Save point: goals for 2021

In Wednesday’s post, I looked back at 2020 and how Later Levels had done during its fourth year. Publishing the figures was a little scary but sharing this information will help me to grow as a blogger and might be of some use to those around me too.

It’s now time to look ahead to the coming 12 months. It’s hard to predict how the blogging landscape may change in 2021 because we’re living in strange times right now and so much is unknown about the future. But I’ve said that I hope to see a return to the community aspect and more collaborations, and if that wish is going to come true then I’ve got to do something to give it a helping hand. So let’s see what I’ve got planned for Later Levels during 2021…

Start: making The Great Blog Crawl an annual event

The Great Blog Crawl came out of a discussion between Ellen from Ace Asunder and I about the things were missing most during the COVID-19 lockdown. We decided to create a community event where we could recreate an evening spent with friends in the pub, while at the same time promoting the awesome bloggers in the community. Participants were sent on a ‘scavenger hunt’ around 50 of the best blogs before joining us for a ‘virtual pub’ stream, where Frostilyte from Frostilyte Writes was declared the winner.

Ellen and I would like to make The Great Blog Crawl an annual event and increase the number of sites involved to perhaps 100. The only things standing in our way are the risk of low interest from members of the community along with our energy levels – which, let’s face it, were both been hit hard during 2020. But we don’t know if we don’t try and therefore it’s important we give it a go, so look out for further details about a 2021 event during the first quarter of the year.

Do more: commenting on other posts

blogging, laptop, hands, keyboardSomething I was incredibly guilty of in 2020 was leaving likes on posts I’ve enjoyed but not comments. After deciding to stop spending so much of my life online in July, the amount of time I’ve devoted to reading blogs and my enthusiasm for digital discussions has decreased. But the community aspect of blogging is all about conversation so this is something I need to change for 2021; and I’m therefore going to make more of an effort to comment on articles and chat to their authors.

Continue: streaming and raising awareness for SpecialEffect

JustGiving, LaterLevels, GameBlast20, SpecialEffectOne of the highlights of last year was completing our 50-day challenge for GameBlast20. We knew it was going to be demanding in terms of time and effort, and we weren’t sure we’d make it through the entire period, but reaching the end was an amazing feeling. I’ll continue to support and raise awareness for SpecialEffect, a charity which helps physically-disabled people to experience the joy of video games, and can’t wait for everything we’ve got lined up for GameBlast21 in February – including seeing Pete in that Pikachu costume.

Do less: admin for The Support Role

Last January was the beginning of The Support Role, a Discord server created by Luke from Hundstrasse and myself through a desire to make it easier for bloggers to get advice and support each other. It has now grown to include over 75 members and 20 channels on a variety of blogging, streaming and gaming subjects, and it has been lovely seeing members of the community interact in discussions and collaborations. Thank you to everyone there who helped make it what it is.

It’s time for us to step away from managing the server however, as both Luke and I have increased work commitments coming up in 2021 and need to take a step back so we can focus on other areas. We won’t be disappearing completely though and this isn’t the end of the group: the reigns have been handed over to the very-capable Gaming Diaries and Dan from so please make them feel at home! New members are welcome and you can join the server using this link.

Stop: posting weekly #BloggerTalk questions

#BloggerTalkThe #BloggerTalk weekly community event also started in January last year and saw a blogging question posed to the community every Thursday. Although I’m grateful to everybody who joined in and shared their experiences on Twitter, it didn’t encourage as much conversation as I’d hoped for and some weeks were very quiet. I therefore don’t think there’s much to be gained from repeating the event in 2021; but who knows, it may make a return at some point in the future if the mood feels right.

Hopefully I’ll look back on today’s post this time next year and feel a sense of accomplishment at having completed some of these goals. Saying that though, it’s important to remember that blogging should be fun and this has always been the ultimate aim for me. As long as I can say I’ve enjoyed myself over the past 12 months, then I’ll consider them to have been a success – and that’s just the incentive I need to keep moving forward and carry on writing here at Later Levels.

So what have you got planned for 2021? Whatever your goals are, I hope they’re within reach and bring you much happiness this year.

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: a review of 2020

Tomorrow is the final day of 2020. It’s time for taking stock, looking back over our achievements and being proud of the fact that we made it through such a strange year. It’s also the perfect opportunity to consider where we want to go in the future.

