Extra Life Marathon #3 Recap

Sorry for the delay in posting this recap, things have been rather busy lately, which I’ll get into in a bit. ūüôā ¬†The 3rd marathon for Extra Life went off without a hitch, and I had no problems streaming for the full 16 hours (unlike the 2nd marathon where I had a poor internet connection that kept dropping frames).

For this marathon, I had people pick what I was playing, and I think I did a fairly good job of keeping to the schedule. ¬†For the most part, I was ending games on time or within a couple of minutes of when I was scheduled to switch to the next game. ¬†The best game by far was Senchou’s pick of Frog Fractions, and you can watch the recap of that hour here on Twitch:¬†http://www.twitch.tv/cecilkilmer/c/2659022. ¬†It is a hilarious flash based game that had me laughing the entire time. ¬†Overall I think the structure of having people pick for donations worked fairly well, and I’m excited to see what people come up with for next time.

I will admit I am a little concerned about my final marathon as it is going to be tough to make it all 26.2 hours, those morning hours are going to be rough for sure. ¬†I definitely need to find some fast, fun, upbeat games to play during that time to keep me awake and going. ¬†I am looking forward to the final marathon though and think it will be a good time, I just hope I can make it that long. ūüôā

As for why I’ve been delayed in getting this posted, I participated in Season 2 of TerraFirmaCrack, a PVP Minecraft event using the TerraFirmaCraft mod, done in cooperation with the MindCrack group. ¬†It was a 2 week long event that concluded this past Saturday, August 3rd. ¬†Most everyone involved recorded the event throughout the 2 weeks and has been posting video to YouTube. ¬†My videos can be found on my channel (and I’ve made a playlist for them as well:¬†http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg9liYaHCwi2X1g7DoAPMRASvWW60L3Ei).

Games are rolling in!

And not just because it’s the Steam summer sale. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve bought a decent amount this summer sale (I’m up to 24 new games I’ve bought), but I’ve also started getting games to play for the upcoming charity marathons.

Kcowolf has the pleasure (probably a twisted one) of being the first person to decide what games I’m playing during my marathons. He has chosen the his 2 hour period for the upcoming marathon on July 27th, and here is what he gave me to play:
BK Games

 

That’s right, playing Sneak King for 13 hours during my first marathon back in April wasn’t enough, now I’ll be playing the other 2 “classic” titles from Burger King, Pocketbike Racer, and Big Bumpin’ (with a copy of Sneak King thrown in to keep, since I borrowed the last one). ¬†He’s graciously picked the 2 hours immediately following lunch, so I don’t get a craving for Burger King just before lunch.

I’ve also received 2 games gifted on Steam for me to play which have been added to my inventory because they’ve been on sale, and I expect the charity donation and requests for when to play them will follow shortly. ūüôā ¬†Those games are Surgeon Simulator 2013, and Secret of the Magic Crystal, a game about magical ponies.

Just over 1 week left until my 16 hour marathon, and all donations before then get to pick a game for both marathons!

Bean Dive 2013

Bean Dive is an event hosted by TrueAchievements, with the goal of “diving” into your backlog of games and unlocking a single achievement in each, to add them to your gamercard. This obviously completely wrecks your completion percentage, and so the goal is to try and recover your completion percentage by the following year’s Bean Dive. I decided to join in again this year, and here are my before and after stats for the dive:

Before:

  • Starting Gamerscore: 55,400
  • Starting TrueAchievement score: 87,214
  • Starting Completion %: 80.78%

After:

  • Ending Gamerscore: 55,555
  • Ending TrueAchievement score: 87,425
  • Ending Completion %: 72.27%
  • Games Dived: 13

Additional details of the dive can be found on my Bean Dive 2013 page over on TrueAchievements.  It looks like I will have to unlock 320 achievements (without adding any new games or DLC) in order to recover my completion percentage, which is a very daunting task.  Hopefully it will be an excuse for me to play more on the Xbox from time to time and not worry so much about completion percentage though.

Who knows, maybe I’ll focus more on Xbox for this next marathon in 3 weeks to recover some of my completion percentage?

