GameBlast21: we’re live!

Hundreds of gamers all over the UK are taking part in GameBlast21 this weekend. This annual gaming marathon is designed to raise funds and awareness for SpecialEffect, an amazing charity which helps people with physical disabilities to play video games.

We’ll be live on Twitch all the way through to 08:00 GMT on Sunday, 28 February 2021 with the schedule below – and then back again for at least an hour each day for 60 days afterwards as part of our #DaysForDonations challenge. All donations received through our JustGiving page go straight to the charity and allow them to continue their wonderful work.

It’s not just about money though: anything you can do to spread the word about SpecialEffect is hugely beneficial too, as it increases the potential for them to reach more people they can help. Tweet about the charity’s work, share our press release, join us in Twitch chat; it’s all valuable and we’re so grateful for your support!

Date Time Genre Game Channel
27 February 2021
08:00 GMT Platformer DuckTales Remastered Later Levels
11:00 GMT Adventure Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars Later Levels
14:00 GMT Other Escape-room-in-a-box Later Levels
17:00 GMT Retro The X-Files: Resist or Serve Later Levels
20:00 GMT Action Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Later Levels
20:00 GMT TTRPG The Last Expedition of Professor Winglow The Lawful Geek
23:00 GMT Horror The 7th Guest: 25th Anniversary Edition Later Levels
28 February 2021
02:00 GMT FMV General Horse and the Package of Doom Later Levels
05:00 GMT MMO The Elder Scrolls Online Later Levels
08:00 GMT Stream end Sleep

We’re taking part in GameBlast21 to support SpecialEffect, the gamers’ charity.
Making a donation will bring you great loot, increase your XP by +100 and make you immune to fire.*
(*Not guaranteed.)

Save point: February 2021

Welcome to February’s editorial post, a monthly progress report which rounds up all the happenings here at Later Levels in case you missed anything. With Valentine’s Day out the way and GameBlast21 coming up this weekend, let’s have a quick recap of recent events.

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  • Other posts worth checking out:

  • ACEapp: Choosing the right sugar daddy by Ellen from Ace Asunder
  • Intimacy Issues: Game Lovin’ by Athena from AmbiGaming
  • Great first levels in video games from GamesandStuff
  • I want to be evil but not too evil by Dan from Indiecator
  • Nintendo’s Bizarre Game Boy Adverts by Travis from Wardculture
  • February wasn’t just about spending time with your loved-ones for Valentine’s Day – it was also about showing your appreciation for your video game library with the #LoveYourBacklog event. Alongside my blogging-partner-in-crime, Ellen from Ace Asunder, we set out to encourage everyone within the community to show their backlog a little bit of affection by dedicating a post to it. Thank you to everybody who joined in this year; hopefully we’ll see you again when #LoveYourBacklog returns in 2022.

    Coming up this weekend is GameBlast21 and I’m so excited! We’ve been preparing for the annual gaming marathon for several months and are looking forward to doing our bit to raise funds and awareness for SpecialEffect. Check out our press release for the formal details, and this post for information for what we’ve got lined up. We’ll be live on the Later Levels’ Twitch channel from 08:00 GMT on Saturday for 24-hours – and yes, Pete will be wearing his Pikachu costume for the whole thing.

    I’d like to send my love to everyone who has donated through our JustGiving page so far and raised over £3,500 for the charity. This is a fantastic amount which will help SpecialEffect continue their work to support people with physical disabilities to play video games. Big hugs too to Ellen, Kevin from The Lawful Geek and friend-of-the-blog Phil for everything they’ve done to help with the event, and to the friends mentioned in my EXP Share post this month for keeping me sane throughout.

    Gaming life
    Games played:

  • Blackwood Crossing
  • Chicken Police
  • Mutropolis
  • Silver Creek Falls
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Long Dark
  • The Room 4: Old Sins
  • Witch’s Kitchen
  • World of Warcraft
  • Several games from the Steam Game Festival
  • Games previewed or reviewed:

  • The Mysterious Museum
  • Several games from The Big Adventure Event
  • Several games from the Steam Game Festival
  • There’s no sign of digital expos stopping and the first took place at the end of January. The Big Adventure Event was successful for me as I ended up adding five more games to my wishlist, with my favourite being The Drifter. Next up was the first Steam Game Festival of the year. It’s getting harder and harder to find demos I want to play because I’ve tried so many over the past 12 months but I still managed to dig out eight; Blind Drive was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to streaming it in early March.

