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.
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Later Levels 🎄 (@LaterLevels) December 15, 2020
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.
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Later Levels 🎄 (@LaterLevels) December 18, 2020
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…
Me: trying to listening to a webinar about mental health and wellbeing. Zelda: zooming around the hallway with a plastic spring toy. 🐈—
Later Levels 🎄 (@LaterLevels) December 10, 2020
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!
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.