Archives: 2017

This was the second year I attempted Extra Life with my team. This time we split up the marathon to two days of 12 hours (minium) of gaming #ForTheKids. We had to split up the days because in my condition, my doctor says I shouldn't exert myself like that!

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

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!

1UPers Extra-Life '16 Clip: Hour 4 End

Thunder Force V

This half hour during my Extra Life marathon was brought to you by Ken L. This shoot'em up series is by TechnoSoft and it's pretty tough!

1UPer Ivan gives it an honest try and near the end 1UPer Shawn gets in his first gaming of the day! We'll just call that a warm up lol

1UPer Kevin also is asked to do the Macarena by someone on the Twitch chat lol

  • Ivan's 1st attempt death timer at 3:00
  • Ivan's better attempt death timer at 4:53
  • Nice dodge move by Ivan at 6:57
  • Picture of my Extra Life '16 gold medal and t-shirt at 12:45
  • Ivan's instant death timer (lol) at 14:37
  • Kevin doing the Macarena at 16:53
  • Ivan's GAME OVER timer on a different starting level at 26:10

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

1UPers Extra-Life '16 Clip: Hour 4 Start

Nights: Into Dreams

Peter K. & Anna M. donated and requested I play this game during my Extra Life marathon. This game is by SEGA's Sonic Team and they made the 3D Control Pad for use in this game. This new control pad was SEGA's answer to Nintendo's N64 analog controller.

1UPer Kevin tries the game out for the first time and then I manage to beat the first boss!

  • Sick burn at 19:05

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

1UPers Extra-Life '16 Clip: Hour 3 End

Streets of Rage 2

Carmen donated and requested I play this game to end the third hour of my Extra Life marathon. This game has one of my favourite soundtracks, composed by the great Yuzo Koshiro, and is my favourite game in beat 'em up genre.

1UPer Ivan helps me clear out the streets of thugs on our journey to rescue our ex-cop teammate from the original Streets of Rage.

  • Sweet pun within 0:25 seconds
  • Instant karma own at 8:43
  • Duck smuggler, with impression at 16:07

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

1UPers Extra-Life '16 Clip: Hour 2

Burning Rangers

Peter K. & Anna M. donated and requested I play this game for an hour of my Extra Life marathon. This game is great and a favourite of SEGA Saturn fans around the world.

1UPers Kevin and Rick help me out and this video features a 'failcam' moment plus a sweet pun by Kevin!

  • Failcam at 1:07:05
  • Sweet pun at 1:19:49

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

1UPers Extra-Life '16 Clip: Hour 1

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Laura S. donated and requested I play this game for the first hour of my Extra Life marathon. This game is hilarious and I really should beat it one day!

This first video has some audio lag/echo but the rest of the videos should be better. Apologies.

What is This?

This video is part of my 24hr stream from February 2017 which I promised to do after raising funds for my local children's hospital.

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

Top Fundraiser Reward!

I Was Not Expecting This at All

Cool! Extra-Life sent me this awesome plaque for being a top fundraiser!

I should get my butt in gear for the next campaign, eh?

A big Thank You plaque from Extra-Life

Gold Medal!

$1,000 Tier Reward!

Extra-Life sent me a gold medal for raising a ton of funds for SickKids Foundation!

Gold medal with Extra-Life logo

Well Deserved Rest

So Proud

What a night! I hope you were able to catch at least some of it on the live stream. No need to worry if you missed it as I will be uploading many clips of the night to YouTube. Stay tuned to my channel!

The last few hours of the night were pretty brutal, I'm not going to lie. I think next campaign we should do 2 days of 12 hours each. More importantly, I won't let people pick time slots for the games they request because having the hardest ones near the end were real killers! You live, you learn :)

Round of Applause

Big thanks to the 1UPers team for showing up and playing for as long as each one of them did. Ivan and Shawn lasted until the end! Such troopers. Also thank you to Kevin and Rick who stayed for the better part of the day and provided commentary and social media management. Huge thank you to Carmen and Shela for providing food all day.

See You Next Time

To the 1UPers, the donators and the spectators: Thank you so much for making this the coolest and most fulfilling birthday I ever could imagine.

See you next campaign!

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

What a Campaign!

I've been amazed since Day 1 of launching this site and week after week, month after month, my mind was blown over and over again. The amount of caring and warm people who donated and the amounts people donated both were such a pleasant surprise to me.

I proudly announce that, as of New Year's Eve, our first Extra Life campaign has ended and we raised a final total of $6,189 USD! That's about $8,140 in Canadian dollars that goes straight to the SickKids Foundation to distribute in the areas of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto that need it most.

While many people have said congratulations to me, I have to say congratulations to every single person who donated for doing such a great thing, as well as for making my birthday wish come true. Cheers and Happy New Year!

Game Time

Join us on Saturday morning, February 4th at 10am on and cheer us on and say hello.

I will be streaming the games listed in the event schedule along with a webcam pointed at the team members playing. You can watch us win, fail, laugh and scream at the games and each other.

As I am a Twitch Prime member now, I'm hoping there is a way to archive the footage so I can post clips on YouTube afterwards but I'm unfamiliar in this area so that is not guaranteed. So please join us on game day if you can, even for a few minutes!

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?


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