    I still need to decide what to play for the #MaybeInMarch event though and no doubt this will end up being another stream. While writing my own #LoveYourBacklog post recently, I realised there are seven games I’ll have to choose between but it’s either Dragon’s Lair or Machinarium I’m drawn to most right now. There’s still some time to think about it though and more details about how you can get involved with #MaybeInMarch will be revealed on Monday.

    My favourite game of the month was Chicken Police, a title gifted to me for Christmas by Phil. I’d recommend it if you’re a fan of visual novels and noir detective stories – but it’s worth taking a look even if you’re not because the black-and-white style and anthropomorphic animals are something special. After finally playing escape-room-in-a-box The Mysterious Museum during a power-cut last month, I’ve also been enjoying a break from video games with some activities such as jigsaw puzzles.

    Real life

    I’ve reached the point where it feels as though every day in lockdown-life is the same as the last and it’s hard to recall where we are in the week. But at least there’s a light at the end of the tunnel now, with 15-million people being vaccinated here in the UK and the government revealing their roadmap to ease restrictions. I can only hope that people continue to follow the advice we’re given to prevent another wave and we can finally start moving forward.

    Pete and I didn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day during lockdown but that’s nothing unusual for us. Neither of us are particularly interested in it, so we did what we normally do rather than partake in mass-produced romance: cook something nice for dinner, drink wine and play video games. He’s no stranger to a bad chat-up line or euphemism, but I’m very pleased to say he didn’t try any of the lines featured in my post about the worst pick-up lines in gaming.

    Right now, we’re trying to figure out how we’re going to fit in those extra #DaysForDonations streams after GameBlast21 this weekend while still keeping some time free for ourselves. We’re really grateful to Phil for helping us out this year and to Ellen for joining us for weekly World of Warcraft sessions. We’re thinking of taking a break from both blogging and streaming once the event is over so we can have a few weeks to recharge… before coming back and starting to think about our plans for GameBlast22.

    Coming up

  • 01-31 March: #DaysForDonations for GameBlast21
  • 01-31 March: #MaybeInMarch 2021
  • 01-31 March: EXP Share – Topic #5
  • 04 March: Shadowrun stream
  • 06 March: #MaybeInMarch stream
  • 15 March: Gamers’ blog party: spring 2021 invitation
  • 18 March: Shadowrun stream
  • Take a look at the Side-quests page for more!
  • Posts planned:

  • Lessons learnt from GameBlast21
  • A review of Mutropolis
  • Do you need to complete a game to review it?
  • That sense of déjà vu with Shadow of Memories
  • A round-up of my #MaybeInMarch experience
  • 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!

    We’re taking part in GameBlast21 to support SpecialEffect, the gamers’ charity.
    Making a donation will bring you great loot, increase your XP by +100 and make you immune to fire.*
    (*Not guaranteed.)

    GameBlast21: coming this weekend

    Video games have the power to do a lot of good. They help us see the world through another person’s eyes and experience their stories, as well as giving us the chance to meet new friends with similar interests. It’s no exaggeration to say they can even change someone’s life.

    This is something hundreds of gamers all over the UK taking part in GameBlast21 this weekend believe in. The goal is to raise as much funds and awareness for SpecialEffect, a wonderful charity which aims to put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games. By using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control software, they’re finding a way for everyone to play to the very best of their abilities.

    We’ve participated in the annual GameBlast streaming marathon since it started in 2014 and there’s only a few days to go until this year’s event. Read on to find out what we’ve got lined up this time around and how you can get involved.

    24-hour stream from 08:00 GMT on Saturday, 27 February 2021

    Thanks to everyone who voted in our polls to create the game schedule for our marathon stream! A reminder of what’s coming up can be found below. We’re going to have some awesome people helping us out on the day: friend-of-the-blog Phil will be headlining the action section; Kevin from The Lawful Geek will be running a TTRPG to support the cause over on his own channel from 20:00 GMT on Saturday; and Ellen from Ace Asunder will be our marvellous mod for the event.

