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Gamers’ blog party: spring 2020 invitation

Easter is only a few weeks away and anticipation for chocolate and cute furry animals is in the air. So put on your best frock and dancing shoes, grab your laptop and join in with the latest blog party here at Later Levels, because thereโ€™s no better way to kick off your week.

The rules are simple:

๐ŸŽ‰   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‰   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‰   Get the conversation going: we’re all looking forward to the long-weekend next month. So tell us what you’re going to be playing, and which Easter treats you’ll be scoffing.

๐ŸŽ‰   Be sociable: 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‰   Party all day: the comments below will be open for 24-hours until 06:00 GMT on Tuesday, 17 March 2020 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 three years; hereโ€™s a little thank you and a way of finding some awesome blogs you may not have come across already.

We beat the record number of posts shared in a single event at last summer’s blog party, hitting 36 articles and 348 comments. Can we beat it yet again? Have fun – and excuse me while I top up everyoneโ€™s drinks and turn the music up louder!

Kim View All

Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.

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  1. Good morning all. Another great event from Kim and the best virtual social interaction with lots of elbow bumps and air high 5โ€™s.

    Iโ€™m Charles and run two blogging pages http://www.atbonfire.worpress.com and http://www.comfortablyadventurous.wordpress.com. I look at gaming and relaxed travel experiences, who needs to be stressed when adventuring? I love and working on the north west corner of London about a stones throw from Heathrow.

    My gift for the occasion is a piece I released in January this year visiting the Bond in Motion exhibit in Covent Garden:

    https://comfortablyadventurous.wordpress.com/2020/01/13/bond-in-motion/

    This Easter and possible quarantine period, whichever comes first I will be finishing Death Stranding, Resident Evil 2, Assassins Creed Unity and going for a full redesign and rebranding of the site. So a fair bit to do ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am partial to a Cadbury mini egg or something in the gluten free cake range. So thatโ€™s me in a nutshell. Time to partaaay ๐ŸŽ‰

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    • Hey Charles, thanks for being the first guest today! I think we might all need to stockpiling the Mini Eggs before the isolation hits. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      It’s only recently that I found out about your other blog; how do you find the time to fit it all in? I’m struggling to juggle work, family, gaming and blogging right now, so any tips would be much appreciated!

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      • Not to go full Alan Rickman in prince of thieves but definetly feel Christmas or Easter May be cancelled (or postponed) though when the Cadbury factory goes down things have got real.

        The CA site I run is probably where my heart and soul is at the moment as the gaming page was a group effort that Iโ€™ve continued on. Having something you care about does help massively.

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          • Funnily enough itโ€™s the one thing I am seeing that isnโ€™t being bulk purchased at the moment. Get your chocolate before Cadbury closes lol

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              • Asda was apparently alright this morning, according to the wife. Lidl on the way to work on the other hand, for me, was amusing.

                There was a guy arguing with a member of staff because he’d tried to buy more than 2 of something being rationed, staff member was having none of it, rightly so too! The rules are clear you plonker, you’re not special!

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  2. Good morning all, Nepiki here from Nep’s Gaming Paradise! I’m the sole owner- and writer of the site, and have been blogging for well over a year now, though within that year was a long hiatus due to work. I’ve recently returned with a new writing style so I can write more comfortably, but also come closer to the ideal reviewing mindset I thought of in the past. At the moment I’m solely sticking to reviews of whatever game I play (ranges from all-ages to all-genres), though eventually I am planning to revive my countdowns and other articles.

    The review I wanted to share with you today is my review of Doom 2016, as it showcases very well how I write reviews. I always start with a short introduction with my experience regarding the franchise and/or genre to give people an idea what my backstory is, and then slowly going through my positives and negatives while putting a dose of humour in there.
    https://nepsgamingparadise.com/2020/03/04/doom-2016/

    Before I head off again: work does keep me very busy, so my writing schedule is up in the air most of the time. Before I went on hiatus, I forced myself to write at least once a week but that burned me out real quick. Apologies for that in advance! Anyhow, hoping to meet a lot of other writers on here, see you around!

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    • And good morning to you too, Nepiki! Thanks for joining us today. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Sadly I think burnout it something all bloggers face eventually. We put so much pressure on ourselves to write consistently and stick to a schedule, but the most important thing is writing about what you love and when you’re in the mood to do it! I really like it when reviewers give their backstory in a critique – it helps to see where they’re coming from and why they’ve formed their opinions.

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      • Indeed! Burnout is a tough thing to overcome but when you do, you’ll learn a lot from it! I’m definitely taking this to heart and have more fun in both gaming and reviewing!

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      • True point. Had to re-orientate where I was coming from in my writing as had placed a great deal of self generated pressure on myself to write. Still, ‘upside’ of this issue gives a moment to have a holistic review of why we are doing this as a means of creativity.

