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Editorial: September 2019

Welcome to September’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 autumn now upon us and the days getting darker (perfect light for playing video games), let’s take a look at recent events.


Statistics:

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  • WordPress: 1,174
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  • Facebook: 61
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  • Twitch: 76
  • Posts:

  • Published: 14 posts
  • Most viewed: Gamers blog party: autumn 2019 invitation
  • Most liked: Gamers blog party: autumn 2019 invitation
  • Most commented on: Gamers blog party: autumn 2019 invitation
  • My favourite: Sexualised characters: holding up a mirror to culture
  • Games played:

  • Blair Witch (video)
  • Coloring Pixels (review / video)
  • Ord. (video)
  • State of Mind (review / videos)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Uncertain: Last Quiet Day (videos)
  • Thimbleweed Park (videos)
  • Blogger highlights:

  • Was Free-To-Play Inevitable? by Tim from GeekOut UK
  • Gaming of the Dead by Luke from Hundstrasse
  • Ellen Page and the Power of One’s Platform by Jett from In Third Person
  • The Importance of Imaginary Idols by Ellen from Livid Lightning
  • Bayonetta and Embracing Femininity by Kelly from Why We Play Games
  • Bright Lights Evening Trail, HiddenCity, London

    Blog life:

    Is there a version of blogging-burnout where you don’t burn completely but kind of smoulder a little? If so, I think that’s what I’ve been experiencing this month after Blaugust 2019 in August. Putting out a post a day is something I can see myself doing on a regular basis and my enthusiasm for writing dipped at the beginning of September. I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things however and have post ideas lined up for October thanks to some blogging friends, and a few of recent events perked up my motivation.

    First I had the pleasure of meeting Quietschisto from RNG in real-life after he visited London! We spent an evening on a treasure-hunt through the city from which we emerged victorious (more about that on Wednesday). Then I found out I’ll be volunteering for SpecialEffect at MCM Comic Con again in several weeks’ time, a great boost to our GameBlast20 plans. And finally I received blogging award nominations from Carla from Pop Culture Literary, Fed from Fed’s Life and Nathan from Gaming Omnivore. Thanks guys – response posts have been drafted and are coming very soon!

    Real life:

    Let’s face it: the world is in a pretty bad state right now. You can’t open a newspaper or look at the news-feed on your mobile phone without seeing politicians behaving in a disgusting manner, dire warnings of climate change or countries at war with themselves and each other. These things are slowly gnawing away at my mental wellbeing and I think they go some way towards explaining the dip in my enthusiasm this month. I know it’s important to look for the positive things in life but sometimes you want to pull the duvet over your head and hide.

    I’ve therefore been staying away from social media recently because there are so many negative opinions flying around right now – and to be quite frank, I can’t bear seeing some of the Brexit views expressed by friends and family members. I’ve also been looking for distractions. Coloring Pixels provided several hours of clicking calm; baking always relaxes me so I’ve been making batches of Sweetrolls; and regular training sessions for next year’s London 10K have been helping me to zone out.

    Gaming life:

    September’s blog party was a success thanks to its amazing attendees and I came away with not only a few more new sites to follow, but several video game recommendations too. I finally got around to starting Thimbleweed Park after chatting to Katie from Musings of a nitpicking girl; it’s one I’ve been putting off for a while for fear of being disappointed but so far I’m really enjoying it. It makes a nice change to enjoy an adventure title after having to deal with Kate Walker in Syberia recently!

    Blair Witch on the other hand wasn’t as good as my other-half and I were hoping – keep your eyes peeled for a post about that soon. Two hours in and it didn’t even manage to get one scream out of me. State of Mind was a pleasant surprise though; I don’t usually like the games by Daedalic Entertainment but I actually really enjoyed this story, although it won’t appeal to everyone. Next we have Observer lined up and I also need to try Overwatch to keep my stepson happy.

    Coming up:

    Events:

  • 01-05 October: Gayming Live 2019
  • 15 October: National Face Your Fears Day
  • 17-20 October: EGX 2019
  • 25-27 October: MCM Comic Con London
  • 31 October onwards: Until Dawn: community choice stream
  • Take a look at the Side-missions page for more
  • New posts:

  • Why I’m not enjoying Blair Witch
  • Do you feel any pressure to get the best game endings?
  • Just say neigh: my phobia in video games
  • The video game mechanic I least enjoy
  • Scary-not-scary gaming moments
  • 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.

    15 thoughts on “Editorial: September 2019 Leave a comment

    1. I know what you mean about the negativity of the world right now, it really weighs you down — even if you specifically try to distance yourself from it sometimes. It pays to find something you can do or somewhere you can be to completely disconnect from all the chaos and just enjoy some time for yourself.

      For me, gaming is that escape. When I sit down to play a game, I try and make a conscious effort to put my phone out of reach and not be tempted to pay attention to anything else other than the game itself. Sometimes that can be challenging, but when I succeed, it really helps me feel better about things I ultimately can’t do much about — or rather, to not think about things I ultimately can’t do much about.

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      • I’ve got a couple of days off this week so I’ll be taking this advice (as well as making more Sweetrolls). There’s so much negativity in the world that sometimes it makes you feel a bit helpless; but you’ve got to keep reminding yourself that although you can’t change it all, you do have the ability to make at least one person’s day more positive. And if we all did that, maybe we’d see a few more smiles.

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    2. I’ve only just seen all your vids for Thimbleweed Park – happily watching them now and enjoying reliving it, heheh. (“Pull Willie” 😂) Will you do a full review at some point? I’m really curious to hear your thoughts (good or bad)! Also those sweetrolls look amazing *drool*

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      • I’m still debating whether to write a review… There were certain mechanics and puzzle solutions that were brilliant but if I think about them enough to be able to analyse them, it feels as though it would take away what made the game so good. I’m surprised by how weird my relationship with Thimbleweed Park has become. First I didn’t want to play it for fear of being disappointed – and now I’m not sure whether to review it for fear of spoiling it too! 😅

        What I will say though is that it was one of the only video games where having to switch between characters didn’t frustrate me. I don’t usually enjoy this mechanic but it worked really well here… maybe because you weren’t often forced to use a particular protagonist to complete a certain puzzle?

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        • I know what you mean re the character switching. I don’t normally like that either, but it worked really well here. I think they just got things like that working really smoothly.

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