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Gamers blog party: spring 2019 invitation

Spring and Easter are almost here, and the anticipation for a long weekend of video games and chocolate is growing. But before that, it’s time for the first blog party of 2019 here at Later Levels – there’s no better way to set yourself up for the week and meet new blogging friends.

The rules are simple:

๐ŸŽ‰ย ย ย Arrive at the party: donโ€™t be shy and stand in the corner โ€“ say hello and introduce yourself in the comments below! Give an introduction to your blog to welcome new readers and let us know what youโ€™re all about.

๐ŸŽ‰ย ย ย Present your gift: think about the posts youโ€™ve written during the past three months and choose your favourite or one which was fun to write. Leave a link to it in your comment and explain why youโ€™ve picked it.

๐ŸŽ‰ย ย ย Get the conversation going: there are some great video games due this year, so let us know what you’re playing right now and which upcoming title you’re looking forward to the most in 2019.

๐ŸŽ‰ย ย ย Mingle: grab yourself a drink, put on a party hat and get to know your fellow guests! Check back on the comments throughout the day to discover excellent sites and meet new bloggers.

๐ŸŽ‰ย ย ย Party all day: the comments below will be open for 24-hours until 06:00 GMT on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 so youโ€™ve got plenty of time to meet and greet. Plus your posts will be shared on the Later Levels’ social media channels!

These blog party events are my way of giving something back to the amazing WordPress community and showing my appreciation for all of your support. I’ve had the opportunity to meet some lovely people and talented writers over the past two years; hereโ€™s a little thank you and a way of finding some awesome blogs you may not have come across already.

The record number of posts shared in a single event still stands at 29 so can we beat that this time around? Enjoy – and excuse me while I turn the music up!

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Video game lover, Pragmatic Pixel blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Lifelong fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.

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  1. Looks like I’m the first one here today. Yay!

    Hey everyone! My name is Nana, and I run a blog mostly taliking about games, anime and my own game development. For my gift, I’ll put my most recent game release:

    While I’ve been trying to play Life Is Strange, I’ve been mostly playing Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, HyperDimeniton Neptunia Re:Birth 1 and Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition. This week I’ve also spent a lot of time on the PC edition of Dissida Final Fantasy NT, which is mostly stable online, which is good, as I heard the lag was pretty bad for consoles.

    Hopefully I can meet(and re-meet) some great people!

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    • Hey Nana, thanks for stopping by! We’ll get that post shared on social media very shortly. ๐Ÿ˜€

      I still haven’t been able to play Life is Strange… I started a few times but then had to stop because I knew there would be plenty of emotions coming! I just think it’s a case of finding the right time because I think I’d actually love it.

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  2. Oh, am I the first here? Hmm. Introducing myself to an empty room seems like something I would do, so here goes.

    Hello, I’m Pete. I used to work as a professional games journalist for sites including GamePro and USgamer, but now I have a boring day job and several creative projects I have complete control over.

    Chief among those is MoeGamer, which besides acting as a hub for everything else I do (including the Atari A to Z series of videos on retro video games) is a site about exploring and celebrating the games that don’t get as much love, attention or even fair treatment from the more “mainstream” sites out there.

    MoeGamer focuses mainly (though not exclusively) on games and visual novels of Japanese origin, or those that have been inspired by the Japanese way of doing things. There are two reasons for this; firstly, these titles are under-represented in the press, typically getting a cursory mention at best, ill-informed misinformation at worst, and I want to shine a spotlight on these fascinating titles that don’t get the love and attention they deserve. And secondly, since about 2010 or so, I’ve felt a particular “kinship” with these games; their gameplay speaks to me, their narrative focus resonates with me, and their characters appeal to me.

    The core of MoeGamer is the Cover Game feature, where I tackle a single game or series at a time and provide an in-depth exploration over the course of several articles. My original intention behind this was to give underappreciated games the same treatment as the saturated coverage that big-budget triple-A games get on the commercial sites, but it’s since sort of become its own thing, analysing these games in detail from numerous angles. You can find a full list of all the Cover Game to date here:

    Now, a specific “gift”…? Hmm. Hard to choose! But I’ll go with my history of the Atelier series, part of the first Cover Game feature of the year:

    What am I playing right now, you ask? Well, mainly Death end re;Quest, which, unsurprisingly, is the subject of the current Cover Game feature:

    It’s a really fascinating RPG, and probably Compile Heart’s strongest title to date, featuring an interesting blend between isekai and Japanese-style horror in narrative terms, and a combination of traditional visual novel and highly creative JRPG in mechanical terms. The genre-bending, “billiards-style” combat in which there’s a strong emphasis on knockbacks and positioning is a particular highlight; I’ll be writing more on that later this week.

