Welcome to May’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. There’s plenty to report on from the past month, so let’s get this show on the road.
The highlight of the month was volunteering for SpecialEffect on their stand at the MCM Comic Con in London. As well as raising awareness of their amazing work in helping individuals with physical disabilities to play video games, it gave me the chance to chat to some amazing people. Tom and Mark filled me in on their plans for GameBlast20 in February, and I even got to meet a couple of members of the This is How we Role crew! You might see me popping up in one of their streams later this year.
Later Levels (@LaterLevels) May 24, 2019
The collaborations don’t stop there. Blogovision 2019 was hosted by Chris from OverThinker Y and Pix 1001 from Shoot the Rookie (I’m still consoling Guybrush after his defeat to Goro Majima and Brandon from That Green Dude). There was also An Epic Debate with Dan from nowisgames.com where we discussed our thoughts on what’s happening with Epic Games. And Phil made his blogging return after several years away with a post about live service games. Stay tuned for more projects next month.
After being offered a job as a Database Platforms Engineer in mid-April, I’m disappointed to say that I’m still in my current role. It looks like I’m not moving over to the new team until the beginning of July as the company want me to work my full three-month notice period. It’s frustrating because I want to get started and I’m aware of how much I’m going to need to learn; but I just have to keep reminding myself that the change is coming and brighter things are on the horizon. One more month to go!
Later Levels (@LaterLevels) May 05, 2019
Attending the London Cats International Show helped take my mind off of it – how can you not be distracted by a whole room of adorable kitties? I even came away having purchased a Cattitude Box subscription and both Zelda and I were very pleased with our first delivery. My other-half and I also tried out the Dr Wilson’s Office escape room at Escape Live after enjoying their Pirate’s Plunder experience so much last month, and I’m happy to say that we made it out with just over five minutes to spare.
I had the opportunity to attend LudoNarraCon this month, a new convention organised by Fellow Traveller and hosted entirely on Steam. It’s always going to be difficult to capture the buzz experienced at real-world expos in an all-digital event, because there’s something about being among a crowd of people with the same interests and who are just as excited as you. But the team did an awesome job; it’s the perfect way of making conventions accessible to everybody as well as allowing ‘quieter’ narrative title to take centre stage.
I was intrigued after trying out the demos for ‘emotional survival game’ Neo Cab and unique underwater exploration In Other Waters, and both have now been added to the wishlist. I also purchased Whispers of a Machine after watching the developers stream some of the gameplay during the event, and came away from my playthrough with a Wadget Eye Games’ vibe. My favourite title of the month however had to be Guard Duty: if you’re a fan of point-and-clicks, make sure you pick this one up at some point.
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!
Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.