This year I’ll be doing something I’ve never done before, and I’m extremely excited to share it with you all! Video Game Writers is taking part in the Extra Life gaming marathon to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals around the United States and Canada, and I’ve jumped on board! On October 20th, myself and a number of the VGW staff and readers will play games in our backlogs for 24 hours straight, and many of us will be streaming our gaming sessions online for your viewing pleasure. You can view the official VGW event listing on Facebook here.
If you could take a few seconds to check out my personal fundraising page and perhaps donate a dollar two, it would be greatly appreciated. All donations will be going directly to the Vermont Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, as that’s where I was born and raised, and I would love to give back to my home state. And for those of you who are interested in my gaming streams, I have a couple of neat incentives planned.
|I’ll probably have at least one of each of these
over the 24 hours!
UPDATE: It looks like the amazing folks at Corel Corp. will be providing me with a review unit of the game capturing hardware, so I will able to stream PC, Wii, and PlayStation games! This changes my incentives slightly –– instead of having two separate goals, I’m just going to work towards my original target of $300. If I reach that by October 10th, I’ll open up what games I’ll be playing to a community poll! There may also be some special giveaways for those who donate in the form of game codes, so keep an eye out for those!
First, if I reach my target of $300 by October 5th, I’ll purchase a Roxio Game Capture HD Pro so I can stream PlayStation 3 and Wii games to my Twitch channel in addition to PC games. Currently I do not have any game capturing software, so I am limited to streaming PC games only, which severely limits the number and type of games I can play. Currently, the only games in my PC backlog are Amnesia: The Dark Descent, LIMBO, Bastion, Lone Survivor, Psychonauts, Sword and Sorcery EP, VVVVVV, and Chantelise. Come to think of it, that would probably keep me busy for a while, but wouldn’t you rather see me play more Japanese games?
If I open my backlog up to include Wii and PlayStation titles, things get a lot more interesting. A quick sampling of games I own but have yet to play includes: Nier, Alice: Madness Returns, Disaster: Day of Crisis, Little King’s Story, Sin & Punishment: Star Successor, Monster Hunter Tri, Pikmin 2 (Wii control enhanced version), Sakura Wars ~ So Long, My Love ~, Saints Row 3, Um Jammer Lammy, and many more! Helping me reach my goal early will ensure that I can play a wide variety of games!
|I won’t be tackling any 40 hour RPGs in an attempt to power through as many
games as possible. How many do you think I can beat?
And finally, if I reach my stretch goal of $400 by October 15th, I’ll leave the decision of what games I play to all of you! I’ll compile all of the above selections into a poll (plus a few others) where anyone can vote, whether they’ve donated or not. So if you really want to make sure to see me suffer through the entirety of Amnesia: The Dark Descent while hyped up on caffeine and only semi-lucid, don’t forget to donate!
Thanks for taking the time to read this post, and in closing, I’d just like to remind everyone that reads this blog that there is no pressure for you to donate whatsoever, so please, only donate if it’s something you feel comfortable with doing. I am not making any profit out of this, and am simply doing what I can to help a Vermont children’s hospital and play some fun games in the process. Finally, everyone is free to watch my game streams on the day at my Twitch channel, whether you’ve donated or not! I hope to see you all there!