    Date Time Genre Game Channel
    27 February 2021
    08:00 GMT Platformer DuckTales Remastered Later Levels
    11:00 GMT Adventure Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars Later Levels
    14:00 GMT Other Escape-room-in-a-box Later Levels
    17:00 GMT Retro The X-Files: Resist or Serve Later Levels
    20:00 GMT Action Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Later Levels
    20:00 GMT TTRPG The Last Expedition of Professor Winglow The Lawful Geek
    23:00 GMT Horror The 7th Guest: 25th Anniversary Edition Later Levels
    28 February 2021
    02:00 GMT FMV General Horse and the Package of Doom Later Levels
    05:00 GMT MMO The Elder Scrolls Online Later Levels
    08:00 GMT Stream end Sleep

    #DaysForDonations fundraising targets and awards

    Over £3,500 has been donated by you generous lot through our JustGiving page at the time of writing this post. This means we’ve now hit six of our fundraising targets and will be organising some special events as rewards, as well as streaming for at least an hour a day for a 70-day period after the marathon stream. The more we manage to raise for SpecialEffect, the longer our streams will go on for – and more we’ll embarrass ourselves on camera for a worthy cause.

    Target #DaysForDonations Achievement unlocked
    Any amount raised No additional days 24-hour GameBlast21 stream on 27-28 February 2021
    £500 raised 10 days (up to 10 March) Signed Zelda postcards are sent to all donators
    £1,000 raised 20 days (up to 20 March) Pete wears a Pikachu costume for the 24-hour stream
    £1,500 raised 30 days (up to 30 March) A signed copy of Project Zero is given away
    £2,000 raised 40 days (up to 09 April) The team streams wearing Pokémon costumes
    £2,500 raised 50 days (up to 19 April) The official #KaraokePete album is emailed to all donators
    £3,000 raised 60 days (up to 29 April) The Lawful Geek hosts an extended TTRPG stream
    £3,500 raised 70 days (up to 09 May) The team completes a cocktails-and-karaoke stream
    £4,000 raised 80 days (up to 19 May) Ellen from Ace Asunder gets a Zelda and GameBlast tattoo
    £4,500 raised 90 days (up to 29 May) Kim completes a treadmill marathon on stream
    £5,000 raised 100 days (up to 08 June) #DaysForDonations finishes with another 24-hour stream

    How you can get involved

    We can’t deny that donations are greatly appreciated and will be put to good use. They enable SpecialEffect to continue their work assisting hundreds of physically-disabled people across the UK to experience the joy of video games. The charity does this free of charge, and shares the knowledge gained from their lifelong assessment and support services with hardware and software developers – so a feature that’s worked successfully for one individual can then go on to benefit thousands of others.

    Check out our JustGiving page for details if you’d like to donate. It’s not just about money though: anything you can do to raise awareness and let others know about SpecialEffect is hugely beneficial too, as it increases the potential for them to reach more people they can help. Tweet about the charity’s work, share our GameBlast21 press release, come along to our streams join us in chat; these are all valuable actions and we’re incredibly grateful for your support.

    Good luck to everyone taking part in GameBlast21 this weekend! Together, we can help SpecialEffect level the playing-field for people with physical disabilities and share the joy of gaming.

    We’re taking part in GameBlast21 to support SpecialEffect, the gamers’ charity.
    Making a donation will bring you great loot, increase your XP by +100 and make you immune to fire.*
    (*Not guaranteed.)

    My blogging-friends and the games we’ve shared

    Valentine’s Day is the celebration of love – but that doesn’t necessarily mean that feeling must be romantic. Love can encompass all sorts of relationships, from family members to good friends, from people you’ve met through blogging to your cat.

    This is recognised by DanamesX from Tales from the Backlog in February’s EXP Share event. The subject for this month is ‘Share a story that involves someone special to you’ and as he points out himself, this can be ‘a significant other, older or younger sibling, parent, close friend, your Twitch chat, the voices in the wall or your pet’. I’ve decided to give a shout-out to the people who have been keeping me sane during the lockdown and share some of the video games we have in common.

    Ellen from Ace Asunder

    As covered in my post for the #CreativeChristmasCollab, the awesome Ellen is now someone I speak to every day and share hundreds of cat memes with. Our friendship was tested when we participated in a game-swap last year and she made me play Final Fantasy XIII in return for Her Story. I’m just joking: after over 50 hours of gameplay, getting hit with instant death attacks by the final boss several times and a 03:00 finish, I’m still talking to her. And that’s even though she doesn’t like full-motion video (FMV) heroes Poe and Munro.

