"We constantly have to revisit 'Why would Donkey Kong do this?' or 'Why would this environment be like this?' And then we start thinking: 'We're making a game about a gorilla wearing a tie.'"
-Michael Kelbaugh of Retro Studios on Donkey Kong Country Returns
"I have to say it's kinda scary how much you know about this game."
-Nicolau Chaud creator of Marvel Brothel
Alright, now that I've got my ducks in a row, it is time to talk of Extra Life. Unfortunately, as most of you gathered from my last blog, my schedule has been tumultuous at best. This leaves me in a bit of a conundrum. Since I can't marathon straight 24 hours during the regular event this year due to being a loving father, I have decided that spreading it out will fill that little insane quota of 24 hours that I've set up in my mind.
This year I'm actually going to be marathoning twice because of this. Once for me and once for Twinfinite. So let's break these events down:
G3 Gaming and Giving for Good I named this after the now defunct Extra Life marathon I've been pushing for the past 2 years. It's catchy and I have the banners...sooooo. I'm marathoning for it.
This event will be raising funds for the University of Mississippi's Batson Children's Hospital. As with every year, I chose this hospital at random. I probably will never need their services as I don't even live in the state. The reason I chose this hospital is because it doesn't really matter which one I chose specifically. Helping Kids regardless of location should be the goal for all of us.
I will be playing a number of games on October 26th, 2013 to raise support. We'll get to the games in just a second.
Extra Life This Event will be raising funds for Sick Kids International, a program that brings sick kids from around the world to the hospital for treatment. I work on the side with a blog known as Twinfinite. I forced everybody to get involved with G3 and Extra Life last year and everybody had so much fun that we're doing it again. This year we chose Sick Kids International because it was like 1 of 3 international hospitals and my god does it make a great tag line. "Help Sick Kids!" We wanted to hit an international organization and this was a great one to choose.
Raffle Prizes If you have ever donated to my Extra Life events, you've received a game. Each year I have collected a number of games that I raffle out personally. This year wanting to do something a bit bigger, I've been hoarding codes for this. The result is that I've got a pretty good number of games I'm personally donating to this event.
This year I have some games to give out to both events.
I'm not sure what the final list for Extra Life will be, but here are the games I am donating to it. Yami has a few games she's added and I'm sure we'll have others, but these are the games I can guarantee I will hand out to you.
Schedule I've been brainstorming what I've been wanting to do for awhile now. Originally, I was going to come on here and ask ya'll what you would like to see me play. Part of me still wants to do that, but in previous years I've come across two very real issues. Game A ran really slow, and Game B while awesome in theory is boring as hell on stream. SOOOO....forget all that.
Plan B was that I was going to do a marathon off of a game. I sort of got this idea from watching way too much of Retro Game Master. So in typical Kaicho fashion, I'll be doing that with Street Fighter X Mega Man. With all of the Mighty No. 9 hype, I figured that I'd get around to beating Capcom's last attempt at the Blue Bomber. Since I like to play without powerups, it should be more (or less interesting) for you hopefully.
Anywho. Once I beat this (or if I do, we'll see how badly I really do suck at this game) I'll play some other games with ya'll. I'm thinking Organ Trail. We'll see what the mood is like.
Stream Schedule: 2PM EST October 26th - until you people obviously grow tired of me sometime on October 27th
If you want, come watch me. If you don't want (I wont judge), just donate and I'll love you all the same.
FAQ Since you haven't asked, I'll just post some random stuff:
Both raffles will be drawn after November 2nd's event. Depending on how sleepy I am and how many donations I have to send it, it could take me a day or two to get back to ya'll.
Why do this?
Well, I want to get as much money I can to help sick kids across the world. I'm doing this because we all need to help reduce the cost of healthcare for children. I won't promise you this will save lives, but it has the potential to change them. If the money raised just pays for a single janitor to clean the hospital for even a day, that helps recovery for these kids. If it buys a bunch of pop sickle sticks, that is something that reduces the always increasing medical costs.
I'm only asking for whatever you can give. $1 suits me just fine. While it's still open I will ask you to do anything you can to help raise funds for children's hospitals.
I have no money, what now?
Advertise via twitter, facebook, etc. or just join the twitch page if you have time. Fundraising events need word of mouth for people to get excited. I'm trying to get people excited and any help is...well...helpful.