Quick Info

**Date subject to change to
 another Saturday in Q4 2017

What's going on?

The Plan

Hi! My name is Farhan and for my last birthday, instead of throwing myself a party with my friends and family, I decided to hold a charity event to raise funds for the SickKids Foundation. To achieve this goal, I participated in a 24-hour gaming marathon called Extra Life with some of my great friends. Together we raised nearly $6,200 USD for SickKids when our original goal was set at $1,000! That's crazy!

I'd like to do Extra Life again this year because not only did we have a ton of fun, but I know we can continue to help out sick children who are in need.

Girl reading a book imagining a man on a boat

My Story

On my 36th birthday in 2015, I was hospitalized when nearly the entire right side of my body gradually went numb. It was like that side of my body just went to sleep, with a pins and needles sensation. After lots of testing and a few treatments of strong steroids, most of the feeling came back. The diagnosis was a neurological disorder known as transverse myelitis, but the neurologists warned if my symptoms occur again, the new diagnosis would most likely be MS, multiple sclerosis.

A year and a half later, my worst fear was confirmed. This time it was the left side of my body having too much sensation. After another trip to the MRI scanner, the MS specialists had the proof they needed to come to the conclusion that I suffer from relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) and presented me with treatment options. I must now inject myself with an absurdly expensive drug, daily. This aspect of my life is very new and I can only hope that this treatment is compatible with my body. My right arm and hand (my dominant side) are still weak and have the pins and needles feeling to this day.

Even though I have this debilitating disease that can potentially get worse, I still consider myself lucky. There are thousands of sick children who need life-saving care from specialized doctors, expensive medical equipment, and a massive amount of clinical research. Please help me help these kids and donate today at my page on Extra-Life.org.

The System

Extra Life brings board gamers and video gamers together for 24-hour gaming marathons worldwide to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. They have raised more than $30 million to help children's hospitals provide critical treatments and health care services, pediatric medical equipment, research and charitable care.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across Canada and the U.S.. The local CMN hospital I have chosen is SickKids - The Hospital For Sick Children.

SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children. Their fundraising is driven by the belief that improving the health and well-being of children is one of the most powerful ways to improve society.

Your donation is tax-deductible (if over $20 USD) and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids.

For more information about Extra Life, CMNH or SickKids Foundation, please visit their respective websites.

Main cast of Persona 4 Golden on PS Vita

My Systems

If you know me, you probably know that video games are a huge part of my life and they have been since I was a child. From Sega to Nintendo, Sony to Microsoft, and the others in-between... there are hundreds of unique experiences, stories, music and visuals to be enjoyed.

Since 1987 (three decades!), I have been collecting home console systems, computer and portable games and have amassed around 2,000 games either digitally or physically. Ports of arcade classics, platformers, RPGs, puzzle games, rhythm games, strategy, adventure... almost any genre out there, I probably have it! So what better way is there to put them to use other than supporting a charity like SickKids?

A few years ago I started a side project to try and preserve older "retro" games as best I could as the aging technology is becoming harder to come by. I wanted to make a library of sorts so people can experience the history of video games as I did growing up, instead of these games deteriorating in storage somewhere, sadly forgotten. Let's use these games for the reason they have been made — to be played!

During this marathon, my team and I will be playing games from many of the consoles I own, from which I can stream to YouTube Gaming and/or Twitch — social media sites dedicated to broadcasting gamers doing what they love.

Cartoon nurse holding a big syringe

Join us again this November via live stream to raise money for the SickKids Foundation!

Latest Updates

Less Than Two Months Until Extra Life 2017!

Only 25 Game Request Slots Left!

Have you ever noticed that there are a lot of exclamation points in this site?

Anyway, just a quick update: We have raised $1,325 which makes us about 44% to our goal of $3,000, and the Early Bird tier for game requests is now closed.

Game requests are still open and there are 25 slots left at the time of this post. I picked up some great games (Like Windjammers) for you to request!

The past two weeks have been very busy but I managed to get a few more videos up on YouTube from last year's game day. See below for a couple of them.