    GD from Gaming Diaries

    When I decided to revisit a nostalgic game as part of our 50-day challenge for GameBlast20 last year, GD was one of the only people who supported my decision. Sure, Herdy Gerdy is an old PlayStation 2 title that not many people have heard of and won’t be to everybody’s tastes: there’s no action or explosions but there are plenty of cute little animals. It’s funny how it’s now become a running joke in our Twitch chat and GD champions the return of Herdy Gerdy while everybody else groans.

    Luke from Hundstrasse

    Luke and I have known each for ages through the blogging community, but we finally met in person for the first time at the Rezzed expo in 2018 where we watched a talk by Tim Schafer. When COVID-19 put a stop to our plans for meeting up at the London Gaming Market in March last year, we decided to do a game-swap by post and this saw me working my way through crazy platformer Whiplash. This game sums up Luke’s sense of humour: random, hilarious and absolutely perfect.

    Teri-Mae from Sheikah Plate

    Although Teri-Mae and I met through blogging, it’s pretty rare that we talk about video games nowadays. We’re more likely to discuss politics, world events, social commentary and baking. Saying that though, I’ve recently been trying to persuade her to give The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim a go after she decided to pick up something different and play Uncharted. Hopefully we’ll soon find Teri-Mae sneaking through Tamriel as a Khajit, going undetected and stealing all the sweet-rolls.

    Kevin from The Lawful Geek

    I’ve known Kevin since I started blogging in 2013 and he finally convinced Pete and I to try our first tabletop RPG towards the end of 2019. A year later and we’re still surviving in Shadowrun thanks to the support of fellow players Kat, Ozzy and Diane. Head over to the The Lawful Geek on Twitch every other Thursday to find out how we’re getting on – and you can also join Kevin there for an evening with special guests in support of GameBlast21 from 20:00 GMT this Saturday.

    Friend-of-the-blog Phil

    Sometimes it’s hard to believe I’ve known Phil for over 15 years. We first met when I started working at our current workplace in London and now he’s making himself known on Twitch (although we still haven’t managed to convince him to start up his own blog yet). Our shared love of FMV games started when we had the chance to meet Her Story creator Sam Barlow at an expo in 2015 and he streamed it shortly afterwards, and now we both keep an eye out on Steam for upcoming releases in the genre.

    My stepson, Ethan

    He used to be so cute and then he turned into a teenager… still, at least he realises how good the classics are. Ethan and I have shared many gaming memories over the years but my most recent one is us playing The Secret of Monkey Island together for its 30th anniversary. He spent the first hour or so of the stream talking in a Russian accent (I have no idea why) and no doubt he’ll return for another one soon. Unfortunately I can’t tell you which voice it will be next time though.

    My husband, Pete

    One of the questions Pete asking me during our first conversation was who my favourite Street Fighter character was. Since then we’ve played plenty of video games together and I have fond memories of us huddled together over a laptop in my small flat when we first met. The one we probably spent the longest on was The Witness; he even went to the trouble of making a physical board and pieces that replicated some of the puzzles in the title so we could solve as many of them as possible. There’s nobody else I’d rather be tackling these challenges with.

    Thank you to DanamesX from Tales from the Backlog for a heart-warming subject this month. If you’re interested in joining in with February’s EXP Share, you have another week until the deadline and can find all the details in this post.

    We’re taking part in GameBlast21 to support SpecialEffect, the gamers’ charity.
    Making a donation will bring you great loot, increase your XP by +100 and make you immune to fire.*
    (*Not guaranteed.)

    The Mysterious Museum: finding the Exit

    Something you really don’t want to happen on a Friday night is a power-cut. Having the lights go out halfway through dinner, then having to entertain a 13-year old who’s moaning about not being able to use his Xbox for is rather painful.

    This is what happened to us one evening last month. A cut earlier in the day had meant I’d been unable to connect to my work’s network and get anything done all morning; and then shortly after my stepson had arrived for the weekend and we’d sat down to eat, the power went out for a further three hours. A website informed us there had been an issue with the cabling somewhere and the engineers were diverting electricity between several areas in to get it fixed.

