In a lovely little surprise, Later Levels was very kindly nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award by Austin from Reaper Interactive late last month. If you’re thinking right now that you could do with following someone who provides a mix of gaming news combined with honest opinions and blogging advice, topped off with a dollop of dry humour, then get yourself over to his site today and you’ve him a click.
As is the case with a lot of these blogging awards, nominees are required to divulge facts about themselves that have never before been revealed. Several past response posts have meant it’s getting difficult to figure out what to share and I’m sure you’re already sick of hearing about me! I’m going to give this response a shot though, and hopefully you’ll find something in the following gaming- and blogging-related facts that you didn’t already know.
I’m not a Nintendo fan
As with many gamers of a similar age, Nintendo has featured throughout my gaming history. My first console was a NES; I spent hours watching my brother play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on his N64; and my other-half and I and I bought my stepson a Wii U for our first Christmas together. But unlike a lot of other gamers in my generation, I’m not a Nintendo fan. The reasons why are long and varied, and probably best saved for a separate post – I’ve had this discussion with others in the past and it tends to go on for quite some time!
I can’t play Final Fantasy
Although I’ve watched friends play various Final Fantasy games in the past, I’ve only ever picked up one myself (X) and quit halfway through. I’m aware how much others adore the series and I’m sure I’d enjoy its stories, but turn-based combat just doesn’t click with me: it feels counter-intuitive and unrealistic. This likely says a lot about my lack of patience and strategic thinking. What’s weird though is that I seem to get tagged in an awful lot of Final Fantasy conversations on Twitter, when I’m probably the worst person to include!
I totally suck at social media
Speaking of Twitter, I’ll admit that it’s not just Final Fantasy discussions where I suck: it’s this and all forms of social media. I can be quite a private person (which kind of contradicts the whole blogging thing) and so don’t share much on my personal channels; and when it comes to the channels for Later Levels, I get anxious and struggle to keep up whenever I’m involved in a conversation with more than a few people. It’s something I’m trying to improve upon but I think it’s safe to say I’ve never going to be one of those ‘influencers’.
The Stream Deck is my new favourite toy
Several weeks before our 24-hour stream for GameBlast19 last month, my other-half surprised me with an Elgato Stream Deck. I didn’t want to seem ungrateful but I did have to question why exactly we needed one as it seemed a bit ‘excessive’ for our needs. Pete simply smiled and told me to try it out and now I’m in love with the thing. It just makes everything so much easier, particularly starting and ending a stream, and we managed all of our marathon from this piece of equipment. It was pricey but well worth it.
I’m starting to dabble with code
A lot of gaming bloggers say they’d love to make a video game. While I’m no different, it’s not the story, art or audio I’m interested in: it’s the code behind it that makes it all work. I’ve enjoyed working with functions and variables ever since teaching myself BBC BASIC as a young kid on my dad’s Commodore 64 and I’ve now started to pick that back up again by learning how to code properly. I don’t see it leading to a real career change, but there are a couple of projects I’m working on with other bloggers where it could come in handy.
I’m not sure about Rezzed this year
In the past Rezzed was always my favourite gaming event of the year and I haven’t missed one since I started attending in 2013. But while the excitement is still there and our tickets are already booked, I’m feeling unsure about the 2019 event next month. A lot of the titles announced so far are either not to my taste or are repeats from previous years (Gang Beasts yet again, seriously?); and there doesn’t seem to be much going on in the developer session area either. I guess we’ll see. If you’re going to be there yourself, please do give me a shout!
An ideal day would consist of gaming and cooking
We have one weekend a month where my stepson doesn’t stay with us and on those rare occasions where we haven’t got any plans for the day, we’ll often spend it gaming and cooking. I’ll usually come up with a menu and then fit making this around several video games. Last weekend I purchased A New Way of Cooking With Chocolate from Hotel Chocolat and can’t wait to try the Parkin Spiced Beef with Cocoa Red Wine Gravy accompanied by White Chocolate Mash while working my way through an adventure or two.
So there you have it: seven gaming- and blogging-related facts about me which hopefully you haven’t heard about before. Thanks once again to Austin for the Versatile Blogger Award – and inspiring posts about Nintendo and Final Fantasy in the near future.
Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.