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Save Point: May 2021

Welcome to May’s editorial post, a monthly progress report which rounds up all the happenings here at Later Levels in case you missed anything. With summer coming and 75-days of streaming behind us, let’s have a quick recap of recent events.

Blog life
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  • Most popular:   How to survive the zombie apocalypse
  • Most liked:   Quizzing the effect of gaming on wellbeing
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  • Other posts worth checking out:

  • Poe and Munro: A Paradoxical Platinum by Ellen from Ace Asunder
  • What GRIS Teaches Us in a Post-COVID-19 World from AmbiGaming
  • It Takes Two to Break Me by Frostilyte from Frostilyte Writes
  • Female Representation in Video Games Meghan Plays Games
  • Celebrating Badass Video Game Moms by Colin from Pinkie’s Paradise
  • This year’s Zombie Awareness Month took place in May, so what better way to celebrate than to stream a few related games and publish some helpful undead posts. I took some time to think about why releases featuring shuffling corpses still remain popular; and if you’re not sure which of them to play, why not check out some of my favourite zombie games. But if you’re looking for something a little more ‘practical’, here’s a full guide to how you can prepare for and survive the upcoming apocalypse.

    Speaking of streaming, Pete and I were sad to announce that we had to bring our 90-days for GameBlast21 to an end early. We tried everything we could to keep going and we’re extremely grateful to our awesome mods Ellen from Ace Asunder and friend-of-the-blog Phil for all their help, but it was important for us to take a step back and give our full attention to some family issues (more about that later). Thank you so much to everyone who helped raise £4,753 for SpecialEffect – you’re absolutely amazing.

    Gaming life
    Games played:

  • Cats Organised Neatly
  • Hack Forward
  • Lucy Dreaming demo
  • Someday You’ll Return
  • Strangeland
  • The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark
  • The Puzzler’s Desk
  • The Wild at Heart
  • World of Warcraft
  • Games previewed or reviewed:

  • Lake
  • Lucy Dreaming
  • Murder Mystery Machine
  • Song of Farca
  • Strangeland
  • The Balthazar Stone
  • After LudoNarraCon took place at the end of April, I gathered my thoughts about all the great games I’d tried this year and picked three to highlight. Murder Mystery Machine has been on my wishlist for a while and the demo didn’t disappoint; Song of Farca used a nice digital twist on the detective genre; and the chilled Lake wasn’t one I expected to enjoy but really enjoyed. I also had the opportunity to review Strangeland and I loved the way it gave off the same unsettling vibe as the classic Sanitarium.

    Although Pete and I have always enjoyed streaming together, I can’t deny that it has nice being able to play a few video games offline and I’m looking forward to doing more of this during our break (more about that later again). We finally got around to starting Hack Forward, an escape-room-in-a-box I backed on Kickstarter in February 2020 and then received last year. We’ve only completed the first chapter so far and it’s very well done, so we can’t wait to start the rest of them.

    Real life

    Work has been absolutely kicking my butt. On top of the usual summer projects that happen every year, we’re now taking on an office move, department restructure, change to ‘smart working’ and huge data audit, which means lunch-breaks and finishing on time haven’t happened in over a month now. On top of this, my stepson has been going through a bit of a tough time recently; the teenage years can be hard enough as it is without the added difficulties which come from being part of a separated family.

    It got to the point where Pete and I had to admit that these matters needed our complete attention, and we had to reluctantly bring our 90-days of streaming to a close early. It really wasn’t something we wanted to do but other things need to take priority right now. We were planning to take a break for a month at the start of June anyway so the start of this has been brought forward and we’re going to take some time off from streaming and blogging over the next few weeks. See you on the other side!

    Coming up
    Events:

  • We’re taking a break!
  • Posts planned:

  • We’re taking a break!
  • 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!

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    Video game lover, Pragmatic Pixel blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Lifelong fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.

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