Welcome to August’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. With Blaugust 2019 almost done and a whole lot of additional posts over the past few weeks, let’s take a look at recent events.
Later Levels (@LaterLevels) August 17, 2019
There was a part of me that thought we wouldn’t make it through the Blaugust event, but I’m happy to report we’re almost there – there’s just one last post to go before we can officially say we’ve posted every day for an entire month. I must say a huge thank you to Phil who officially returned to blogging became my partner-in-crime throughout August to make this happen, and we’ll be sharing our thoughts on the event tomorrow. Well done to all the other bloggers out there who took part this year: you’ve been amazing and deserve a medal for all your hard work!
In other blogging news, we had the pleasure of spending a weekend in Bristol with the lovely lads from GeekOut UK recently. It was the first time my other-half and I had taken my stepson along with us and he was so excited to finally get the chance to meet Tim and Jake. A very successful attempt at Locked In A Room’s Parallax experience was followed by a trip to Forbidden Planet, before Dan from nowisgames.com joined us for a few beers and board games. Hopefully we’ll make it back over to that side of the country in December.
Later Levels (@LaterLevels) August 09, 2019
As well as the awesome Bristol visit mentioned above, there have been a few other events this month. A trip to Namco Funscape in London gave us the opportunity to spend an afternoon in the arcade; and the following week we went along to the AI: More than Human exhibition at the Barbican (look out for a post about that in September). Phil spent a few days at gamescom in Germany, although the event wasn’t entirely what he expected; then closer to home, I went back up to Birmingham for Insomnia65 despite my reservations after the last one (more details soon). And finally, we’ve signed up to participate in the next London 10K for SpecialEffect so we’ve dug out our running shoes to get started on the training.
Speaking of home, our garden renovation is almost complete and we’ve been toying with the idea of turning part of the summerhouse at the back into a dedicated gaming area so we can stream next year’s GameBlast20 from there. Unfortunately though, work on that is going to have to wait as my other-half managed to dislocate his knee a few weeks ago. It’s quite difficult to do building work while you’re hobbling around on crutches – but easy enough to call for more cups of tea and make requests to pass the controller, apparently! To be fair though, it’s a rather painful thing to do and recovery is going to take a while so I’m on sympathetic-wife-duty.
Later Levels (@LaterLevels) August 03, 2019
At the beginning of the month I struggled with gamers’ block: so many games in my library but none of which appealed. I took the advice of Luke from Hundstrasse and returned to the PlayStation 2, and an afternoon with Beyond Good & Evil seemed to help. I wasn’t so keen on Syberia and Syberia II however; they may be classics but returning to these titles just made me remember how much I dislike Kate Walker as a character, because I find her responses to the events happening around her very confusing. A post about this is already drafted and ready to go so come back next week if you want to find out more.
The rate of good campaigns on Kickstarter has massively decreased in recent years but I managed to back three in quick succession. Theropods is a pixelated point-and-click featuring dinosaurs which looks very promising; and Kumo feels like a cross between Journey, RiME and The Witness. There’s also the intriguing Missing in Jericho that feels as though you’re in a real-life detective story – more about that soon. Playing the demos for the first two made me realise that it was time to review my review policy and how my feelings towards writing such posts have changed since starting Later Levels almost three years ago.
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.