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Gamers’ blog party: summer 2020 invitation

The lockdown may have meant we’ve had isolate ourselves over the past few months, but that doesn’t mean we can’t socialise. Put on your best frock and dancing shoes, grab your laptop and join in with the latest blog party here at Later Levels.

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: tell us what you’ve learnt during lockdown. Whether it’s a new hobby, an interesting fact or love for a gaming genre you never thought you’d enjoy, we want to hear about it.

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 BST on Tuesday, 16 June 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 since starting the site at the end of 2016; 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. Hello! Jumping in before going to bed since its nearly 11pm for me. For anyone that doesn’t know, I’m Michelle over at A Geek Girl’s Guide. I wrote about a lot of different things along with gaming stuff.

    I’m sharing my Self Care Tips Based on Hogwarts House post. Fitting for quarantine times.

    https://ageekgirlsguide.com/2020/03/25/self-care-tips-based-on-your-hogwarts-house/

    I haven’t done anything special during quarantine since I still work. I’ve played more games during this time than usual.

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  2. Good morning all ๐Ÿ™‚ Iโ€™m Charles and Iโ€™ve been writing for the last couple of years in various guises but currently running the Comfortably Adventurous page which is an outlet for me to talk about gaming, media and days and some travel writing.

    My gift for the summer time shindig is a recent post I wrote about one of my childhood guilty pleasures, a travel series from 1989 with one of the Pythons

    https://comfortablyadventurous.wordpress.com/2020/06/07/around-the-world-in-80-days-1989-review/

    I would love to be one of those people whose learnt a life changing skill or changed direction in my life but alas have worked throughout this strange period in the โ€˜funโ€™ world of retail banking. Iโ€™ve learned to appreciate the quiet and contemplative time when walking so maybe that? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ

    Pouring a raspberry daiquiri to get started ๐Ÿ˜

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    • This brings back some memories. I watched Around the World in 80 Days as a kid. There were only a few things on television back then which weren’t cartoons and managed to hold my attention, but this was one of them because I loved Michael Palin!

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      • Had such a nostalgia binge watching this and that really 80s theme tune. Nothing to make a Brit feel…not as young, than seeing a British Rail carriage.

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  3. Good morning! Dropping in quickly before a busy day at work!

    *places cake over on the table*

    I’m Krista aka LeeksPlays and I tend to write about video games, technology and the odd music/film post here and there.

    Today I’ll be sharing my post about my thoughts on the PlayStation 5 livestream and what some of my highlights were. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    https://leeksplays.wordpress.com/2020/06/12/lets-talk-playstation-5-livestream/

    Have a good day everyone! ๐Ÿฅณ

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    • Morning Krista, thanks for popping along before work! ๐ŸŽ‰

      I didn’t get to watch the PlayStation reveal because it was our RPG night, but everyone has been filling me in and I caught a few snippets afterwards. I do like the look of Stray – but then again, it’s a video game where you play as a cat, so what’s not to like. ๐Ÿ˜„

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  4. Hi guys!

    My real life friends call me Denise, but on the net I am better known as Pinkie from Pinkie’s Paradise!
    I have a rule against nominating one of my own posts as something amazing because I feel it will make my other posts sad :*(
    However I do feel comfortable sharing my rules with you as a frame of reference so hey I met the brief :

    https://pinkiesparadise.com/2020/06/10/pinkies-personal-rules-for-blogging/

    Of course I do a lot of other stuff, Movies, Pokรฉmon, Anime and Games are the main events around my blog but I also do some fan fiction writing and personal stuff as well!
    For Mondays I got the idea to review video game movies! So just finishing up my edits for todays post as I write that as I watched Uwe Boll’s House of the Dead. *Shudders*

    This is such a neat idea by the way!

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    • Morning Pinkie, lovely to have you here with us today!

      I really enjoyed reading your post, and completely admire the way you try to make everyone feel welcome while still being true to yourself. I’d never really considered whether I have a personal blogging code before but I think I do; there are certainly some personal rules I try to follow and things I won’t do because I don’t feel comfortable with them. This is definitely a subject to think about some more. ๐Ÿค”

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      • Good morning to you to! It took me a while to realise my personal blogging code as well. Like how I always felt uncomfortable putting up a post I thought was amongst my best.. I just discovered that trough asking. The whole political rule is a bit under pressure now so I felt it was a good time to explain it all !

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        • Yeah, I totally understand that. There’s so much going on in the world right now that sometimes it can be hard leaving it behind when it comes to blogging. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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    • That was a really interesting read. It does help to have a…core set of principles? You abide by, certainly I hadnโ€™t thought about articulating them this clearly. Great perspective and take ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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  5. The best thing about your blog parties is that we’re in the same time zone, so for once I’m not 8 hours behind on everything. Also, I’m working from home today, so no-one will notice if I regularly check in here ๐Ÿ™‚

    Since I’m still bound to miss a few comments, and this events are primarily about finding new people, please directly drop a link to your site on this comment if it is focused around video game design and/or in-depth reviews/opinions on mostly PC games. I never owned a console, so I have almost no connection to games from Nintendo etc…

    For those who don’t know me yet, I’m Quietschisto and on my blog, I write about the stuff I want to read from others, mostly reviews/opinions about the games I play, with a bit of my take on general game design, prevalent philosophies and whatever I think fits that game. I’m trying to put a bit more emphasis on broader topics at the moment and I want to branch out a tiny bit into the food&drink category (mostly cocktails, though), reviving the “Eating Everywhere Else” series and maybe introduce a new one focused on drinks you could order at my bar!

