Tetris 99 is my go-to streaming game. Besides providing a modern twist on an all-time classic, the game has proven to be a popular draw for me on Twitch. Almost every weekend, our community congregates on the channel to chat about an assortment of gaming and non-gaming topics while some also play the game with me.
Most of the time it’s a pretty chill stream with a few hype moments when I eek my way out of a jam or when I get into the top 10. However, with my Extra Life campaign in full swing, the stakes have been raised.
At the end of last month, I vowed to make a $5 donation for every top 5 finish and $10 donations for every Invictus mode win. While I can win at a steady clip in standard Tetris 99, Invictus mode is a faster variant that only those who have won a match can participate in. The competition is fierce and it adds a severe amount of stress.
There are stretches where I’ll go upwards of two hours without reaching the top 5. In most cases, this is a totally natural phenomenon. But when pressured to hit that plateau in front of a live audience in order to raise money for Extra Life, the stress can really get to me. On numerous occasions, I’ve considered bending the rules just so I can say I contributed something. So far, I’ve only done that once, having donated for a 6th place finish during my last run.
Not sure what I would do if we ended a stream with zero top 5 finishes, but it thankfully hasn’t happened just yet. However much we end up raising, I know my efforts are going towards a great cause. All of the proceeds to towards critical treatments, healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment, and charitable care. Earlier this year, I learned how our contributions helped to redecorate a CT Scan so that kids wouldn’t be scared to get scanned while allowing medical professionals to get quality scans. Each time I play Tetris for one of these fundraising streams, I think about things like that to keep me motivated.
If you haven’t had a chance, make sure to drop by our last Tetris 99 stream in support of Extra Life on Sunday, October 27th at 9am EST! Hope to see you there at twitch.tv/inthirdperson! And of course, you’re always welcome to donate to the cause at any time through the link below!