You may be asking yourself why the heck I’m posting a blog here after two long years of silence. Well, things like work, relocating to California and simple laziness got in the way, but I have a renewed passion for writing. And I figured… what better way to kick start my blogging efforts than a live blog of my Extra Life 2014 gaming marathon?
This year, I’m thrilled to have raised nearly $500 for the kids at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in my hometown of Portland, Oregon–all thanks to the help of my wonderful friends and family. I couldn’t have done it without you!
Any of you wondering what the heck you sponsored me to do are about to see me undertake a wild and fun 24 straight hours of video game madness. On my playlist are many classics from the N64, as well as some current gen picks from PS4, Wii U and Xbox One. So, without further ado…
12:50pm: A couple of hours in. The coffee and Ruffles are flowing, and we’re dominating Super Mario 3D World. Final secret stage coming up! It’s team Rosalina and Peach ftw…
2:27pm: In a sugar and potato chip coma but just played a riveting round of Mario Party 2, with deputy Yoshi coming out on top (aka me). My Mario Party track record remains strong, but will there be an upset later in the day when we move to Mario Party 9? Who knows!
There’s still a long day ahead, and I have a feeling I’ll need to keep the caffeine rapidly flowing, as last night’s Oregon Ducks win over Cal at Levi’s Stadium kept me out way past my normal bedtime (almost 1am, eek!!).
I think my friends and I are going to stick with the Nintendo theme for now, but I’m looking forward to diving into D4 on Xbox One later…
Ok, just kidding. My friend is taking a marathon break, so I’m switching gears to inFAMOUS: Second Son on PS4. I’ve just entered the city of Seattle (in-game, of course ;)), and I’ve been stuck in a particularly sticky spot… Let’s see if I can kick my magic booty into gear!!
3:36pm: Time for a college football and 3DS break. Go Kentucky, and go Pokemon! Gotta catch ’em all, people.
4:51pm: Darn. No upsets in the top five yet. And this Alabama-Tennessee game is not off to a promising start. 😐
Time to get serious. The Pokemon hat is on. And I’m moving on to Smash Bros. 3DS. I WILL BEAT THIS DAMN LEVEL NINE CLASSIC MODE.
Weapon of choice: Pikachu.
6:05pm: Midday coffee has kicked in and we are WIRED. I’ve yet to defeat the final Smash Bros. boss, but I will not be deterred! We’ve shifted to the Giants game while football games are on their halftime break…
The Alabama game has left a lot to be desired, but there have been fireworks, as well as some “illegal touching” in the LSU game, so here’s to a good second half! It’s rare–no NEVER–that I root for the Tigers, but I’m pulling for them in this upset. They just need to hold on to their dang balls!!
7:34pm: I know people keep poo-pooing Smash Bros. 3DS–particularly after the killer Wii U Nintendo Direct this week–but I still think it’s a rockin’ entry in the series. Sure, there are a few shortcomings, and the controls can be wonky, but I freaking love having portable Smash! You better believe I’m stoked for the more robust console version, but I certainly won’t abandon this one. And I gotta say… College football + 3DS = Extra Life marathon perfection.
7:42pm: I have a visitor…
10:10pm: 12 hours in and still going strong! Well…except for this:
3:23am: Oh, yes. I’m still awake. I just finished baking a lovely pizza dinner and am now playing Animal Crossing 3DS, whilst watching The Parent Trap. Uh huh, you read that correctly. What can I say? It’s after three in the morning…It seemed like a logical choice!
4:57am: I’ve decided that D4 was meant to be played at five in the morning–particularly when one is on a sleep-deprived caffeine high. It’s weird and creepy, yet oddly awesome. And the fact I have to interact with the game by using Kinect gestures is keeping me awake (for now).
P.S. – I just shoved an owl. And there’s a woman living in my apartment with two different colored eyes. Oh, and she thinks she’s a cat. At least, that’s what I assume, since she keeps meowing at me.
7:11am: Heh, 7-Eleven… Just in time to catch a glimpse of the sunrise. I hear a few of my neighbors moving around now too, which means I’ve officially made it to Sunday morning. Only a few hours left!
Curious about my progress? Well, probably not, but I’m going to tell you anyway! 😉 I’ve made it through the prologue and chapter one of D4. SO WACKY. But I’m still in love with the weirdness–though my arms are getting sore from flailing around at people and objects (I was just playing baseball with a mannequin leg). I’m going to take a Kinect break and pick up some Diddy Kong Racing and then another few rounds of Smash.
9:28am: Favorite gamer moment: When you remember where all the “secrets” are in a game you haven’t played in years. ❤
10am: Did…did I make it? What day is it? Who am I?
Words are hard. Games=good.
This wraps another year of Extra Life madness, with my highest fundraising total EVER! Thank you again to all of my supporters. Together, we’ve made a big difference in the lives of several wonderful kids at Doernbecher!
Until next year…PLAY ON. And goodnight!