    All right, I’m done. *downs drink, puts on hat, sits in corner nervously*

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    • Morning Pete, lovely to see you here! How are you doing?

      You’ve mentioned a lot of great games. Hopefully there’ll be a certain blogger stopping by later – I have a feeling you two will get on like a house on fire. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • I’m OK, could do without it being Monday (or at least having the boring day job to go to) but such is life. There are games to play, and my parents stopped by at the weekend and dropped off some 30-year old Atari ST games I’d been hoping to add to my collection for some time, which was nice!

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    • I need to try some Compile Hearts other RPG’s. Neptunia is fun, but I’m very interested in a few other things I’ve seen from them.

      Maybe not Death end re:Quest. Not really a horror guy.

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    • That’s so cool you used to write for GamePro and USgamer! I bet that gave you a lot of game writing experience.

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      • It did! My editor on GamePro in particular worked wonders to improve my writing, so I’m very grateful to him.

        Sadly I can’t recommend working in the business these days as it’s incredibly cliquey and backstabby — and a lot of people involved simply don’t seem to care about the actual games any more. I’m no longer working for USgamer simply because I wasn’t a member of the right “in-crowd”. Unfortunate, but at least now I have complete editorial freedom to do whatever I want.

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  3. *stumbles in to the room backwards wearing full Alan Grant from Jurassic Park costume… So, khakis, blue shirt, neckerchief and bushman hat*

    Was it not fancy dress? Oh well… I look pretty sharp anyway..

    Hello! I’m Luke from! I like to ramble about all sorts of gaming topics. Although I’m way behind on writing and reading at the moment… Eep! Earlier this year I had a spree of Resident Evil related posts and I’ve decided to gift/curse you with my decent into madness that was this impromptu piece about an oddity I first noticed years ago in the second game:

    Currently I’m at a bit of a gaming lose end and I’ve been playing lots of Apex Legends. Also been planning my next streaming event which looks like it’s going to be Rugrats: Search for Reptar on PS1.

    Now… Where are those twiglets?

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  4. Yo thar, mateys! ๐Ÿป

    I’m Ellen who likes blogging about stuff and talking to humans online. To be honest, my interests are slowly moving away from video games, and I’m focusing more on changing my real life, as hard as that is. My close friends seem to be moving ahead with their lives, and it feels like I’m stuck going nowhere alone. Depression… anxiety… social problems. Pffft! I got this.

    The post I enjoyed writing the most in the last 3 months has nothing to do with games. It’s a review of a badass novel with a story I really connected with:๐Ÿ“•review/

    Besides anxiously awaiting Dragon Age 4 and a Final Fantasy XIII trilogy remake news, I’m not paying much attention to video games. At least until two of my secret IRL side projects are done… ๐Ÿ˜

    Take care, dudes! All the best โšก

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    • Hello friend!

      Yeah, same. I need to get my life on the road but videogames always bring me back in ( It’s so ingrained in my life that I can’t imagine one day without playing some kind of videogame.)

      If you need anyone to talk, I am definitely here to lend a helping hand. Cheers!

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      • Hello!!

        It’s hard to move away from games. They’ve been a large part of my life since I was like 5 years old. Sounds like you get it. Thanks, my friend!

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        • They’ve been a large part of my life since I began playing games when I was 7 ( technically 6 if you want to get technical.) , it’s so hard to move away, especially when you got a blog surrounding the very thing you love. At least I’m graduating soon and entering the REAL WORLDDDDDDDDDDDD

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    • The legend that is Ellen has arrived!

      That Final Fantasy XIII trilogy release needs to happen. Square knows to makes remasters amazing.

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        • Ha! Thanks for the legendary welcome there, friend ๐Ÿ™‚ Square Enix better get on that remake soon.

          If Anthem were single player, I’d be all over it. I don’t have the patience to deal with certain random people online. It looks so fun too ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Maybe I’ll give it a try someday.

