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Save Point: September 2020

Welcome to September’s editorial post, a monthly progress report which rounds up all the happenings here at Later Levels in case you missed anything. With the evenings getting darker and the autumn now upon us, let’s have a quick recap of recent events.

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  • Thank to everyone who attended the autumn 2020 blog party and helped share 22 of the best posts from the blogging community on social media! I’ve always enjoyed running these events because they’re my way of showing my appreciation for all the support I’ve had here over the past few years; but I can’t deny it takes a lot of effort to manage them and my day-job at the same time. Because of this, I might need to think of a better way to handle them or perhaps a different event altogether for 2021.

    Speaking of events for next year, planning for GameBlast21 in February is now underway. This will be the seventh time I’ve taken part in the annual gaming marathon for SpecialEffect so we’re planning something big. Although I revealed a few details in Monday’s post, I don’t want to give too much away just yet – but what I will say is that the promise Pete made while live on Twitch, to wear a Pikachu costume if we hit our fundraising target, will be upheld. Keep your eyes peeled over the coming months for more details.

    We’ve streaming more regularly and publishing a weekly schedule again to get us in the right frame of mind for GameBlast, but we’re going to try and mix things up a bit by not only playing video games. A round-up of the physical rewards I’ve received from Kickstarter projects made me realise just how many escape-rooms-in-boxes I’ve been backing on the platform lately. An additional camera purchased for our streaming set-up now means we can play these on Twitch too, so come join us in chat if you’d like to help us solve the mysteries!

    Gaming life
    Games played:

  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Chicken Police demo
  • Death Stranding
  • Draugen
  • Final Fantasy XIII
  • Harvester
  • Project Zero
  • Shadowrun
  • The Painscreek Killings
  • Several demos from PAX X EGX 2020
  • Several games for The EGX-perience stream
  • Games previewed and reviewed:

  • Chicken Police
  • Final Fantasy XIII
  • Ghost on the Shore
  • Rosewater
  • Satisfactory
  • The Painscreek Killings
  • Thanks to COVID-19, the gaming events we’d bought tickets for this year have now all been cancelled (sob). Some of the organisers didn’t let that stop them though and instead turned their expos digital. Although PAX X EGX this month was a good experience – and caused me to add a few more games to my wishlsit – I can’t deny that I missed the physical show. A round-up of the games I’ve discovered at EGX in previous years and a weekend stream of some these eased the pain a little.

    Finding was is perhaps my favourite title of 2020 helped too. I picked up The Painscreek Killings on a whim when it appeared in the Steam summer sale and ended up absolutely loving the way this detective story mimicked a real investigation. Continuing on the detective theme, I’ve not got my eye on Chicken Police too; if you haven’t yet seen this game or played the demo, I’d highly recommend doing so as soon as possible. I promise you won’t have seen anything else like it.

    My game-swaps with other bloggers are continuing and I’m still working my way through Final Fantasy XIII at the time of writing. I’m not sure Ellen from Ace Asunder has persuaded me to like turn-based combat with this one, but it has taught me that different games speak to different people for unique and special reasons. As for Pete, he’s still trying to improve his factory in Satisfactory. It’s the first release which has managed to drag his attention away from The Division 2 so I’m not complaining!

    Real life

    Some big news this month that I’m very excited to reveal: we became Auntie Kim and Uncle Pete! We’ve wanted to shout about this for a few weeks now but have been keeping it quite until it became official. My brother and sister-in-law recently adopted a gorgeous little boy and we can’t be happier for them because they’re going to be awesome parents. He may only be a year old but just you wait: as soon as he’s big enough to hold a controller, we’ll be teaching him the ways of the gamer.

    My stepson went back to school at the beginning of September after being on lockdown since March, and it’s a strange situation for all of us. On one hand it’s good to see him back with his friends and this has done wonders for his mental well-being; but on the other, we’re all rather worried about what’s going to happen. I hate to say it but it seems like it’s only a matter of time before we get the notification from the head about their being a case of the virus in his year. As Pete said the other day: what a weird world we live in nowadays.

    Coming up
    Events:

  • 01 October: Shadowun stream
  • 02 October: One Special Day for SpecialEffect
  • 15 October: Shadowun stream
  • 17 October: Monkey Island 30th anniversary stream
  • 21-26 October: Steam Ditial Tabletop Fest
  • 29 October: Shadowun stream
  • 31 October: Halloween 2020: Amnesia stream
  • Every Thursday: #BloggerTalk
  • Take a look at the Side-quests page for more!
  • Posts planned:

  • Sherlock Zones: my love for detective games
  • Why I don’t play early-access games
  • Did Project Zero frighten Pete?
  • ‘Scary’ games for people who don’t like horrors
  • A progress report on our journey towards GameBlast21
  • And now over to you guys: what have you been up to lately, and what have you got planned for the coming month? Is there anything the community can help with or get involved in? Let everybody know in the comments below so we can show our support. Thanks for reading!

    Kim View All

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

    12 thoughts on “Save Point: September 2020 Leave a comment

    1. Thanks for the plug! I enjoyed your Banjo-Kazooie stream last night. I watched while digging on Mario Odyssey. But didn’t comment in the chat. Is that creepy? I’m not trying to be creepy. I just need to collect moons in Odyssey.

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    2. Sorry I didn’t make the Autumn blog party – I used to love those! But twin life and all that… Plus I wouldn’t have any recent posts to talk about, haha. I’m optimistically adding the next one to my diary though 😉

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      • Hey Katie, it’s lovely to hear from you! Hope you and the family are all doing well. I’ll look out for that new post whenever it’s ready. 😀

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