Our 5th Annual Extra Life Fundraising Campaign Begins!

For the 5th year in a row, we’re running an Extra Life fundraiser in support of the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals. They are a network of 170 hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. To-date, we’ve raised over $7,000 for the cause and we’re looking to raise even more towards a worthy cause!

If that’s all the convincing you need to support the cause, head over to my donation page and contribute whatever you’re able to spare. But if you’d like to learn more about the cause or follow along with all of my initiatives to support Extra Life this year, read on!

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Factors Impacting My Content for In Third Person

Whether I’m writing in-depth fighting game guides, sharing streaming advice, or recommending games for your next board game night, In Third Person has always been a reflection of my life situation and interests at any given moment in time. It makes for an experience that’s difficult to follow on an ongoing basis, but my top priority has always been to give myself the freedom to make whatever I want with the time I have available to commit to this passion project.

These last few years have been no different. Due to some major global events, lifestyle changes, and new hobbies, my output continues to change with me.

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Together, We Raised $2,000 for Extra Life!


Our 4th annual Extra Life fundraising campaign is complete! With your help, we raised $2,000 USD for the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals this year! Since we began fundraising with Extra Life in 2018, we’ve raised $6,820 USD for this incredibly important cause. Can’t even wrap my head around what we’ve been able to achieve to-date and what we’ll achieve in the future!

This is gonna be a short post cause I’m still recovering from the 24-hour gaming marathon, but I wanted to share a few more shoutouts:

  • Thank you to everyone who made a donation. You’re the real MVPs!
  • Thank you to executive producer Steff who helped out with all of the behind-the-scenes stuff, as well as taking centre stage for multiple segments of the show!
  • Thank you to my family and friends who participated in this year’s show, whether you were on mic or just playing games with us. Sharing this experience with you makes the marathon so much better!
  • Thank you to Extra Life Toronto and Raw Fury for providing many in the community with game codes to give away as part of the festivities! Congratulations to everyone that won!
  • Thank you to anyone who has watched the marathon stream and any of the mini-event streams leading up to Game Day.
  • Thank you to everyone who liked and shared any of my content relating to this campaign. You’re helping to raise awareness and inspiring others to join this movement.

I won’t be closing the door on the 2021 campaign quite yet. Hoping to share my thoughts on this year’s campaign in at least one more post. There are many Extra Life rewards I need to prepare and mail off to donors. Also, I have lots of video from the event to edit and share. For now though, I’m gonna get back to recovering from this year’s campaign. Thank you again for everything! Enjoy the week ahead!

And if you’d still like to make a donation, it’s not too late! Link below!

Our Extra Life 24-hour gaming marathon begins tomorrow!

One more sleep!

Tomorrow at 9am EST, my friends, family, and I will embark on a 24-hour Extra Life marathon! We’re fundraising in support of the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals by playing games, eating snacks, opening packs of Pokemon cards, and more!

You can watch the show here: twitch.tv/inthirdperson

The schedule may change once game day occurs, but below is the tentative itinerary. Feel free to drop by at any time. Make sure to say hello to us in the chat!

9am-11am: Tetris 99

11am-1pm: Mario Party Superstars

1pm-3pm: Mario Golf Super Rush

3pm-5pm: Jackbox Party Pack 8

5pm-7pm: Exit: The Game

7pm-7:30pm: Pokemon card pack opening

7:30pm-8pm: Secret snack taste test

8pm-10pm: Mario Kart 8

10pm-12am: Among Us

12am-2am: Pokemon TCG Online (3-hour)

2am-4am: Animal Crossing: New Horizons

4am-5am: Overcooked 2

5am-7am: Nickelodeon All-Stars

7am-9am: Monopoly: Animal Crossing Edition

When you make a donation during the show (donation link here), we’ll fire my trusty money gun in your honour! Better yet, if you donate at one of the three reward tiers, you’ll be eligible to receive spray paint art prints, a signed Pokemon card, and a thank you note from me!

Even your Twitch channel points can make a difference! If you cash in for the Poke Flute and manage to score a Shiny Jett, not only will I do the rest of the marathon in a Snorlax onesie, I’ll also make a $100 donation in your honour AND I’ll send you all of the rewards! If you manage to pull off this feat, send me your mailing address in a Twitch whisper and I’ll hook you up!

Game On!

Can’t wait to get this show on the road! We’ll see you tomorrow and I thank you in advance for your support of the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals!

Our Extra Life 2021 campaign begins now! Get your spray paint art rewards and tune into the 24-hour gaming marathon on November 6th!

Since we began supporting Extra Life in 2018, we’ve raised over $4,800 USD for the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals. For everyone who has supported the cause to-date, thank you!

We’re keeping the support going with our 4th annual Extra Life fundraising campaign! We’ve got a 24-hour marathon lined up, spray paint art rewards for donors, and more in store for this sprint to November 6th!

If you’re ready to donate, head over to my Extra Life page, make a donation, and get your rewards! If you want more detail on the upcoming events and activities, keep reading!

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Is Activate Games the Future of Arcades?

From carnival games, to arcade machines, to escape rooms, interactive amusement attractions continue to evolve. Activate Games in Canada and the US combines elements of virtual and physical play to create an experience unlike anything else I’ve experienced to-date.

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Overcome the Inherent Challenges That Come with Squad Streaming

A fundamental challenge with game streaming is that you have to find a way to split your attention between the game you’re playing and the audience you’re entertaining. Being able to manage these disparate tasks is a challenge, but it’s a skill that one can develop with practice.

Introducing friends into the mix divides your attention even further. In the heat of the moment, it’s incredibly easy to forget about your audience as you banter with your friends. While there’s a certain level of communication required for teams to coordinate with one another, a stream where the dialogue only consists of teammates calling out sniper positions or yelling for healing doesn’t make for a great viewing experience.

Even between matches, don’t assume the banter between you and your friends is inherently engaging from a viewer’s perspective. By focusing solely on your group chat, viewers can feel like voyeurs in your gaming session rather than welcome members of the experience. When viewers feel like they’re creeping on you, they’re more likely to leave.

Here are some things you can do to make your squad streams better from a viewer’s perspective!

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What Gamers Can Learn From Music Streamers on Twitch

One of my favourite non-gaming corners of Twitch to visit is the music section. From musicians showcasing their talents, to producers talking shop about the creative process, to DJ sets that give me something to listen to for extended sessions, there’s a lot of entertainment to be had here.

I also think there’s a lot that we as game streamers can learn from music streamers, even if we don’t have a musical bone in our bodies.

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Why I Treat Playing Video Games and Streaming Video Games on Twitch as Two Different Things

At a certain point in my streaming journey, I made a very important distinction for myself:

Playing video games and streaming are two separate activities.

Making this adjustment has helped me manage managing my mental health while also putting myself in a better position to work towards my streaming goals. Here’s how I differentiate between the two and how I benefit.

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