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  5. Hi everyone! My name is Kelly from Why We Play Games and my blog is dedicated to answering why we play games

    A recent post I would love to share is my post on Kingdom Hearts 3 and Friendship:

    I am currently playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on the PlayStation 4 and I am looking forward to Dragon Quest XI S and Pokemon Sword and Shield on the Nintendo Switch!

    I will be the one dancing all night at the party!

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  6. Hi everyone! It’s springtime out there so get your bathing suits and sunscreen out! SunsOutGunsOut. My name is DJ from OverpoweredAF ( Formerly Galaxy, underwent a major revision earlier this year.) and my blog is dedicated to reviews, opinions, discussions, and plenty more stuff like gaming news.

    A recent post I would love to share is my post on the Xbox Game Pass service coming to the Nintendo Switch. It was really fun to dig up some notes I had and explore how the Xbox brand is becoming a service:

    I’m currently swamped with games. Currently playing Metro: Exodus, The Division 2, Apex Legends, Resident Evil 2 ( I’m about to wrap this one up.), and some other games.

    I will be the one dancing all night and getting groovy.

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    • Hey, looks like Kelly and I may have found someone to increase our dance group to three! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      My other-half has been playing The Division 2 all weekend – he’s totally hooked. He’s now trying to get me to buy a copy so I can join in with him!

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      • The Division 2 is awesome. I’ve been hooked ever since I got the special edition last week, it’s soo good. For the first time since Ghost Recon: Wildlands , I feel like I’m in a Clancy book with how everything is so tactical.

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    • Can’t wait to really dive into Div2 right now! I got to play a few hours of my early access before I took the family on a little weekend vacation. So, now we’re back, kids are asleep and I’m ready to clean up those streets!

      Metro games are awesome too! Exodus looks amazing.

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    First thing I need to shout about is that the Question of the Month event so wonderfully put on by Later Levels yourselveses is still happening and we need people to give us (in as much or as little detail as they like) ideas for an Ultimate Video Game antagonist, so pluz everyone do that!

    Anyway, I’m Chris and I started out doing Overthinker Y at, but these days I sadly have less time for that owing to busy life stuff and having become a part of the community over at, which is another really great hub of all sorts of content. I did get time back in January to write something which I think is quite representative of my style: it’s reaaaaally long, doesn’t have much in the way of points or conclusions, and is about Kingdom Hearts. But it might be interesting, so take a look!

    Currently playing KH3 and Chrono Trigger (the iOS release, which has made it much easier for me to get through this awesome game for not quite the first time, but I remember almost nothing from my first playthrough many years ago). Plus my other half and I are replaying Overcooked! and Overcooked! 2 for, like, the third time. Those games are so fun. I’m really looking forward to seeing what Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice looks like once that’s out, although I’m unlikely to be able to pick it up at least for a little while.


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  8. Hellooooooo everyone! I’m Fitzy and I write on my blog Game Time. My posts don’t really have a rhyme or reason but you’ll find reviews, and a variety of thoughts, praises and complaints about games. Basically a place where I can condense all my gaming shower thoughts and off tangent gaming ideas.

    One such idea was my recent post about the bonkers Metal Gear Solid series:

    I had a great time writing that and it’s fun to come up with theories about individual details in games when you reassess it with the world presented. I intend to do more Inventory Time’s in the future as there is so much potential, especially with 90’s games and before realism in gaming became a bigger thing.

    As for games I’m playing: Apex Legends has firmly got its hooks into me. I never thought I’d play a Battle Royale game but this one plays well and I don’t need a builders permit to win. Kim and Lightning Ellen recently brought to light loving your backlog and so that’s what I’ve been trying to do. Dragon Age Inquisition has received a round 2 and Darkest Dungeon is once again driving me insane. Well my characters anyway. I’ve also just started playing Slime Rancher and finding that to be a nice, addicting de-stress game. And I’m looking forward to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice coming out soon. I’m a huge fan of the Souls series but didn’t care enough for the samurai tone of Nioh. Hoping From Software can create another winner.

    And that’s basically me. Now unless my eyes deceive me, I spy a bowl of Doritos in the corner. You’ll know where to find me :).

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    • Slime Rancher! I’ve had this in my library for ages and played an hour or two to try it out during early access, but haven’t yet had a chance to give it a proper run. How are you finding it? Is there any sense of ‘direction’ in terms of objectives now?

