Unfortunately, it’s with a twinge of sadness that I must announce that I’m withdrawing from the Extra Life event this year. It’s become increasingly apparent that I’m attempting to juggle way too many things and in order to focus on the most important things (family, job, house), I’m going to have to make the tough decision to let some things go. The first of these things will be the Extra Life event. I still firmly believe in supporting this worthy cause, and this is partially why I need to give it up. I can’t dedicate the amount of time to Extra Life that it deserves. Raising money takes a lot of effort, but I was hoping that my momentum from last year would carry over, which it didn’t. I also grossly underestimated the effect of leaving the popular LOTRO Players News podcast. These two things have led to a very tepid response to my Extra Life 2015 efforts, and I simply don’t have time to beat the bushes.
Many of you probably know that my podcast, Beyond Bossfights, is a part of a pretty cool podcast network. And when I say pretty cool, I’m referring as much to the podcast producers and hosts as well as the shows, themselves. When I put the question to this group of folks about Extra Life 2015, I’m happy to say that I got enough interest to go ahead and create an Extra Life team for The Gaming and Entertainment Network! Our goal is to raise $5,000 to benefit children who are sick enough to require specialized hospital treatments and extended stays.
Extra Life 2014 is in the books! Well, not exactly. You can actually still donate through the end of the year at Extra-life.org/participant/braxwolf!
At any rate, I had one more piece of business to address, the raffle drawings!
Without further fanfare, I present to you the drawing winners:
In case you weren’t aware, I will be streaming my Extra Life 2014 Marathon on the official day of October 25, considering I don’t run into any major technical issues. I’ll be over a hitbox.tv/braxwolf around 8am US Central Time (1pm GMT). Some of you have asked for my schedule of events. I’ve thought about that, and I do understand the benefits to viewers, but I just don’t think I’ll be able to schedule my playtime in that way. I’ve never been able to follow a strict regimen while on vacation, and I can’t see sticking to that type of schedule while gaming, either. If I’m enjoying the game I’m playing, I’ll keep going. If not, I’ll switch. That being said, here are the games that I currently have installed on my PC that could possibly make an appearance:
I’m going to take a break from game/industry posting today and get a little serious and personal. I’ve recently signed up to participate in the Extra Life charity drive for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and though I don’t know what I’ll be doing for “the marathon”, I do know that I will be playing for St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. I had a brief, if scary brush with this hospital a few years ago and the experience has been with me ever since.
I’m still not sure I really get the whole craze of watching other people play video games on YouTube and Twitch streams. My spare time is usually devoured by actually playing games (or blogging/podcasting about them), and consumption of video takes more careful attention than, say, a podcast or audio talk show. Nevertheless, I’ve created my fair share of video content in order to experience the creation process and to see if there is any potential to interact with an audience that otherwise wouldn’t be exposed to my blog posts or podcast.