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

Time Moves Fast...

Sonic Mania Poster

Two Weeks Already?

Last time, I mentioned how time flew by this year but these last two weeks just zoomed past like a sonic boom!

Since the last post, thanks to 10 people who donated, we have raised almost $500 for SickKids Foundation, nearly one sixth of our $3,000 goal! Let's keep it coming!

Game Requests Are Open

I added a change log for my list of available games to make it easier for people who have already browsed through it to find new games. Since my last post, I've added 13 more games and I will be updating the list soon because I picked up more games such as today's release from SEGA, Sonic Mania, for Nintendo Switch!

If you were a fan of Sonic the Hedgehog on the SEGA Genesis (or Mega Drive) then this game will tug so hard on your nostalgia strings, you might fall over!

If you'd like to request for the 1UPers team to play Sonic Mania or any other game I own, head to the Event Schedule page for instructions on how to do so. And remember: early bird donation rates are available for 2 more weeks! As of this post, we have 4 game requests and request slots are open for you.

The 2nd week of August represents the 28th and 26th anniversary of the North American launches of the SEGA Genesis and Super Nintendo Entertainment System respectively. Maybe you want to pick a game for us to play from one of these great 16-bit consoles?

The 2017 Campaign Begins!

Let's Do This (Again)!

Wow, this year has gone by way too quickly... I still have almost twenty hours of footage from the 2016 campaign that I need to edit and post. If I wait until I'm finished editing that footage I'll miss the 2017 campaign!

And this is why I am making this post: Extra Life 2017 is only 3 months away and we need to get to raising funds.

Last year's initial goal was $1,000 and we ended up raising over six times that amount! This year the initial goal is $3,000. Let's see where it goes :)

Let's Do It A Bit Differently Though...

For last year's campaign, I made it a part of my birthday celebration. It was my best birthday ever. This year, I'd like to take part in Extra Life around the same time most people around the world are doing it, November.

The official game day is on November 4th this year and I'd like to play for a whole twelve hours that day followed by another twelve hours, two weeks later on the 18th.

Two days? Yes, this time we will split the 24 hours evenly in two, which is completely fine with the people at Extra Life.

Due to my condition, it has become more apparent that rest is extremely important for me. Doing another 24-hour marathon would not be good for body nor my brain. Twelve hours should be fine, especially if I take breaks and if team members take the controller for a while like last year.

We have game requests open for a minimum donation of $25 again, with an Early Bird Special price for the month of August. But this time I will choose the times the games are played unlike last year. This change is so the final hours of the night aren't as painful as it was back in February with some very tough/terrible games at the end, haha!

I have to give props once again to Ivan and Shawn for sticking it through the night!

Join Us!

The cause is the same: Help children, help childrens' doctors, help the Hospital for Sick Children. Kids are our future's best asset.

Donate today, spread the word and in November watch us live on Twitch for some fun times and big laughs as the 1UPers play some of the hottest or worst games I own!

For the time in between, keep checking back as I post more clips from our first campaign.

1UPers Extra-Life '16 Clip: Hour 5 Start

Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign

Rick shows us fellow 1UPers, Kevin, Shawn and me, how to kick some butt in the beautifully animated Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign to start off the 5th hour of our Extra Life gaming marathon!

Fun Fact: All of this video's puns happen to be about the characters in the game.

  • Picture of Chewy, our favourite dog, in gaming gear: 2:29
  • First pun of the match: 3:24
  • Picture of Rick in Faust cosplay at work: 4:44
  • Rene starts falling in love with I-No: 15:50
  • DOUBLE puns thrown: 20:09
  • Final GG Xrd character related pun: 30:49

Look out for more clips by subscribing to my YouTube channel!

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