Extra Life 2014: Help me for the big day on October 25

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Once a year, I deprive myself of sleep to do one thing — help sick kids at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. How do I do this, you ask? By playing videogames for 24 hours straight. (Last year, it was 25 hours.)

Extra Life began after the untimely death of Victoria Enmon due to acute lymphoblastic leukemia in January of 2008. When I first heard about this charity, I thought that it was a great way to do something I love and help people that I have no connection to. But, as I continued to promote the cause each year, I’ve found out that I have a closer connection to it than I thought.

I’ve had family lose loved ones at the hospital in the past, and I don’t think I ever would’ve realized that if it wasn’t for this charity. When I went to the first Extra Life Portland guild meeting about 4-6 months ago, the stories I heard about why people participate would make some people cry. Doernbecher was finally working to get people more involved and organized, which I found refreshing considering we raised so much money for the hospital last year. With the help of everyone involved, we’re getting even more people involved at Rose City Comic Con and the Retro Game Expo.

This is where your help comes in to play. I can’t do this without you. Each year, my goal gets a little higher than the year before. This year, my goal is $400. I plan on streaming my play session along with doing a lot of fun stuff on social media. Basically, I want to make sure that if you’re sponsoring me, you get as much entertainment from me as I can offer.

So, I ask you, can you please sponsor me for Extra Life 2014? People are encouraged to donate a dollar per hour for each hour I play, but I appreciated any donation, even if it’s $5.

Do you have any other ideas for ways that I can entertain you and get more donations? Please let me know!

Extra Life 2012 Recap and a Heartfelt Thanks

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2:41 a.m. and I’d be a zombie if it weren’t for energy drinks.

Another year down, another successful 24 hours playing video games in participation of Extra Life to help kids at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. It wasn’t easy, but it was a blast playing with friends and straight-up relaxing on the weekend.

As I write this, the record total donations stands at $1,882,510 for children’s hospitals around the world. This spectacular news wouldn’t be possible, if it wasn’t for the wonderful person who inspired this all to happen – a young girl name Tori. But there are so many more people who make this possible: the gamers, the friends and family that donate to a good cause, and the hardworking individuals who make this charity possible annually. If it weren’t for all of us, this wouldn’t succeed each year, let alone surpass each previous year’s total donation.

I would like to thank the following people for sponsoring me in Extra Life 2012. Without you all, this wouldn’t have meant much of anything.

  • Grady Locklear
  • Steve Tannen
  • Stu Holdren
  • Matt Singley
  • Kathy Wamsley
  • Bob Cowell
  • Erick Navetta
  • Corina Darold
  • Brianna Gardner
  • David & Tiffany Van Pelt
  • Ian Bragg
  • Dave Galas
  • Tyler & Betsy Tanenbaum
  • Katie Bray
  • Jeremy Liebman
  • Yaicha Tanenbaum
  • And two buyers on eBay whose purchases went to charity

The definite highlight of the night was playing with friends. Adventuring through a Minecraft world and shooting aliens in Halo: Reach is so much more fun when you have friends with you. Finishing the story to Borderlands 2 and Mark of the Ninja was a ton of fun and I hope the pictures and updates I posted throughout the 24 hours was entertaining and not too annoying. With the winter release of video games on the way, I’m already planning on playing many more games with friends during these cold winter months.

Thank you all again for the help, the kinds words, and the support in donations and spreading the message. I would also like to thank my lovely girlfriend, Yaicha, for helping me with all of the much-needed food and drink during the marathon, especially near hour 20. Without her, this would’ve been tougher than it was. Now, to get back to gaming!

Extra Life 2011 Game Marathon on October 15

This weekend will mark the second year of playing video games to help kids at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Many gamers around the world will be enduring the 24 hour game marathon to help the children’s hospital of their choice and it won’t be as easy as it sounds.

I will be playing games on the Xbox 360 as well as iPhone and iPad games. The following is what I have lined up:

Xbox 360

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Gears of War 3
  • Peggle
  • Pinball FX2
  • Dead Space 2
  • Crimson Alliance
  • Possibly more…

iPhone/iPad

  • Superbrothers: Swords & Sworcery
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • GameDev Story
  • Jaws
  • Infinity Blade
  • Rage HD

If you own an Xbox 360 and see any games that you’d like to play with me, just let me know or send me an invite. My gamertag is Omega Technique. Also, with the help of many generous people, my original goal has been surpassed but I’d love to see it get to an even $300. If anyone wants to donate $16, just head to my profile here.

Extra Life 2011 Update

Extra Life 2011 Goal

You Can Still Donate!

With the help of some great friends and family, we’ve exceeded the original goal of $250 for kids at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. I would like to thank the following people for making it happen:

  • Andrew Hwang
  • Stu Holdren
  • Matt Clegg
  • Bob Cowell
  • Kathy Sandaine
  • Rob Wineriter
  • Tyler Bolton
  • Kathy Wamsley
  • Brianna Gardner

If it weren’t for you all, this never would’ve been possible. Check back at this site to see more about what I will be doing for Extra Life 2011 in the coming weeks. You can still help the kids at Doernbecher by donating and sponsoring me here. Thanks again!

