Hey, do you remember when I did that Extra Life thing a while back? Remember how I said if I hit $2,000 raised for the charity, that I would single session the scariest game ever made and that it would be hilarious to watch me suffer horribly? If you watched the show, you may even know that I hit $2,000 during that day because a bunch of amazing people (including a bunch I’d never met outside that Twitch chat) were incredibly generous/insane. You know how it’s been months and I still haven’t done the Amnesia show? Well, that changes this month! My single session playthrough of Amnesia: The Dark Descent will be broadcast live for everyone on Sunday, March 24th, 2013 starting at 3PM EST and going until I’m done!
I feel bad for keeping people in anticipation of my on-camera suffering for so long but life just got nuts. We underwent (and are kind of still undergoing) a merger at my day job which has been a crazy amount of work and between that, our amazing (but also time consuming) new puppy and a bunch of other stuff, I just haven’t had a lot of energy at the end of the day lately and well, this will require a lot of that. In addition, there were rumblings that my ISP would finally be able to start offering sufficient upload speeds that I could maybe do the show from home instead of the board room at work. Sadly, those speeds are coming but not until later this year so it will still be an office thing. Things are finally starting to normalise though and I’ve booked a week of vacation starting the day after the live stream so that I can get some rest and possibly check myself into an institution to recovery from the nervous breakdown playing this game will actually cause.
Even if you didn’t watch my other two live streams (which are archived on my Twitch channel if you want to see them), you won’t want to miss this one. For those not in the know, Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a PC game released in 2010 that is considered by many to be the scariest video game ever produced. People who are big horror fans have a hard time finishing it. I detest all things horror and watching me play through the whole game (which can range from 7-10 hours in length) will be must see television. It’s going to be miserable for me and hilarious for all of you. I will archive this show as well but being able to see it live and mock me in the Twitch chat will be way cooler. It’s going to be a blast!
However, there is a dual purpose to this day and I hope that you will all indulge me and assist me in getting the word out. In the last year, I’ve been bitten by the bug to do something creative and I’m finally putting that into motion. During the live stream, I am going to be launching a brand new YouTube show called Retro Flashback! I won’t go into details here as I’ll save that for another post and for the live stream but it’s going to be a semi-regular YouTube program devoted to showing game play of retro video games with me providing commentary about the titles, their development, what made them good and how they created to the makeup of gaming history. I’ve never seen another show like this and since I have a frankly embarrassing amount of video game trivia in my head, I thought this would be a great way to showcase the great games of the past to a generation that maybe didn’t get a chance to experience them. More details will be forthcoming later so watch this blog for more!
What I’m hoping you all can help me with is getting the word out, both about the live stream and my new show. I’m going to be running a little contest the day of the stream to try to get some subscribers to my YouTube channel to get an audience going. I haven’t decided on the number yet but if people can get the word out and I can hit that many new subscribers during the show, I’m going to commit to doing yet another single session live stream of another highly regarded horror game, Condemned: Criminal Origins. I think this will be a good incentive to get people to spam their friends a bit and can help me get the foundation going to grow an audience.
I am super excited about this and would really appreciate everyone’s help. Please retweet this blog post and tell people to pack in for the show on the 24th. I think we’re all going to have a great time (even if it drives me mad) and I can’t wait to show you all Retro Flashback and hopefully get it out for more people to see. See you on Twitch!