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8:05 AM on 04.06.2013

Gaming Tournament and Gaming Marathon Today!

We've been doing our "For the Kids Marathon" event for 4 years. Starts today April 6th at Noon EST till the 7th Noon EST. I think the normal gaming marathons are kinda boring, I mean I don't mind watching someone play a game for a little bit but 24 hours is where I draw the line. What we do that's different is we have a gaming tournament in house, well in my basement.


I have my friends playing games and doing real life challenges as well, last year I built a wind tunnel for the finals that worked out well and was pretty cool, another challenge was while walking on a treadmill to shoot down ducks in duck hunt.


My personal favorite was playing Dead Rising and while you were slaying zombies we sprayed "blood" in your face to simulate the slaughter. I think having these challenges and tournament it's more entertaining and not just that normal marathon where you play Mario for 24 hours, that's cool and raising money for charity is awesome but as far as having content that I want to watch longer than 10 minutes, that it is not.



We always have prizes to give away to people watching and we also allow viewers to challenge our players to complete a game or certain objective, such as beating a level in dark souls without dying. If you can stump our players, we give away a tshirt, DLC code or something video game related we picked up over the year.


Here was a challenge to play RapStar but as the song progressed you had to put marshmallows in your mouth to make it more difficult, as if the game wasn't bad enough.




Check us out at http://www.forthekidsmarathon.com/ we do have 3 streams, one for each TV we have going and it's never boring. There's more information on the site about what we are as well as more photos from previous years. If you have any ideas or challenges for us, come chat with us today at 12 PM EST. Donate to help raise some money for Childsplay charity and maybe win a prize for being generous.   read


10:08 AM on 02.19.2011

Holding a 24 hour gaming marathon for charity today!

Today myself along with some friends have planned a 24 hour gaming marathon to raise money for Childs Play. We will be having a gaming "show down" among the participants at the event and allow the viewing audience to interact with us. We'll be giving away prizes as well as letting the viewers give ideas on what they want us to do for donations.

Please join us at http://forthekidsmarathon.com to view, donate and interact with us!   read


7:39 PM on 07.16.2010

For the Kids! 30 hr gaming marathon benefiting Child's Play!

Hey everyone we have gone live with our 30 hr video game marathon with all proceeds raised benefiting Child's Play. You can watch us live through 2 a.m. EST Sunday on Ustream http://www.ustream.tv/channel/for-the-kids-gaming-marathon

This isn't your typical gaming marathon where you as the viewer are stuck watching everyone else have all the fun. In our event you can participate and even win some pretty awesome gaming prizes! For more information on our prizes, Iron Man challenge and to donate to Child's Play visit our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/For-the-Kids-Video-Game-Marathon-to-Raise-Money-for-Charity/122317711145584

Donate as much as you can because it's for a really good cause. What's better than helping sick kids have a little gaming entertainment when stuck in the hospital?   read


10:44 AM on 05.18.2009

Castle Crashers in the works!



We recently started our castle crashers costumes. We're not able to come anywhere near the level of skill that was first displayed when the game came out by that insanely good blue knight costume, but we're doing our best.
The animals are complete! They look amazing! I was really surprised how well they came out and all done freehand to boot. The heads I'm still painting but with the first coat of paint you can see they are coming out pretty good. Touch ups are going to be made to the totally white part in the front and cutting the eyes out for vision.
The girls will start sewing the tunics this weekend for the four of us as they'll be making their hats, princesses need hats

Below you can see the tubes primed then with the first coat of paint. Then my girlfriend holding up some to show the size of em.



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9:01 PM on 06.28.2008

Kmart finds. EZ Ebay $$



If you’ve read some of my other post, you’ll notice I love Kmart and their clearance game section. I figure I haven’t been there in a while and there was a new Kmart I’ve never been to and figured it was a good way to spend some time with the girl so we decided to make an evening of Kmart shopping.