Donate to Charity – Pick What I Play!

extralife small logo¬†As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’ve decided on how to structure the games for my final marathon on November 2nd. ¬†As with the previous ones, I’ll be streaming the entire time on Twitch (http://www.twitch.tv/cecilkilmer) so you can pop in and watch at any time during the marathon. ¬†However, this time, instead of me picking the games, I want you to pick the games.

I’ve created a rough schedule here (https://cecilkilmer.wordpress.com/gaming-schedule/) which details out the 25 hours of the marathon, giving myself 2 hours spaced out for meals and bathroom breaks. ¬†You can help pick what I play based on donations made to the charity through my link here (http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=46188). ¬†All funds still go directly to the charity, but along with that donation, you can tell me what to play based on the following rules I’ve created:

  • $10 donation – Pick a game off my list* (https://cecilkilmer.wordpress.com/games-list/) and I will play it for an hour of my choosing
  • $25 donation – Pick a game off my list* and tell me what time slot of the marathon you want me to play it
  • $50+ donation – Every $25 increment gets you an additional hour you dictate what I play (IE: $75 gives you 3 – 1 hour slots)

Games that are not on my list (IE: I don’t own them) are still valid if you donate or lend the game to me. ¬†That means you can buy a cheap, awful game and make me play it! ¬†Some ideas that I have heard tossed around already are:

The one exception for picking games is that I won’t play Kinect based games due to a medical condition I have which would make it dangerous for me to play them and could cause me to injure myself. ¬†Other than that, you can tell me what to play!

I’ve also decided that for any donations received before my 3rd marathon on July 27th (from 7AM to 11PM Central time), you get to pick a time slot in both marathons for the same donation (IE: $25 donation gives you a time slot in both the July 27th and November 2nd marathons)!

So make a donation, help children in need, and get a good laugh at making me play a game of your choice!

If you have any questions, feel free to post a comment here or on Twitter (@Cecilkilmer)!

Thanks!

Extra-Life Marathon #2 – Recap

My 2nd video gaming marathon for Extra-Life this year, while successful, unfortunately had a few hiccups along the way.  The marathon was on Saturday, June 8th, and lasted 18 hours (from 11AM until 5AM Sunday morning).

My original goal for the marathon was to play Rock Band the entire time. ¬†I borrowed a guitar and the game from a friend at work and practiced a bit the week leading up to the marathon to get used to playing the guitar again. ¬†I played Rock Band 2 the entire time, and managed to play for 8 hours and 20 minutes before I finally had to call it quits. ¬†Friends at work thought I would have a problem with my left hand (the ones on the keys) getting “claw hand”, but they were wrong! ¬†My left hand was fine, it was my right wrist that was killing me from strumming, and I just couldn’t go on any longer. ¬†During my dinner break a little before, I couldn’t even cut my food because my wrist hurt so bad trying to cut up dinner.

After my last Rock Band set, I moved over to the PC and finished out the remainder of the 18 hours on PC, playing a variety of games including: The Walking Dead; Payday; Serious Sam; Poker Night at the Inventory; and others.  The last hour was definitely difficult and I found myself wanting to doze off quite frequently during that time, but I pushed through.

I did have a few new people join my stream and hang out with me, and even received an anonymous $25 donation, so I was happy I raised a little more for Children’s Miracle Network with this marathon, it definitely felt good, especially given the technical problems I was having. ¬†Several hours into the marathon, I started having internet problems and had issues of dropping frames, both from Xbox and from PC. ¬†I played offline for a bit (no streaming) in hopes of my internet improving, but it didn’t get any better unfortunately. ¬†It took some fiddling with the bitrate, resolution, and the Twitch server I was hitting, but I made things work good enough to at least finish out the evening. ¬†Thankfully, I’ve since then had Comcast come out and fix things up, so my streaming has improved and shouldn’t be a problem anymore!

I’ve also been thinking about what I want to do for the final two marathons this year, and I have an idea for the final one (the 25 hours marathon on November 2nd) which I will post in more detail this weekend, but it’s covered on the Gaming Schedule page¬†and I’ll post about it in a little more detail soon.

Thanks again everyone for the support that has been given so far, and I’m sure we can do more this year yet too!