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    • I made a few videos for the upcoming Blog-Crawl for a few (okay, more than a few – 24, if I remember correctly) classic cocktails. After they have “aired”, I’ll upload them on my site and start production on more videos.

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  6. Just here to get drunk and cause more scenes. Wooooo!!! ๐Ÿป

    *Is “escorted” outside by security after “accidentally” punching a wall that she ran into*

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  7. Hi, Iโ€™m Stephen. As itโ€™s very quite at work at the moment, Iโ€™d thought Iโ€™d just pop in to say hi. I run my Honest Gamer blog and itโ€™s been almost 2 years now. I write about all thing gaming, such as reviews, lists, essays and the odd challenge here and there.

    My gift is my review for the phenomenal Ori and the Will of the Wisps. I absolutely loved this game and enjoyed writing about it.

    https://honestgamer.blog/2020/03/19/ori-and-the-will-of-the-wisps-review-a-near-flawless-masterpiece/

    Thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    • Morning Stephen, thanks for joining us today! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Now I have to confess that I haven’t tried Ori and the Will of the Wisps, or even completed Blind Forest yet. I love the art-style and the music, but I just suck at platformers far too much! I think I’m going to have to get around to watching a video one day.

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  8. Hopefully Iโ€™m not too late with Working and that (Slides Pringles and JD on the Table)

    Itโ€™s that time again where the Warrior comes to the party!

    Whatโ€™s up Peeps and Iโ€™m rob and I run Bandicoot Warrior with currently 4 other people and we write about Games, Music and Films but mainly games.
    As people probs know Iโ€™m Fallout Obsessed so it would be rude not to give you my latest post I did on Fallout :p

    https://bandicootwarrior.com/2020/06/05/my-fallout-fasnacht-journey/

    Iโ€™m proud of this one as it took longer than expected for getting all the pictures of all the content.

    Thing Iโ€™ve learned in Lockdown? To use my time conveniently and to focus on the things that need doing the most.

    But yeah thatโ€™s us over at Bandicoot Warrior hope you like the post and the JD is up for grabs!

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      • Exactly Iโ€™ve been doing the JD, Pringles since my first ever Blog party last year I think ๐Ÿค” maybe longer ๐Ÿ˜‚

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          • Thatโ€™s true as well ๐Ÿ˜‚ you will play it one day and then realised what youโ€™ve been missing out on ๐Ÿ˜œ

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            • I know, I know… I really do need to get my butt in gear and get this sorted. I need to plan it for a stream and then I can’t back out of it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  9. Hullooo! I’m an intermittent guest at these things, I’d say I’m batting one in three, maybe being slightly generous, one in two since I had the fortune of finding Kim here last year around… June? July? Somewhere around there. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Anywho, I’m Naithin of Time to Loot. Primarily of a gaming bent, but I may from time to time veer off into utterly unrelated topics with very little warning. I’m currently hosting a play-along of To the Moon (for which I am learning a bunch of new things from the perspectives being shared!) and a succession game of vanilla Civilisation VI. But I think for my gift today it will be:
    https://www.timetoloot.com/gaming/playing-alone-together/

    It’s from near the end of April, and is about — tieing into the next point of discussion ๐Ÿ˜‰ — what I learnt (or rather relearnt!) about the shared experience possible over even a single-player game, while in New Zealand’s COVID-19 lockdown.

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    • I’m writing this comment about five minutes after completing Act 3 of To The Moon and I have tears in my eyes. Dammit – I’ve played this game so many times now and it *still* makes me cry, even though I know exactly what’s coming. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

      Thanks so much for putting together this play-along. It’s been lovely having a reason to pick up To The Moon again and really think about why I love it as much as I do. I’ve just seen that the third set of questions are now up so I’d better get thinking!

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      • I got my eyes leaky at several parts too, even though — this time — I remembered each of the parts coming.

        I did still put a few extra things together though this time through in light of things others had said. Looking forward to doing the post a bit later! And playing the minisodes next week too, it will be my first time for those!

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        • You know what, I’ve never actually made it around to playing the minisodes – so this is going to be a bit of a treat for me too. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  10. I saw the initial launch post about Civ 6 but hadnโ€™t picked up any subsequent entries. Is the play through still going strong?

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    • Yep! The ‘Succession Games’ page keeps track of the links to the other game posts as they happen (or… You know, a little after they happen.) Should be current right now, with Krikket just posted hers, which were turns 201-210. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Good day all, Neppy here from Nep’s Gaming Paradise! Great to be part of another blog party and of course a massive thanks to Kim for hosting it, the last one was really fun and I met a lot of great people during that time! And for the people who I haven’t met yet hello, pleased to meet you! I’m a 24-year-old gamer from The Netherlands who talks about all kind of different games that I’ve been playing during that time! As for the gift that I would like to share with you all: I’ve chosen something that almost anyone can read and enjoy because who hasn’t played the original Super Mario Bros? I’ve taken it upon myself to play every approachable version of the game, and recommend what isn in my opinion, the best version of the game.

    https://nepsgamingparadise.com/2020/05/28/super-mario-bros-all-versions/

    As for what I’ve learned during the quarantine… not much surprisingly! My work has been continuing all the same with the exception of me not being at the office, and outside of that not much has changed either. I’m mostly an introvert gamer who only goes outside when he needs to, so now I actually have an excuse to stay inside :P!