    We decided to get out the physical games after scrambling around the house in the dark to find torches and lighting candles. It kicked off with the stepkid’s first experience of Exploding Kittens, which he was annoyed at for losing but asked to play again the following night; then Pete wanted use Ethan’s Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set so he could be Dungeon Master (DM) until the stepkid and I overruled him (I dread to think how that would have panned out). Instead, we turned to an Exit The Game escape-room-in-a-box.

    Pete and I had bought this for Ethan as a Christmas present back in 2019. He seemed to have enjoyed the couple of escape rooms he’d completed with us by then and so we thought it might be a gift that would appeal to him. It had however remained untouched for over a year, after the siren call of his Xbox and Overwatch with friends had lured away his interest. Luckily it was still sitting on a shelf in our bookcase with the other games and was just what we needed to pass the time.

    All escape rooms seem to come with a loose story and Exit The Game is no exception. The Mysterious Museum takes place on the last day of your vacation in Italy, when a strange man hands you a free ticket to the Florence Natural History Museum. Nobody else is around when you enter the building and the doors slam shut behind you, and the only other exit is blocked by a turnstile with an odd symbol. You must work out how to solve the riddle of the museum and escape otherwise you’ll be added to its permanent collection…

    Let me give an example of how the game works without giving away spoilers. On the first page of the booklet contained within the box is a welcome note with from the institution along with a note asking you to look at your first Riddle Card. Turning this over reveals a ticket with a handwritten message scrawled on it. You’ll need to manipulate this – drawing on, folding or cutting it as necessary – and use it with the picture shown on the second page of the book to obtain a three-digit code.

    The Mysterious Museum, Exit The Game, decoder, disk

    The decoder disc deciphers this to give you a number that relates to a specific Answer Card. Flipping this over will reveal an ‘X’ if your code above is incorrect, or a series of symbols if you’re heading in the right direction. Comparing these pictures to the images shown in the book will then lead you to a further Answer Card, which will give instructions on how to proceed if you’ve picked the right one. It’s a little hard to explain but it makes more sense after you’ve completed your first few puzzles.

    We found it slightly difficult to get started because we weren’t entirely sure what to do. This always seems to be the case with any kind of new puzzle game whether physical or digital; it was the same when we tried to interpret the clues in the Space Observatory jigsaw last year or solve the first challenges in Quern – Undying Thoughts recently. It gets easier once you’ve wrapped your head around what the game expects of its players and how to approach the puzzles, and this was the same for The Mysterious Museum.

    Thankfully Hint Cards are included in the box so there’s no need to turn to a walkthrough if you get stuck. A set of three are provided for each puzzle: the first tells you what you need to be able to solve the riddle, the second gives somewhat more concrete assistance while the third explains the solution. We found we needed to use one of them for the initial couple of challenges but once we’d got on the same wavelength as the game, the Hints were put to one side and it felt as though it became easier.

    There was a nice mix of mechanics used throughout the series of puzzles with a few involving additional objects besides Riddle Cards. One had us making a thaumatrope, where you spin a piece of card on with separate images on both sides to make them blur into one; while another required us to look at an item in the dark to find the glowing symbols. Perhaps the game knew we’d experienced power-cuts on that day and was showing us some sympathy.

    The Mysterious Museum, game, cards, book, decoder

    Ethan wasn’t there to experience that challenge though. The lights came back on around 45-minutes into the game and he immediately excused himself from the dining table so he could get back to his bedroom and Overwatch. Pete and I decided to make a cup of tea now we could turn the kettle on and get back to the museum. It took us around 90 minutes to complete in total – so only longer than a real-life escape room – and it turned out to be a fun way to spend the evening.

    But The Mysterious Museum isn’t the first ‘box’ experience we’ve played and I have to say that some of the others are a little better in terms of story and quality. Take Post Mortem Los Angeles: Death in La-La Land for instance, which I preferred because I’m drawn to the narrative side of gaming. There’s also the fact that, while we were able to re-bag the evidence for the latter and pass it on to another family-member, Exit The Game boxes are one-time-use games due to the need to draw on and tear Riddle Cards.

    But considering they’re so much cheaper than the Post Mortem Los Angeles games and others, and you don’t need to pay shipping fees as they’re readily available from Amazon (not an affiliate link), it’s hard to find much to complain about. There are currently 16 versions of Exit The Game available with varying levels of difficulty from ‘novice’ to ‘expert’ so you’re bound to find one which suits you. We may try another one soon or even give the Unlock! series suggested by Luke from Hundstrasse a go.

