Video games, volunteering and victories

Welcome to October’s editorial, where I’m still recovering from an extremely busy yet enjoyable September. Let’s take a look back at what happened last month as well as find out what’s coming up over the next few weeks.


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Gamers blog party: autumn 2018 invitation
Personally-defining games: on their way out?
ESI Super Forum 2018: volunteering for SpecialEffect

Personal backstory

My stepson started secondary school at the beginning of September, which turned my other-half and I into anxious parents. We needn’t have worried so much though because he seems to have taken to it pretty well. Science and art are Ethan’s favourite lessons at the moment (although we’ll see how long that lasts once the homework ramps up) and he has made a couple of friends who are into video games themselves. One of them, Amy, has a Switch and plays Splatoon 2 all day so we highly approve.

Volunteering for SpecialEffect at the ESI Super Forum was a highlight of the month, and I got the chance to watch fellow volunteer Kat play FIFA 19 against Christian Fuchs while I (gratefully) stood back and took photographs. The following day my other-half and I travelled to Birmingham for this year’s EGX and discovered watery survival game Flotsam and point-and-click 3 Minutes to Midnight. Pete was disappointed we didn’t get a chance to play The Division 2 due to a two-hour queue but we all know he’s going to buy the game anyway!

Over the past few weeks I’ve been streaming a lot more, although sadly this has highlighted a problem with my mic which I really need to get sorted. So far I’ve played Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris for the upcoming Tomb Raider: Writers’ Raid collaboration over at NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog; Simon the Sorcerer in honour of the reviews by nufafitc at Emotional Multimedia Ride; and Kona, thanks to James from Killer Robotics kindly giving me a spare key. Next up are the Myst games after receiving the 25th Anniversary Collection Kickstarter rewards.

The grind

I’ve started to settle into the routine of the new job which had freed up more time for games. Kona was my favourite of last month and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who likes titles with a strong narrative.

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The community

The autumn blog party went off with a bang and saw us hit a new record of 29 posts shared, 295 comments left and several new bloggers join in. The winter event will be taking place on 10 December 2018 so stick the date in your diaries! My thoughts are now turning to plans for GameBlast19, SpecialEffect’s annual gaming marathon, in February and what we’re going to do for it next year. If you have any ideas or would like to be a part of our dream-stream-team, take a look at this post for more information and get in touch.

Elsewhere in the community, the lovely Luna over at GamersUnitedGG Blog has kicked off her Video Game Reality House project which will see contestants will placed in a house where the goal is to be crowned the Video Game Champion. Writing is also furiously underway for Jonez’s Tomb Raider: Writers’ Raid collaboration so expect to hear more about that soon! If you have an upcoming project, let me know all the details in the comments below so I can add it into the Side-quests page schedule for you.

Critical hits

September has been all about Blogger Blitz so of course the list below includes the winning entry from Michael at Git Gud at Life and the final result post by Ian from Adventure Rules!

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The next level

  • Much love to those gorgeous people who have nominated Later Levels for awards recently. I’m working on response posts for each of you and they’ll be coming this month!
  • I’m really enjoying working my way through the Myst series over the past few weeks and playing the original for the first time in over a decade brought back some great memories. Queue an upcoming retrospective on on the title.
  • Going to Comic Con in London at the end of the October? Make sure you stop by the stand for SpecialEffect where I’ll be helping out on the Friday once again. All I need to do is get my cosplay sorted…
  • I’m looking forward to the Halloween-inspired Question of the Month challenge as it will give me the opportunity to write about a little-known game I played as a teenager. There may even be an accompanying stream too, if I’m brave enough.
  • I’m off to Barcelona for a few days towards the end of the month for a spot of sun, sangria and sightseeing. Posts will be scheduled before I go so the blog won’t be empty but I’ll be quiet for a bit while I’m scoffing as much tapas as I can.
  • ¡Hasta pronto! – Kim   🍷

    Editorial: October 2018

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    1. Thanks for featuring me in your Critical Hit section!! 😁 Enjoy Barcelona! I’m more than slightly jealous… haha.


      • I’m kind of nervous… I haven’t been on a plane in so long, and I think my other-half’s fear of flying has rubbed off on me a little. I think I’ll need a big glass of sangria to calm my nerves once I arrive.

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        • Yikes. I’m definitely not a fan of planes… Work is sending me off somewhere for a week on the 22nd and that’ll be the 4th time in my life I’ve taken a plane, haha.

          And yup, the sangria will definitely help with that! Have fun 🍹


          • I used to be fine with flights, but then I met my other-half and his phobia transferred to me a little! I’m totally blaming him for this. 😂

            Have a good time for your work do, and make sure you have a couple of shots at the bar as soon as you arrive.

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