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    • Hiya Nep, thanks for joining us today! How’s it going over there? ๐Ÿ˜€

      Every version of Super Mario Bros? Wow, I bet that’s going to take a long time. I think I’ve only played the game on the original NES as a kid and on the Game Boy when I was a bit older… I’ve clearly got some catching up to do.

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      • Everything’s fine over here, got a few weeks off from work now so I can use the time to recharge my batteries ;). I hope you are doing well too!

        It did take a long time, but it was worth it! I’m a person who’s always struggling with the need to play the best version of a game, and I never really knew what was the best version of the original Super Mario Bros since it had many re-releases. I’m glad I was able to confirm that for myself, as well as for other people!

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  12. Hey I’m GD from The Gaming Diaries. I talk about games I’ve been playing, general game stuff, geeky things and like sharing the things I love about games.

    Super excited to be at another blog party with fabulous company.

    I bring my latest post because it was fun thinking about captains and crews. https://thegamingdiaries.wordpress.com/2020/06/14/seriously-geeky-sundays-oh-captain-my-captain/

    During lockdown what have I learnt? I’ve started streaming on twitch and learnt that I love that and can sometimes even sort when the tech goes wrong. I’ve learnt that I can have some confidence. I’ve realised some things generally in life and trying to make a change there so I can be happier. But lockdown has been quite positive for me.

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    • I rather enjoy how shortening things down to “GD” has become a thing now hahah.

      And for anyone reading the comments, GD’s streams are worth dropping in on. Always great commentary and a handful of wonderful people in the chat. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Was a nice piece to read. Always have a lot of time for someone that likes Picard and Sisko, two great captains ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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    • As much as the lockdown has been a worrying and stressful time for everybody, it’s good to see there have been some silver-linings to it do. And if they’re lessons we can all keep in mind and take forward as the world returns to ‘normal’ (whatever that means now), then it can only be a positive thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • I’m hoping that lessons from this period do carry forward. There are a lot of people that I know that still just want to go back to how things were before so I wonder how many people will learn from this. Hopefully the silver linings and the lessons learnt do change things in a positive way. A new normal will be interesting to find.

        Though one thing that will definitely stick is how amazing this community has been and I think we are all closer now and that’s a great thing.

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        • To be honest, I’m not even sure it’s possible to go back to the way things were before. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing: I know many people have taken the opportunity to try new things, learn a skill, spend more quality time with their families. We’ve just got to stay positive and look to the future! โค

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          • I’m in that mindset too and I don’t think the “old” normal is necessarily so good. Things have to change and I think that could be really positive. The future will still contain good things and bring new adventures. Like one year I will get to go to London Comic Con! People getting to spend so much quality time with their families is wonderful. All the new learning, new hobbies and trying different things is so good. โค

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  13. Late relative to bat time, but early relative to my own Canadian time!

    I’m Frostilyte and I write over on Frostilyte Writes (and also doodles). It’s a blog where I’ve been sharing gaming related content including reviews, opinion pieces, and posts about game design. It used to be more review focused, but more recently it’s a bit more of a blend. I also draw goofy looking art, which gets posted on twitter and on my blog.

    This time around I’ll be sharing: https://frostilyte.wordpress.com/2020/04/16/more-games-should-handle-difficulty-like-slay-the-spire/

    That article is the one I’m most impressed with from the past three months. Rather enjoyed writing it and am reasonably pleased with the end result. Also have one that is coming out tomorrow that I’m pleased with, but…well it’s not available just yet.

    As for what I’ve learned during lockdown: I’ve learned more about a subset of people within the community by way of twitch. Getting to interact with folks over on the support role, and within their respective twitch channels has been a great way to learn more about them and also feel more ingrained within the blogging community. That’s been really cool.

    Alright. Looks like I have some catching up to do, so I’ll get started on that. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I have to say, I’ve been enjoying Frosti Fridays on Twitch very much. I might not always be active in chat (usually because I’m recovering from the stepkid taking over the house upon arrival ha ha) but it’s great being able to watch someone you know play games you wouldn’t be able to get through yourself.

      Oh, and caterpillars. The caterpillars are awesome.

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  14. Hi everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ First timer here as I’ve never quite gotten up the courage to join in before :$ I’m Heather from Just Geeking By, a geeky lifestyle blog where I also talk about disability awareness, beauty and gaming. I tend to post a bit of everything within those topics. Gaming wise I run a World of Warcraft Transmog series every Tuesday, it’s currently on hiatus after the program I used to make them broke for a bit but it’s coming back soon ๐Ÿ˜€ I also love product and style guides and have a bunch dedicated to geeks as well as Birthstone and Zodiac ones too.

