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#533 Spare an Extra Buck for Extra Life? 2015

Just like last year, this blog post is going to be a little bit different. Instead of a post that talks about my adventures in a recent video game or my opinions on a recent game story I would instead like to announce my continued participation with the Extra Life Charity organization.

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The Extra Life charity is a part of the Children’s Miracle Network and it organize gamers from around the world to get together to what we do best. On November 7th all the Extra Life participants will log on and play video games for 24 hours to raise money for a hospital of their choice.

This will be my second year participating with the organization, last year I was able to hit my fundraising goal and played videogames for the entire day while helping children in need. A pretty nice win for everyone.

Just like last year I am choosing to help the local Boston Children’s Hospital and just like last year I am trying to raise the same amount of funds of $200. As an added incentive, a donation of any amount to my fundraising page will be permanently credited on the list of sponsors on my Twitch channel and within the next six months if we hit the fundraising goal I promise to stream my 24 hour day of play on Twitch as a reward for everyone’s generosity.

I did it last year and I will do it again

I did it last year and I will gladly do it again

If you have been following my adventures through my blog or Twitch stream sessions and if you have even thought of supporting me beyond being an active reader or viewer please consider donating to a this charity in my name as a morally health alternative.

Extra life wants to try to have people sponsor players by the hour but as you can see there is a variety of different options. including a custom amount to donate.

Extra life wants to try to have people sponsor players by the hour but as you can see there is a variety of different options. including a custom amount to donate.

If you would like to donate to this wonderful event, my Extra Life donation account can be found HERE. The site currently accepts all credit cards. This won’t be the last time I mention this event but the sooner I reach my goal of $200 the sooner I can stop asking for donations.

And to any other gamers out there that found themselves interested in this event and want to try their hand as raising money for a local hospital the extra life FAQ and sign up can be found HERE.

Thank you all in advance for your interest and consideration.


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#471 Three Years

Today is a day for celebration, because today is the three year anniversary marking the event when I created this Be MOP blog and published it’s first post on WordPress. As I said in last year’s post (Be MOP #315), this blog was created after my Junior college midterms after I experienced a very early quarter life crisis.

What is impressive is that in my three years of blogging I still have the bragging rights of not missed any of my Monday, Wednesday, Friday blog post deadlines. Three years of trying to balance college midterms, finals, graduations, dealing with the transition away from college life, and all of the random inconveniences that popped up along the way I was still here, updating my blog on the same schedule I created for myself since Day One.

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Since my last 2013 anniversary post and now, what now has changed with me and this blog?

At the start of the year I received a 3DS handheld system with a copy of Pokemon Y for Christmas (Be MOP #318) with lead to influx of various Pokemon and Mario posts appearing on this blog. Later in the year I went out and bought a Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle (Be MOP #391) and went full Nintendo Fan Boy with this blog by writing about almost nothing but Nintendo from October to December.

But how can you blame me? All of those Nintendo exclusive games were fun from beginning to end and it was a refreshing change of pace from almost anything else I played through on my PC. Nintendo was something I did not know I needed until I got it, now it has been a staple of my weekly free gaming time.

It is amazing that the Wii U, the weakest console this gen, has been able to pump out the most amazing games from this year with having Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, and Smash run at either 720p or 1080p while having the frame rate be locked at 60fps. I have a theory that the people at Nintendo code their games on magic.

It is amazing that the Wii U, the weakest console this gen, has been able to pump out the most amazing games from this year with having Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, and Smash run at either 720p or 1080p while having the frame rate be locked at 60fps. I have a theory that the people at Nintendo code their games on magic.

This year I also celebrated my one year of unsubscribing from Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, an impressive feat. As I wrote in my post blog when I talked more in-depth about the year from the MMO (Be MOP #408), but enough things have gotten inbetween me and WoW the resubscribing would be a waste of money.

and no amount of emails will persuade me to go back, Blizzard

and no amount of emails will persuade me to go back, Blizzard

But out of everything,my most impressive development this year was development of my own Twitch Channel, branching out the Be MOP name from beyond text to video. Since late April, when I was announcing my plans to do start Live Streaming Infinite Crisis and other videogames (Be MOP #370). I have participated in my first 24 hour stream for Extra Life charity event, helping raise $290 dollars to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital. I have also recently reached my 100th day of streaming (Be MOP #454) and shortly after that I hit 100+ followers on my Twitch Channel.

Since my debut as a streamer and now, I have; accepted into Turbine’s Infinite Crisis Twitch Partnership program, joined the Infinite Crisis Community Stream Team, and have even been invited to stream on the official Infinite Crisis Twitch Channel every week as a Community Streamer.

And I got cool Infinite Crisis skins to give out all this weekend.