I decided to publish a proper end-of-year review for the first time in December 2019. It was something I was initially nervous about because I’ve never really taken resolutions and goals for the blog that seriously, but then I realised: sharing this information wouldn’t only help me grow as a blogger, it might be useful to others out this too. Now I’m back with the 2020 edition to look over the past 12 months so let’s find out how Later Levels did and think about how this could potentially shape the site in 2021.

2020 overview

  • WordPress:   1,667
  • Twitter:   627
  • Facebook:   92
  • Instagram:   236
  • Twitch:   200
  • Posts:

  • Total published:   221 posts
  • Most popular:   The Longing: knowing Shade
  • Most liked:   Blogging awards: breaking the chain
  • Most discussed:   Keeping my blogging to myself
  • My favourite:   Never growing up: too old for gaming?
  • Traffic:

  • Views:   33,075
  • Visitors:   18,958
  • Likes:   4,682
  • Comments:   2,298
  • Best day:   06:00 on Mondays
  • Achievements:

  • Raised £600 for SpecialEffect as part of GameBlast20
  • Participated in game-swaps with several blogger-friends
  • Hosted The Great Blog Crawl with Ellen from Ace Asunder
  • Mentioned during a SpecialEffect stream
  • Made more good friends through both WordPress and Twitch
  • Games played:

  • Played:   85 games
  • Completed:   56 games
  • Demos played:   42 demos
  • Previewed and reviewed:   39 games
  • Kickstarted:   10 games
  • Games of note:

  • Favourite played:   The Painscreek Killings
  • Favourite of 2020:   The Longing
  • Least favourite:   Thomas Was Alone
  • Favourite Kickstarter:   Chinatown Detective Agency
  • Most looking forward to:   Book of Travels
  • 2020 charts: blog

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    Views, visitors, likes and comments

    Although the average views per month has increased every year since Later Levels started in December 2017, a strange trend occurred in 2020: the number of views and unique visitors increased substantially since June. I believe I know the reason for this however and give an explanation in one of the sections below. The statistics might look good but the data is so skewed that it’s hard to get a true picture of how well the blog performed this year, because I can’t tell how many of these hits are from ‘true’ readers.

    The only thing I can say for certain is that the number of comments left on posts is dropping and COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the blogging community. At the start of the lockdown period in March, we saw an increase in the number of people turning to blogging and video games to fill their hours; then many moved over to more interactive platforms such as Twitch and podcasting as they sought social interactions; and now people are taking time out for themselves as they become digitally-drained as a result of lockdown-lifestyle.

    I understand this very well, having felt a similar way back in June after organisers of many of the annual expos decided to take their events online rather than completely cancel. In July I made the decision to take a break and I stopped spending so much of my life online. The hours I now devote to reading blog posts and commenting on them has reduced as a result; and as I’ve written before, how can you expect anyone to leave messages on your articles if you’re not doing the same in return?

    Best days and times

    Like 2019, the best time of the week for Later Levels visits remains on Monday morning – although the time has changed from 06:00 to 07:00 in the past year. The blog parties still seem to be a driver for this as they take place at the start of the week and these posts always receive the highest number of likes and comments. In an attempt not to skew the data any more than it already is (see above), I’ve removed these events from the overview table given at the start of this review.

    Saturday, 29 March 2019 is still the day that had the best views ever and I’m still unable to work out why. No posts were published on this date and, although there were a few big blogging events on the site that month, they all occurred well before or after. The best I’ve been able to come up with looking at the WordPress statistics is that a particular visitor from the UK checked out an awful lot of posts on that day – although I’m unable to say who this was and what they were looking for.

    Popular posts

    The most popular post during 2020 by far was The Longing: knowing Shade. Now why on earth would an article about a small indie game that really won’t be to everybody’s tastes have done so well? I think have the answer. In digging through the WordPress Stats and Insights, I was able to discover that a link had been placed on a somewhat dodgy-looking website where you can apparently find places to download the game for free. Sorry to anybody who found the post this way: you’re not getting any pirated freebies here.