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      • *Through mouthful of Doritos* Honestly I’ve played about 2 hours of it only. My wife struggles with 1st person games and so I showed her Slime Rancher as it seemed ideal for a beginner FPS. Mission accomplished because since then I’ve barely had chance to play it or even use the laptop ๐Ÿ™‚ . From what she’s shown me, you need currency to open new areas and you also need to upgrade your character with a Jetpack and other gear to reach certain spots. There is also giant slimes that block areas that you can only pass by feeding them tons of food. You get emails too and customer item requests and as you progress you unlock new machinery and farming equipment to buy. So it doesn’t seem like a main goal but there’s a lot of things to keep it fresh and for you to set your own goals to. Kind of The Sims type situation. Which I like. It’s nice to have a game just to go at your own pace to.

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        • Huh, that’s interesting to know…

          I usually end up going off such games after a couple of hours because I like to have an ultimate end goal to work towards. But I’ve heard a lot of good things about Slime Rancher and – let’s face it – it’s just so damn cute. I’d like to finally get around to playing it properly and maybe do a casual stream. ๐Ÿ™‚


          • Yeah I know what you mean. I couldn’t play early Minecraft for that exact reason. ‘Build anything!’ Sure, what should I build and why? ‘Whatever your heart desires, use your imagination!’OK……I’ll build a house.

            But then Slime Rancher also seems more of a Stardew Valley thing which I’ve put over 100 hours into so I can see Slime Rancher potentially scratching that same itch. I do hope there’s an end goal though like Stardew kind of had. A casual stream sounds like a good call though.


              • You need to get on that! Clear your calender for the next few months if you do though. One of the most addicting games but one of my favourite indie games.


                  • You should be scared ha. At least if it hooks you like it did me. I’ve bought it on 3 systems and would buy it again if I had other systems. It just has the most perfect cycle of endorphin release, at least in games that I’ve played. Dark Souls gives you a huge feel good rush when you beat a hard boss but Stardew just trickles it gently, like an IV drip. It’s very comforting. But it is a time abyss too. Say goodbye to real life routine and hello to sunrise at 4am!


                    • Three systems?! Wow…

                      Without giving too much away, are you able to share what the game’s end goal is? If that sounds interesting, it’ll probably be enough to draw me into giving it a go.


                    • Would you believe that with all 3 systems and over 100 hours that I still haven’t got to Stardews end goal? Because I play 3 different systems, 3 different farms I spread myself too thin. That and I keep starting over so I can make a better farm from scratch. Nasty habit.

                      Basically you inherit your farm from your grandpa and you find a note that says that he’ll return (as a ghost? maybe) to evaluate your progress at the start of your 3rd year. That and also there is a dilapidated community centre that you are tasked with fixing up. You do this by giving little cute creatures crops, fish, meat, made goods etc that they require. They have a bulliten board of requests and when you complete certain clusters you’ll progress the town around you. Allowing you to do more stuff. There’s also a mine with monsters that you are asked to reach the end of. There’s a lot more to do but I think they are the end goals.


                    • Argh, the starting-over sounds exactly like something I would do! There’s something about fresh starts and new beginnings which appeals to the perfectionist in me.

                      Alright, alright… I’ll add Stardew Valley to my wishlist. ๐Ÿ˜€

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                    • Ha yeah I would never consider myself a perfection but quite a few times Stardew made me think ‘Oh I’ve been doing this all wrong. Whelp, time to start over!’

                      Sounds good. If I don’t see you post for weeks on end then I’ll know you started it ๐Ÿ˜Š


        • That could work! Pwn those world dragons. I had so much fun doing that when my people reached overpowered level, haha. (disclaimer: I was playing on easy difficulty)

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          • World dragons? People overpowered? It shows how early I am into it when that all sounds like a different game haha. I’m early Hinterlands but I shall make a note to pwn many a world dragon ๐Ÿ˜

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            • Oh!! I spent way too long in the Hinterlands. Watch out for that. Get out when you can, haha. There is like 15 hours worth of side content there… that actually explains why my people were so overpowered ๐Ÿ™‚

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              • Thank you so much for saying that! I have issue with leaving areas early with side quests to do but so far I’ve been wandering around that area for ages doing odd jobs and fetch quests. Ahhhh sweet release, I’ve been excused from the Hinterlands. I’m glad to hear a recommendation to leave that zone. Saying that though I’m playing on hard so I need to be careful and be the right level or even overpowered like your guys. I’ll venture away from the Hinterlands for now though. New sights to see and World Dragons to find!

