Welcome to May’s editorial post, a monthly progress report which rounds-up all the happenings here at Later Levels along with the games we’ve been playing. There’s plenty to report on from the past month, so let’s get this show on the road.



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  • Twitch: 69
  • Posts:

  • Published: 14 posts
  • Most viewed: Not getting it: video games and sex
  • Most liked: Not getting it: video games and sex
  • Most commented on: Live service games: “It’s good now!”
  • My favourite: Kickstarting to feel old
  • Games played:

  • 103 (video)
  • Backbone preview (video)
  • Guard Duty (review / videos)
  • In Other Waters demo (preview)
  • Lamplight City (preview / videos)
  • Neo Cab demo (preview)
  • Rainswept (videos)
  • Subsurface Circular (video)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Little Acre (video)
  • Unforeseen Incidents (videos)
  • Whispers of a Machine (videos)
  • Blogger highlights:

  • Top 5 – Video Game Soundtracks by Matt from 3PStart
  • Gendered Careers by Angie from Backlog Crusader
  • The Children’s Corner by Blast Away the Game Review
  • The Lord of the Rings: Marathon of Food by I Wasn’t Prepared For This
  • Kickstarter 10 Years Old by Naithin from Time to Loot
  • Blog life:

    The highlight of the month was volunteering for SpecialEffect on their stand at the MCM Comic Con in London. As well as raising awareness of their amazing work in helping individuals with physical disabilities to play video games, it gave me the chance to chat to some amazing people. Tom and Mark filled me in on their plans for GameBlast20 in February, and I even got to meet a couple of members of the This is How we Role crew! You might see me popping up in one of their streams later this year.

    The collaborations don’t stop there. Blogovision 2019 was hosted by Chris from OverThinker Y and Pix 1001 from Shoot the Rookie (I’m still consoling Guybrush after his defeat to Goro Majima and Brandon from That Green Dude). There was also An Epic Debate with Dan from nowisgames.com where we discussed our thoughts on what’s happening with Epic Games. And Phil made his blogging return after several years away with a post about live service games. Stay tuned for more projects next month.

    Real life:

    After being offered a job as a Database Platforms Engineer in mid-April, I’m disappointed to say that I’m still in my current role. It looks like I’m not moving over to the new team until the beginning of July as the company want me to work my full three-month notice period. It’s frustrating because I want to get started and I’m aware of how much I’m going to need to learn; but I just have to keep reminding myself that the change is coming and brighter things are on the horizon. One more month to go!

    Attending the London Cats International Show helped take my mind off of it – how can you not be distracted by a whole room of adorable kitties? I even came away having purchased a Cattitude Box subscription and both Zelda and I were very pleased with our first delivery. My other-half and I also tried out the Dr Wilson’s Office escape room at Escape Live after enjoying their Pirate’s Plunder experience so much last month, and I’m happy to say that we made it out with just over five minutes to spare.

    Gaming life:

    LudoNarraCon, panel, stream, Peter Ewing, Cassandra Kwan, StrixI had the opportunity to attend LudoNarraCon this month, a new convention organised by Fellow Traveller and hosted entirely on Steam. It’s always going to be difficult to capture the buzz experienced at real-world expos in an all-digital event, because there’s something about being among a crowd of people with the same interests and who are just as excited as you. But the team did an awesome job; it’s the perfect way of making conventions accessible to everybody as well as allowing ‘quieter’ narrative title to take centre stage.

    I was intrigued after trying out the demos for ‘emotional survival game’ Neo Cab and unique underwater exploration In Other Waters, and both have now been added to the wishlist. I also purchased Whispers of a Machine after watching the developers stream some of the gameplay during the event, and came away from my playthrough with a Wadget Eye Games’ vibe. My favourite title of the month however had to be Guard Duty: if you’re a fan of point-and-clicks, make sure you pick this one up at some point.

    Coming up:


  • 17 June: Summer 2019 blog party
  • 22 June: ICO: retro Saturday stream
  • Until 23 June: Video Game Literary Classics 101
  • Take a look at the Side-quests page for more
  • New posts:

  • What came first: the female gamer or the problem?
  • Switching characters in video games
  • Can we live forever through gaming?
  • How I’d spend the longest day of the year
  • An escape room round-up
  • 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!

    Editorial: May 2019

    18 thoughts on “Editorial: May 2019

      • Hey, they weren’t dumb at all! You know where I am if there’s anything else I can help with.

        My Video Game Literary Classics piece is almost ready to go… keep an eye out in the next week or so! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Kim, for the mentioning! The guys and I appreciate it!

      I’m sorry to hear you didn’t get the job promotion you’d been hoping for. Hopefully, something changes and works in your favor.


      • Unfortunately I’m not moving into the new job for another month… I was hoping my current team would let me go early but I’ve had to work my full three-month notice. I just want to get started now! ha ha

        And no problem about the mention – I loved the message of your post. There’s always so much in the news today about how video games are bad for us, how addictive they can be, how they’re going to be the downfall of society, etc. We need to keep spreading the positivity and shouting about their benefits! 🙂

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        • Glad to hear you are at least getting to start it! That’s always a major plus.

          As for the games? That’s the entire purpose behind our “The Children’s Corner” volumes. We’re a bit behind on this weeks, but will have it up today! Hopefully it’ll bring some light on the fact game’s aren’t nearly as bad as people think or the WHO.


          • I saw a talk earlier this year about ‘the psychology of gaming addiction’ where a very good point was made. A doctor said that when he’s asked whether video games can affect us, he always replies with a yes – because *everything* has the potential affect us.


    2. Interested to see your “living forever through gaming” post. Interestingly enough, I’ll be writing about that very subject extremely soon (possibly today, time permitting) as it’s a core theme of the game I’m currently featuring!


    3. Living forever through gaming is giving me Ready Player One vibes or have I missed the point? Thanks for hosting my article and for the mention!!


    4. Thank-you for the mention, Kim — greatly appreciated!

      I think it was only this month that I found Later Level’s and a whole other circle of bloggers from there. It has been quite the experience, like finding a whole new world exists, or an alternate reality.

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      • Welcome! 😀

        If you’re interested in getting to know more bloggers, the next blog party is taking place on 17 June. They’re a great way of meeting other members of the community and also letting them know about your site.

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    5. Thanks for the mention. I don’t feel like I’m done complaining about Epic yet and I don’t think they’re done making waves, so I hope you’re up for writing more on the subject!


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