    The next most popular posts were Twitch tips: advice for new streamers and Good games for non-gamers. As mentioned above, many people have turned to streaming during the COVID-19 lockdown and are looking for guidance on getting started; and non-gamers have been searching out new pastimes to fill the additional free hours. I’m sad to report once again that there were no rude search terms for this year – and I have no idea how 53 people managed to find the blog after entering ‘amazon’ into Google.

    Friends and commenters

    The WordPress statistics show an average of 10 comments and 21 likes were left for each post published during 2020. The lovely people mentioned in the tweet opposite deserve a round of applause: between them, they left a total of 221 comments so we clearly had a lot to talk about. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Frostilyte from Frostilyte Writes and Nathan from Gaming Omnivore through their streams after our game-swaps; and Ellen from Ace Asunder has become a good friend this year thanks to a shared love of cats and memes.

    It’s hard to predict how the blogging landscape may change in 2021 because so much is unknown. I’m hoping we’ll start to see a return of the community aspect and more collaborations over the coming year but perhaps that’s a little too much to ask for, considering everything else happening in the world right now. The silver-lining of 2020 has been the bloggers whom I’ve had a chance to know better and being able to support each other through these tough times.

    2020 charts: Twitch

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    Streaming statistics

    New for 2020, I’ve added statistics for the Later Levels’ Twitch channel into the review post as we started streaming consistently this year. This began when we decided to attempt the 50-day challenge for GameBlast20 throughout January and February: a stream of at least an hour each day for that period rounded off with a 24-hour marathon. Although it took a whole lot of effort and sore thumbs, we managed to raise awareness and funds for SpecialEffect and made us realise how much we enjoyed playing games on Twitch.

    There’s an obvious dip in the figures for June and this correlates with my decision to take a break. As a result of the lockdown, I felt as though I’d been living too much of my life online – work, socialising and entertainment – and needed to step away for a while. This resulted in me writing a short series of posts about our experiences with streaming in July and, as mentioned above, one of them turned out to be the second most viewed article during 2020.

    We’ve decided to stick to a streaming schedule going forward because it feels like the best way to keep ourselves motivated. But this comes with a caveat: since the summer, we’ve agreed to give ourselves the space to be able to pull out of a scheduled stream if something arises or we’re just not feeling it. Streaming should be fun and it won’t be that for us if we start treating it like a job; statistics don’t mean anything if you’re not enjoying yourself, raising awareness for a worthy cause and spending time with friends.

    So there you have it: a round-up of Later Levels’ performance over the last 12 months. But what does this mean for 2021? Come back on Friday for a post sharing my blogging goals for the coming year and in the meantime, have a very happy New Year’s Eve tomorrow.

    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: goals for 2020

    In Monday’s post, I took a look back at 2019 and how Later Levels had done during its third year. I was nervous when I first came up with the idea of publishing an annual blog review but then realised: sharing the information would help me to grow as a blogger, and could possibly be of some use to those around me too.

    It’s now time to look ahead to the coming 12 months. Resolutions and goals have never been something I’ve formally considered for the blog in the past, because it’s always been a hobby rather than a career avenue and therefore not something I have to take entirely seriously. But it seems silly not to put the data to good use after publishing an end-of-year review; and there are definitely some trends I should possibly be taking more notice of. So let’s see what I’ve got planned for Later Levels during 2020…

    Start: #BloggerTalk

    #BloggerTalkAfter several bloggers got in touch this year, I realised there’s no simple way for us to get advice about our hobby. Whether you’ve been blogging for years or have just taken your first steps, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge and experience here within the community; so how can we share that and learn from each other even more? Something I’m going to try in this year is #BloggerTalk, an event which will take place on Twitter at 21:00 every Thursday. There’ll be a post about this tomorrow so look out for details very soon.

    Do more: collaborations

    As mentioned in Monday’s annual review, seven out of the top-ten posts published on Later Levels in 2019 were the result of collaborations. I think there’s now more interactivity in the community than I’ve ever witnessed before and it’s wonderful to see. This year I’d like to participate in a joint-project each month to continue the trend – but this goal comes with a clause and I’ll explain more about that below. I’m looking for bloggers who also stream for a collaboration post in January, so please get in touch if that’s you.

