Here it is Monday and I am finally getting over my gaming hangover. Having done gaming marathons in the past, I figured this task would be easy. However, 24-hours of straight gaming are amazingly fun but damn tiring. Still, kids benefited from this and I am already making plans on how to make it more interesting for donors next year!
For those that may feel a bit lost, I participated in the Extra Life for Kids video game event on Saturday. This is where gamers all over the U.S. raise money for the sick kids in children’s hospitals across the country by dedicating themselves to playing video games of all kinds for 24-hours straight. This was my first time doing this and it humbled me at the support I received, and the fact that I was part of a bigger cause to help children struggling just to survive to tomorrow.
Now it is time for the big part of this post. I want to thank every donor and person who shared my tweets and postings over the last two weeks. Without the kindness and generosity of you all, I would have never raised the $580 that I did. Every donation made a difference, and I deeply thank you all for giving whatever you could even if it was a simple status update clueing your friends and family into what I was trying to do.
I do not like calling specific people out as this was truly a team effort, but I need to thank a few people individually. Please do not feel slighted if I don’t mention you, as I did take notice to every donation/tweet/status update/+1 on this event! To my friend Bob Younce, thank you so much for the continuous Facebook posts in support of this event. Your kind words humbled me immensely. To Scott Wood, thank you for all the retweets you did, thus helping me pass along the word of this event to even more people. To Jim Denham, Brian Arsenault, and Jerry Denham, thank you both the social media shares that helped to bring in more people. To every donor, know that your money is going to help give kids a live saving shot, or provide entertainment when they cannot even get out of bed to escape their dreary medical confines, or even something as simple as a tasty cup of pudding. We all need to be proud of what we accomplished together this weekend.
So, now it is time for the fun part of this post. Here are some of the “stats” that I kept for my gaming marathon.
17 donations received equaling $580 raised averaging $34.12/donation
3 limited edition canvas prints because of beating money goal (1 to hospital, 1 to random sick child, 1 to random donor)
Start time: 08:17 on October 20, 2012
End time: 08:04 on October 21, 2012
Last “active” tweet sent at 03:52 on October 21, 2012 as I started playing Dragon Quest IX
Last tweet sent at 07:20 on October 21, 2012 as I ground out one more level in Dragon Quest IX
4 beers (3 Founders Porters and 1 Fort Collins Chocolate Stout)
2 pots of coffee
3 slices of pizza
1 Egg and Bacon croissant
1 Dutch Oven chocolate and almond sweet
12 games played with 4 being newly started and completed:
Contra (NES) in honor of Chris DeAngelis
Super Castlevania IV (SNES)
The Walking Dead Ep 2 - 4 (PC)
Diablo 3 (PC)
Unfinished Swan (PS3) in honor of Blake Grundman
League of Legends (PC) in honor of Ross Polly
Guild Wars 2 (PC)
PS All-Stars Beta (Vita)
Super Stardust (Vita)
Motorstorm RC (Vita)
Dragon Quest IX (NDS)
1 humbling experience that is not done just yet