    It took me a while to pick a post to share because I didn’t want to share this one because it felt really rude coming to an event and saying ‘hey here’s MY event’, but honestly, I’m really proud of this – https://geeking-by.net/seriously-geeky-sundays-announcement/

    You might have seen Seriously Geeky Sunday posts going about every Sunday and I don’t think I can quite put into words what these posts have become for me every week. The prompt was planned for May after I can back from a month visiting family in London and obviously due to COVID-19 that never happened. I thought I’d pull it forward to offer people something to look forward to each week and the response has been amazing. People have thanked me, but it’s them I owe because this little prompt that I was terrified to even start has been a lifeline for me during this difficult time. So I’m sharing it not because I want people to join in (we’d love to have you though) but because of what it represents and a sense of community which is what this blog party is all about too.

    I hope that ramble all made sense… โค

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    • Hey, the whole point of these blog parties is to help everyone within the community to get to know each other better and bring them together! And if that means they get involved in more events, then that’s all good. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Sundays tend to be quite a tricky day for me because it’s when we drop my stepson home, rush around getting everything sorted for work the following day, and then do a weekly chat stream (although we’ve had to take a break recently). But I’ve really enjoyed reading everyone’s posts for Seriously Geekly Sundays and am looking forward to seeing what comes next!

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      • Yey ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you Kim โค

        The link-up for SGS is open until Wednesday midnight for exactly that reason because I knew that no matter what day I chose someone wouldn't be able to make it, and I wanted to give people a chance to take part. So if you want to you can always take part any time that suits you ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • In my excitement and nerves, I missed the part about telling us what you’ve been up to during the lockdown /facepalm

      It’s kind of difficult for me to talk about because the lockdown is my normal, my reality. I have 7 chronic illnesses and the 7th one, ME/CFS, completely changed my life. I went from a Masters student about to embark on a career in information and library studies to barely being able to leave the house. I spend 95% of my time at home, going out only for appointments and just before the lockdown was preparing to start taking part in weekly mental health social groups and tai chi to start getting out more. The social group is currently taking place over zoom and that’s going to be starting soon ๐Ÿ™‚ Although my mental health plays a part in it, my situation is very much dependant on my physical symptoms. I’m in the process of working on a post about my ME/CFS symptoms for those who are interested in learning more.

      So for me, not much has changed. It has been a really stressful time though and I’ve been diving into my blog work to keep my mind off things. SGS has been a big part of that, and generally I’ve just been a lot more active on my blog again. I had a forced period of inactivity due to some stuff happening IRL and that ended just before the pandemic, so my newfound freedom and a need to do something constructive has resulted in blog activity.

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  15. Hello, everyone, Alex Sigsworth here from my titular site (because I’m unimaginitive). This year, I’m experimenting with microblogging on Twitter (@AlexSigsworth) but I’ll be moving on to something else next year (still thinking about what that could be).

    This post was not written within the past three months but it was published last month: my piece on Herobrine from Minecraft for Normal Happenings’ The Characters That Define Us. I’ve never felt as satisfied with any post am I with this one; I thought it would be dismissed as self-indulgent but the response really surprised me.
    https://normalhappenings.com/2020/05/14/herobrine-the-characters-that-defines-alex-sigsworth/

    When lockdown began, I was working on a novel, so luckily I’ve had that to occupy my time. I don’t intend to talk about it much until it’s finished but it’s something I’m serious about and it will be published eventually.
    When I’m not working on that, I’m producing Untitled Video Game Music Podcast, in which a guest introduces eight video game music tracks of their choice and we talk about them for a bit. I’m always looking for new guests, so if that takes your fancy, find it on my YouTube channel (Alexander Sigsworth) and get in touch using my Contact form.

    Also, at a previous blog party (I think it was last winter), the blog post I shared was the first in a series counting down my favourite comic book films of the 2010s. That series hasn’t been completed but I am actively working on the next entry, so it is coming.

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    • Hey Alex! Things sound both incredibly busy and exciting for you at the moment. There’s no way I could ever see myself writing a novel because I’m just not that creative, so I admire anyone who’s giving it a go! I hope it’s going well for you and the words are flowing freely. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  16. Yo! How is everyone? Looks like things are already swinging in here! I’m Pix1001 (the pronunciation of which I am currently debating) and I write over at Shoot the Rookie. I brought some home brew beer for y’all so help yourself! I’m not sure how strong it is mind you so be careful. I haven’t been doing that well with coming up with my own stuff recently, but I have been taking part in Just Geeking By’s Seriously Geeky Sundays event so my gift to the party is yesterday’s post about Captains, which was a really fun one to write: https://shoottherookie.com/2020/06/14/seriously-geeky-sunday-aye-aye-captain/

    As for lockdown activities, I dunno it has been pretty much the same as usual – gaming, anime, cooking, drinking. I did learn the bass line to a Metallica song early on in lockdown which I am quite proud of I guess. Also using the time to assess possible future career options, which is interesting, and I’ve also put some bird feeders up on my kitchen window so have become addicted to watching them. Anyway! I hope everyone has a fun time and I’ll try and check out all these blog posts over the next wee while ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Good afternoon Pix, hope you’re doing well today! It sounds as if you’ve been having a pretty cool time during the lockdown. There’s something particularly calming about watching the birds in the garden over a cup of tea. โ˜•

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        • Yes, I know that feeling. So much of our lives has gone online due to the lockdown that it’s nice to get away from the monitors every once in a while. And if it gives you the opportunity to learn the bass line to a Metallica song, then that’s even better!