That night we hit 2 Kmarts and scored pretty well at the 1 while the other was a total bust. The first one we ventured, as soon as I walked into the video game section I knew this was going to be amazing. They had games just thrown in the glass case with no order what-so-ever, clearly a sign that no one gives a crap and will sell you anything. Picked up a HD DVD player for the xbox for $12 and the Halo wireless controller for $15 and that POS game for $4. The HD DVD player is total ebay fodder as well as the controller as I already have 2. $15 for a wireless controller is the best deal you can get, I don’t care if it’s pink with dog vomit on it there is no way you can score a better deal. I also have a motto, if a current gen game is under $5, new and not a sports game I have to pick it up. I should have learned a long time ago that I should abandon this motto but what the hell. The other HD player I scored at my local Kmart which hasn’t marked anything down in price since the dinosaurs roamed. I gladly showed the manager my reciept from another store and asked for a price match. Very shocked at the price but without hesitation agreed and I walked out with another HD player.

As of posting date, I’ve sold both the HD players for $47 and $51 as well as the controller for $52. Not bad if you ask me for a few hours with the girl and making some easy cash. Do not pick up bullet witch, review coming very soon.   read


1:36 PM on 06.16.2008

Craigslist "score" sega master system




NO! I don't have a system to play these, but figured for $18 can't go wrong and I'm looking for a system anyways, I guess the guy threw in the H-Town "Knockin da boots" single tape to make up for the fact that there is no system to actually play the games. The initial listing on craigslist did include these games and the sega master system, for $25! Couldn't pass that up since I've been looking for one for a while now.

All the games include the original case, manuals and are in pretty damn good condition, except the 3 on the side. I saw the listing and what attracted me to it was the fact that it had the system but when I got there the douche bag said he doesn't know where it was, even though I emailed him 16 hours before confirming it included the system. I drove about 40 minutes to pick the shit up and couldn't leave empty handed, so haggled him down to $18 just for the games, well worth it. Here's a list of the games:

Kenseiden
Space Harrier
Rampage
Rastan
Pro Wrestling
Zillion 2
Aztex adventure
king fu kid
R.C. Grand Prix
The ninja
great football
great soccer
great volleyball
great basketball
Montezumas Revenge
My hero
Transbot
Alex kidd
captain silver
Alien syndrome

Pretty impressive list, with some killing games including Space Harrier, Rampag and Alex kidd and who can pass up a game called Montezumas Revenge? All that's left to complete this big score is a system to play them.   read


9:42 PM on 06.10.2008

Prey a.k.a. Alien Vaginas



The above image is no joke, not a photochop. This is a real scene from Prey for the 360. What would compel the designers of a quality game to have the players make love to a huge alien vagina?

This game’s somewhat old, 2006, but somewhat shows what the 2007 game of the year was going to be; Portal. You don’t shoot portals but rather locate them and travel through them. There are a few weird boxes that allow you to travel through them one way but if you go behind them you see the back of the box and not the portal. There’s also very good use of gravity you can change the gravity in a room or find these tracks which allow you to travel around the room on them upside down or on the side of the wall. This different dimension to the game makes you believe you are in an alien ship and being abducted, but there are times in the game where you feel your lunch just wants to say hello again.

The AI is decent, they know if their in a firefight to find health, they somewhat predict your movements around corners. Add the gravity effects and the puzzles of figuring out how to escape each room, fights can be much more complicated than one would imagine. There’s a room where aliens enter the room by portals and you happen to be on the ceiling and making your way along the wall to reach the floor but you have snipers and rocket shooting vagina spiders following you.

I picked the game up for $7, I may have paid $12 for it. With only about 10 hours of gameplay, I would say for anymore than $12 give this one a pass. It was a good game in between games, but I wouldn’t recommend to everyone. It is somewhat interesting to see the portal elements used in a game a year before it was released. If you dug portal, this is nothing like it.   read


4:51 PM on 06.04.2008

Target Showing Some Love for Crap Games



For the pass 3 weeks or so there has been a great target coupon on the loose. It's a coupon to take $10 off any Xbox 360 game of $10 or more. What exactly does that mean? Means you will end up playing some games you never thought you would.