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                • I’m the same way. Happy to have provided you with a Hinterlands pardon, haha. Definitely let me know how your journey goes!

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  9. Hey, Alex here. I feel bad for spiking the punch last time so I only brought a bag of gummy bears, totally not laced in any hallucinogenic drugs. And if they were, it would be for scientific research purposes only. Have some!

    I wrote a post last week about my experience with Pokemon games, you can check it out here

    Incidentally, Pokemon Sword and Shield are the games Iโ€™m looking forward to to play. I need a Switch first, but that was on my to-buy list this year anyway.

    Not too long ago I was playing Dishonored 2, but somehow I started missing Horizon Zero Dawn and had to go where my heart called me to. Now Iโ€™m trying to beat the New Game Plus mode on Ultra Hard. Weโ€™ll see how well that goes.

    Alright, letโ€™s boogie. Do cool kids say that nowadays? Am I retro?

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    • *glances suspiciously at the gummy bears*

      I’ve been playing ESO for a while now but I’m starting to feel like a change, and recently I’ve been getting the urge to go back to Horizon Zero Dawn too coincidentally. There hasn’t been an RPG which has captured my attention as much since Aloy hit down*

      *thinks ‘What the hell?’ and tries a couple*

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    • I need to get back to Horizon Zero Dawn. I was really enjoying the game and got the complete edition but I’m terrible with open world games. I try and do all side quests and end up either burning myself out or I play a new release and find getting back into an open world game difficult. But Horizon is one I keep thinking about over other open world games I quit mid-through.

      Also, great gummy bears!

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      • I think it balanced it sidequests and collectives pretty well, I wasnโ€™t too overwhelmed by the amount of stuff to do, so much so that this was my very first platinum trophy.
        But I get what you mean. This is why I jumped off Dishonored. Even though itโ€™s not as open as other games, thereโ€™s an overwhelming amount of choices and options to the point where I donโ€™t know what to do next and then donโ€™t play at all.

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  10. Good day party people! This place is looking pretty lively! I’m Pix and I write over at Shoot the Rookie about all things games and anime. I’m also addicted to salt and vinegar pringles so I hope you don’t mind but I brought a whole case of them.

    My most recent game completion was Torna the Golden Country (I call it that so I can pretend it isn’t a Xenoblade game as I know everyone is sick of me talking about it!) and I’m now working my way through Persona 5 whilst watching my other half play The Evil Within 2 (not simultaneously I hasten to add!). I’m super super excited to play DMC 5 but that probably won’t be happening anytime soon as after Persona I have two ‘Tales of’ games and Life is Strange waiting for me on the shelf.

    Blog-wise I have to apologise for being so quiet, I’ve had lots of irl stuff going on but in the next few weeks I hope I’ll be back to my blogging best. On that note, I’d really love to share with you something a bit different I did a few weeks ago, and that was writing a post about anime for the first time! It’s a nice little Top 10 of my favourite anime shows so hopefully it’ll be interesting to peeps even if they don’t watch anime:

    Looking forward to chatting over a cold (or hot) drink or two with awesome friends, new and old, here today ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hey Pix! I had a brief conversation with Nana above about Life is Strange – it looks like there are a few of us who still need to play and complete it. ๐Ÿ™‚

      You’re so organised in terms of what you’re playing! Do you normally have a schedule like that planned, and if so does it help?

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      • Haha! No, not at all! I don’t have a schedule as such, but at the moment I have a few games that I’ve received as gifts and I want to play them before buying anything else! Life is Strange is one of those, I don’t think I would have bought it myself but am really looking forward to it since a friend bought it for me.


    • Wow, sounds like it’ll be a long while before you play DMCV. Persona 5 is a big time sink and I’ve never played a Tales of game but I imagine those are too.

      Also, Akagi ๐Ÿ‘. Always happy to see that or Kaiji on a best of list.

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        • Basically a sequel with a new character. Same art style and writer I believe. Whereas Akagi was Mahjong and he was an expert, Kaiji is about a loser gambler who inherits an owed debt to some shady people. It’s about his struggle and him being forced to gamble his life to continue being a free man or suffer a poor fate. If you liked Akagi then I highly recommend Kaiji.