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  17. What up party people! I am half awake, but ready to get my party on! I’m DanamesX and I run the blog Tales From the Backlog. Most days I just write whatever comes to mind or some of my gaming memories. This month, I am devoting my post to the Monster Hunter series. The month is half over, but I released the first post today! I had a fun time writing this one, and I am optimistic over the other post I’m working on.

    http://talesfromthebacklog.blog/2020/06/15/the-appeal-of-monster-hunter/

    Last week, I discovered that I may need reading glasses. I was playing Codenames at my in-laws and noticed it was hard to read some words at a distance. My wife made me test using her glasses and it was like decoding a secret message; so it is off to the eye doctor for me!

    Now if you will excuse me, I need to figure out how to work and party at the same time.

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    • Heya DanamesX! Glad you could make it today. ๐Ÿ˜Š

      I love how you say that the palicos are the best thing about the Monster Hunter games ha ha! I’m not going to lie: after installing the game, I did sit there for ages trying to get mine to look just like my cat. Now only if I could teach my cat how to cook…

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  18. Hey, I’m AK, which I use because I don’t really need anyone I know in real life finding out about my blog because it would be a massive headache. But if you’re into games, music, or anime (though I haven’t written much about anime lately, but maybe soon!) you should check it out. I’ve been reviewing a few visual novels lately, so the post I want to present is this review of The Expression: Amrilato:

    https://sonatano1.wordpress.com/2020/05/16/a-review-of-the-expression-amrilato-pc/

    I chose this because it seems to be a pretty niche game that could probably use more attention — it’s a yuri romance VN that’s also about learning Esperanto. If that sounds weird, it is a bit weird, sure, but I think it works. This is also one of the only reviews I’ve put up recently that doesn’t completely spoil the plot and ending of the game, so anyone can probably read it.

    This is something I was already doing, but I’ve tried to step up my Japanese language learning since the quarantine started. Self-study can be difficult — it takes a lot of discipline, something I’ve always had a problem with. But I’m doing my best to make it work on my own.

    Anyway, best wishes and best of luck to everyone else, and thanks.

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    • Hey there, AK, hope you’re doing well today! ๐ŸŽ‰

      How are you finding Japanese? A friend has been learning during the lockdown and said it’s not been as difficult as he expected it to be, but a colleague in work tries to teach us occasionally and I’m always terrible!

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      • Thanks, doing okay, unfortunately have to work though. I hope you’re well too.

        Japanese is interesting in how it’s both easier and harder than I thought at first. I’m mainly studying kanji and vocabulary now, and getting kanji down isn’t that hard if you approach it in the right way by breaking them down into radicals and so on. But conversational Japanese seems like a minefield. I never realized how socially improper some of the characters in the games and anime I like acted until now just from the way they speak.

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          • I think the big thing so far has been the use of pronouns to refer to people. In games I’ve suddenly noticed characters always using those terms that basically mean “you”, especially omae and kimi, but I’ve also learned that using those can be considered rude in a lot of situations and that you should generally refer to people by their names when talking to them. Not something I would have ever imagined before since we don’t do that in English or any other language I know of. Apparently some of the Japanese I’ve heard in games would get me in real trouble if I tried to use it in real life!

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        • Hi folks, I’m Jen. My blog is where Skyrim’s boldest adventurers tell their tales to help a sick kahjiit cub. It is the back story of my characters and their internal musings as they adventure through Skyrim. It has a few other odds and ends. Who knows where it will go as it grows.

          This series of penny dreadfuls is my favorite because it has been the most fun to write.

          http://punchingmudcrabs.com/2020/04/26/sheograth/

          I have learned that good things can still happen during the worst times. I have learned keeping your spirits up is the key to getting through this. I have finally gotten it through people’s heads that video games are a tool in the self care arsenal. They help my neice make it through her long hospital stays and manage the pain. They help me not to go moron hunting with a kendo stick in real life.I have remembered how much I used to enjoy creative writing and I shouldn’t have stopped because it was time to grow up.

          The only gift I have left is some sophomoric humor and the will to try to rally the troops to fight on.
          It’s not a party until a couple of friends get drunk enough to throw down and trash the buffet table right? Well, at least not around here. We are simple country folk. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for inviting me to this blog party. Sorry To ruin the buffet table, I’m going to wash the potato salad out of my hair.

          Stop by and leave comments and memes of your character punching a Mudcrab for Maggie, or put on your mean face with the text “This MuthaF*!@ will punch a Mudcrab in the FACE!”
          Let us know if you could punch cancer in the FACE and make it go away you would.

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          • Don’t worry about the buffet table. It’s not a proper blog party until there has been at least one food fight – it happens every single time. ๐Ÿ˜†

            Totally agree with you about video games being a self-care tool. I think they’ve been very helpful to a lot of people in coping with the lockdown, and can provide a means of escape to give yourself a short mental break. Hopefully one day in the not too distant future, society will focus on the positives of gaming rather than always turning to the negative first.

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    • I’m learning Japanese through self study too. I understand it takes a lot of hard work I know how annoying it is to hit that self study wall. I love it when I hear a phrase I know in a game or song though – it feels so rewarding! I’m also a big VN fan too ๐Ÿ˜„

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      • Nice! Yeah, when you start to actually understand Japanese in games, music, stuff like that can be really motivating. I only just got to that point recently.