I still need your help with spreading the word of our campaign in order to secure additional donations for SickKids Foundation. Also, please donate if you can!

I hope to get some more videos up soon, but for now, please enjoy the ones below.

Game Wall Tour and Crash Bandicoot

Crandle the birthday girl wanted us to play Crash Bandicoot on Game Day and while I was setting up, Kevin said I should show off my game wall. So at the beginning of this video, you'll be able to see a good majority of my physical games on display.

After that, watch Shawn and I suck very badly at this game while Georgina constantly says "Oh My God!" Also, you can try to count how many times we say "WHAT?!" during the game.

Some funny memories:

  • Game wall tour: first minute and a half of the video
  • They teach me how to pick up items and I still fail: 7:04
  • And again: 7:35
  • Rene judges Crash's girlfriend: 23:19
  • Hardest enemy ever: 29:56

Extra-Life '16 Clip: Tekken 3

My college roommate, Moose, donated and requested we play Tekken 3, the hit Playstation 1 title from Namco which was popular back when we were living on campus at McMaster University. I clearly forgot how to play this game! Watch a bunch of us try to clobber each other and fail miserably.

Memories:

  • I start the game off by kicking a robot to death: 3:11
  • "Sweet Pun" during the Lei vs King fight: 5:00
  • Unnecessary roughness to end the Eddy vs Jin match: 10:10
  • Kevin looks like a beer: 16:56
  • Kevin beats me without looking!: 19:12
  • Jojo tells us the meaning of fighting games: 20:49
  • Kevin calls Chris "Mike": 26:46

Hour Six of 2016's Game Day

Extra-Life '16 Clip: Monaco - What's Yours is Mine

Here's a clip from last year's game day which started off the 6th hour of the marathon: 1UPer Carmen (aka Snack Attack) requested we play Monaco and it was hilarious because it was the most uncoordinated bank heist I've ever witnessed. Lot's of funny moments, especially when Georgina, the Edamadame, was doing the back seat commentary!

There were a lot of laughs and dramatic deaths, here are the times for just a few highlights:

Extra-Life '16 Clip: Crypt of the Necrodancer

Rounding off the 25% mark of the marathon we played Crypt of the Necrodancer which was requested by 1UPers Chris and JoJo: You can watch us try to dungeon crawl to the beat (dungeon dance, if you will). Most of the times we either killed each other or ourselves! Conrad was the best out of us on our first tries.

After editing this video I really want to go back into this game!

Memories:

  • Chris explains to Jocelyn how he's prevented their house to look like mine within the first 30 seconds of them arriving lol
  • Kevin dances (again!): 8:34
  • Enemy victory party: 18:59
  • Chris's great advice: 20:36

We Broke $1,000 Again!

One Third of the Goal Raised!

Today I got a whopping five donations from some of the great people I work with, some of whom being 1UPers themselves. As of this post, we're sitting at just over a grand with $1,075 USD which will go right to SickKids Foundation. A couple more grand and we're already at our goal :)

Thank you to everyone who donated so far!

New Games

Since my last update, I've added around 65 new games ready to be requested for the team to play and stream during the game days. About half of the titles are for various Nintendo consoles and the other half for Xbox 360. See the Change Log for the updates or check out the full list of games.

As of this post there are only 28 slots left to request games so donate and request today before it's too late! Also, this is the last week for Early Bird donation tiers to request games. You can save $5-10 USD if you request a game before September 1st :)

Extra-Life '16 Clip: Runbow (Round 1)

Here's a clip from last year's game day which ended the 5th hour of the marathon: Kevin, Rick, Shawn and I play Runbow by Canadian developers, 13AM Games. We had so much fun with this game that later in the day, we played it again when more people were available to play. This game can go up to 9 players on the Wii U!

There were a lot of laughs and dramatic deaths, here are the times for just a few highlights:

  • 7:45
  • 10:04
  • 18:55
  • Kevin invites EVERYONE to his house: 19:29

More Updates

To check out the entire update history, go to the Updates page.