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Save point: December 2020

Welcome to December’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 behind us and thoughts turning to the new year ahead, let’s have a quick recap of recent events.

Blog life

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  • Total published:   20 posts
  • Most popular:   Gamers’ blog party: winter 2020
  • Most liked:   Gamers’ blog party: winter 2020
  • Most discussed:   Gamers’ blog party: winter 2020
  • My favourite:   The best games to play at Christmas
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  • Best day:   06:00 on Mondays
  • Other posts worth checking out:

  • Everyone in Brothers is an Asshole by Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost
  • Looking Back: Art of 2020 by Frostilyte from Frostilyte Writes
  • The Correct ‘Game Of The Year’ 2020 by Toasty from Games With Toasty
  • Exclusive Santa Statement by Mr. Wapojif from Professional Moron
  • Our 2020 Games of the Year! by William from WCRobinson
  • Later Levels reached its fourth birthday last week after another year of blogging was completed. 2020 has certainly been a weird time for both the site and WordPress community in general, and it feels like we’re all ready to let out a collective sigh of relief at being able to put the past 12 months behind us. Hopefully 2021 will be a little bit brighter and we can all get back to doing the things we love with renewed enthusiasm after having a well-deserved rest during the Christmas break.

    That’s not to say things have been quiet though because several celebrations took place in December. First, I took part in the 30 games tag after being inspired by Nathan from Gaming Omnivore; and then came the #CreativeChristmasCollab from Chris Durston, which gave me the chance to share what makes one of my blogging-friends so great. And we gathered at the winter 2020 blog party during which 23 amazing posts were shared, and I’ll be rounding off the year with a full review of the year on Wednesday.

    Gaming life
    Games played:

  • Call of the Sea
  • Dishonored 2
  • DOOM Eternal
  • Greyhat: A Digital Detective Adventure
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Quern
  • Röki
  • Sea of Solitude
  • The Night Before The Night Before
  • World of Warcraft
  • Yakuza 0
  • Games previewed or reviewed:

  • VA11 Hall-A
  • December’s EXP Share hosted by DanamesX from Tales from the Backlog was all about the gift of gaming so I looked back over some of my favourite gaming memories for the occasion. Several of these involved my stepson Ethan as we bonded over gaming when we first met. Our mutual love of video games has made it easier to talk about how to use them responsibly over the years – and I think Pete and I will be putting that to good use, now that the teenage years are upon us and he’s starting to play game online.

    A big thank you to the awesome Frostilyte from Frostilyte Writes for giving me my final game-swap of 2020. I’m not sure I would have played VA11 Hall-A if it wasn’t for his selection and would recommend this one if you’re a fan of visual novels and personal stories. For more game suggestions, why not find out what my blogger-friends are playing during the holidays in this month’s collaborative post or check out the great titles I selected for this year’s beginner’s guide to indie.

    I’ve spent most of my free time this month playing Yakuza 0 and I’m firmly blaming Nathan from Gaming Omnivore for this. Watching him stream part of it made me want to try it for myself, and now I’m kind of hooked…

    Real life

    So here we are back on lockdown, with a lot of the UK now under tier 4 restrictions. It’s certainly been the weirdest Christmas we’ve ever experienced; not being allowed to socialise with people from other households meant Pete and I were unable to see our families and spent the holidays alone. The only silver-lining was that we had video games and chocolate to keep us company, along with a few blogger-friends who joined us on Twitch.

    I’m not sure I would have believed you if you’d told me I’d still be working from home in December back when the first lockdown started in March. On one hand, I’m finding myself missing London and it was lovely seeing parts of the city in Watch Dogs: Legion; but on the other, the talk of returning to the office in January scares me more than I’d like to admit. The events of 2020 have made us all more aware of our mental health and how to manage it better, as well how video games are a positive thing for our wellbeing.

    We’re still battling away with my old PC and the poor thing is clearly on its last legs. Pete has been keeping his eyes open for the parts he wants for a new machine and we’re hoping to have this sorted by the time GameBlast21 comes around in January. We’re asking for everybody’s help when it comes to deciding on which games to play during our 24-hour charity stream for SpecialEffect, so head over to this post to cast your votes and help arrange our schedule!

    Coming up

  • 01-31 January: EXP Share
  • 07 January: Shadowrun stream
  • 21 January: Shadowrun stream
  • Take a look at the Side-quests page for more!
  • Posts planned:

  • Blogging goals for 2021
  • My stepkid’s excitement over the new Xbox
  • Call of the Sea review
  • Getting fit with zombies
  • More GameBlast21 updates
  • 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.

    11 thoughts on “Save point: December 2020 Leave a comment

    1. Stay strong 🤜🏻🤛🏻

      Was having a similar convo with my other half whose been WFH from home since March there’s going to be a schism in the workforce between those who’ve been working continually at their place of work and this huge proportion returning to the office adjusting again to that routine.

      Don’t see it happening though anytime soon especially with these new strain in London


      • It’s proving difficult to adjust to anything right now because the situation is changing so frequently. Essex has been hit pretty hard from what we’ve heard (although I’m fortunate enough to say my family is well) and our local hospital is struggling, so it sounds like we’re going to be in tier 4 for a while yet.

        I hope you and your other-half managed to have a nice Christmas, regardless of everything else going on right now. 🙂

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        • I’m back out and about at work from weds, she’s been told April. Gonna be such a shock to the system if/when it happens. Now it’s been proven how effectively some sectors can WFH that will be a difficult conversation to slog it back into the office every day 🤷🏼‍♂️

          It was different, we ate a lot, watched a lot of tv and played a combination of Sim 4 and Pillars of Eternity. So productive day lol I hope the two of you had a good day, had snuck online last night to see if you were streaming, rare Sunday off 😊


          • Definitely. I think a lot of companies are going to have a hard time persuading employees to the office, when they’ve managed to continue doing business while most have worked from home for almost a year. I can’t say I’m particularly looking forward to four hours of commuting each day along with paying for train tickets… 😕

            I’m on emergency call-out duty today so I had to be up early, and we stayed up really late playing video games on Saturday so we were falling asleep on the sofa around 9pm last night. We’re obviously getting old!

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      • I can’t believe I’m still working from our kitchen table, nine months later. My area is going to be in tier 4 for quite a while yet because the local hospitals are really struggling and the figures aren’t good. I’m able to say my family is well though, so I know how fortunate I am. ❤

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    2. Glad to hear you’re still enjoying Yakuza 0. It’s definitely one of my favorite games I’ve played this year, released in 2020 or not. One of the coolest parts of writing about(or streaming) games has been discovering games that you may not have previously known about and being able to share and appreciate with others. It’s been pretty awesome being able to hang out and play games through Twitch as if sitting on the couch together gaming(and snacks!), especially this year…


      • Yeah, I think it’s been something we’ve all needed. Meeting up on Twitch is the nearest thing we’ve had to socialising for so long now and I think I’d be climbing the walls if I didn’t have that interaction.

        Only another 100-hours or so to go with Yakuza 0… 😆

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