So for the past 2 weeks I've been checking out my local Targets to try and score something half-way decent. On my first attempt I was able to score the above, Naruto:Rise of a Ninja, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and 3 copies of Virtua Tennis 3 (one is in the package on it's way to the happy Ebay winner). How the coupon works is you need any Xbox 360 game, that's right any game you wish, unless you're under 18 then you can't get GTA4; sorry it's the rules. Well since Fantastic Four sucks so much ass, it's not worth $10 you have to get your total to $10 and how better than a candy bar to keep you up when you're falling asleep from horrible camera angles and other things that make blind llammas cry.

People are reporting that they are able to get Microsoft points cards and XBL games for $10 off, but from personal use I've been shut down every time. Another great use of the coupon isn't just to get games for yourself but also to get some games to trade on Goozex and hopefully get something great in return. The coupon expires soon, so get out there and find something good!   read


2:56 PM on 06.03.2008

Dairy of Video Game Shopping 1



Had lunch with the grandpop’s so figured while down there hit up some stores on the lookout for cheap games. First was K-mart, which was the best store of the day. Walked in and Nick approached me and was super helpful with finding some games. In total, found Final Fantasy X-2 for $5, Full Spectrum Warrior on PS2 for $3, Shadow of the Colossus (the black label) for $19, and Prey for Xbox 360 for $7. I'll be keeping X2 as I never owned a copy of it, I'll use FSW for trade fodder, Shadow of the Colossus is a CLASSIC and everyone should own a copy and figured pick up Prey since it was only $7, and $7 for an xbox 360 game is pretty good. Kmart over the last few years has always been a great place to check at least once a month for older game mark downs. You can NOT go by the sticker price, you really have to grab the games you like and scan em, or bother the hell out of the sales person if you can ever find one.

Kmart was a HUGH success, on a high I figured let me check Bestbuy and Sears. Neither turned up any good finds other than a quarter in the door well of Sears. The next store, Target, was a very good “flip” find. Picked up 4 copies of Folklore for PS3 at $14.98 each. What I mean by flip is buy it cheap then return to somewhere else for money or profit. Selling one to my buddy for $16, and sold one on Ebay for $30 within 10 minutes of posting it, the other 2 I’m going to try and return to a store for store credit.


If you're not aware, Best Buy allows 3 returns a year with NO reciept, just need a drivers license. Walmart the same deal although I'm not sure what their limit is, and Kmart depends on who you deal with as I've been successful and also told "no!". Earlier in the year, returning 4 halo 3 legendary editions to BestBuy paid for my xbox elite and rock band. You just need to be on the look out for flips. Hope this helps bring a little light to always be on the lookout for something good, even if it is old as hell doesn't mean it's not good.   read


11:26 AM on 06.03.2008

Intro to my savings pit of a c-blog


(pic is totally unrelated, but everyone uses pictures, so I wanted to be cool)


I figure I should at least post something about myself and what I'm looking to use the C-blogs for. I live in NJ and work in Manhattan so I do commute 2 hours a day 3 days a week so my time of playing video games during the week is a little weak. I do work from home twice a week so I do have some time to play games.

I've always been a deal whore, meaning I will find the best possible deal for something or wait for a good deal. Also, if a game is $4 I will most likely pick it up, unless it looks like complete ass crack. This is what I plan to use the C-blogs for, posting some nice deals I may find and reviewing old ass games I find for cheap.

I always enjoy playing games after they've been out for a while and everyone else has already played it. I guess it doesn't bother me to hear how good/bad a game is and not enjoy it for months. Most likely because buying an old game does save me some cash :)

So welcome to my cheap savings pit of a C-blog :D   read





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