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          • Also I should add. The gambling in Kaiji is similar to the twisted Mahjong you saw in later Akagi. It isn’t horse race betting or poker. Some intense stuff.

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    • I’ve honestly never been into anime. I’ll have to check out your article about it! Always blog about what makes you happy, whenever you feel like it, I say ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Hey everyone, Matt from Normal Happenings here! I believe I know literally everyone in this room right now, making me a bit of a social butterfly! If you didn’t know — and really, why would you — I’ve mastered time travel since the last blog party! Pretty cool, right? So, I’m presenting you a gift from three days in THE FUTURE.

    Together, twenty of us bloggers have put together a new collab called Tracking Shells: Our Mario Kart Memories. I’ve found Mario Kart is a thread that runs through our lives, and I wanted nothing more than to collect how those memories influence our current moment. It comes out on Thursday. So, while you’re waiting on that, you can get excited by enjoying our Hyrule: See the Sights, Hear the Sounds collab once more:

    Then, be sure to follow, because Thursday is going to be a very special day for us all.

    Now, regarding games. I just 100 percented World of Light on Smash Ultimate, so now I wish to take on an even greater challenge: actually win a match using King Dedede. Come play Smash with me so I can lose over and over and over again with a giant penguin. Oh, and help yourself to the gluten free garlic chicken primavera I brought. You, umm, might need some gum or a breath mint afterwards… be warned.

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  12. Wsup Kim! Your boy is back! TWOTALL4UFOOL (or Justin) blogging live to you and yours! I run the blog TWOTALL4UFOOL’s Gaming & More. In addition to that I also run a podcast along side my best friend called The Game N’ Watch Podcast. If you want more information on me be sure to check it all out and

    Across the last three months I enjoyed doing my Shoutouts 2018 post. I Shouted out a lot of people in this post. Check it out if you haven’t yet.

    Games I’ve played this year. Tetris 99 has been real fun. I finished Far Cry: New Dawn which I have a review planned for very soon. Apex Legends has been fun and I plan on getting MLB The Show ’19 at the end of week. Too Many Games out there to name. And that’s not even the retro stuff I’ve been playing.

    This party is jammin’ and it never disappoints.

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  13. Hi, I’m Thero and you can normally find me at A Reluctant Hero! I normally write about video games, books and anything that catches my geeky eye. I have to admit that I’m just getting back into the swing of blogging, after a bit of an unplanned hiatus, so I don’t have many posts to share. I have a post that I’ve posted today, all about Assassin’s Creed 2, if that interests anyone.
    I hope everyone enjoys the party and I’ll try and pop back later!

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    • Assassin’s Creed 2 was where I started the series on my PS3. I absolutely loved it and (practically) platinumed it. I then jumped to AC3 which I conversely, didn’t get on with at all. I’ve recently completed AC4: Black Flag which I thought was amazing.

      Ubisoft’s anxiety-inducing release schedule for these games is crazy though. I get stressed wondering how much ‘story’ miss by jumping straight to Odyssey without playing Origins first!

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      • Having played all the main games in the series, I can say that AC3 was the one I enjoyed the least but Black Flag definitely restored my faith in the series.
        Origins and Odyssey are connected through the modern day storyline. So, while you can skip the older Assassin Creed games, I would advise playing Origins before Odyssey.

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  14. Hello!
    *places cake over on the table*

    I’m a little late to the party but hello I’m Krista aka LeeksEverywhere. I’ve taken a little step back from my blog to focus on my health a bit over the last few weeks but I’ve spent some of that time planning and scribbling away in my notebook. I can usually be found over on where I write about video games and technology. My last few posts have had a bit of a Nintendo theme to them which came about by accident.

    Recently I’ve been playing World of Final Fantasy on Nintendo Switch as well as Life is Strange 2 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

    If anyone needs me I’ll be over there in the corner dancing!

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    • I’ve loved Shadow Of the Tomb Raider so far! I was about 50% through and then got hit by the open-world syndrome and moved on to something else…The Division 2.

      We’ll see how that grind goes and if I get back to finishing off another open world explorer!

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      • I couldn’t get into the first one, I felt like a failed gamer because so many people love it so much. I just didn’t feel taken by it, maybe it gets more interesting and I just stopped too soon?