    Continue: blog parties

    Fallout Shelter, video game, box artIt’s no surprise that the most popular posts during 2019 were the blog parties. They’ll be continuing in 2020 (dates announced here) but I’m going to start doing something a little differently. The parties are a great way of being introduced to bloggers you might not know yet and seeing just how much support there is within the community, and that’s of huge benefit to writers just starting out. I’ve therefore got a couple of ideas to try and raise awareness of the events among newer bloggers to make sure they feel welcome.

    Do less: collaborations

    Hang on a moment: didn’t I say above I wanted to do more collaborations? I did, but I’ve also released that sometimes I take on more than I realistically have time for because I don’t want to let anybody down. It leaves me feeling burnt-out and guilty I wasn’t able to focus on the project, so this needs to change during 2020. The collaborations I’d like to work on will be smaller – not necessarily with fewer people involved, but with less time commitment required. Hopefully this will also make them more accessible to other bloggers too.

    Stop: worrying about social media

    social media, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, icons, screenBlogging is all about conversation so it’s obvious that being active on social media can only be a good thing. I’ve tried to do this more over the past year but it’s just not for me: I don’t always have the time and as I’ve written before, it leaves me feeling anxious. That’s why I’m going to stop worrying about it in 2020. Sure, I’ve got the #BloggerTalk events lined up, but I’m not going to put any pressure on myself. Blogging is meant to be fun so I’m going to concentrate on the aspects I find enjoyable – and make the most of them.

    Hopefully I’ll look back on today’s post this time next year and feel a sense of accomplishment at having completed at least some of these goals. Saying that though, it’s important to remember that blogging should be fun and that has always been the ultimate aim for me. As long as I can truly say I’ve enjoyed myself over the past 12 months, then I’ll consider every day to have been a success blog-wise; and that’s just the incentive I need to keep moving forward and carry on writing here at Later Levels.

    So what have you got planned for 2020? Whatever your goals, I hope they’re within reach and bring you much happiness once you reach them!

    Leaning on your backlog

    It’s that time of year where bloggers publish posts about their New Year resolutions, and one which often makes an appearance is dealing with the backlog. That sense of discomfort experienced when looking at your pile of unplayed titles is a feeling we’re all too familiar with but perhaps not so good at managing. So how do we go about changing that in 2019?

    I started a new job back in August which was a slight shift away from what I’d been doing previously, so I read several books about IT best practices and methodologies to get up to speed. It was while working through The DevOps Handbook recently that the realisation struck me: some of the principles here could be applied to help us overcome our backlogs. I know looking to an IT book for guidance on managing your games sounds kind of strange but hear me out.

    A Lean way of thinking

    The DevOps Handbook, book

    First up is a brief definition to provide some background: ‘Lean’ is the extension of manufacturing principles to the development and management of IT. Its main concern is the elimination of ‘waste’ that contributes to poor customer service, higher costs and lost productivity; and it focuses on elements within IT operations which add no value to a finished product. (I won’t go into further detail but there’s plenty of information on the Lean Enterprise Institute website for those who are interested in finding out more.)

    The philosophy may have started in manufacturing but this principle of ‘eliminating waste’ can also be extended to our backlogs. And if Lean can bring about benefits such as reduced lead times, lower costs and increased morale for IT organisations, then perhaps we could also experience the same positives when it comes to dealing with our increasing pile of games!

    Getting rid of the waste

    This way of thinking recognises different types of waste and I’ve taken those listed below from The DevOps Handbook. Now all we need to do is consider how to get rid of each of them and make our gaming lives a little easier.

    Waste Definition Advice
    Partially-done work Any work that hasn’t been completed or is sitting in queue. This becomes obsolete and loses its value as time progresses. We’ve all got those titles we started and abandoned halfway through with the intention of returning to them ‘someday’. Maybe it’s time to admit that it’s never going to happen and not feel guilty about crossing them off the backlog.
    Extra processes Any additional work being performed that doesn’t add value to the customer. Finding every collectable and hitting all of the achievements extends the length of time it takes to finish a game, as well as delaying moving onto the next one. It’s not always necessary to 100% a title to truly appreciate it.
    Extra features Features built into a service that aren’t needed by the organisation or customer. With several game modes, additional multiplayer versions and numerous DLC downloads, today’s releases are continuously getting bigger. However, sometimes the standalone title can be enough for a player on its own.
    Task switching Switching and managing dependencies between work, adding additional effort and time. Some people enjoy the variety of playing more than one game at once. Having several on the go can extend the time it takes to complete them though so if you’re looking to get the backlog down, think about concentrating on a single title.
    Waiting Delays between work requiring resources to wait until they can complete the current work. It can be hard to find the motivation to pick up the controller after you’ve been at work all day, but it’s easier to get through your backlog if you play regularly. Waiting for the weekend to arrive doesn’t always work out.
    Defects Incorrect, missing or unclear information, materials or products. Made it partway through a game before a bug gets in your way? It could take a while for it to be fixed so unless there’s a readily-available solution, perhaps it’s time to cut your losses and remove this one from your backlog.
    Heroics Performing unreasonable acts (such as late nights) in order to achieve goals. As mentioned above, you’ll make it through your backlog if you play regularly rather than pulling all-nighters. You’ll often find more enjoyment in taking your time with a game rather than rushing through it in one sitting.

