Versatile Blogger: video games and chocolate

Later Levels was kindly nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award by Austin from Reaper Interactive late last month. If you’d like to follow someone who provides a mix of gaming news combined with honest opinions and blogging advice, get yourself over to his site.

As is the case with a lot of these blogging awards, nominees are required to divulge facts about themselves that have never before been revealed. Several past response posts have meant it’s getting difficult to figure out what to share and I’m sure you’re already sick of hearing about me! I’m going to give this response a shot though, and hopefully you’ll find something in the following gaming- and blogging-related facts that you didn’t already know.

I’m not a Nintendo fan

The Legend of Zelda, A Link to the Past, video game, Link, dungeon, chestAs with many gamers of a similar age, Nintendo has featured throughout my gaming history. My first console was a NES; I spent hours watching my brother play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on his N64; and my other-half and I and I bought my stepson a Wii U for our first Christmas together. But unlike a lot of other gamers in my generation, I’m not a Nintendo fan. The reasons why are long and varied, and probably best saved for a separate post – I’ve had this discussion with others in the past and it tends to go on for quite some time!

I can’t play Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy XIII, video game, female, Lightning Farron, pink hairAlthough I’ve watched friends play various Final Fantasy games in the past, I’ve only ever picked up one myself (X) and quit halfway through. I’m aware how much others adore the series and I’m sure I’d enjoy its stories, but turn-based combat just doesn’t click with me: it feels counter-intuitive and unrealistic. This likely says a lot about my lack of patience and strategic thinking. What’s weird though is that I seem to get tagged in an awful lot of Final Fantasy conversations on Twitter, when I’m probably the worst person to include!

I totally suck at social media

social media, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, icons, screenSpeaking of Twitter, I’ll admit that it’s not just Final Fantasy discussions where I suck: it’s this and all forms of social media. I can be quite a private person (which kind of contradicts the whole blogging thing) and so don’t share much on my personal channels; and when it comes to the channels for Later Levels, I get anxious and struggle to keep up whenever I’m involved in a conversation with more than a few people. It’s something I’m trying to improve upon but I think it’s safe to say I’ve never going to be one of those ‘influencers’.

The Stream Deck is my new favourite toy

Elgato, Stream Deck
Several weeks before our 24-hour stream for GameBlast19 last month, my other-half surprised me with an Elgato Stream Deck. I didn’t want to seem ungrateful but I did have to question why exactly we needed one as it seemed a bit ‘excessive’ for our needs. Pete simply smiled and told me to try it out and now I’m in love with the thing. It just makes everything so much easier, particularly starting and ending a stream, and we managed all of our marathon from this piece of equipment. It was pricey but well worth it.

I’m starting to dabble with code

BBC BASIC, coding, monitor, keyboard, handsA lot of gaming bloggers say they’d love to make a video game. While I’m no different, it’s not the story, art or audio I’m interested in: it’s the code behind it that makes it all work. I’ve enjoyed working with functions and variables ever since teaching myself BBC BASIC as a young kid on my dad’s Commodore 64 and I’ve now started to pick that back up again by learning how to code properly. I don’t see it leading to a real career change, but there are a couple of projects I’m working on with other bloggers where it could come in handy.

I’m not sure about Rezzed this year

In the past Rezzed was always my favourite gaming event of the year and I haven’t missed one since I started attending in 2013. But while the excitement is still there and our tickets are already booked, I’m feeling unsure about the 2019 event next month. A lot of the titles announced so far are either not to my taste or are repeats from previous years (Gang Beasts yet again, seriously?); and there doesn’t seem to be much going on in the developer session area either. I guess we’ll see. If you’re going to be there yourself, please do give me a shout!