    We do need to find an escape-room-in-a-box for our GameBlast21 stream at the end of this month. If you have any recommendations, please do let me know.

    We’re taking part in GameBlast21 to support SpecialEffect, the gamers’ charity.
    Making a donation will bring you great loot, increase your XP by +100 and make you immune to fire.*
    (*Not guaranteed.)

    #LoveYourBacklog Month 2021: dedicated to my backlog

    February is all about #LoveYourBacklog Month, an event designed to encourage everyone to show their appreciation for their pile of games. After all: the more titles you have, the more likely it is you’ll always have something to play.

    Ellen from Ace Asunder and I have three activities lined up for anybody who’d like to take part. First, grab yourself a shiny #LoveYourBacklog badge and display it on your blog throughout February with pride; then dedicate a post to your overflowing library as I’m doing below. To keep things simple, I’m choosing to focus on my Steam account only. Having now gone through all 363 of my games to highlight unplayed or unfinished titles in the following categories, it’s now time to show my backlog a bit of affection.

    The effect that the 2020 apocalypse had on my backlog

    The number of titles in my backlog feels as though it has remained stable over the past year, if not reduced slightly. I’ve managed to complete some old entries and new purchases have been started immediately, thanks to having more time to play due to not needing to commute while working from home during the lockdown. A lot of the upcoming titles on my wishlist and Kickstarter campaign rewards were delayed due to COVID-19 so there haven’t been as many releases to increase the size of my library.

    The oldest game on my backlog in terms of release date

    Steam doesn’t provide a nice way of sorting your games by date but I think the oldest one in my library right now is Dragon’s Lair. Originally released in 1983, I remember having this on my Amiga when I was kid but don’t recall ever completing it because its quick-time events (QTEs) were so bloody difficult. I couldn’t get the Steam version to run on my old PC when I tried to play it in July 2016 but perhaps it will now work on our new machine; it might make appearance during our upcoming streams for GameBlast21.

    A game I bought on day one, only to not play it

    I don’t tend to buy titles on the day of their release and on the rare occasion that I do, I’ll usually play them straight away. But I do have a bunch of unplayed games in my backlog that were received after backing successful Kickstarter campaigns. I won’t install them until they’ve made it out of early-access or every episode has been published so I can play the game in full; for example, Praey for the Gods hasn’t yet been touched despite getting the key in January 2019.

    The game which has spent the most time on my backlog

    It turns out this isn’t one title but several. Checking my Steam account has revealed that the following were purchased as part of a batch of games in July 2013 and still haven’t been played: Dragon’s Lair, The Cave, Papa & Yo, Machinarium, Still Life, Still Life 2 and The Path. As mentioned earlier in this post, the first one in that list hasn’t been played because I couldn’t get it to run previously; but there isn’t really a reason why I haven’t installed the others yet. Maybe I’ll have to do something about that next month.

    The most recent addition to my library

    My most recent purchase was The Sojourn, a puzzle-adventure set in a very pretty world that should be right up my street. A couple of hours in though and I started to get bored. There’s no obvious storyline; a world which begs to be explored doesn’t seem to hide any secrets at all; and the puzzles started to become a little repetitive. My other-half was rather taken with it though so it’s something we’ll probably finish at some point – but for now, it’s going back onto the backlog.

    The person responsible for adding the most entries to my backlog

    I met Darkshoxx back in October when he popped up in chat while we were streaming Shivers, and old point-and-click I’d played as a teenager back in the 1990s. Since then we’ve had a number of conversations about video games and I like his taste. Pete and I played Quern – Undying Thoughts for ourselves after watching part of it during one of his streams, and several more adventures have been added to both my library and wishlist thanks to him. Looking forward to more recommendations in the future!

    That’s it from my Steam library for now – how about yours? To find out how you can join in with #LoveYourBacklog Month, take a look at this post and keep your eyes open for details about #MaybeInMarch coming soon.

    We’re taking part in GameBlast21 to support SpecialEffect, the gamers’ charity.
    Making a donation will bring you great loot, increase your XP by +100 and make you immune to fire.*
    (*Not guaranteed.)