Helping Children Earn an Extra Life

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Extra Life Video Game Maraton October 15, 2011

I love telling people about the charity I helped sponsor to aid children at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. How’d I do it? By playing video games 24-hours-straight. I’m still amazed by the generosity of the people who donated in support of helping children around the world.

This year marks my second year where I will take to the controller in support of the kids at Doernbecher. Last year, the generosity of friends and family helped blow my original goal of $96 out of the water and we ended up donating a total of $241 to Doernbecher. This year, I’ve decided to set my goal to $250. The object of the marathon is to get people to donate one dollar for each hour of the marathon, but anyone can donate any amount they’d like. With this goal, it would take just over 10 people donating for each hour to reach it.

Without the help of friends, family, and gracious anonymous fellows, this won’t mean much to anyone. So, I would like to ask my community for any tips or suggestions about ways to reach out to potential donors. Last year, I updated people quite frequently throughout the day and night about what I was playing, how I felt and let me just say, those last four hours are BRUTAL. If you have any suggestions for ways to entertain people throughout the 24 hours, send them my way. I have a webcam this year, so there are extra possibilities using video.

If you’re interested in donating, please follow the link to my donation page. If you would like more information, you can head over to the Sarcastic Gamer blog and at the Extra Life 2011 website. For more information on Doernbecher Children’s hospital, check out their website and Facebook page.

Thank you in advance to anyone who decides to make a donation. Your contribution to helping children earn an extra life is appreciated more than you could imagine.

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Together we can all lend a helping hand

Extra Life: Recollection of a 24-hour game session

It’s been nine days since I’ve endured a 24-hour gaming session for Extra Life and this entry should’ve been updated sooner, but life is busy right now. With the help of friends and family, we together helped raise $241 for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Pat yourselves on the back. This is a great thing we’ve done together.

I woke at 7 a.m. on October 16 with enough time to head down to Royal market to grab some munchies and caffeine before the gaming session began. Once back in the house, I started playing around 7:40 a.m. with the game Comic Jumper. It’s a funny little game from Twisted Pixel developed for the Xbox LIVE arcade that has a great artistic style and sense of humor. A few hours in, I got an invite from my friend Evan, or as he’s know on Xbox LIVE, tactical DBk.

I jumped over to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and started a multi-player gaming session with Evan (tactical DBk), Jay (SALSA DBK), and Matt (Zilla DBK). Notice something similar here? Our clan tag on COD is DBK, which stands for “Douche Bag Killers,” and trust me; there are a lot of douche-bags to kill on these multiplayer shooters. But we do it in good sport. It’s just a game.

Shortly after that, I went over to the game Watchmen: The End is Nigh so I could sit back and play a mindless beat ‘em up game. This is pretty much all you can expect from that game. It’s not a great game, fighting get bland pretty fast, and Rorschach has some strange lines in the game.

Around this time, Yaicha came home from work and we ordered some pizza to go with the I.P.A. she brought home. I felt it appropriate to begin Limbo, which my friend Dave (dead vp) bought me for my birthday back in September. It’s a small game that had gotten top reviews on game journalism websites across the Net. I specifically waited until Yaicha was home and for nightfall to arrive before beginning this 2-D somber sidescroller. I must say — I have NEVER played a game like this. Please, if you can, pay the $15 for the game. It’s worth it. 3 – 4 hours later, I finished that game and it felt so worthwhile that it made the day of playing video games feel refreshing, though it was 1 a.m.

Yaicha ended up heading to bed and I continued on my path of game playing until 7:40 a.m. I went back over to Modern Warfare 2 to “pwn some more noobs” until my eyes were getting fuzzy. Around 3 – 3:30, my concentration was starting to wane so Evan and I went over the some multiplayer Peggle matches. Peggle is a neat little game from Pop Cap that is pretty much like pachinko with awesome backgrounds and specific powers. It was a nice way to chill after some intense multiplayer shooter matches.

Evan finally fizzled around 6 a.m. and I chilled out with a second play through of Borderlands until 7:40. Directly after that, I sleepily posted a tweet from the computer and went to bed. It was a great gaming session and I’m happy to have helped with such a great charity.

Special thanks to the following people for donating:

  • Adam Wagner
  • David Vanpelt
  • Rudy Rofinot
  • Chelsey Campbell
  • Benjamin Terrell
  • Brianna Gardner
  • Candice Voss
  • Bob Cowell
  • Katherine Wamsley
  • Ariel Rhoden

Other specific facts:

Gamerscore Achievements:

235 gamerscore

Food and drink consumed:

2 Lo-Carb Monster Energy Drinks

5 Lagunitas IPA beers

Half of an extra large pizza from Papa Johns

One small bag of sweet BBQ chips