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  3. *Flings open the door wearing a raccoon onesie and brandishing a bag of those salt and pepper weirdly shaped crisps in one hand and a 6 pack of IrnBru in the other*

    Hello! I’m Luke from over at Hundstrasse.com . I like writing about… Ohhhh… I don’t know, just some thoughts I have about games in general. Sometimes they’re a bit review-ey, sometimes they’re less review-ey, but they are always rambling. For you today I’ve brought along some thoughts I had about the merits of just dumping a player in the middle of the action, like they used to in the good old days.

    https://hundstrasse.com/2020/01/22/hard-opening/

    Currently I’m on a bit of a Switch kick, and I may have just bought the Resident Evil Remake … Again…. So I can play it out and about.

    … IrnBru anyone?

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  4. Hey everyone! So I’m the Gaming Diaries and I blog about stuff sometimes. I’m on a bit of a quiet spell because taking the ideas I have and actually writing a post that I’m happy with are tough at the moment but I shall return with posts here and there for now. If its gaming or geeky chances are it might get a mention somewhere though!

    I had a quick post go live this morning but instead I’m going to share my post for the Super Mario Multiverse collaboration (organised by the Well Red Mage) which is essentially my story of why Mario Kart 7 is so special to me. Even mentions playing the game occasionally. https://thegamingdiaries.wordpress.com/2020/03/10/super-mario-multiverse-mario-kart-7/

    So I’ll be taking care of the mini eggs here… some might be left for sharing but don’t leave me with them too long just in case!

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    • I think we’re going to have a Mini Egg shortage by the time this blog party is over! ha ha

      I can’t believe we missed you stream the other day. Pete is on the case though and he now has notifications set up so we can come and show our support next time! Any idea what you’re going to play?

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      • Well now they are in my head I feel like I need to get some in real life but really don’t want to face the supermarkets for mini eggs…

        I want to finish Crash 2 though I’ve now got to the levels that I don’t remember that well so I think I’ve blocked them out haha. I’m not sure what else to try. I’m tempted by Zoo Tycoon or Jurassic World Evolution or something like that off my backlog then I can try using a mic and chatting as well to see how I like that or if I can even get my headset to work for that. I’m sticking to Xbox One at the moment until I have tested using the capture card with other systems but have ideas for games I’d do on other systems. Thinking Mass Effect trilogy on 360 (since I can then do new game + and/or use the DLC we have) for example. Though I have a few other platformers that I could do which could be fun and a bit of a laugh.

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        • Sounds like you have plenty of plans! I’ve not played Zoo Tycoon myself so I’d be interested in seeing that, and everyone loves a bit of Mass Effect. Although you might get a few ‘pew pew’ comments from Pete if there’s none of The Division. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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          • I’ve not played it either but it sounds so good and I got given it and really should try it sometime. The Jurassic World one also looks good and I’ve not played that either though my husband has and enjoyed it. Haha I’ll leave the true pew pew to him and his gang of experts – I mean if I test and do Mass Effect that has some pew pew so it’s a compromise of sorts. I’m sure there will be a range of games eventually appearing… maybe even something with pew pew for Pete.

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            • It’s good to see you joining the streaming crew!

              Actually… if the boys have ‘Grifter’s Bad Boy Riot’… maybe we should come up with our own club. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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              • I’m nowhere near as ‘professional’ as the rest of you but if I’m in the streamer crew I’ve definitely managed to con my way in. I managed to lose sound on the stream that disconnected midway through so one half has no sound and the other does and I still don’t know how that happened ๐Ÿ˜‚

                Maybe we should have our own club, the guys have their club of chaos and pew pew but maybe theres room for another ๐Ÿ˜‰

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                • You’ve got a capture card you’ve already surpassed me heh. I tried streaming from Xbox to PC then capturing the Xbox app, it works just fine, until you start trying to be clever about things and add voice chat to the mix.

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                  • Ah see I had messed about with the idea of recording and for games from multiple systems so decided to go for a capture card. Also I’m not smart enough to make things like streaming from Xbox to PC then capturing to work ๐Ÿ˜‚ it just sounds too complicated haha! You seem to be doing well with how you do it from the streams I’ve managed to catch. Maybe we just need to pick Kim and Pete’s brains for tips more often as the resident experts ๐Ÿ˜‰

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                    • You’re joking, right? I don’t have a clue what I’m doing most of the time, and Pete will tackle any problem by throwing as much tech at it as he can get away with. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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                    • Haha you two seem to know what you are talking about! Besides you have both had to troubleshoot so much with a 50 day challenge for streaming and the multiple 24 hour streams and practices that you have probably experienced things that could help. Or Pete could suggest more tech because more is more and better (according to him anyway).

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                    • Yeah their setup is pretty slick! I’m without an office at the moment, so I’m set up in a cramped living room ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

                      Tried to enable the mic yesterday and it just sounded terrible for some reason, constant static. Build up to these things, I guess, is the best way!

