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Editorial: February 2019

Welcome to February’s editorial post, a monthly progress report which rounds-up all the happenings here at Later Levels along with the games we’ve been playing. The past few weeks have been filled with love, not just because of Valentine’s Day but also for our backlogs, so let’s find out what’s been going on.

Statistics:

Followers:

  • WordPress: 930
  • Twitter: 440
  • Facebook: 56
  • Instagram: 151
  • Twitch: 58
  • Posts:

  • Published: 18 posts
  • Most viewed: #LoveYourBacklog Week 2019
  • Most liked: #LoveYourBacklog Week 2019
  • Most commented on: #LoveYourBacklog Week 2019
  • My favourite: Insomnia: male and pale
  • Games played:

  • A Way Out
  • Captain Disaster: Death has a Million Stomping Boots
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Triology
  • Hellblade
  • J.U.L.I.A.: Among the Stars
  • Overcooked!
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Secret of Monkey Island (watch the video here)
  • What Never Was
  • Blogger highlights:

  • A Couple of Couch Co-Op Games by Fitzy from Game Time
  • GameBlast19: What To Expect by GeekOut South-West
  • Boston Uprising Macaroons by Teri Mae from Sheikah Plate
  • The Never Ending Game by Christine from simpleek
  • Marketers are Making You Addicted to Dragons by SindrElf
  • Blog life:

    #LoveYourBacklog, Backlogged and proud of it, 200+ games

    Forget Valentine’s Day and Cupid: the most romantic event to take place in February was #LoveYourBacklog Week with LightningEllen over at Livid Lightning! This was our attempt to encourage everyone to appreciate their ever-growing pile of video games rather than feel ashamed by it. We asked bloggers to write a post all about their backlogs; and for next month, we’ll be tackling the title that’s been waiting for us the longest for #MaybeinMarch. Keep your eyes peeled for more information soon on the Livid Lightning site.

    I’m also in the process of cooking up something new with Chris from OverThinker Y. We’re still not entirely sure where it’s heading yet but it’s a project which will see us combine our skills: his talent for narrative and character development, and my love for flowcharts and formulas. There’ll be more news as soon as we’ve made progress but in the meantime, why not take a look at the Side-missions page to find out what else is going on? If you’ve got a collaboration you’d like to see added to the list, get in touch!

    Real life:

    Since moving into our house two years ago, we’ve not really touched the garden and it’s now a complete mess. We contacted a company to help us with it at the start of the year but progress has been hindered by a rogue designer: despite giving them our budget upfront, they produced a design which would cost more than triple that figure to create. We’ve since sacked them and will now be doing as much of the work and project management ourselves as possible – which means less time for video games, but a nice garden to use come the summer months.

    This year’s Time to Talk Day took place on 07 February 2019 and I opened the Later Levels’ doors to anyone who wanted to chat. It enabled me to have some important conversations but Katie from The Gaming Diaries made a very good point in a tweet: “#TimetoTalkDay is great but that also needs to continue outside today. All throughout the year people need this.” There’s a great community here and so much support. If we can just keep encouraging everyone to have open conversations about mental health, we can make a difference.

    Gaming life:

    My highlight of February was of course GameBlast19, an annual gaming marathon for SpecialEffect. Pete and I managed to keep the Later Levels Twitch channel on air for 24-hours (click here for video evidence) and as with every event, we learnt some very valuable lessons. Two fantastic things came out of our efforts: £612.14 was raised for the charity with the help of you amazing people and we were invited to become a Twitch Affiliate! Thank you so much to everyone who supported us, popped by to say hello in the chat, and made a donation – you’re simply awesome.

    After being contacted by the developer with a fix for a game-breaking bug, I finally managed to complete J.U.L.I.A.: Among the Stars and loved every minute of it. I’d highly recommend checking this one out if you like adventures like Myst, science-fiction and independent female protagonists. One I wasn’t so keen on unfortunately was Captain Disaster: Death has a Million Stomping Boots. I can see what the creator was trying to achieve with this point-and-click but I think it just misses the mark slightly because it’s inspired by certain classic games which aren’t entirely my cup of tea. Saying that though, it could well be worth playing if you’re a fan of Maniac Mansion and Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders.

    Coming up:

    Events:

  • 01-28 March: Question of the Month
  • 09 March: #MaybeinMarch: LIMBO stream
  • 14 March: Tracking Shells: Our Mario Kart Memories
  • 17 March: London Gaming Market
  • 18 March: Spring 2019 blog party
  • Take a look at the Campaigns and quests page for more
  • New posts:

  • Should we become a Twitch Affiliate?
  • Do you play video games when you’re ill?
  • The cutest animals in gaming
  • What’s better: video games or movies?
  • Suitable titles for tweenagers
  • And now over to you guys: what have you been up to lately, and what have you got planned for the coming month? Is there anything the community can help with or get involved in? Let everybody know in the comments below so we can show our support. Thanks for reading!

    Kim View All

    Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.

    9 thoughts on “Editorial: February 2019 Leave a comment

    1. Ouch! Good luck with the garden. We’ve found it’s one of those things where we think “it would be great to have a garden!” And then we’re like “man this is a lot of work” 😅

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    2. Congrats again on the great results from GameBlast. I’ll keep an eye out next year as it would be fun to participate in one of these again.

      Lately I’ve been up to all sorts of stuff. My video plans were slightly delayed by computer failure the other weekend (now thankfully sorted) but I’m nearly, NEARLY back on track now! The plan for the rest of this week is to polish off the rest of 428: Shibuya Scramble for one final article about its “secret” content, then perhaps start Death End Re;Quest. And record a podcast on Saturday.

      Busy busy busy.

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    3. I am very excited to see what scheme you and Chris are cooking up now…. 😀 Congrats on a super successful February! It was fun helping with #LoveYourBacklog. I’m floored by all the cool posts that people responded with.

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