    Changing the way we view our backlogs

    Video games, cases, boxes, pile, backlog

    The section above may have given you some ideas about ways of making it through your backlog, but there’s something else I’d like to ask everyone reading this to consider also. I mentioned earlier in this post that a benefit of the Lean philosophy is increased morale. Is it possible that those positive vibes we get from doing something about our backlogs is more important than actually reducing it?

    Let’s be totally honest with ourselves here: the truth is we’ll never make it through every one of our unplayed titles and it’s the fact we think we might do which causes the anxiety in our stomachs every time we look at our full libraries. Forcing ourselves to play something simply because we bought it or because of how long it’s been sitting on our shelves is counterproductive. We’ll never truly appreciate it as much as we would have if we’d gotten around to it in our own time and as gaming bloggers, that’s so important.

    Although it’s good to work on your backlog, let’s leave the gamer-guilt behind in 2018 and be proud of our libraries in 2019. After all: the larger your pile of games, the more peace of mind you have that there’ll always be something there you want to play.

    On the seventh day of Blogmas

    Our choir of gaming Christmas carollers is back again for the second day of Blogmas, where creative conductor Athena from AmbiGaming is leading us in a rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas – but with a video game twist. Check out her blog to see what she’s written for her seventh answer, and keep your eyes peeled for all of the other bloggers out there taking part.

    Yesterday we looked at seven of our favourite posts. With the choir clearing their throats and warming up in the background, let’s see what the subject of today’s verse is:

    On the seventh day of Blogmas, the gamers said to me:
    What are your 12 favourite gaming memories?
    Tell us 11 games you love!
    What are ten reasons you’d play a game?
    Give us nine games on your to-play list!
    Who are eight characters you love?
    Share seven of your favorite posts!
    What are your six gaming or blogging resolutions?

    1. Play more video games

    While it’s not always possible to play something every day due to adult responsibilities, sometimes it’s ourselves who are the barrier to our hobby. I need to continue making a conscious effort to turn on the PlayStation or PC when I have a free hour after work rather than collapsing on the sofa. Alongside this, I want to expand my gaming horizons: the adventure genre will always be one I return to but I’d also like to try a few titles outside of this comfort zone. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

    2. Finish the games I start – unless they’re bad

    I was determined to complete more of I the games I started in 2018 and I’m pleased to say I’ve succeeded. However, I’ve also realised there’s no point in forcing yourself through a title if you’re really not enjoying it. High-ratings from critics doesn’t necessarily mean everyone should buy or will enjoy release, or will see it through to the end. As long as we’re open to new experiences and give them a decent chance when they come along (see the point above), we shouldn’t feel any guilt at putting them down in favour of something more enjoyable.

    3. Finally make it to gamescom

    My other-half and I have been trying to get to gamescom for the past few years and so far, something has always scuppered our plans. In 2017 there was Pete’s fear of flying; then in 2018 after he’d worked up the courage to getting on a plane, we decided to postpone due to a sad family event. 2019 could very possibly be the year we make it to Germany and we’ll be starting our arrangements soon. Who knows, I might finally get the chance to meet nufafitc from Emotional Multimedia Ride in person this summer.

    4. Try to be more social

    In October I wrote a post about the thing I find hardest about blogging: being social. I’m not naturally an outgoing person and I get anxious when faced with a large group, either in person or online. Blogging has certainly helped with this and I now know that I’m able to do it despite not being someone who’s completely at ease in social situations. That’s why I’d like to push myself even further next year and get involved in more conversations, collaborations and events.