        I look forward to a time when I can read an untranslated VN. Hopefully not too far off.

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        • I hope to be able to do that in the future too. Theres a VN called “Tokyo School Life” that allows you to display both English and Japanese text at the same time which is an interesting idea. I haven’t played it myself so I have no idea if it’s any good, but it could be an interesting way to test yourself ๐Ÿ˜Š

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          • Oh yeah, I do like that feature. I haven’t seen it until very recently, but it’s a great tool for us to use. Maybe I should check that out, thanks!

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  19. Hello! I hope everyone is well! Squigz or Dale here from UnCapt… never sure whether to just use Squigz… Anyways I missed the last Party because of work, but I’m here for this one! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Well, during the Lockdown, I’ve learnt that my backlog is just a monster… I won’t ever stop adding to it… It’s getting worrying now! But it has given me some time to play more with friends and replay some older games that I loved as a kid, funny enough it links to my post I’m sharing!

    https://uncaptreview.com/2020/04/22/welcome-back-spartan-halo-reach/

    I’ve also learnt that there is no end to the amount of procrastinating that I will do! Now that I haven’t got any Uni work to do, I’m currently procrastinating while procrastinating… its a vicious circle! Anyways, I hope you’re all coping well within Lockdown and staying safe! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Why, hello there Dale / Squigz! Thanks for joining us this afternoon. ๐Ÿ˜Š

      It seems as though the lockdown has been a good time for a lot of people to revisit some of the games they used to love! Sometimes you just need to forget about everything for a while a lose yourself in a bit of nostalgia. One of the first things I did was dig out my box of old Xbox 360 games, and I’ve promised Athena from AmbiGaming that I’ll play Metal Gear Solid 2 as well.

      Procrastinating while procrastinating… surely that’s multi-tasking, and therefore productive?

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      • Thanks for hosting these, they’re such a great event! ๐Ÿ˜€

        The worst thing I did was sell all my old Xbox 360 games, sad times! Yeah, nostalgia really helped through the boring times and it was nice to play some of the older games with my wife for the first time! ๐Ÿ˜€

        oooh, Metal Gear Solid 2 was a great game! I never played it myself but I watched my dad play through the majority of Metal Gear solid games! That brings back some great memories! ๐Ÿ˜€

        I never thought I was any good at multitasking, but I guess I am! Its horrible honestly, I’ll start a game to procrastinate from writing or something, then I’ll stop playing the game to watch youtube, then back to the game and then youtube. Its never-ending! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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        • I’ve never played any of the MGS games so Athena kind of challenged me to do so, and in return she’d play Fable! It proved too difficult to get hold of a copy of the first game so I had to go for the sequel instead. I’ve already warned Athena that I’ll be doing it on the easiest setting possible because although I love video games, I’m terrible when it comes to any kind of action. ๐Ÿ˜‚

          I have to say, I’ve definitely noticed myself becoming more of a procrastinator during the lockdown. I’ve had a few days recently where I just can’t seem to work up my motivation or focus on any one thing. Hopefully as things start to return to ‘normal’ (whatever the new normal is now), I’ll shake that off!

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          • I hope you enjoy them, even if you’re terrible at action games! ๐Ÿ˜‚ They are great, I’ve not played many of the newer ones but I remember them being a little difficult. But that might have been because I was young playing them ๐Ÿ˜‚
            Yeah, I can relate to the motivation problem. Theres just so much going on right now that its hard to even focus aswell! Hopefully you can shake it off, it is a bit weird to think what normal will be now…

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  20. *Bursts in to the room wearing a donkey onesie, clutching a game controller*

    Hello!!! it’s … it’s .. fancy dress…. right?….

    Anywho, I’m Luke, I blog over at Hundstrasse.com where I ramble about my gaming thoughts and experiences… and stuff. It’s a place for me to muse on the many things that I find interesting about gaming without troubling people in real life about it. Unfortunately I’ve been feeling the work pressure int he past couple of weeks so I’m on a slight hiatus, but I’m planning on making a return soon, hopefully this week.

    For my gift, I’ve brought along the traditional twiglets and poptarts and I come dressed as my chosen blog-post… and the thing I… learned? … during lockdown. A few weeks back I decided to post a random doodle/3-panel webcomic with some of my own brand of terrible humour entitled ‘Gaming Donks’ which may or may not become a permanent thing. Here is the first ‘episode’:

    https://hundstrasse.com/2020/05/06/gaming-donks-stealthy/

    … I’ll see myself out…

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    • It’s my favourite blogger-dressed-in-a-onesie! ๐ŸŽ‰

      Your own brand of terrible humour? Well if that’s the case, then mine must be pretty terrible too because I love the Gaming Donks. If there’s a poll for them to become a permanent fixture, they’re getting my vote.

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      • I’m keeping them around for a while. My hope is that they’ll become big enough that I can launch a line of bizare Gaming Donks themed merch. I’m going to skip the normal things and go straight for novelty items that are purely pun based… so far I’ve only got gaming donks themed percussion instruments called ‘Donkey Gongs’….

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  21. Hi, I’m McKenna from McKenna Talks About Games and I like to write about what I’d like to see in games, my thoughts on games I’ve played, and fun posts like Legend of Zelda wine pairings. Animal Crossing Diaries are a staple on my blog – it’s fun to share my progress.