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        • How far did you get? Some games just don’t click with us and that’s okay! You are a cool gamer. Popular opinions are still just opinions ๐Ÿ™‚

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          • Oh not that far at all. Was playing on mobile, but I think I own it on Steam. I love a good story, I just didn’t find the whole high school thing appealing, I guess. Wouldn’t be the first time I’ve written something off and been completely wrong cough Fallout cough.

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    • Morning Krista! The good thing about blogging is that it’s always there when you return if you need to take a break. Hope you’re doing ok. ๐Ÿ˜Š

      More mentions of Life is Strange… I really must finally get it finished!

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  15. I go by Red Metal, and I run a game/film review site called Extra Life (though I mainly focus on the former).

    I was unimpressed with the how gaming journalists functioned, relying more on egotistical posturing rather than on actual interesting discourse, so I decided to start my own site. Since I started in 2014, Iโ€™ve reviewed over 160 games. They werenโ€™t very long at first; I would be lucky to surpass 2,000 words. Within the past year, on the other hand, Iโ€™ve written four reviews that exceeded 10,000 words.

    As for my favorite posts Iโ€™ve written as of late, I really liked how my reviews of Marvelโ€™s Spider-Man and Pokรฉmon Gold and Silver came out. As sort of an antidote to the overly confrontational nature of games journalists, I also wrote an article about how gamers are ahead of cinephiles. The links are here:

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    • “…relying more on egotistical posturing rather than on actual interesting discourse” Well said and sadly true. Your reviews are awesome and some of my favourites to read. I learn so much ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • It depends on the review. I can write a 2,000-3,500 review in two days because that usually means there isnโ€™t much to talk about. Then again, it also depends on how much research I need to do for the game. If I donโ€™t have to do a lot (because there isnโ€™t much written about it), that makes it easier to review. I try to aim for getting at least 1,000 words written in a day, but again, how fast I write them really depends on what Iโ€™m reviewing.


  16. Hey everyone!

    Unlike last years blog party which saw me bring some infectious dance songs (and by infectious I mean like the kind of infection you want to get rid of!) No raining tacos or anything of that sort!

    Iโ€™ll share a little ditty this time around that was inspired by one of our party goers โ€“ Matt and Normal Happenings! A Daily Inkling response that didnโ€™t go where anyone (including me) thought it would go!

    Enjoy the party one and all!


  17. So, arriving fashionably late is I… Rendermonkee! I apologise for my tardiness (my latest post will explain, but let’s not dwell on that)!

    Firstly, this is an awesome idea, and I’m glad I’ve not missed it!

    I’ve been dabbling with videogame blogging for the last 6 months or so and love it! My favourite part is how much I learn by writing and researching the topics I’m posting about. Be it the huge collection of indie games that are now on my ‘watch list’, or the significance of the year 1993 ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m proud of a few of my blog posts but I’ll do the unexpected and NOT link to a Dark Souls article. Instead, I’d like to link to my Revisiting No Man’s Sky post…

    Hello Games were given a hard time at launch, as we all remember. I remember describing it at the time as a great piece of ‘tech’ with absolutely no ‘game’ attached. However, the devs have gone above and beyond (umm… literally, going by the name of the recently announced update), and I believe the game is now somewhat of a masterpiece.

    Give it a try (or at the very least, give the soundtrack a youtube listen).

    At the moment, I’m playing Nier: Automata and I’ve just pre-ordered Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Sekiro has been one of my four picks for 2019, and it is probably the one I’m looking forward to the most. AND ITS OUT ON FRIDAY!! I just hope my pre-order arrives ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Thanks Dan! Don’t forget, the devs have just announced ANOTHER three-part update introducing many more multiplayer features!

        Personally, I think Hello Games settled the score about 2 updates ago but they’re continuing to build on the game. Much respect!

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    • I have heard that No Man’s Sky really turned around. It was the reason I bought a PS4 and then haven’t played it hardly at all since launch. Maybe, if there’s ever a break in the game time, I’ll go back.

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      • I think some players just need a more tangible narrative to maintain interest. With NMS ur given a practically infinite universe, dumped on a random planet and very little else. It’s quite a daunting prospect ๐Ÿ˜‚

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        • I loved the idea! I just got really bored of the Randomness being not so very random. The flora and fauna were all very similar to me and, like you said, the narrative was virtually as void as space itself.

