WHEN: Saturday, October 25, 2014 @ 9am EST
WHERE: My Twitch Channel
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It’s that time of year again, it’s Extra Life time! This is rapidly becoming one of my favourite times of year because I get to challenge myself doing what I love and raising money for a fantastic cause. This is my fourth year in a row doing this event and once again raising money for CHEO and the Children’s Miracle Network, along with thousands of other gamers worldwide. Last year was incredible with Extra Life raising over $4,000,000, more than all the other years combined. Thanks to the incredible generosity of a great number of people, I’ve managed to contribute $4,248 to that. I’m hoping this year can be the best yet both for my own total and the event as a whole. If you don’t know what Extra Life is, check out their site and you can learn all you need to know.
The last two years, I’d based my Extra Life day around a theme but I’ve decided to streamline and simplify this year. I did enjoy the themes but last year’s co-op & space theme didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped and I started feeling like I was overthinking and overcomplicating my efforts somewhat. So this year, I’m just going to play whatever I feel like for the 24 hours. With my new capture setup for my YouTube channel, I can switch between stuff on my PC and consoles with ease so I’m just going to play whatever comes to mind. I’m going to have the 360, PS3, PS4 and Wii U all hooked up at my desk so there will be no shortage of options. Newer stuff, stuff from my backlog, retro stuff, it’s all on the table! Maybe I’ll even record a couple of live-to-tape episodes of Retro Flashback or All Together Now if I can find some co-op partners to join me. Of course, this will all be live streamed on my Twitch channel and I encourage people to join the chat or if you know me, hit me up on Skype during the day and we can play some stuff together!
In previous years, I also had stretch goals, additional streams I would commit to do if I hit certain donation targets. The way it used to work is that at the first goal, I’d commit to single session playing a notoriously bad game. Two years ago, that was Duke Nukem Forever and last year it was Daikatana, a game I sadly didn’t finish because I ran into a game-breaking bug that would have required me to undo about three hours of progress to move on. The second stretch goal which we only hit two years ago was that I would play a horror game, which is made all the more hilarious by the fact that I hate horror. Two years ago, I had to play through Amnesia: The Dark Descent which was a living nightmare. We unfortunately (and yet mercifully) didn’t hit the horror goal last year.
I’ve decided to simplify the stretch goals too. I’m eliminating the “play a notoriously bad game” goal because it was never fun for me. The idea behind it was that it would provide a laugh for the viewers as they watched me get angrier at the bad game. There’s a lot of people on YouTube who do this very well but you’ve got to have the personality for it and I just don’t. This year, I’m only having one stretch goal which is the horror game, something people do enjoy watching me suffer through. We also had scheduling problems with my stretch goals in previous years that ended up with me doing the stretch goal shows often many months after Extra Life. That’s no longer the case because of my new setup at home and I’m making a time commitment part of the goal.
This year’s horror game is also going to be the game I would have had to play last year had the goal been hit. So here’s the deal: If we hit $1,000 in money raised, I will live stream a full playthrough of the recent horror game Outlast within 30 days of Extra Life. As an added incentive, if we hit $1,500, I will also play the Whistleblower DLC for Outlast on the same live stream. I’m hoping to be able to take the week following Extra Life off work so if that’s the case, I might even play Outlast the following weekend. If we hit the goal, I’ll announce the show here and on Twitter well in advance. If you want an idea of how messed up Outlast is, watch my video companion at the top which has the trailer in it. Outlast isn’t as long as Amnesia: The Dark Descent but it’s supposed to be more consistently scary and apparently, the Whistleblower DLC is just downright disturbed. This will be must-see TV ladies and gentleman, trust me. If I can pull it off, I’ll also be recording my Outlast playthrough and splitting it up into a series for my YouTube channel for later viewing.
So there you go, my simplified plans for Extra Life 2014. You can donate securely with a credit card or PayPal on my Extra Life portal page and all donations are tax deductible in both Canada and the US. In addition, several local Ottawa businesses are stepping up with their own generous offers of support. The following businesses in Ottawa (mostly in Stittsville but not entirely) are going to have coin jars out on their front counters:
- Big D’s Dog House
- The Cake Shop
- Stittsville Carp Road Physiotherapy
- Ivan’s European Deli (1496 Stittsville Main Street)
- Wiches’ Cauldron (Only for one Saturday in October but on that day they will also be donating all their tips, both in cash and from their credit/debit machine, the date will be posted here when we pick it)
So if you’re giving these guys your business (and you should be, they’re awesome!) and have some spare change, you can drop it in the jars and I’ll add it all to the total during the show.
If you’re able to give some money to this great cause, I would immensely appreciate it, as will CHEO and the many local kids that count on it every year. Extra Life is amazing event I take great pride in and I’m really excited to be doing this again. I hope the awesome audience I’ve built up for both this blog and my YouTube channel over the last year is going to be able to help out a great cause and hey, let’s play some games together while we’re at it! Thank you to everyone for your support! I hope to see you on October 25th, starting at 9am EST!