Fun Fact: Because of the old Streaming schedule (M/W/F 11:30- 2:30am and Sat 11-2a) There was a time when I was technically streaming seven days a week

I wonder how long I have to be on Twitch before I can confidently add “Twitch Streamer” to my LinkedIn profile?

Just like my previous yearly posts,

To make this go full circle here’s a the link to my first post on this blog. Enjoy and I’ll see you back here Monday.”


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#448 24 Hours After the 24 Hour Stream

Ladies and Gentlemen early last Sunday, at 8 am to be precise, I finished my first attempt at a 24 hour live stream event in the name of the Extra Life charity.

 I think this is one of my greatest streaming achievement.

I think this is one of my greatest streaming achievement.

Following a day of recovery I am back at full health and ready to rejoin my friends, family and the rest of society. Before I go ahead and talk about any other video game topics that occurred over the weekend, I want to do a quick little recap the extra Life session for those who might have missed it. The event was fun overall, but definitely not as much fun as I imagined. Who knew that just doing one thing, and only one thing, over a course of 24 hours would be tedious and get annoying once I hit that last third of the day.

I said over and over on the stream that the day was like being trapped in the Twilight Zone episode, ‘Time Enough at Last’, finally be given a full day to play what ever game I wanted to play. Funny enough I had a Be MOP post in the wings about how, since I have left college, I have had no time to play as much videogames as I wanted, needless to say that idea has been discarded.

That stream did make me break two of my self-instilled streaming rules, no eating and no slouching, funny enough at the beginning of the stream you see me profusely apologize for breaking these rules but towards the end of the event I was breaking both rules apologetically. Surprisingly, considering this was my first attempt at an event like this, I was well prepared. I had plenty of snacks, fruits, juice and water to keep me well fed during the entire day. and I had enough games installed for entertainment, although I did have a bit of problems with games, knocking down some games down to the right specs that my computer could both play and stream the game at a reasonable frame rate.

A question I was asked over and over during the stream is the question, “Would I ever do another 24 hour stream again?
I answered it on stream and I will give the same answer here, I would gladly do another all day gaming session like this again but I need quite a bit of time to recover and put enough time and distance between me and the last event. I need enough time to make me forget the bad and makes me reminisce about all the good parts, the same thing I do for any season or major event. The short answer is yes, I would gladly partake in another all day stream again especially if it was for charity.

 Despite all the hardship and sleep deprivation, with help from you guys we were able to raise $290.00 for Boston Children's Hospital and for that I thank you all for making this a success.


Despite all the hardship and sleep deprivation, with help from you guys we were able to raise $290.00 for Boston Children’s Hospital and for that I thank you all for making this a success.

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As promise I need to announce the winner for the raffle to name one of our family’s spring chickens. Earlier today I made raffle bowl full of the names of all the people who donated to me via Extra Life profile and the winner is Mr Thomas K. I will be contacting him for his choice for our pet’s name.

Out chicken has grown quite a bit since then but I will always imagine her at this size.

Out chicken has grown quite a bit since then but I will always imagine her at this size.


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#447 The Be MOP Extra Life 2014 kick off post

Tomorrow’s the big day, the day I will tackle and try to complete a continuous 24 hour stream for Extra Life.

For those who do not know what I am talking about, The Extra Life charity is an organization that gets players from all around the world to get together and encourage them play videogames from 24 hours to try to raise awareness and funds for that gamer’s preferred hospital within the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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I have heard of the Extra Life charity before, the organization had their presences at both PAX East, Boston FIG, and of course online with self promotion via Twitch. Back in May (Be MOP #376) I tossed my hat into the fundraising ring by signing up for the 2014 extra life challenge, with the promise that if I was able to raise the $200 goal I would broadcast my 24 hour gaming session on Twitch for everyone to see. I was going to do play videogames for the entire day anyways so why not have the Twitch session to act as a reward for everyone who donated.

Between that and the four months and an extra blog posts on my site (Be MOP #416) and one from my mother’s site (Lessons Learned from the Flock #1095) we were able to hit the fundraising goal and then some more.

As I said, thanks to the rules of English grammar, I confidently say that I have raised hundredS of dollars for Boston Children

As I said, thanks to the rules of English grammar, I confidently say that I have raised hundredS of dollars for Boston Children

The Politician that I am would be remiss if I did not remind everyone that that my Extra Life campaign is still accepting donations for Boston Children’s Hospital, but since I have already reached my 2014 fundraising goal I would rather ask all of those who wants donate to a good cause to instead browse through the Extra Life Twitch directory the day of the event (this Saturday) and find another participant who has not hit their fundraising goal yet and help make their day.

Be sure to tune in to my Twitch channel starting at 8am to see me the kick off my 24 hour stream where I will be playing through various games throughout the day. To celebrate I also have special treat for Saturday, a complete play through of the infamous Power Rangers Super Legends (Be MOP #277).