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                    • I just have stuff spread across the living room. Laptop is on the coffee table in some sort of space and angle, cables from the capture card then stretch across to the console/TV stand (so don’t try to walk that side while it’s all connected). And I just mess about with cables and hope I can connect them by feel to the Xbox when I’m setting up without moving that out to do the HDMI bit.

                      We can build ourselves up over time! I’m going to try using my headset for a mic one night but it seems to be a 50/50 chance of working when I test it so who knows haha.

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                    • There’s a rather embarrassing State of Decay 2 video on Twitch that might suggest otherwise lol. Its strange how hyper aware you become of your own faults when you know people might be watching ๐Ÿ™‚

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                    • I know it’s weird, like I was playing Crash last night and when it got to a bit on a boss where you had to jump I became so aware of all the ways I could miss it then just kept missing it. Even if no one is watching it’s like oh this is live someone might see it and suddenly everything goes wrong haha. I’ll have to check out that State of Decay 2 video later then! I’m intrigued now.

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                    • I played the daylights out of it when it came out, so I’m just trying to get my head around it again. Standard difficulty, which is the lowest of three available! I’m by no means hardcore lol. At launch there was no difficulty slider, a steep learning curve and many MANY bugs ๐Ÿ™‚ Much better experience now.

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                    • As long as you enjoy it. I play most games on normal but if it’s hard I’ll do easy and if I want to play it again I might do hard but mostly I’ll still play it on normal but do different things – I’m definitely not trying to be hardcore. I’m glad the game is a better experience now though.

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  5. Hullo!

    I’m Chris and I’m… sort of not a blogger anymore? I used to write on OverThinker Y about games and whatnot, but these days I’ve sort of moved into not-that. I’m now making Philosophiraga, the podcast all about video games and philosophy, and you can listen to that here: https://thewellredmage.com/2020/02/21/philosophiraga-episode-six-interview-with-the-well-red-mage/. The most recent episode is an interview with The Well-Red Mage all about morality, parenthood, pigs, Batman, and all sorts.

    I also have something kind of interesting coming up at the end of April, I hope – follow @overthinkery1 on Twitter for updates about that.

    My game time at the moment is actually spent mostly watching my other half play Saint’s Row IV, ‘cos sometimes I actually enjoy sitting back and watching someone else playing. It’s like a live Let’s Play! As for treats, I bring Oreo Dairy Milk. I’m not a huge fan of Oreos, but the chocolate that has Oreo stuff in is just so goooooohd.

    Much love!

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    • Everybody needs a purple-haired friend to cause a scene at their parties. I’m so partying with you in real life one day! ha ha

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      • It’s an honor to be that one friend you can’t safely take anywhere! ๐Ÿ˜Ž And you… uh, weren’t attached to any of the priceless antiques in the next room, right? ๐Ÿ˜…

        Yes!! London 2021 is gonna be awesome!!**

        **Pandemic pending

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        • There were a few news articles out this morning saying that the government are advising that this pandemic could now go on for a year. I’m not sure how true those reports are; don’t they know we have stuff planned for 2021?

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  6. Gooood morning NietVam!

    I’m Quietschisto from quietschisto.com , and a lot of you people already know me! My gift to you people is a round of Martinis, and some home-made snacks! The Martinis come in form of my latest post, https://quietschisto.com/martin-and-i-chasing-the-perfect-martini/ . The snacks…well, I’m going to eat the real ones alone, but you have to imagine that I shared them with you. I made some black tea & pear muffins! Enjoy!

    For Easter we’ll probably have my nephews over and have them hunt for eggs in the garden, then I’ll bake a nice Osterpinze (a traditional Austrian Easter food, basically a fluffy sweet bread).

    Which gets me thinking…what is a traditional Easter food in other countries? Is it sweet, too?

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    • Hey friend! Hope you’re keeping well over there, ๐Ÿ˜€

      Ok, so traditional Easter food in the UK… the most well-known are probably hot-cross buns (which are like spiced sweet bread) and roast lamb (although not at the same time as the buns!). And obviously Easter eggs – it’s not Easter without copious amounts of chocolate.

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      • Sounds delicious. Who knows, if I get enough answers, maybe I’ll make an “Easter around the world (or at least Europe)” themed holiday, where everyday there’s food from another country. I know I could easily look it up instead of counting on random bloggers to indulge me, but where’s the fun in that?

        Oh yeah, chocolate. Gotta have chocolate eggs. Although I coat one real egg in chocolate every year, and now my nephews don’t trust those big chocolate eggs any longer ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Good morning everyone! Thank you for hosting Kim… I have a feeling there may be a call for more of these virtual parties once we all go into lock-down! Anyway! I’m Pix and I write over at Shoot the Rookie about video games and anime (and occasionally fashion, talent shows and football). I would really love to share with you all my latest post which was part of the Well-Red Mageโ€™s epic collaboration โ€“ The Super Mario Multiverse โ€“ and is all about the game Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker:

    https://shoottherookie.com/2020/03/10/the-super-mario-multiverse-captain-toad-treasure-tracker/

    I donโ€™t have much of a sweet tooth so Iโ€™ve brought hard liquor instead of chocolate. If no one fancies a drink right now we can always use it to make hand sanitizer! Sorry, enough virus jokes! Over Easter Iโ€™ve got quite a few games to get stuck into โ€“ currently playing Resident Evil Zero, as well as thoroughly enjoying watching my partner play Astral Chain. I should be around throughout the day so hope to get chatting to a load of you wonderful people ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Hello

    Here we are with another great blog party and hereโ€™s me with My JD and pringles!

