For the better half of 2019, the internal debate of what my game of the year would be raged on. It came down to two titles. One was a game that made some bold moves but didn’t quite stick the landing on everything it had to offer. The other was a tighter package overall, but was far less ambitious.
How do I rationalize between the two? There’s no right answer, as both games are fantastic. In this case, I looked past that conflict and dug deep into my soul for an answer. When I was in the thick of it, which game drew the largest emotional response from me? And when I look back at 2019, what’s the game that I’ll remember the most fondly?
Going through this process gave the slight edge to one of the two. My 2019 game of the year is…
Hoping you had a fantastic holiday season! Mine was filled with memorable moments with family and delicious meals. Also, gifts! I got absolutely spoiled. Fingers crossed that the gifts I gave in return give you as much joy as the stuff you got me.
Here are a few things underneath my tree this year!
‘Tis the season for Turkey, winter wonderlands, and quality time with the family. Also, gifts. Heck yes!
Here are a couple of games on my Christmas wish list this year. What are you hoping to find underneath your Christmas tree this time around?
Wishing all of my American friends a Happy Thanksgiving!
To celebrate, I thought I’d share a clip from a previous stream that happened around the time of Canadian Thanksgiving last month. Still thankful for all of the same things! What are you thankful for today?
At long last, the Tetris Effect soundtrack soundtrack is finally seeing the light of day. Limited Run Games gets the honours, releasing the music as part of a 5-LP bundle along with a digital download code. Pre-orders begin on November 22, 2019. You can also invest in a limited edition print of the game with a reversible cover and special gold foil highlights.
During the first two parts of this post-mortem, I focused a bit too much on the nitty gritty details of running an Extra Life campaign. Now that I got that out of my system, let’s get to the fun stuff! Here’s an assortment of highlights, memories, and shoutouts!
During part 1 of my Extra Life 2019 post-mortem, I focused on all of the activities leading up to the marathon itself. From joining the Extra Life Toronto Guild, to running a mini-campaign around my performance in Tetris 99, I reflect on what worked and what could improve. This time around, I’m tackling all of the technical mumbo jumbo related to the big day. Maybe these insights could help guide your next charity event!
Our first-ever attempt at the Extra Life gaming marathon was a success. We raised $800 for the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals and had an amazing time doing it. Any fears I had going into it were quelled by the outpouring of support from family, friends, and the broader gaming community.
Even so, I wasn’t ready to rest on my laurels. Going into 2019, I wanted to make a bigger impact. Generate more donations. Put on an even better show. Get more involved with the cause. Before I close the door on this year’s campaign, it’s worth looking back on the areas where growth occurred and other aspects that still have room for improvement.
This post grew out of control real fast, so I’ve decided to split it into two parts. This is part one, covering everything leading up to the marathon!
A more detailed thank you post to come, but we need to catch up on sleep. Just wanted to say in the immediate term that we appreciate your support so much, from everyone who helped organize this event, to those who played games with me, to everyone that tuned in and enjoyed the show, to everyone who made a generous donation towards the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals. You’re the best.
As we catch up on rest, please note that it’s not too late to donate! Every bit makes a positive difference on the lives of children in pediatric care. Thank you for your support and I’ll see you again soon!
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The Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo is the largest video gaming convention in Canada. Though the event has been taking place for a few years now, this was my first time attending. Here’s an assortment of pictures and a recap of what we experienced!