Welcome to November’s editorial post, a monthly progress report which rounds up all the happenings here at Later Levels in case you missed anything. With Christmas now on the horizon, let’s have a quick recap of recent events.
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(@DanamesX) November 11, 2020
After receiving a blogging award that required nominees to share their origin story and guidance, I was stumped: I was all out of new advice and I’d already explained how the blog came to life in previous posts. Sure, some awards do make for great writing prompts (like this one about explaining horror game storylines to children in a way that doesn’t scare them). But a lot of them seem to be nothing more than an SEO exercise – so is it time to finally break the chain?
I know this sounds incredibly cynical. 2020 has been a rollercoaster, sucking much of the motivation and enthusiasm out of many of us. A post for World Kindness Day didn’t garner as many responses as I’d hoped for and I wonder if this is a sign that blogging isn’t such a community-orientated hobby any longer. Perhaps events such as the new monthly EXP Share hosted by DanamesX from Tales of the Backlog and the Five Game Challenge from Naithin over at Time to Loot are just the sort of thing we need to draw us back together.
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Later Levels (@LaterLevels) November 11, 2020
October’s trend continued as Kickstarter once again featured in posts this month. At the start of November, I backed Made from Strings’ campaign for Murder on Space Station 52 after its mysterious storyline appealed to me and its promotional video made me laugh. I then found myself making a pledge towards Fractalcatz’s project for Related a couple of weeks later, after playing the first episode and agreeing with the Steam reviews which praised it for its incredibly creepy atmosphere.
Staying with the point-and-clicks, I revisited some classics. Playing Shivers again for the first time since its release reminded me of just how much it scared me as a teenager, even though it’s actually pretty tame. Trying Harvester wasn’t so successful though and I came away cringing and feeling confused. The star of the month however has been new adventure General Horse and the Package of Doom by Spektar Studio and Porcupine Parkour – as crazy as it was, it’s a contender for my game of the year.
(@GameBlast) November 16, 2020
While everyone was excited about getting their hands on the next-generation consoles this month, I left the hype behind and focused on charity. Get-Well Gamers UK deserved a mention because donations of unwanted PlayStation 4s and Xbox Ones will mean they can provide more equipment to hospitals; and SpecialEffect finally opened registration for GameBlast21. We’re now officially signed up for the event and have revealed our plans, Zelda made a brief appearance in the promotional video, and we even got a lovely mention in a SpecialEffect stream!
In other news, I decided to splurge on a treadmill after wanting one for ages and doing a lot of saving up. I may ache all over now after signing up to several interactive running and hiking series but I’m completely addicted to this thing. I’d love to be able to train up and gain enough endurance to be able to complete an extended distance one day so who knows: maybe I’ll find myself completing a different type of marathon as part of our fundraising targets for 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!
Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.