    Iโ€™m Rob and I run Bandicoot Warrior and have been doing for around 2 years.

    Easter I wonโ€™t be snacking on anything as iโ€™m on a diet and Gym plan so just gaming for me.

    Iโ€™ll be playing Modern Warfare and Pokemon Sword as there the two games im obbessed with at the moment.

    Speaking of Pokemon my Gift to you is my latest blog post on Pokemon Sword!

    https://bandicootwarrior.com/2020/03/06/pokemon-sword-discussion/

    Well iโ€™ll be in the Corner with my JD if anyone wants some!

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  9. Good morning! You all started early today.

    I’m Pete, and I run MoeGamer.net, a site about overlooked and underappreciated video games and visual novels from yesterday and today.

    The site started as a continuation of the well-received coverage of Japanese games I did when I was part of the professional games press (GamePro, USgamer and numerous other places on a freelance basis — including a few recent pieces for Nintendo Life) and has subsequently blossomed into a place where I do deep-dive, analytical explorations of games and cultural phenomena I personally find interesting, and which often don’t get the attention they deserve.

    My gift to you is this post: https://moegamer.net/2020/03/11/teki-nicks-mixtape-quest-adventure-a-journey-through-classic-music/

    Nick Dwyer, curator of the “Diggin’ in the Carts” game music project, reached out to me and told me about a new project he’d worked on with Parisian DJ Teki Latex, so I thought I’d have a listen and explore it in depth. The mix is completely free to listen to, so check out the article and listen along with me!

    I’m currently finishing off an embargoed visual novel on Switch that I can’t talk about until Thursday (but I will say it’s VERY good) and after that I’ll be diving deep into Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny as part of my long-term Atelier MegaFeature that I’m running on my site. Alongside that, I’ll be dipping into the Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha and Bravo collections, as well as Assault Android Cactus+ on Switch, which I just got a lovely physical copy of courtesy of Super Rare Games.

    As for Easter treats… ugh, the wife and I are supposed to be dieting, but… chocolate?!

    Anyway. Do feel free to stop by my site; it’s always nice to see new people in the comments. And I do stuff on YouTube too — you can enjoy my weekly Let’s Plays of old Atari classics, Warriors games and the Final Fantasy series at https://youtube.com/c/PeteDavison.

    Let’s partay. (He says, sitting down in the comfy Grandad chair in the corner, nursing a 24-pack of Pepsi Max and pulling out his Switch)

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    • Hi Pete, thanks for joining us today! ๐Ÿ˜€

      I think this is the perfect post to bring along to this blog party, considering everything that’s happening in the world right now. We could all do with some great music to take our mind off things while we’re working from home!

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  10. Morning lovely people! Don’t get too close ๐Ÿ˜›

    I’m Dan and sometimes think of myself as a blogger, over at nowisgames.com, but my real life has got in the way of that again in the last few months. Changing job, buying a house, some DIY, moving; now here we are in March 2020, the world gripped with panic. Lidl this morning was a mad house.

    I’ve probably missed the last two or three #blogparty events at least, but I have been lurking within the community, watching (and sometimes joining) the Later Levels streams. The 50 day challenge really helped me through the house buying/move and was for a great cause, it was so much fun hanging out with you all.

    Well I haven’t published anything in the last three months, but I’m going to share a quick review I wrote towards the end of last year, a game which left a positive impression on me, https://nowisgames.com/2019/11/18/review-the-outer-worlds/ – if you haven’t played The Outer Worlds yet, this is a real short and sweet little treat, in case you run out of Mini Eggs. Perfect escapism. That title screen music, just amazing.

    Although I haven’t blogged much, I’ve been enjoying my new 350Mbps internet connection (up from 2.5Mbps at the old house) to DOWNLOAD ALL THE GAMES and fricking play them too, with other people! GTA Online and Division 2 have featured heavily. Recently State of Decay 2 was overhauled and all DLC was given away, so I’ve been getting back into that to practice for the forthcoming apocalypse, because Division 2 was clearly not enough… Also started and finished Beyond Two Souls in December, but never wrote about it, brilliant video game that has been on my backlog for years.

    Also absolutely rinsing Amazon Prime Video and plan to get Netflix back, so I’ve been watching a silly amount of TV too. Bobs Burgers got me through January and I’ve now started X Files, off of the 90’s! They look so young.

    Now where’s the booze, its 12pm SOMEWHERE.