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          • Definitely give it another go. The devs have tweaked the algorithms a lot since launch and there seems to be a lot more to see and do now. Be prepared to have to download a lot of updates though! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • Same here, then they announced a PC version and I stared at my PS4 like “Now what to do with you?” and I’ve almost bought the game again on PS4 a few times… Then comes an Xbox version and I still just don’t play it at all!

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    • I’ve had No Man’s Sky on my wishlist since it was released because it seems as though it would be something I’d really enjoy, but haven’t actually bought or played it yet. I really need to get around to trying it out one day… after I get through all the adventure games you’ve recommended. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  18. Alright, Iโ€™m usually the last to arrive or leave a party in the physical realm, so Iโ€™ll keep up that tradition here, although I suspect some folks across the big water will still be around ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Iโ€™ve been lurking for a while in comment sections and still reading many posts from the fine folks here today, but Iโ€™ve taken a long break from writing. I saw a post recently from AmbiGamer ( and a domain/hosting renewal which reminded me its been a while since I blogged. Hereโ€™s what Iโ€™m brining to the party, an explanation where Iโ€™ve been. Iโ€™m essentially saying โ€œHelloโ€ and starting again ๐Ÿ˜‰

    So hello to you all!

    Looking forward to slithering my way back into this community and reading some more awesome blogs! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hmm can you comment on your own top level comment while it awaits moderation? I guess we’ll see, sorry if this breaks WordPress haha.

      I forgot to say I’m currently playing Fallout 4 again, but on the Xbox One X this time. I’ve become completely comfortable with controller FPS after being a PC gamer for a couple decades. Loving the freedom to game on anything with any input now, I learn the controls for pad and mouse/keyboard for damn near everything I play these days.

      Once I can put that down, I’m doing Halo: The Master Chief Collection with a three month Xbox Game Pass subscription.

      All this talk about Horizon Zero Dawn reminds me I’ve got that DLC ready to go, I need to get back on it, what a cracking game that was!

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  19. Hello, I’m Brandon Green from That Green Dude. Apologies for being very late to the party but it has been a busy day. I write about video games and sometimes other things. I’ve been in rut somewhat with writing this year, I want to write but the vibes just weren’t there. I’m feeling better now, it’s just finding time to write amongst the other things that I’m doing in life.

    Last month I wrote about how it was time to for Capcom to bring back Dino Crisis.

    The three games I was most excited for (Resident Evil 2 remake, Kingdom Hearts 3 and Devil May Cry 5) have all come out and all were fantastic. 2019 is looking to be a great year for games. The next game I’m looking forward to the most is Mortal Kombat 11.

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    • I’m really looking forward to MK11! I’m terrible at fighting games online, but can’t resist NetherRealm. I’ve been an MK fan since I was pumping quarters into the arcades and watching how everyone did those fatalities!

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      • I good at Tekken online, Mortal Kombat however is a different story. I’m good at MK but I’m no pro.

        Thankfully though. NetherRealm has us covered as there will be plenty of offline content in MK11.

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    • Morning Brandon! I hear you: I really struggle with getting the balance between blogging about video games, actually playing them and handling adult responsibilities just right. If you ever do learn the secret (or have any useful tips to share) please let us know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  20. Super late to the party as I just got back from a weekend vacation up near Matt – Normal Happenings neck of the woods. St. Louis! Fun little weekend getaway.

    I won’t bring in any feverish kid’s yoga dance songs like last time, but I will submit a little ditty inspired by a Normal Happenings Daily Inkling:

    Didn’t quite go where anybody expected with that one I think. I’m looking forward to reading some more from the great community here!

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  21. The best way to arrive at a party is fashionably late… Right?
    I’m Megan from Dragon’s Tea Party!

    I’ve been crazy busy over the past few months trying to get my life sorted, lots of qualifications and training going on, so I’ve not been able to post as much as I would like but I’ve been trying!

    I thought I’d share my most recent post because it was really fun to write, it’s about how I would picture my life as a video game, what the world would be like, what I’d be like, the antagonist, etc. I got very into it.

    I’ve been trying to finish Breath of the Wild recently (I know, I’m just a little bit behind…) and dipping in and out of Spyro: Ripto’s Rage.

    So there we go! If anyone needs me I’ll be strategically between the snacks and the dancefloor.

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