Welcome to July’s editorial post, a monthly progress report which rounds up all the happenings here at Later Levels in case you missed anything. With the days hotting up and the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK gradually easing, let’s have a quick recap of recent events.

Blog life

  • WordPress:   1,492
  • Twitter:   607
  • Facebook:   86
  • Instagram:   211
  • Twitch:   146
  • Posts:

  • Total published:   19 posts
  • Most popular:   Not turned on: sexual content on Steam
  • Most liked:   Twitch tips: advice for new streamers
  • Most discussed:   Lockdown gaming: when a hobby stops being fun
  • My favourite:   Point-and-clunky: bad adventure elements
  • Traffic:

  • Views:   3,011
  • Visitors:   1,377
  • Likes:   384
  • Comments:   153
  • Best day:   Mondays
  • Other posts worth checking out:

  • The Legends of Twitch by Ellen from Ace Asunder
  • Ruining Your Favourite Pokémon – Season Fin by Frostilyte from Frostilyte Writes
  • Video Game Characters Who Wear Masks by Jett from In Third Person
  • A Thank You Post For Content Creators by Dan from nowisgames.com
  • Top 5: Memorable Real-Life Locations in Games by cary from Virtual Bastion
  • Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for The Great Blog Crawl 2020 virtual pub this month, and congratulations to Frostilyte from Frostilyte Writes for being this year’s winner! I’d also like to give massive shoutouts to Ellen from Ace Asunder, my partner-in-crime for the event; Quietschisto from RNG for his awesome cocktail tutorial videos; and DeiSophia from Virtual Visions for kindly donating several game keys for giveaways. Ellen and I had so much fun putting the quiz together and would love to do it again in 2021 – we’ve already had ideas about how we can get more blogs involved so watch this space for more news soon.

    The virtual pub marked our return to Twitch after a six-week break and was the grand finale in a short series of posts about streaming. If you’re someone who’s looking for advice on how to get started, a viewer who wants to find more great channels to follow or a streamer who just can’t decide to what to play on your next stream, they’re worth checking out. As for future Later Levels’ streams, we may not be sticking to a strict schedule from now on but we’ll be on air a few times a week – and I can promise you there’ll be plenty more #KaraokePete. Keep taking clips of his songs and there may even be a charity album in time for GameBlast21 next February.

    Gaming life
    Games played:

  • A Case of Distrust
  • Disco Elysium
  • El Tango de la Muerte
  • Eliza
  • Event[0]
  • Fable
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  • Satisfactory
  • The Almost Gone
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Games previewed and reviewed:

  • Answer Knot
  • Burn Me Twice
  • Burning Daylight
  • Metaphobia
  • Off-Peak
  • The Mirror Lied
  • The Supper
  • Whateverland
  • Working up the motivation to play and enjoy video games has become more difficult recently but I feel like I’m slowly starting to get back into the swing of things. I managed to knock some entries off my backlog after finally playing several free games on Steam – although more titles were added back onto it after summer sale purchases. These included stylish detective adventure A Case of Distrust, cerebral RPG Disco Elysium and isometric puzzler The Almost Gone. I also backed point-and-click Whateverland on Kickstarter after playing through the prologue at the end of June.

    My recent time with games in the adventure genre made me realise that, even though I’ve always adored it, it contains some elements which are rather clunky and that we could all do without. It also made me see just how unreliable Steam’s recommendations can be sometimes. After playing through Burning Daylight last month, I had a whole bunch of soft-porn titles in my discovery queue thanks to the plaform’s ‘sexual content’ tag. Some of these games look absolutely terrible so I think I’ll stick to Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty for now, as part of my game-swap deal with Athena from AmbiGaming who completed Fable recently.

    Real life

    July has been another tough month. My work department was recently put into a redundancy situation and the way the notifications were handled caused a huge amount of stress, with employees having to stare at their inboxes for over three hours to see if they received a you’re-at-risk email. I’m thankful that my position is safe for the time being at least, but two colleagues I’m very close to may now have to leave and I feel so sad for them both. I’m not sure I could have got through those days without some good friends by my side; I’m so grateful for all their kind words and support. They could be video game heroes because they’re that awesome.

    Hopefully August will bring more positivity and I’m trying to look forward to the events we’ve got lined up. Teri-Mae from Sheikah Plate told me about a lovely bakery she knows in Whitstable so my other-half and I are planning to take a trip there this weekend. There may also be an extended stream and some more Metal Gear Solid 2 action when we get home, if we don’t eat too many pastries during the day. After a Treasure Trails walk with my stepson recently, we’ve got a few more treasure hunts around Essex scheduled in so I might write a review at some point. And who knows: perhaps we’ll get in a few barbecues and G&Ts too, if the weather stays warm.

    Coming up

  • 01-30 August: The Great JRPG Character Face-Off
  • 01-30 August: Blaugust Promptapalooza
  • 01-30 August: Summer Game Fest
  • 06 August: Shadowrun stream
  • 07-09 August: Mysterium 2020
  • 20 August: Shadowrun stream
  • 27-29 August: gamescom 2020
  • Every Thursday: #BloggerTalk
  • Take a look at the Side-quests page for more!
  • Posts planned:

  • My first tabletop RPG experience
  • A response to a blogging award from Frostilyte
  • A discussion of the questions raised by Eliza
  • Video games of their time
  • Off-topic: child-free by choice
  • 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!

    Save point: July 2020

    4 thoughts on “Save point: July 2020

    1. Thank you for the numerous shout-outs, Kim. Not often that I get 4 separate mentions in an article. 😀

      Know I’ve said it before, but I’m glad you and Pete returned to twitch streaming and also had a lot of fun with the virtual pub as part of the great blog pub crawl. If I can’t attend the real pub a virtual one makes a worthy substitute. And unlike the actual pub I can talk about games with people at the virtual one. 😛


      • What’s weird is that I’m replying to this comment while talking to you on Twitch. 😆

        We had so much fun on the virtual pub night, that I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s another one in the future. Maybe a Christmas special so we’ve got an excuse to drink as much mulled wine as we want?

        *starts making a plan*

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    2. Definitely sounds like July had its ups and down but I hope August brings lots of good things for you! Thank you so much for including my event in the list 🙂


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