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    • Hey you, fancy seeing you here. ๐Ÿ˜„

      Finally: someone else who loves Beyond: Two Souls. I flipping love this game, possibly even more so than I did Detroit: Become Human. It’s installed on our PS4 and I’m tempted to get Pete to do the co-op with me, but you know what he’ll say… #NotEnoughPewPew.

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      • I caught the last part of your Detroit stream and it has me absolutely itching the play it now; its been on my Amazon wishlist for yonks. Looked really good, but stressful, OMG.

        I do enjoy the pew pew, as you know, but branching out into other games was the best thing I have done with this hobby. Maybe Pete will find something less pew pew that will get his attention? ๐Ÿ™‚

        If he’s not interested in story and so on, it might be difficult for him though!

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        • Detroit was good, but *definitely* one of the most stressful games I’ve ever played. It was certainly an experience but I doubt I’ll ever want to go back in for another attempt! I think I enjoyed Beyond more because I loved the character of Jodie. I guess there’s an element of being able to relate to her as a female as well, if you disregard the whole strange-telekinetic-gift thing.

          As much as Pete makes out like he’s all about gun and explosions, he does actually enjoy adventure games (but don’t tell him I told you). He’s just not good with visual novels or walking simulators – if there’s no real gameplay, he gets a bit bored.

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          • Detroit looked to have more a video gamey feel about it, that would be my take without analysing it a little more.

            Beyond felt more immersive for me, probably due to the use of Hollywood actors and motion capture, despite the age of the graphics tech at the time. Maybe I’ll feel differently when I actually play Detroit and become invested in the decisions.

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              • Detroit? I don’t have any way of capturing PS4 at the moment, but that could change. Who knows when I’ll get round to it though, the backlog is a beast.

                Also, I feel like I should do Heavy Rain first, kinda wish I’d done that before Beyond to be honest!

                Why aren’t there more hours in a day Kim?

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                • You wouldn’t consider streaming them straight through the PS4?

                  I tried to get Pete to play Heavy Rain and Fahrenheit. Let’s just say it didn’t go well… ๐Ÿ˜‚

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                  • I guess I could give that a go. I’m a bit concerned about leaking personal information at the moment, I’ve noticed the Xbox for example jumps between your GamerTag and sodding email address on the dashboard these days.

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                    • Argh please do, I’ve searched the Xbox UI everywhere for it and cannot find it!! I’m on the Xbox Insider Preview though, it seems everything is moving around soon.

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                    • So Settings > Account > Sign in, Security & passkey and theres a check box with show on home and the email address. Uncheck the box and the email address shouldn’t show on home anymore. It rotates between name and gamertag & score.

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                    • Whaaaaaaaat how have I missed this. Thanks ๐Ÿ˜€

                      Maybe not in the Insider version of the operating system!? I’ll have to check when I get home lol. Typical IT person, I can’t see the wood for the trees.

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                    • I think I’ve got the blog email address set and only an initial for my surname on my account, so that makes it a bit easier for me.

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    • The Outer Worlds was so much fun. Though the text size… absolutely hated it as it was so small. Now I played at the beginning of the year so may have changed again now I think. I now kind of want to replay it…. it’s back in my head now. I have enough games that I haven’t even started yet!

      Later Levels 50 day challenge really helped me get through stuff as well. It was great hanging out with them and you and whoever else was about.

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      • Yeah the text size was so bad. I think they’ve patched in a fix for that, Borderlands 3 suffered the same thing, as do many other games these days for some reason. Maybe I should be like Phil and sit a few feet away from a 55″ TV ๐Ÿ˜€

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              • It’s a 1080p TV, which was relegated to the office by the introduction of a 4K TV to the house just before my son was born. I figured if our social lives were over we might as well curl up in front of a nice TV haha. I’m loving the 4K experience again now we’re in a smaller living room in the new house. I’m closer to the TV now, forgot how sweeeeeeeet it is. Are you on the Xbox One or Xbox One X?

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                • I am using the Xbox One X but we kept our standard Xbox One so if we wanted to we could technically set it up with the PC monitor and both play at the same time. I say we when I’d be like I’m getting the TV/X option of the two and my husband would probably do the same ๐Ÿ˜‚

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                  • I’ve been using the Project xCloud Preview (https://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-game-streaming/project-xcloud) to play on my phone, or the existing Xbox Console Companion app on a Surface Pro, to play when my wife wants the TV. The technology is so awesome these days!

                    I remember when Steam Home Streaming came out, which has since been renamed to something else. It was very ropey, but I could see the potential and it did improve fairly quickly. I just recently put the Steam streaming app natively on my TV, completely negating the need for a dedicated Steam Link, which to be fair was only something like ยฃ16 at the time.

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    • Nice write up of TOW, agreed as commented text size on the game was an issue but such a solid experience, kept waiting for some bug to break the experience and never happened.

      Loved Beyond, enjoyed Detroit as felt more of the same which is good but Beyond felt tighter and just more solid an experience.

