GameBlast19: game schedule announced!

Here’s the latest on our plans for GameBlast19, an annual gaming marathon for SpecialEffect. This amazing charity puts fun and inclusion back into the lives of those with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games using a range of technology, making a positive impact on confidence and rehabilitation. Take a look at this update on the SpecialEffect website or click on the link to see all Later Levels’ posts about the event.

Unfortunately I have some upsetting news to share in this update: I’m sorry to announce that my PC sadly passed away shortly before Christmas. We had some good times together over the years and, although I maybe should have shown her a little more attention during the past few months, I loved her like she was one of the family. Her memory will forever live on in the digital lands we explored, the characters we met and the games we played together. May she rest in peace.

Pete, Zelda, cat, PC parts, building

Alright, so it’s not that dramatic and it’s not all bad news. Pete and I had been planning to a upgrading to a new machine anyway and this situation gave us the push we needed to finally get around to doing it. The parts for the new addition to our family arrived a couple of weeks ago and we spent a weekend putting it together, taking slightly longer than expected due to a couple of minor issues. After a bit of tinkering and several cups of tea, we had a new PC that’s going to see us through 24-hours of games for GameBlast19.

‘And what exactly are those games?’, I hear you cry. Well now we can reveal all as the results of the GameBlast Bytes Battle are in! We’ve been asking you lovely lot to vote for the titles you’d like to see us play on Twitch since November, and the winners can be found below.

Date Time Genre Game Votes
Saturday, 23 February 2019 08:00 GMT Platformer Crash Bandicoot 73.91%
11:00 GMT Community Overcooked! 52.63%
14:00 GMT Virtual reality Moss 72.22%
17:00 GMT Action Hellblade 73.91%
20:00 GMT Adventure A Way Out 80.95%
23:00 GMT Horror Until Dawn 58.33%
Sunday, 24 February 2019 02:00 GMT Shooter BioShock 73.68%
05:00 GMT RPG ESO 63.16%
08:00 GMT Stream ends Sleep 100.00%

Over the next few weeks, Pete and I will be running a number of test streams so we can properly set up our equipment so we’re ready for February. Drop in and join us in the chat if you’re free – any feedback on how our microphone and camera are doing would be very much appreciated! I need to finish up J.U.L.I.A.: Among the Stars after the developer very kindly sent me a bug fix recently, and finally get started on Detroit: Become Human, so I’ve got a couple of games to play through before GameBlast19.

All money raised via our JustGiving page goes directly to SpecialEffect, to enable them to continue their wonderful work and help many more physically-disabled gamers across the UK. We’ve already received a few very kind donations and are already at 10% of our £500 target for the charity, so we’re off to a great start!