Archives: 2016

This was the first year I attempted Extra Life with my team. We started with a donation goal of $1,000 and ended up with over SIX times that amount!

The Final Stretch

1.5 Weeks Left...

Quick Stats:

  • Current goal progress: 97%
  • 3803% more funds raised than the average fund raiser for this event!
  • Overall rank across Extra Life: 75th out of 50,162
  • Donations Received: 54
  • Rank for SickKids fundraiser across Extra Life: 1st!

Folks, this is amazing. We're under $200 away from raising $6,000 USD for SickKids Foundation in our first ever Extra Life campaign. That's almost six times my original goal!

I know everyone is busy with holiday errands, shopping, gatherings and more. But let's not forget the thousands of children that will benefit from your donation. If you haven't had time to donate yet, time is running out as we only have just over a week left for the 2016 campaign. If you have already donated, please spread the word! Thank you everyone for all of your support and kid words!

Twitch Streaming Today

I have the day off work specifically to do work on charity related tasks. Today I will be streaming on Twitch, on-and-off, testing all the games scheduled for game day. Come join me if you can and provide any feedback about the quality of the stream weather it be the video quality, the audio or even how messy my living room is at the moment!

We're Cleaning Up!


At the beginning of the November we were sitting around $2,800 raised. I'm so excited to tell you that as of this post, we have surpassed our 3rd goal of $5,000 and with one month left, we have raised $5,436 for SickKids Foundation! After donations from my loving mother and aunt, we broke $5,000 so I stretched the goal by a grand. Within 24 hours of the increase we were already less than $600 to the new goal!

I'd like to give a huge thank you to Dennis Fagan for re-donating six (6) of his time slots he earned with his contribution in order to give people more incentives to take part in giving. This act raised us a whopping $175 as well as some great game requests. Way to go, Dennis!

I must also thank my father for enlisting his kind friends to help the cause. So far, these generous people have given me many warm words on top of donating around $1,700 within the last two weeks, which is absolutely huge!

Currently, there are 49,634 participants across all of Extra Life who are supporting their local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Last update I mentioned we were the #1 fundraisers across Extra Life who are raising funds for SickKids Foundation, our local CMN hospital. This update I am so proud to say, thanks to every single person who has donated for Team 1UPers, we are 74th across all of Extra Life out of nearly 50,000 participants!

Being able to take all this money to a charity like SickKids Foundation... This is probably going to be the best birthday of my entire life. Thank you all.

One Month Left

For donations to count towards this Extra Life campaign, there's only one month left. If you haven't already, now's the time to donate! Otherwise your donation will count towards next year's campaign and your tax receipt won't arrive for quite some time. That's fine with me if it's fine with you :)

Don't forget to tell your friends. If they are feeling charitable this holiday season, SickKids Foundation is a great place who can always benefit from a donation of any amount. Every dollar counts! #ForTheKids

We're Number 1!

This Just In...

I received an email from the SickKids Foundation via Extra-Life today informing us that even though the Extra Life official game day is this Saturday, November 5th, they will be leaving the donations page active until the end of the year. This is great news as we can keep raising funds for them until December 31st!

But that's not the only good news in this email... We are currently the #1 fundraisers for SickKids on Extra Life! This is amazing news since we've only started our drive for just over one month ago and we've already raised almost $2,800 so far. I'm so proud to have such generous people in my life who are helping to improve the quality of health care for the kids in our community. Thank you everyone!

Check out SickKids Foundation's inspiring video and help spread the word. Let's get those crucial dollars coming #ForTheKids.

Practice Day

I mentioned above that this Saturday is the official Extra Life game day. While Team 1UPers' game day will be in February of next year, I am going to do some practice gaming and streaming this Saturday as well.

Throughout the day I will be streaming on Twitch, on and off, for at least 6 hours just so I can get a feel of how I should mentally and physically prepare for the real marathon. On top of that, I can tweak my streaming setup for the big day if things aren't optimized. Mic levels, webcam positioning, lighting and other technical issues will hopefully be taken care of by the end of the day.

Game Requests: SOLD OUT!

Stay tuned for more incentives to donate as I am happy to inform you that all 46 game request slots have been officially reserved! Just based on the game requests alone, we raised just over $1,000!

You can see the list of games requested and who donated towards each time slot on the Event Schedule page.

Again, thank you to the following heroes*: Dennis, Peter & Anna, Yousaf, Carmen, Dave, Georgina, Ivan, Kat, Mike, Shawn, Laura, Laurence, Justin, Shela, Chanelle, Chris, Conrad, Ken and Leonardo!