    I’ve been going forth between a number of hobbies during quarantine, but the one I’ve stuck with the most is gardening. I’ve always loved plants, but last year I started getting some indoor plants, and my parents just let me plant a few things in the backyard. So I’ve been devotedly attending to them, and I’ve even tried my hand at plant propagation! I may even have a plant blog post coming up in the future…Anyway I’m what a friend of mine calls an “outdoor introvert” so gardening also gives me a great excuse to be outside.

    The post I’d like to share today is my critique of Shadow of the Tomb Raider. It’s more serious than a lot of my posts. I love writing both fun and serious, but serious are definitely more time consuming, so there are less of them and I thought I’d share something a little different from my norm here. https://zeldaisthegirl.wordpress.com/2020/06/12/becoming-the-tomb-raider-lara-croft-in-shadow/

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    • I loved your posts about The Legend of Zelda wine pairings! Do you think you’ll do any more in the future? The wine club we belong to has had to stop during the lockdown, so I’m really looking forward to it starting back up and being able to try some new bottles. ๐Ÿท

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  22. Heyo everyone. It’s bloomin hot here today in the UK. I’m Brandon and I write over at That Green Dude. I write about video games mainly but every now and then I will write about other things.

    I’m sharing a post about the game Zombie Army 4. The piece is called Zombie Army 4 is the Best B-Movie Game. http://thatgreendude.com/2020/05/03/zombie-army-4-dead-war-is-the-best-b-movie-game/

    I had to write about Zombie Army 4 and I was over the moon when the developers over at Rebellion saw it. It was awesome reading their messages of thanks for buying and enjoying the game so much I’d write a passion piece on it.

    During lockdown I’ve started streaming and its been going well. Just last night I hit another milestone. I am now one requirement away from becoming a Twitch Affiliate.
    My Twitch channel – https://twitch.tv/thatgreendude95/profile

    I’ve also recently started making music with some software I’ve got. Haven’t made a lot yet but I’ve been having a lot of fun with it.

    I’ve also got some more ideas to expand That Green Dude but I’ll say more about that when those ideas look like they can happen.

    I’m drinking an ice cold pepsi max because it’s too hot to drink anything else. I also have a lot of oreos. Anyone want any?

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    • Good evening Brandon, thanks for popping over to join us in this hot weather. โ˜€๏ธ

      It sounds as though you’ve been keeping yourself busy during the lockdown. Congratulations on almost hitting Affiliate too! Just Cause 4 was hillarious – that duck though. ๐Ÿฅ

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      • I’m nearly at affiliate. Gotta get a few more followers. Got to love Just Cause rocket duck.

        Apologies if there has been an overload of comments from me on here. I’m messaging via the phone app and everytime I comment it says comment cannot be posted. WordPress being WordPress ๐Ÿ˜

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        • Don’t worry about it – all sorted. The WordPress app never seems to work for me so I’ve kind of given up on using it. ๐Ÿ˜‚

          I haven’t had much time for streaming or watching streams recently thanks to an overload of projects in work. I’ll try to stop by this week so and join you in chat!

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  23. Hello, I brought some lemonade and some sweets because it’s getting hot out there. I’m OverpoweredAF, I blog over at OverpoweredAF.com where I ramble about my gaming experiences and other experiences. Today, I brought some Tech Reviews with me if anyone wants to read it, tomorrow we’ll be back at our scheduled programming of gaming talk! and

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  24. Good morning! TJ from Retro Game SuperHyper here. It’s 11 am on the 15th of June here in my neck of the US, so my drink of choice is black coffee (third cup this morning) right now.

    RGSH has been running since 2016, and I write about retro video games: sometimes I just gush over a favorite game or console, maybe I’ll defend a game that is generally disliked, I may do some product or merchandise reviews (lots of video game books), or I’ll play an old game for the first time and give my impressions about it. Really, anything goes subject-wise, but the common thread through all of it is that I like to tell stories about my experiences from 40 years as a gamer. I’ve been playing video games since 1980, so I was there during the golden age of arcades and Atari, the NES era, the Street Fighter II boom, all the way up through today, and I have a pretty good memory for this stuff.

    For my gift to you, I’d like to share the article I wrote for Pac-Man’s recent 40th birthday!
    https://retrogamesuperhyper.com/2020/05/22/40-years-of-pac-man-fever/

    I did write a lot more during our state’s government-mandated Stay At Home order from mid-March to mid-May (I’m back to work now), and I also used that time to play some games I normally wouldn’t have the time to play. Other than that, I produced more artwork (I’m a professional tattoo artist in my day job) in those two months than I had in the past five years, and I started livestreaming my drawings on Facebook and actually made some money doing commissions, which helped me and my family out quite a bit!

    I’m really looking forward to digging through everyone else’s blogs and discovering some new stuff. Thanks for hosting this party, Later Levels!

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    • Well hello there, and welcome to your first blog party! I’ve realised that I’m not following you already so let’s put that right straight away. ๐Ÿ˜€

      I had no idea that Pac-Man was 40 years old. I’ve had some good times playing those games – from playing with my brother when we were kids, right up to competing with Tim from Timlah’s Texts in some local arcades when he came to visit us a while ago. I wouldn’t be surprised if Pac-Man was still around in 40 years’ time.

