Extra Life Gaming Marathon 2012 is Over!

The marathon is now over!  Thanks to everyone who made a donation, dropped off food to keep me going, checked in on the chat, and sent emails and text messages of encouragement. Over $500 were raised and I kept my part of the deal by keeping my beady little eyes glued to the tv screen for 24 hours. Now its time for everyone to give themselves a little pat on the back and get some rest. The details of the event I'll keep up for posterity, but this gamer is now signing off!

Today is the day you've all been waiting for: the Extra Life 24-Hour Gaming Marathon is happening now! Don't know what this is? Learn more about what this is, why I'm participating, and what you can do to help in this post.

For those of you who have been eagerly anticipating this moment, you may now observe my crappy game-playing skills, guaranteed to get crappier the more tired I become. Feel free to say hello (or taunt me) in the chat screen below the video. Like that awesome music you're hearing? That's right, I have carefully curated over 6 hours of great chiptunes and game music remixes for you to enjoy while you watch. You'll hear tracks by Schnabubula, Roboctopus, Nullsleep, Dire Hit, Bit Shifter, Anamanaguchi, Animal Style, Benjamin Briggs, djpretzel, Girljoy and more! You're welcome!

Finally, it's still not too late to make a donation if you haven't done so already. Thanks to my many awesome friends, I am incredibly excited to have already met the outrageous $500 goal I set, but the kids I'm playing for can always use more help.

Now, let the gaming begin!

Video or chat not working? You may not have have the latest Flash player installed. You may also need to refresh your window from time to time. Don't ask me why ;-)


8:00am - Now Playing: River City Ransom (NES)
The snacks are all assembled. I started off my morning with a very healthy donut from a great little local panaderia, and now I'm kickin' it old school with one of my favorite games ever, River City Ransom. I never owned the cartridge as a kid, but I think I must have rented this one a million times. Now, it's mine thanks to Wii-ware, but I'm still terrible at playing it. Expect to see many pathetic deaths before I move on.
9:00am - Still playing RCR.
10:00am - Still playing RCR.
11:00am - River City Ransom defeated!  That's right, shockingly, I beat the game despite my crappy playing skills.  So now it's time to move on... I think I'll pop in Journey (PS3) now and see how that goes.
12:00pm - Playing Journey.
1:23pm - Finished Journey. Let's just say I'm glad I got that one out of the way early.  Definitely not my kind of game. Now to figure out what to play next...
2:00pm - Tried Red Steel 2 for a bit, but it was just making me dizzy, so FFXIII it is.  Maybe I'll finally get to the part where this game supposedly gets good today...
3:00pm - Still playing FFXIII. I have no idea what I'm doing.
4:00pm - Still playing FFXIII
5:00pm - Still playing FFXIII
6:00pm - Still playing FFXIII
7:00pm - Still playing FFXIII. Not sure how much more I can take.
7:30pm - Whew, gave up on FFXIII around 7:30 and took a half hour break.  My eyes were starting to cross from staring at the screen all day.
8:00pm - Recovered from my malaise and started playing a new game of Muramasa: The Demon Blade (Wii).  I really enjoy this one and will probably come back to it again later tonight.
9:00pm - Some friends have come over and given me a little relief (and some delicious dim sum!) Ed took over on Muramasa for me for a few minutes, but why does he not read the dialog?! ;-)
10:00pm - My friend Andres is now playing Skyrim... as a pacificist! His sneak skills are pretty amazing for a character that's only level 9. Awesome!
11:00pm - Okay, Andres and I are going to try some Kinect games now.  Time to get the blood flowing after sitting on my lazy butt all day long!
12:00am - Whew, Fruit Ninja & Children of Eden were fun, but a little exhausting.  No more physical activity for me until this thing is over!
1:00am - Playing a little Borderlands 2 now & getting just the teensiest bit delirious :-)
2:00am - Borderlands 2
3:00am - Borderlands 2
4:00am - oh god my eyes, I think they are starting to cross.
4:30am - everything is starting to become a blur. Borderlands, I cannot play you anymore. Only 3.5 more hours left. Muramasa, will you take me to the finish line?
5:00am - Muramasa
6:00am - Muramasa
7:00am - Muramasa
8:00am - The last bits were brutal, but indeed, Muramasa got me to the finish. It's 8:00am CST and I am signing off and heading for bed.  Thank you, everyone.  THE END :-)