*NOTICE: In November I will be testing out the requested games to make sure they are working and figure out the best streaming settings for each one. If you have reserved a request but haven't decided on a game yet, please try to get that in by the 18th of November.

We Broke $2,000!

Almost Half Way There

Quick Stats:

  • Current goal progress: 47%
  • Game request slots available: 16
  • Early bird request rates cutoff: 2 weeks

Two days after the last update we had another burst of donations that put us over our first stretched goal of $2,000 and now we're nearly half way to the final goal!! With about three-and-a-half more months to go I'm sure we can do it with your help. Help spread the word by sending your close friends my personal link:

Get Your Requests In...

As of this posting, I have 3 generous donators picking their game requests with one of them donating enough for 9 slots! The amount of generosity towards the SickKids Foundation is astounding :)

Don't sleep on your game request if you haven't donated already because the free slots are going much faster than I imagined! Also, in two weeks time, the early bird rates will be closed and the minimum donation to request a game for us to play for 30 minutes will start at $25. One and two hour requests will be a minimum of $45 and $85 respectively.

What happens when all the slots are filled? We will have more incentives for people to give! Sign up for email updates to stay in the know.

Games, Games, GAMES!

There are now more requestable games added to the games list as I added my library and a bunch of PSN games I got for "free" with PSN Plus. There are about 160 GOG titles and about 70 PSN titles spanning the PSOne, PS3, PS4 and PSN sections.

Last weekend I was testing my broadcasting and capturing softwares for event day and decided to play Journey on PS3. I had a great time and shared my first 30 minutes on YouTube. If you haven't played it, I highly recommend it as I felt so good after completing the game that day.

Check out the video:

If you like the idea of taking quick peeks at games, feel free to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Truly Inspired

I'm Speechless...

Within 30 minutes of my Extra Life page going live, we received an anonymous donation of $500 followed by yet another anonymous $500 with the first 12 hours! After stretching the goal out to $2,000, I had to stretch it once more to $5,000 because before the first 24 hours was over, thanks to kind, generous people, we had already raised over $1,800!

With 3 months left in our campaign, I am very positive we can reach and beat this $5,000 goal. But we'll need your help!

Spread the word and if you haven't donated already, please do as every dollar counts. As a bonus, if you are a permanent employee at my company, Critical Mass, the company will match your donation up to $100! How great is that?

Consoles Added to the Game List

UPDATE Oct. 10 2016:
I just fixed a Super Famicom generously given to me by a close friend and now we can stream original Gameboy games via my Super Gameboy 2 I got from Japan! 26 Gameboy games have now been added to the games list.

I have added my Gamecube games to the list of games donators can request to play. Additionally, I now have a working Game Boy Player attachment for the Gamecube so I've added my Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance games to the list. That's about 75 games added!

There are still time slots available to request games. Pick what we play! Early bird donation tiers are available for 3 more weeks.

Team Member Bios Coming Soon

I hope to have the 1UPers team bios up at some point in the next couple of weeks. Until then, here's some quick facts:

  • Kevin loves Dragon Warrior (Dragon Quest)
  • Ivan really gets into Monster Hunter
  • Carmen enjoys beating people up in Streets of Rage
  • Farhan digs shoot'em ups (like Gradius) but is terrible at them!

The First Update!

A Great Cause

Hello friends, here is the new update section where you will find up-to-date information about 1UPers and our donation drive for the upcoming 24 hour gaming marathon for charity, Extra Life!

Since this site just launched, we are at ZERO dollars but that's OK because even if you can only spare just one dollar, not only will that one dollar be much appreciated by the team, but that one dollar will be used at the SickKids Foundation which will, in turn, benefit a child in need of medical treatments from specialized doctors.

Your donation is tax-deductible and all proceeds go to help kids.

Pick What We Play

I have added a list of about 1,800 games (with many more to come) across 16 consoles for you to choose, for us to play! If you take a peek at the Event Schedule you will find a timetable with 30 minute slots for donators to fill out with the game of their choice, for 1UPers to play for the specified time. There is a minimum donation amount for the game requests, so donate while the early bird special is still in effect! The rules and game list can also be found on the Event Schedule page.

Mailing List

Feel free to sign up for the mailing list to stay up-to-date with any important updates regarding the event. I promise not to spam you or share your email address with anybody, including the rest of the 1UPers team.

The sign up form is on the right in the sidebar or below the main content of this page, depending on what type of device with which you are viewing the site.


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