An ideal day would consist of gaming and cooking

A New Way of Cooking With Chocolate, book, Hotel ChocolatWe have one weekend a month where my stepson doesn’t stay with us and on those rare occasions where we haven’t got any plans for the day, we’ll often spend it gaming and cooking. I’ll usually come up with a menu and then fit making this around several video games. Last weekend I purchased A New Way of Cooking With Chocolate from Hotel Chocolat and can’t wait to try the Parkin Spiced Beef with Cocoa Red Wine Gravy accompanied by White Chocolate Mash while working my way through an adventure or two.

So there you have it: seven gaming- and blogging-related facts about me which hopefully you haven’t heard about before. Thanks once again to Austin for the Versatile Blogger Award – and inspiring posts about Nintendo and Final Fantasy in the near future.

11 thoughts on “Versatile Blogger: video games and chocolate

  1. I’m not a big Nintendo fan either, so it’s understandable 🙂 Though I say that without owning a Switch….maybe I will change my mind once I get Breath of the Wild and other popular titles. Good post!


  2. If you like the idea of Final Fantasy in concept but turn-based combat turns you off (no pun intended), consider checking out XII or XV. XII has a system somewhat similar to Dragon Age Origins (which some conjecture “stole” its programmable AI system from FFXII’s Gambits) while XV is… not quite a full-on action game, but certainly more on the real-time side of things.

    As for social media… I wouldn’t sweat it. I have to keep taking a break because it’s more stress than it’s worth, and does not play nice with my anxiety. Right now I’m completely ignoring Twitter aside from scheduling posts for a little while, and I really don’t feel like going back, so I’ll see how things go! I have much more fun engaging with people in my comments here on WordPress or over on YouTube; all people on Twitter want to do is argue and complain.


    • I’ve taken a break from social media over the past couple of weeks because I’ve had a lot going on, and sometimes you just need to remove yourself from it so you can focus on the things happening around you. Such platforms give me very mixed feelings: I understand they’re a great way to connect and raise awareness but the level of outrage there can be overwhelming. It’s almost as if you need to have something to be angry about in order to be ‘cool’. 😕

      I’ve watched a few videos of Final Fantasy XV and it does seem as though it would be more my thing. I might do a full post dedicated to why I struggle with the series in the near future and then play XV as part of it!

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      • I don’t blame you. I’m “on a break” right now. Deliberately, ruthlessly enforced. I’m leaving my phone elsewhere, out of reach when possible. I’ve removed the Twitter app from my phone. I’ve logged out of Twitter on my computer and am only using Buffer, a third-party service, to schedule tweets promoting my content.

        Into my second day of this ruthlessness and I’m not missing it! 🙂

        As for Final Fantasy XV, plug time! I covered this in detail back at the end of 2016: — though note with all the patches and DLC that have come out since (all bundled in the newer “Royal Edition”) there are some aspects of the game that are a bit different to what I described here.


          • I deleted my Facebook several years back and have never once regretted that decision. I do have a “dummy” account now to auto-post MoeGamer entries to a Facebook Page, but I literally never check in on it.

            I can’t stand Instagram. Everyone’s like “oh, you should TOTALLY be on Instagram to promote your work!” But I can’t be arsed with all that stupid hashtagging #content #tag #blog #blogstagram #bloggersofinstagram #writing #amwriting #writtenwork #writer #author #balls

            Also, Instagram doesn’t seem especially friendly to wordy types; I can see how it’s great for artists and photographers, but I just don’t see it working for bloggers. (I’m sure someone can correct me if I’m wrong!). I feel like if you can’t express it with a pithy screenshot of your iPhone’s Notes app, people won’t be interested. And that’s fine. I’m not interested in them either.

            Meow. Forgive me some cynicism, I’m tired and bored at work! 🙂


            • I work in IT. Cynicism is my daily currency, so feel free to continue. 😉

              I’ve been pondering over it throughout the day and I think I’m going to use this as an opportunity for a bit of a refresh. Make a few design changes to the blog, clear out social media channels which really don’t do much for promotion anyway, etc. Facebook and their evil ways won’t stop me!

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  4. I honestly don’t see the point of Rezzed this year either. Especially now that EGX is coming back to London.


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