Welcome to June’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. With the summer blog party and longest day of the year now behind us, let’s take a look at recent events.



  • WordPress: 1,032
  • Twitter: 505
  • Facebook: 59
  • Instagram: 167
  • Twitch: 70
  • Posts:

  • Published: 12 posts
  • Most viewed: Gamers blog party: summer 2019 invitation
  • Most liked: Gamers blog party: summer 2019 invitation
  • Most commented on: Gamers blog party: summer 2019 invitation
  • My favourite: Living forever through video games
  • Games played:

  • ICO (video)
  • Lamplight City (videos)
  • Observation (videos)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Blogger highlights:

  • The Annual Blogger Blitz Competition! by Adventure Rules
  • The Benefits of Nostalgic Thinking by Athena from AmbiGaming
  • Is digital Keanu really the future of games? by squareblind
  • Perfect Gamer Pressure by The Gaming Diaries
  • The Series That Got Me Into Gaming by Why We Play Games
  • Blog life:

    The summer 2019 blog party took place in the middle of June and I’m pleased to announce that all records were smashed: we received over 300 comments (this has now grown to over 450) and shared 36 awesome posts throughout the day! Keeping up with everything going on while trying to manage my day-job was pretty tricky so I may need to consider alternative formats for the next event on 16 September 2019. Fortunately my furry blogging assistant Zelda was on hand to make sure everything went smoothly – while trying to sit on my laptop and look cute.

    Last week I had the opportunity to meet the Niki from TriformTrinity in real-life when he came to the UK for a holiday and visited us in London! He’s not only a lovely guy but has so much knowledge about video games and other media stored in his brain, and I wish he was closer so we could have more conversations in person. Other June highlights included waking up one morning to discover that Later Levels had hit over 1,000 WordPress subscribers thanks you to amazing people; and I shared my contribution for the Video Game Literary Classics 101 collaboration hosted by Angie from Backlog Crusader.

    Real life:

    June was a celebratory month with birthdays for my stepson, mother-in-law and dad, along with Father’s Day all happening in the same two weeks. We got the whole family together for another escape room attempt which sadly stumped us (read my review here) before stuffing ourselves full of barbecued food expertly cooked by my brother. Strangely, nobody gave Ethan any birthday presents to do with Fallout this year despite his ongoing obsession with the series and he didn’t seem to notice; maybe the infatuation is waning?

    I’ll be starting my new role as a Database Platforms Engineer next week and am really looking forward to the career change! This month has been stressful because I’ve been trying to pull off a couple of big projects before leaving my current team; but finally being able to host an IT industry event and finishing a huge piece of work around the subject of ‘customer experience’ has been well worth the effort. I’ve got so much to learn for the new job and will have to complete a number of training courses while coordinating garden renovations at home, so the summer months are going to be extremely busy…

    Gaming life:

    What did you think of E3 2019? I made a point of watching Microsoft’s Xbox briefing in the hope we’d hear more about Fable 4 but sadly there was no such luck. I came away from the event feeling deflated, not just from there being no news about the series but because there was nothing which excited me. I’ve been stuck in a rut recently after getting sucked back into The Elder Scrolls Online, although a brief break with Observation was interesting. I need some recommendations for new games to check out so let me know what you’ve got.

    After purchasing a PlayStation 2 at the London Gaming Market in March, my other-half and I finally got around to streaming ICO. Playing something retro gave us a warm, nostalgic feeling so we’ll likely pick up a few more classic titles at the next market in July. The planning for our GameBlast20 marathon stream will start shortly and the experience has given us a few thoughts for the event; we’ve got an idea for something rather ambitious, so it’s going to be interesting to see if we can manage it. More details soon!

    Coming up:


  • 03 July: Blogger Blitz competitor sign-ups
  • 05 July: The Darkside Detective: pixel hunting
  • 06 July: Twitch London Meetup
  • 21 July: London Gaming Market
  • 27 July: The Council: hidden agendas stream
  • 29 July: Blogger Blitz matches commence
  • 30 July: International Friendship Day
  • Take a look at the Side-quests page for more
  • New posts:

  • Is my anger holding back my blogging?
  • Essex: the birthplace of the MMORPG
  • What being ‘older’ gamers teaches us
  • Is there still such a thing as ‘casual’ and ‘hardcore’?
  • A celebration of blogging friendship
  • 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: June 2019

    15 thoughts on “Editorial: June 2019

    1. Damn! That was a full month! Happy to see that everything is going so well for you ^.^ Hopefully if one day I come to London (it’s in my near future plans) we can also meet eheh


    2. What a month it’s been! Was awesome to see so many new (to me, at least) people in the Blog Party too! Thank-you again very much for hosting. Also? Really looking forward to some of those new post topics you have lined up!


    3. Another great month, my favourite blog party so far! I’ve been spending a bit of time away from video games this month after smashing through The Division 2 obsessively. Also still looking for another job, I was offered 2 last week and still don’t know whether to accept them, as I’m interviewing for a 3rd on Wednesday and want that one more! Really can’t wait for the search to be over so I can get back into blogging again.


      • Sometimes you need to take a break from blogging so you can focus on real-life! It just means you’ll be itching to play video games even more when you get back. 😉

        How is the job-hunt going?


          • Aw that’s great news! Any company would be lucky to have you.

            I’ve been trying to take in as much knowledge as possible this week so it’s been a bit tiring (fortunately I’d randomly booked today off work ages ago to use up holiday, so I get some time to recover!). But I’m feeling a bit more confident about it now: I know more of the basics than I thought, and can make logical leaps to get to the answers I don’t know. Looking forward to seeing you at a conference in the near future. 😉


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