in sight now that we’ve reached the fifth. After discussing my weird gaming habit recently and revealing why I haven’t yet played any of the Fallout titles, I think this might be the next franchise we tackle.

The streaming has taken a bit of a backseat over the past couple of weeks due to a short trip for sun and sangria in Barcelona. Upon my return home I found our PlayStation replaced with a PS4 Pro ‘because we needed one’; and despite Pete’s lame excuse for buying it while I was away, I have to admit it’s been fun putting it through its paces and we’ve certainly noticed a difference when it comes to graphics. With this new toy along with a mic to replace our old one, there should hopefully be some better-quality streams coming soon.

It’s taken several months but I’m finally settling into the rhythm of the new job and things are getting easier. It has however highlighted several areas where I need to increase my knowledge of best practice so I’ve been using my daily commute into London to read as much as possible. If you work in IT or are looking to get into the industry, I can highly recommend reading The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim; the start of this book so accurately covers what it’s like being an IT manager it’s scary.

The grind

I took some time out from the Myst games to spend an afternoon with The Gardens Between after including in my 2019 wishlist back in January. It’s proof that a title doesn’t need to be loud or complicated to make an impact on a player.

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The community

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: The Games That Define Us collaboration was released yesterday! Matt from Normal Happenings has put such a lot of effort into this huge project s make sure you head over and check it out all the way through to the beginning of December. Elsewhere in the community, Jonez is putting the finishing touches to the Tomb Raider: Writers’ Raid collaboration for NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog after a few small obstacles. Expect to hear more about this in the near future.

Meanwhile, here at Later Levels planning for GameBlast19 in February is underway. Can you think of a video game perfect for a marathon stream because it supports cooperative play or encourages plenty of discussion in Twitch chat? Whether it’s an action title that multiple players can join in with or a puzzler where everybody can help figure out the solutions in chat, I’d love to hear your thoughts – take a look at this post for details and get in touch.

Critical hits

With things at work now calming down, I’ve finally had the time to read other blog posts and find out what the rest of the community has been up to! The following are some great articles I came across in October.

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The next level

  • After volunteering for SpecialEffect in September, I helped out the charity once again at the MCM Comic Con in London recently and I’ll be sharing what it was like at the show.
  • My other-half and I attended the Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt exhibition at the V&A on Friday, to get an insight into ‘the design process behind a selection of groundbreaking games’.
  • We’re also going along to the Twitch London Meetup later this month (which Pete is very excited about) so I’ll try to get as many photographs as I can.
  • Much love to Megan from A Geeky Gal for a Blogger Recognition Award recently! I have an idea for a response post so expect to see something a little bit different soon.
  • Streaming on the Later Levels’ Twitch channel will continue as much as possible throughout November so come join us and say hello when we’re live!
  • Stay safe and warm – Kim   ❤

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      • Annddd I’ve just realised I set this post to publish on the wrong day… doh! Your drawings will be featured again on Monday. 🙂

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