Welcome to March’s editorial post, a monthly progress report which rounds up all the happenings here at Later Levels in case you missed anything. With spring on the horizon and Easter just around the corner, let’s have a quick recap of recent events.
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Later Levels (@LaterLevels) March 16, 2021
Community projects have taken centre-stage this month. The latest EXP Share hosted by Tales from the Backlog saw me share a post about some of the gaming moments that have shocked me the most; and next I made my way through Machinarium after buying it eight years ago, for the annual #MaybeInMarch event co-hosted with Ellen from Ace Asunder. We then wrapped up the month with the spring 2021 blog party during which 19 awesome posts by some talented bloggers were shared on social media.
I spent some time outside of these events thinking about whether it was necessary to finish a game to review it. This subject came onto my agenda after receiving a review key for Mutropolis, a sweet adventure from a small indie team, and getting stuck at a certain point before any walkthroughs had been published. The consensus seems to be that all opinions are valid regardless of how much you’ve completed of release – but it’s important to be honest in your critiques when it comes to sharing your progress.
This question and the limited success of the community projects mentioned above have planted a seed in my mind when it comes to Later Levels. Most of my content nowadays is filled with reviews due to the cancellation of gaming expos during the past year; and turn-out for the blog parties and other collaboration events has been dwindling for a while. Perhaps it’s time to do something different. An idea is forming but it’s something I’m going to need help with, and so I need to have some conversations over the coming weeks.
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Later Levels (@LaterLevels) March 14, 2021
I’ve been revisiting some classic games over the past month and reliving my youth. After receiving The 7th Guest as a Christmas gift from Ellen and playing part of it during our GameBlast21 marathon stream, I decided it was time for a proper playthrough and lost myself in its spooky nostalgia. And I shared my thoughts on playing Shadow of Memories on my PlayStation 2 last month, and the feeling that I’d played it before even though it was a release I don’t actually remember.
My favourite title of March however was The Dark Side of the Moon, an awesome modern full-motion video (FMV) adventure that was added to my wishlist a while back as soon as I found out it was going to star two well-known names from the genre. Thanks so much to the guys from Tayanna Studios for surprising us by popping up in Twitch chat and sticking around to answer questions until the end of the game! This started me on a bit of an FMV binge and we progressed on to Five Dates the following weekend.
Our 90-days of streaming for GameBlast21 continues, and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has guided Pete for a ‘master class’ this month. Please do get in touch if you’re interested in teaching him how to play a game he has never tried before! It was a conversation which took place before Frostilyte’s Monster Hunter: World session with him that got me thinking more about character creation in video games: I tend to spent a lot of time on my protagonist whereas my other-half is more likely to click on the randomise button.
Later Levels (@LaterLevels) March 03, 2021
Although it seems like the light at the end of the COVID tunnel is getting closer, we’re still not out of the woods just yet. My motivation has taken a huge hit over the past few weeks and I can’t seem to work up the enthusiasm for most things. I remain grateful to the friends I’m in regular contact with because their jokes and memes make each day go a little faster, and I’d like to give a shout-out to the streamers whose lovely voices can usually be heard throughout the Later Levels’ household.
Speaking of friends, I made the decision to remove some of the social media channels for both the blog and me personally this month. I talk to my good blogger-friends regularly and can be contacted directly whenever anyone would like to speak to me; and certain social media platforms have been incredibly negative and draining over the past year. What reason do I therefore have to keep them? The Later Levels’ Twitter account remains for now even though I’m not always incredibly active on it.
Perhaps my mood will turn more positive as spring approaches, because the lighter days and milder weather make it my favourite time of year. Easter is coming soon too so that means some well-deserved time away from work along with plenty of Creme Eggs and video games. Pete and I still need to figure out a way to celebrate our birthdays next month because it doesn’t look as if we’ll be going out, but hopefully we’ll be able to come up with something fun.
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.