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    • The Outer Worlds is one I’ve been looking forward to, but still haven’t gotten around to. I hadn’t realized it was a more concise experience. My excitement for it, when I eventually get to it, has only been strengthened.

      One question I do have: is the gunplay serviceable without VATS? I was never a fan of using that in New Vegas.

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      • The gunplay is tight from what I remember, but the weapon variety was lacking. Most of what you pick up will be the same old same old. I definitely enjoyed that aspect of it though.

        It left me wanting more, here’s to DLC and hopefully a sequel, if all the surveys Microsoft sent me are anything to go by!

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  11. I loved Beyond: Two Souls, too! I actually played the whole thing through in a single sitting in two-player mode with a friend; we agreed not to influence one another’s decisions along the way, too, which made for an interesting and very different experience to when I played it solo!

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    • That’s so similar to my own experience! I played with Phil (the guy who pops up on our streams), and we did the whole game over two weekends. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  12. Hello!

    I’m Frostilyte and I recently changed things up a bit on my blog. Calling it Frostilyte Writes now. Truly the biggest change, I know.

    I write about the games I’ve been playing and also use it as a hub for silly art I make. I used to do more review-centric content, but have been moving into more general writing about my experience with games as I was finding the review format a bit stale. Anyway, if that sounds like your thing I’d be happy if you decided to read any of my content.

    As for the post I’ve brought: https://frostilyte.wordpress.com/2020/03/03/yakuza-0-not-a-review/
    This wasn’t the post I wanted to write about Yakuza 0, but it is the post I wrote about it. I had a lot of fun writing it and am really happy with how it turned out.

    Hopefully by the next blog party I’ll have a doodle post up as I know those are a fan favourite. ๐Ÿ˜›

    As for Easter, I didn’t even know it was coming up. I usually spend it with Mir and just enjoy bumming around the house on the long weekend. Will probably get up to some gaming, but I can’t say for certain which games.

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    • Oooh Frostilyte Writes. Very nice change!

      Your drawings are always fantastic and can be so funny but it’s great having your other posts with your writing stuff. Yakuza 0 is one I seriously need to finish but those minigames are too much fun. One day I will finish it so I can move in to the rest of the games in the series. The story is great but the second I start a minigame I lose all sense of time ๐Ÿ˜‚

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      • Thank you.

        Honestly I was the exact same way. Once I unlocked the casino I sat down to play poker and was playing it until midnight…and a work night. Next day at work was not fun.

        It was only when I was finally done with the side content that I was able to shotgun through the remainder of the story. Hopefully you get back to it. The game was well worth finishing. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Love the not-a-review of this. I’d never heard of this series until EDGE started writing about it (because of Yakuza 0 I think). Now it is everywhere I look!

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      • Thanks!

        And I think there was a lot of people who were in that boat. I certainly was.

        Seems like 0 was a way to get people who’d never heard of Yakuza before into them. I’d say that it was largely a success.

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  13. Good morning fellpw blogateers(?), my name is Adam, and I am evil mastermind behind the wonderfully average http://gameswithtoasty.com. I spend most my time playing and talking about games with a recent focus on marathoning retro games like Castlevania and Mega Man. I come from the North of England and come prepackaged with a suitably dark sense of humour as a result.

    My submission to this fine establishment is my review for Dead or School. The game itself is a bit crap, but writing the review was quite fun, mostly due to the various ways I got to say skimpy and schoolgirl. Check it out ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://gameswithtoasty.com/2020/03/13/dead-or-school-nintendo-switch-review/

    My plans are yo play a bucketload of Mega Man so I can finally finish my 26 part series before moving onto a Doom Marathon in celebration of Doom Eternal’s release. Other than that? Dadding it up and having a good time…hopefully.

    I am trying to lose some weight, so no chocolate for me this easter. Anyhoo, that’s me in a toaster. Thanks for reading, enjoy the partaaaaaaaaay

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    • Hey Adam, welcome to your first blog party! ๐Ÿ˜€

      I’m really surprised at how many people are avoiding chocolate this Easter. It’s something I should probably do myself but I’m not sure I’ve got the willpower. At least we’ve got plenty of video games to distract us!

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  14. Hello! DanamesX coming to you live from the kitchen (a step up from the last party where I hid in the corner)!

    I run a blog called Tales from the Backlog. It is my personal blog where I record all of my past and current gaming memories. Lately, I have been writing reflection post on games that I have recently finished. One such post is one that I wrote a few days ago on Final Fantasy VI: Advance. I’m still working on my personal style of being entertaining and not writing an essay. Any feedback would be great!

    http://talesfromthebacklog.blog/2020/03/13/final-fantasy-vi-advance-maybeinmarch-endingthejourney/

    Does anyone like Welch’s Fruit Snacks? I bought a whole box of 90 of them to snack on. The secret ingredient in these things are real fruit juice and crack! I will mostly be achievement hunting this week until Animal Crossing: New Horizons comes out on Friday. That and the quarantine gives me time to finish some of posts that have been sitting in my draft folder.

