Extra Life 2019 Campaign Post-Mortem – Part 2

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!

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Extra Life 2019 Campaign Post-Mortem – Part 1

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!

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Thank You Everyone For Supporting our Extra Life 25-Hour Gaming 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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Support the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals by Donating Through Extra Life

Tune in at 9am EST for Our Extra Life 2019 25-Hour Marathon

This is it! Starting at 9am EST, we’re playing games for 25 hours straight in support of Extra Life! We’ve got a star-studded cast joining me for the show, including:

We’ll be playing a ton of games too, including:

  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • Jackbox Party Pack 6
  • NHL 20
  • Crash Team Racing
  • Overwatch
  • and many more!

You can watch all of the action right here on the blog with the Twitch player above. While you’re at it, we’d really appreciate it if you could make a donation to Extra Life. 100% of the proceeds go towards the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals, which includes 170 hospitals in North America that take care of over 10,000 kids every day. Every bit helps and your support is truly appreciated!


DONATE TODAY!

Support the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals by Donating Through Extra Life

8 Tips for Participating in Extra Life

On Saturday, November 2nd, many will be participating in the Extra Life 25-hour gaming marathon in support of the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals. Our group had an amazing time participating in the program and can’t wait to do it again on November 2nd at 9am EST. If you’ve ever considered participating, or are in the midst of preparing for your big Extra Life event, maybe these tips will come in handy!

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Tetris 99 Live Stream – Donating to Extra Life for Every Top 5 Finish!

[NOTE: Due to an unjust copyright claim and no real way for me to dispute it, I pulled the YouTube version of the video down. You can watch the whole stream on Twitch though!]

Playing Tetris 99 for the kids! I put my skills to the test in Tetris 99 Invictus mode and celebrate our top 5 finishes with donations to Extra Life! While I claw my way to the top, I tease some events that could be happening during our upcoming 25-hour gaming marathon, anime, careers in the gaming industry, upcoming Nintendo Switch releases, and I explain my motivations for supporting Extra Life!

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Our Extra Life 2019 Campaign Begins Today!

Last year, we raised an incredible $800 for the Children’s Miracle Network as part of Extra Life. This year, we’re aiming even higher! Our Extra Life 2019 campaign officially begins today and we hope you can help us raise $1,000 in support of the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals. Leading up to the big marathon on November 2nd, there will be a lot of Extra Life related stuff going on.

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Extra Life: More Than a Game

Last week, I attended the Extra Life Toronto Guild Kickoff Meeting at SickKids Hospital. With dozens of gamers in attendance, the staff at Sick Kids and the Extra Life Toronto Guild gave us an inspiring presentation that demonstrated how important our fundraising efforts are. It served as a wonderful reminder that video games and our interactions with them can mean so much more than just the immediate gratification we get from playing them.

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We Received a Medal for Our Extra Life Efforts!

Extra Life 2018 has come and gone, but the story is’t quite over just yet. As part of signing up as an Extra Life Platinum member and raising as much as we did for the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals, we unlocked the silver medal!

It’s a wonderful symbol of everything great that came out that experience! To top it off, I got it engraved with each team member’s first initial to make sure the whole team was represented on this memento. It means so much more with this added touch!

Earlier this week, I took the time to mount it on my wall. Now every time I stream, you can see the medal in the back to commemorate the hard work, great times, and positive impact we made on the world as a team!

One more time, the thank you list! It’s admittedly a copy/paste with some slight edits, but it’s still relevant and still means just as much!

  • Thank you to all of the donors whose generosity will help improve the lives of patients and staff at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto!
  • Thank you to my wife and Executive Producer of the marathon, Steff. She helped with the planning of virtually every aspect of this marathon, including all of the work behind the scenes to ensure that everyone was comfortable throughout this insane journey.
  • Thank you to my cousin Adrienne for lending us her photography lights and backdrop.
  • Thank you to the team! Randy, Jenna, Mat, Jon, Jason, Laura, Kris, Rachel, Michelle, Jascha, Janis, and Dusty. You’re all rock stars and your time and effort towards supporting the cause was (and still is) greatly appreciated! Couldn’t have done this without you.
  • Thank you to everyone who tuned in! We hope that we put on a great show for you and your support helped us get through this difficult-but-fun marathon!

This was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to pick up where we left off for the 2019 campaign!

Extra Life 2018 Marathon Highlights

Capturing some of my favourite highlights from our Extra Life 2018 marathon, including the Punch-Out #tysonchallenge, rookie chefs burning down the kitchen in Overcooked 2, Jackbox Party Pack 5 and its freestyle rap mini game, NBA Street V3 dunk contests with Princess Peach, Jenna playing the best Overwatch of her life, and so much more! Thanks again to everyone involved and we’ll do this again next year!