Welcome to March’s editorial post, a monthly progress report which rounds up all the happenings here at Later Levels in case you missed anything. The state of the world has changed dramatically since February’s update so let’s have a recap of recent events.
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Later Levels (@LaterLevels) March 17, 2020
The spring 2020 blog party took place earlier this month and was a quieter affair than some of the previous events. This was completely understandable; everyone has a lot on their minds right now and people from certain areas of employment are incredibly busy. Much love to everyone who came along and participated: thanks to you, were able to share 23 posts, enjoy over 150 comments and hopefully make some new friendships. This year’s summer blog party is due to take place on 15 June 2020 so put the date in your diaries.
A question posed to my other-half and I by a viewer during our GameBlast20 streams has had me thinking about my reasons for gaming, blogging and streaming recently. I don’t feel too old for any of those activities, despite some people considering us to be past it, and I don’t see me giving up video games any time soon. But perhaps the opinions of others is the reason why I’ve always keep the blog to myself and have never sharing it with family, friends or work colleagues. Will the attitude towards gaming and those who do it change in the future?
This month saw the return of #MaybeInMarch, an event that encourages everyone to take the game that’s spent the longest in their backlog and finally complete it. My own game this year was Thomas Was Alone and we attempted it during a weekend stream. Sadly though, I must confess that we didn’t finish it because platformers aren’t my thing and we really weren’t enjoying it – but that’s the beauty of #MaybeInMarch. It gives you the opportunity to try a title you wouldn’t normally play or had forgotten about.
Although I loved participating in the GameBlast20 event last month, the thing I didn’t enjoy was starting so many games but not completing them. It made me feel as though something was missing from my gaming experiences and I set out to do change that in March. LUNA The Shadow Dust wasn’t the most fulfilling adventure I’ve ever played but it was warm like a lovely cup of tea; and after previewing The Longing in February, I helped the Shade escape from his underground world and have been thinking about the endings since.
Our cat, Zelda, on Monday: "Oh wow, you're home today, this is awesome!" On Tuesday: "Hey, you're still here." On… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Later Levels (@LaterLevels) March 18, 2020
With CORVID-19 having a huge impact on the world right now, the events we’d planned to attend during March didn’t happen. I settled for buying some titles for my PlayStation 2 online after Pete and I made the decision to not go to the London Gaming Market even though it still went ahead; and EGX Rezzed was postponed until the summer, which left me thinking about the titles I would have checked out there if all was well and it had happened. These cancellations may be disappointing but they’re for everyone’s wellbeing.
Things in my personal life have been strange this month, as I’m sure is the case for many others right now. I’ve been working from home for several weeks and haven’t seen my work colleagues despite being incredibly busy; and we’ve also taken the difficult decision not to see my stepson for a while to protect him as much as possible. Thanks so much to the guys from The Support Role Discord server for their conversations and streams. It’s lovely being able to hang out on Twitch and chat, and forget about what’s going on for just a little while.
And now over to you guys: how are you doing? 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, and please look after yourselves and each other.
Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.