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    • Good afternoon, DanamesX, and thank you for joining us. ๐Ÿ˜„

      Finding your own voice when it comes to writing can take a while. You’ve just got to keep writing and eventually, something clicks and you know you’ve found it. Keep doing what you’re doing, you’re doing great!

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  15. Hi all, Iโ€™m Brendan from Should I Finish…? Iโ€™ll be snacking on anything that has salted caramel may or may not be in egg form. Iโ€™ll be continuing my journey through FFXV. Iโ€™m relatively new to the blogging scene so I have very few posts but will be aiming for at least 3 posts a week. Shouldifinish308369284.wordpress.com

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    • Hey there, Brendan! Welcome to the blog party and to the community. You’re in great company here so feel free to mingle and get to know people. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  16. Hello everyone! I’m McKenna from McKenna Talks About Games, wishing good health upon everyone! I blog a lot about Pokรฉmon, Zelda, and Animal Crossing, and since starting my blog have begun to write more about indie games. I have a Music Monday series for which I post different video game tracks every week – often I have themed weeks. I also have an Animal Crossing Diaries series which will be very frequent starting this Friday when New Horizons releases.
    With all the recent event cancelations and postponements, I’ve been wanting to boost the indie game developers most affected by it. I found this free browser game from a developer who had planned on attending GDC. I’ve been playing the game, and I love it, so I wrote a post about it: https://zeldaisthegirl.wordpress.com/2020/03/05/plant-daddy-the-free-browser-game-about-growing-nice-plants/
    I love those Easter egg M&Ms and Starburst jelly beans, and really anything chocolate-y.
    I’m looking forward to reading lots of good posts today and meeting more bloggers!

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    • This is such a great idea! I’d imagine that there are many small, independent developers out there who are going to struggle without the attention that being at gaming events can provide, and it’s great that we can help them out as bloggers. Are there any other titles you’ve got your eye on promoting? ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • Well I’ve been trying to retweet twitter posts from as many indie game accounts I see, and I’ve been thinking about creating a page on my blog to post links to indie game websites, steam pages, and social media. I recently played a demo for ‘A Space for the Unbound’ (from the same developers/publishers of Coffee Talk), a “surreal story-driven experience about world-ending supernatural powers and slice-of-life from 90s rural Indonesia.” I’m gonna go find the link for that and I’ll post it here.
        I’m also very interested in ‘Freyr’, a Zelda-like farming rpg, ‘Spiritfarer’, a management game about dying, and ‘Lamentum’, a 2D horror game.

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  17. Hello everyone! I found out about this #blogparty on Twitter. I hope Iโ€™m not too late! First and foremost, thank you for hosting this social blog-sharing event. Iโ€™m nabe-chan, and I own a blog at https://geeknabe.com! Seeing everyoneโ€™s wonderful blog inspired me to make my own โค I write mostly about anime, manga and games since these are my favourite hobbies.

    Iโ€™ve been following any bloggers that catch my eye so maybe youโ€™ll notice a certain nabe-chan in your followers list soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hereโ€™s my first game review post that I wrote. Please critique and give feedback! I am learning to do better ๐Ÿ˜€

    https://geeknabe.com/blog/lord-of-magna-maiden-heaven-review-tis-a-jrpg-bowling-game-with-waifus/

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  18. Hello everyone, I’m Nathan. I write for my blog Gaming Omnivore where I tend to use primarily as my blank canvas to write about whatever happens to be going through my mind every weekend….sometimes more. I’ve written in the past about things like some of my memories with particular games or occasionally, I’ll download a random indie game I know nothing about and write up a summary of my thoughts.

    I’m usually playing a handful of different games at any given time, but recently I’ve been focusing on playing through Chrono Trigger as it had been on my list of games to play for about 20 years now. I recently completed Final Fantasy VII for the very first time and only a day or two later I played through the FFVII Remake demo on my PS4. I also got an Xbox One X to play around on, so I’ve been playing a bunch the original Halo games in the Master Chief Collection as well as some Forza Horizons 4 on Game Pass. I few days ago I started playing Ori and the Will of the Wisps that was released as a Day One Game Pass title and it. is. GORGEOUS. I wrote up a few of my thoughts upon completing the first few hours yesterday. My limited writing skill doesn’t quite do the game justice, but nevertheless I’m presenting it as my blog party gift…

    http://gamingomnivore.com/2020/03/15/first-impressions-ori-and-the-will-of-the-wisps/

    And now, I’m going to head back to my corner of the room and sit down with my big Snorlax coffee mug and a bag of Reese’s peanut butter eggs. Hooray!

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    • Hey Nathan, thanks so much for stopping by! ๐Ÿ˜€

      I’m not much of a platformer person (it turns out that the oldest titles on my backlog are always from this genre). But during our charity stream last month, we decided to play Ori and the Blind Forest – and we loved it. It’s just so gorgeous. At some point I’d like to finish it and move onto the next game.

