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Save point: February 2020

Welcome to February’s editorial post, a monthly progress report which rounds up all the happenings here at Later Levels in case you missed anything. With the GameBlast event finished for another year, let’s have a quick recap of recent events.


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  • February has been all about GameBlast20 and raising as awareness as possible for SpecialEffect, the gamers’ charity. As much as we’re a little relieved our 50 days of streaming and 24-hour marathon session are finally complete as it means we can now get some proper sleep, we’re sad that the whole thing is over for another year! Thank you to everyone who has given us their support and donations over the past couple of months: you’ve helped us raise £600 for SpecialEffect, and we can’t wait to take part again in 2021.

    Alongside the streams, #LoveYourBacklog Week made a comeback for 2020. Everyone was invited to show their appreciation for their pile of games by sharing a post and it was great to read about your libraries! The backlog love continues next month with #MaybeinMarch, and intrepid bloggers taking part will be attempting to finally finish the title that’s been waiting on their backlog the longest. My own is a release I bought back in March 2013 – keep your eyes peeled for more details and a stream coming very soon.

    Gaming life

    Games played:

  • LUNA The Shadow Dust (videos)
  • The Longing (preview)
  • Too many games for GameBlast20! (videos)
  • Backed on Kickstarter:

  • Key Enigma: Hack Forward (preview)
  • I’ve lost count of the number of games played during our GameBlast streams. The ones which got the most attention were those involving impactful decisions: a 10-hour session devoted to Detroit: Become Human proved to be one of our most popular. My own highlight was getting into Life is Strange further. I’d previously tried to play it in September 2017 and only made it to the beginning of the second episode because I wasn’t ready to face all that emotion – but now I’m preparing to start episode three in another stream very soon.

    The only bad thing about our 50-day challenge was that we started many titles, but actually finished very few. I’m looking forward to playing whole games and seeing the end credits throughout March. The plan is to continue with The Longing, a unique little title where your patience is rewarded, after previewing it a couple of weeks ago, and play LUNA The Shadow Dust for a review next month. I’d also like to get stuck into more walking simulators after recently being reminded of how much I enjoy them.

    Real life


    Life is slowly getting back into its normal routine now that the GameBlast event is over for another year. Streaming for 50-days in a row is an achievement that’s been fun to do, but my other-half and I are looking forward to slowing down and having a few quiet evenings. That being said though, I doubt it’s going to be long before we miss it; we’re already planning to appear on Twitch a couple of days each week to keep the momentum going. The boys are planning to continue their Grand Theft Auto V adventures on Wednesday nights so stay tuned!

    It now feels as though we have a huge amount of spare time on our hands, although I’m sure that won’t be the case once in a couple of weeks we’ve returned to normal. Our next personal focus is going to be finally getting the downstairs renovations of our house finished so we can enjoy the summer without any building work. The bathroom was finished recently and next up is the kitchen – so expect lots of cake photographs on Instagram once it’s ready!

    Coming up

    Events:

  • 01-31: #MaybeinMarch 2020
  • 14: #MaybeinMarch 2020 stream
  • 15: London Gaming Market
  • 16: Gamers’ blog party – spring 2020 invitation
  • 26-28: EGX Rezzed
  • Every Thursday: #BloggerTalk
  • Take a look at the Side-quests page for more!
  • Posts planned:

  • Herdy Gerdy: my little gaming secret
  • LUNA The Shadow Dust review
  • Finally finishing Life is Strange
  • Good resources for gamers
  • A round-up from EGX Rezzed
  • 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.

    8 thoughts on “Save point: February 2020 Leave a comment

    1. New kitchen/DIY HYPE! We’ve not long moved into our new house so we’re just starting out renovation journey… There’s a long way to go.

      I’m really hoping to start getting some blog posts out again. I guess much of the time I would have spent playing games or writing has been spent watching your Gameblast streams or participating in them, so I’m suddenly finding myself with time again too 😁

      On the subject of streaming I’m hoping to spend more time on that too, testing is going well 😁

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      • So, uh… when can we look forward to tuning into your own 50-day stream? 😉

        We’re hoping to get back on Twitch tonight to finish off Detroit: Become Human!

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        • Alas I don’t think 50 consecutive days could ever happen 🙈 I’ve done 9 hours over 10 test streams already though!

          GaoLiOnTheRocks is right about Streamlabs OBS, so far it does seem better than plain old OBS 😁

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          • We’ve been planning on moving over to Streamlabs for a while now, but the 50-days thing meant we didn’t get a chance to do it. And now we have the time… but all I want to do is play video games! ha ha

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    2. I’ve been visiting my parents/siblings for the past few days and hence haven’t been able to stream at all or work on all that many new reviews lately. Hence, I’ll be returning to that and check out new Indie titles while streaming and then blog about it in March.

      I also nominated something in #MaybeInMarch but forgot what it was again tbh. Hence, I may be doing that, too. Slowly and surely, I’ll have to prepare for University again and also plan out Blaugust 2020 😀

      March is gonna be busy. I’ll also do a 24hr stream next week because of some reason that I forgot about already and uhm my 21st birthday is soon, too, so I’m quite excited about that. 🙂

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