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  25. Hello! I’m Skylar-Mei, blogger over at gamergal.exe, a blog aimed mostly at gaming with the odd mention of anime and music once in a while. I haven’t been writing much recently, so I chose to share a post from March about some shorter games to play with managing working from home in mind: https://gamergalexe.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/games-to-beat-in-5-hours-or-less/

    I’ve been spending much more time playing games during the lockdown, but I’ve also spent time practicing guitar, singing, drawing and continuing my Japanese self-studies. Sounds kinda busy, but I’ve mainly just been playing games… ๐Ÿคซ

    I’m usually the kind to sit in the corner at parties so this is very new to me. Thank you to Kim for being a fantastic host and I look forward to finding some new blogs to follow (I’m a bit slow though, so bear with me)! ๐Ÿ˜„

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    • Hi Skylar-Mei, it’s lovely to have you here with us. ๐Ÿ˜Š

      Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders keeps coming up on my Steam recommendations but it’s not a game I’ve heard of before. Now I’ve read your thoughts about it, it seems like it would be worth giving it a go! I played Contrast a few years ago and liked that one too. I’m not the best when it comes to platformers but I loved the cabaret setting and music.

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      • Happy to be here, thanks for having me! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

        Detective Di has been one of my favourite games that I’ve played this year. It was only released a year ago and I hadn’t heard anything about it until I played it myself, but it’s certainly worth checking out. Contrast has an interesting platforming design which works great with the style and setting. It had been on my backlog for years so I’m really pleased I finally decided to play it this year ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  26. Hey y’all! It feels like forever since I’ve been to a blog party! But I’ll just blame the feeling on the pandemic. >.< Anyway, I'm Megan and I write over at A Geeky Gal and create videos on YouTube as Megan Marie! I love to write about games, anime, and mental health. My YouTube channel spans over so much right now but I'm hoping to finally nail down a niche soon. You can catch me playing some classic horror games and chatting about life over there. I would say I'm mostly known for my 30 day challenges!

    I took a mental health break in May so I want to share a recent post about a mid-year look at my new year's resolutions. It's pretty strange how quickly things can change in 6 months, but it felt really good to check in on my goals and look at what will have to change or wait until next year: https://ageekygal.com/2020/06/15/spoilers-mid-year-2020-blog-personal-resolutions/

    Speaking of the pandemic, lock down has been both relaxing and stressful! I've had more time to focus on myself but also too much time to myself! (I swear I'm really an introvert!) I've learned that I definitely put too much work on myself and need to take more time to relax. I've spent more time playing games I truly enjoy (Haunting Ground, Sims 4, and finally replaying the Kingdom Hearts series in preparation for KH3) and finding ways to socialize with my friends online like using Discord + Roll20 for Pathfinder sessions!

    Thanks Kim for putting this on as always! I'll be back in a bit to mingle and meet any faces! โค

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  27. Hello everyone, I’m Nathan and write on my blogsite Gaming Omnivore. I post weekly(occasionally more) about whatever games I happen to be playing at the time, old or new. A post I enjoyed writing in the past few months was about the 20th anniversary of Perfect Dark on the N64, a game that meant a lot to me and devoured many, many hours of my childhood. http://gamingomnivore.com/2020/05/22/20-years-of-perfect-dark/

    I haven’t really picked up any new hobbies during lockdown, though I have been making a little more of a conscious effort to try streaming on Twitch. It’s been an interesting and intimidating learning experience…

    It’s 12:30pm where I am, so instead of day-drinking I’ll just pour up some coffee in my giant Snorlax mug. Cheers!

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    • Hi Nathan, hope Monday is treating you well over there. ๐Ÿ˜€

      How have you been getting on with the streaming so far? The time difference can make it a little awkward, but I’ll stop by if you’re ever on air and I’m awake!

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      • Itโ€™s been fun learning process, I think I finally got the volume settings worked out so I can actually hear my voice as I mutter to myself while streaming.

        That time difference across the Atlantic definitely makes it hard. I work until around 8pm during the week, so if I decide to stream itโ€™s the middle of the night over there. If you find yourself unable to sleep, my droning, unenthusiastic voice my assist in that…๐Ÿ˜‚

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        • Aw I’m sure that’s not the case at all. ๐Ÿ˜Š

          The audio settings have definitely been the hardest part for us to get right, and a few other bloggers-who-stream that I know would probably say the same thing too. Such issues seem to be a regular topic of conversation for us ha ha!

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          • Iโ€™ve just been using my headset mic while streaming so itโ€™s taken some fine tuning to get rid of things like background noise and humming. I think Iโ€™m starting to get familiar with all the OBS settings…

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            • It can take a while to get it set up how you want it but once it’s there, OBS seems to be pretty reliable! Are you playing any particular games on stream or simply whatever takes your fancy?

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              • So far itโ€™s just been games Iโ€™m pretty familiar with like Far Cry 5, Overwatch and Resident Evil 4. Iโ€™ve been mostly playing PC games, but I have a capture card Iโ€™ve been messing around with so I can play older Nintendo or Sega games.

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                • Oh that’s cool, the older games always go down well. I really like it when a streamer is playing something they played years ago and tells you about their memories of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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