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      • The first game is wonderful and the second has already improved a few smaller issues I had with the original. Iโ€™m pretty excited to keep playing this ๐Ÿ˜

        Between the new Ori game, DOOM: Eternal, Animal Crossing New Horizons, and the yearly MLB baseball game I play, I was fully planning to โ€œsocially distanceโ€ myself for a few weekends…before remembering thatโ€™s basically my day-to-day life ๐ŸŽฎ

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      • I saw it at my local Target and had to buy it for my office coffee mug. Whenever I’m asked which Pokemon is my favorite I always go back and forth between Charizard, Gyrados, Snorlax….oh wait, what about Psyduck?

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  19. Heyooo! It’s time for another awesome blog party hosted by Kim. It’s gonna be awesome seeing some new and some familiar faces.

    I’m Brandon and I run That Green Dude, a blog with a focus on video games but will from time to time write about other things such as wrestling.

    The gift I bring is a piece I did recently where I write about 3 historical time periods I would like the Assassin’s Creed series go next.
    http://thatgreendude.com/2020/03/09/3-historical-settings-i-would-like-to-see-in-assassins-creed/

    As for what I’l be doing over Easter, I’ll be getting around to playing Control after finishing up The Yakuza Remastered collection. Then over the next few weeks I’ll have DOOM Eternal, Resident Evil 3 Remake and Final Fantasy VII Remake to play. However due to the current pandemic it looks like the annual event of watching Wrestlemania with friends will be canceled. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    On top of all that gaming I’ll be adding the final touches to my gaming set up with the hope to start streaming very soon.

    As for chocolate and snacks I LOVE Creme eggs and mini eggs and am currently drinking some Coca Cola Zero. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Creme Eggs are the best! My other-half makes a point of buying me loads of them at this time of year because he knows how much I love them. ๐Ÿ˜„

      Do give me a shout when you start streaming. We’ve got a little group of us going over on Twitch nowadays and you’d be more than welcome to come hang out with us!

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  20. Recommend the assassins creed article, fun read. Itโ€™s a shame about WM given the travel plans and bookings that go in to putting it on. Just another casualty of this bug.

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  21. Late to the party as usual but I bring some Mini Egg Cakes ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you for the invite to the party Kim!

    Hey I’m Krista aka LeeksPlays.

    I’m really bad at introductions but I like to write about video games and a few other things over on my blog. Recently I’ve been playing a lot of Final Fantasy XIV and also slowly making more progress in Death Stranding. I’m also looking forward to Animal Crossing New Horizons on Friday too!

    Here’s my latest blog post – https://leeksplays.wordpress.com/2020/03/15/a-final-fantasy-journey/

    Anywho I’ll be dancing awkwardly over in the corner after putting these cakes in the kitchen!

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    • Hi Krista, glad you could make it! People who play video games and bring cakes to parties are my favourite kind of people. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      How are you finding Death Stranding? I’ve seen a few videos, but haven’t gotten around to playing it myself yet…

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      • Cake is always great ๐Ÿ˜€

        I’ll be honest, I didn’t think it was a game I was going to enjoy but I’m really glad I picked it up. I only tend to play it here and there for an hour or two but it’s a game I would recommend checking out! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  22. Unfortunately, I’ll have to keep this brief.

    My blog, also called Alex Sigsworth, is usually where I post about whatever interests me but this year, it’s exclusively sharing all posts from The Characters That Define Us at Normal Happenings, which I’m participating in. I’ve taken that as an opportunity to shift my focus onto my Twitter feed, @AlexSigsworth, which I’m using as a microblog.

    So far, the best example of this has been when I celebrated 20 years of the PlayStation 2 by posting a thread listing my 20 favourite PlayStation 2 games: https://www.twitter.com/AlexSigsworth/status/1235242797105647616

    Right now, I’m working on Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse, which is my selection for #MaybeInMarch. As for Easter treats, I’m satisfied with traditional chocolate eggs.

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    • Very pleased to see OutRun and ICO on your list! I don’t have my original PlayStation 2 any longer but bought a replacement last year, so I’m slowly working my way through the classics.

      It’s difficult to believe that the PlayStation 2 is now 20 years old… I feel incredibly ancient. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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  23. *slides in all dramatic* Hello! I made it!

    If ya don’t know me, I’m Michelle and write at A Geek Girl’s Guide! I am bringing my post of video game suggestions based on your Enneagram type:

    https://ageekgirlsguide.com/2020/02/24/video-games-to-play-based-on-your-enneagram/

    I’m currently playing the game Eliza, which is a visual novel about a woman dealing with her mental health while working for the AI therapy company she helped build. Definitely plan on reviewing it once done.

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    • Morning Michelle! *waves*

      Any thoughts you can give on Eliza without spoiling your review? I’ve had it on my wishlist for a couple of months but have been busy trying to get some other games finished. I’m a bit of a sucker when it comes to releases involving AI themes so it seems like something I’d enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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