    5. Set up annual blogging awards

    Being nominated for the UK Blog Awards recently has definitely been a highlight of 2018, and I can’t thank the anonymous person who did so enough. The Shameful Narcissist mentioned that she wished the States had something similar and it got me thinking: why don’t we set up our own blog awards here for the WordPress community? I’m not entirely sure what form these will take or how they’re going to work just yet, but all will be revealed in the autumn and hopefully we’ll have our first winners by the end of 2019.

    6. Announce a new version of Question of the Month

    The Question of the Month has now been running since February 2017 and it’s time for a bit of a makeover. Don’t worry, the monthly competition isn’t going away – but there’s a change coming that I think you’re going to enjoy! In September I mentioned that Chris from OverThinker Y and I had become partners-in-crime and we had a little something up our sleeves. There isn’t much longer to wait until all is revealed: make sure to visit on 07 January 2019 to find out what’s going on and how you can be a part of it.

    It’s time for the choir to take a short break so we’ll be back for the eighth day of Blogmas tomorrow, with five games we’ve played more than once. In the meantime, why not tell us about your own resolutions in the comments below?

    Undertale: digital resolutions (a QotM answer)

    January’s Question of the Month is brought to you by Chris from OverThinker Y: creative blogger, talented composer and all-round nice guy. To find out more about him and his site, as well as how you can get involved, take a look at this post.

    Whenever the clock strikes midnight at the end of December, millions of people attempt to better themselves over the next 12 months. They set out to ditch bad habits and adopt new regimes, feeling optimistic for the future and eager to make their mark on the new page before them. Sadly though that sentiment is short-lived: last year one in five people failed to keep their New Year resolutions in the first week alone.

    Perhaps that’s because our goals are unrealistic and we bite off more than we can chew. But do we really know what it’s like to be challenged? Do we truly understand what it’s like to have the fate of the world on our shoulders, to face countless foes because we want to do the right thing for those we care about? Do we get how important it is to come up against adversity yet remain strong and positive?

    One person who does is Frisk from Undertale. The kid in a striped t-shirt might seem not seem like the hero we need at first but wait until you get to know her (him?). This is one protagonist from whom we could all learn a few important life lessons.

    Don’t let anything hold you back

    Undertale, video game, Toriel, Frisk, ruins, goodbye, door

    Did Frisk let her fear hold her back when she fell through the barrier on Mount Ebott? Not at all. Many would have been terrified at finding themselves trapped in the Underground but she was determined to make her way through the kingdom of Monsters and return home. She may have had an uphill battle in front of her, full of danger and difficult decisions, but sometimes all you need to do is take the first step on the journey ahead of you.

    Take small steps and celebrate your successes

    Undertale, video game, kid, Frisk, ghost, Napstablook, music, bedroom

    That journey may be an incredibly long one, so it’s important to recognise how far you’ve come and reward yourself for the progress you’ve made. Frisk saves regularly and takes time out from her quest to enjoy the fun things in life like eating ice-cream, petting dogs and listening to music with friends. Giving yourself mental boosts like this before turning your attention back to your goals will make you all the more prepared to achieve them.

    Everyone is a potential friend

    Undertale, video game, skeleton, Papyrus, date, tension, Cool Dude

    Frisk may have entered the Underground alone but by the end of her journey, she had many friends standing by her side (if you played nice). She could have attacked the Monsters she encountered along the way, turned her back on them because they were different and showed them no mercy; but instead she chose to talk. Even a human-hating skeleton can turn out to be a ‘Cool Dude’ capable of friendship if you give him a chance.

    Stay determined

    Undertale, video game, heart, determination, quote

    Instead of letting the graveness of her situation overcome her, Frisk takes joy from the small things: playfully crinkling through leaves, hearing the sound of muffled rain on a cave-top, knowing that the mouse might one day hack into the computerised safe and get the cheese. All of these seemingly small acts fill her with determination and give her the strength to continue, showing us that sometimes we just need to look at the positive side of life.

    Here’s one character who’s got her act together and will be able to achieve whatever she sets her heart on. Maybe we should all embrace our optimistic sides and be a little more like Frisk.