One of the most hated game in my library and I and going to play it start to finish to show it to you

One of the most hated game in my library and I and going to play it from start to finish to show it to you


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#427 Penultimate Extra Life 2014 Update

At the start of the weekend I received some amazing news. As you know, since the initial announcement post back in Be MOP #376, I signed up with the Extra Life organization to help raise money to support Boston Children’s Hospital and because of all the contributions from many of you we were able to reach the Extra Life fundraising goal!

Thanks to grammar I can now say that I have raised hundredS of dollars for Boston Children

Thanks to grammar I can now say that I have raised hundredS of dollars for Boston Children

 

This is good news for all of you because, even though the fundraiser is still going, I will not be constantly mention the fact that I am participating in this event at the end of every other stream. Which is great for some of my close friends and co-workers because in a few weeks I would have started obviously mentioning that I am in this cool fundraiser that helps children hospitals every time payday comes around.

I want to take this time to make this post to say Thank you to all who donated to my profile. Thank you to those who have donated to other profiles, and Thank you all of those involved with this campaign. You are all amazing, you guys can rest easy tonight with the knowledge that you have directly helped sick children in need. 

Upon reaching that fundraising goal that also means that I have to follow through on my promise to deliver on my 24 hour live stream on October 25th, Extra Life’s National Game Day, as a special reward for all you guys. But what I need now are suggestions on what games you would like me to play during that big 24 hour block, I have a few games in mind but they are not enough to fill the entire time, so feel free to leave comments down below with your favorite or most hated game that you want to be featured on that October stream.

plus I need some serious tips on surviving this live stream event, since this is the first time I have ever done something like this.

plus I need some serious tips on surviving this live stream event, since this is the first time I have ever done something like this.

 

PS: for clarification of the title the last 2014 Extra Life 2014 post will probably on the Friday of the event, so the raise a last minute awareness for Extra Life and the event and to serve as a easy blog post for a Friday

 


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#416 Spare an Extra Buck for Extra Life? Follow Up

It is election season all over the states and just about now all the politicians are coming out of the woodwork shaking hands and asking for money, and I am no exception.

Instead of asking for money for my own political organization to secure my seat in the NH House of Representatives I want to bring to light a charity event that I am a participating in this fall.

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I talked about this event a few months ago when I signed up with this event, but Extra Life is an organization that gathers players from around the world to come together on October 25 to marathon videogames for 24 hours in order to raise money and awareness for that gamer’s favorite hospital in the Children’s Miracle Network. This is my first year participating in the Extra Life event and my goal is to raise $200 for Boston Children’s Hospital.

So far, between the first time I wrote about Extra Life and now we were able to raise 125 out of 200 but we are still $75 away from reaching our goal, which is way I am writing this post to see in the hopes that we reach the goal before October deadline.

From my political experience I know that blindly asking for money with no payoff will wield little results, so there are a series of thank you to those who donates. Everyone who donates any amount through the my extra life profile, from one dollar to a hundred, will be featured on my  “Extra Life 2014 Sponsors” section on my Twitch channel. Because Extra Life is advertising themselves as a videogame marathoning event, those who donates $1 per hour for the entire day, for a total of $24 or more will be entered into a raffle to name out of our pet chickens that we received as baby chicks earlier this spring. 

She has grown up quite a bit but she's still just as adorable.

She has grown up quite a bit but she’s still just as adorable.

(Post Publishing note: because there was a slight miscommunication between me and my mother when she was writing her blog post about this event, the new rule is that anyone who donates ANY amount will be entered into the raffle to name our pet chicken)

 

As a little extra incentive IF we are able to reach the fundraising goal of $200 before late October I have promised that, come October 25, I would stream my 24 hour gaming marathon on Twitch for everyone to see.

If you are interested to seeing your’s truly try his hand at a 24 hour stream session then head on over to my Extra Life profile and donate to a worthy cause. The Extra Life page accept all major credit cards, all donations are tax-deductible and 100% of the funds raised will be going to Boston Children’s Hospital.

 

Thank you in advance for your generosity

 


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#376 Spare an Extra Buck for Extra Life?

Today’s blog post is going to be a little different. Instead of a post that talks about my adventures in a recent video game or my opinions on a recent game story I would instead like to announce my participation in this year’s Extra Life Charity event.

 

I have mentioned this event before (Be MOP #370) but this Extra Life event allows video game players from around the world to come together in order to do what we love best. On Saturday October 25th, we’ll play for an entire 24 hours in order to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals charity. You sponsor me, I’ll play and sick little kids will benefit.

I ran into the Extra Life organization at last year’s Boston FIG and I had wanted to join the 2013 Extra Life event, but because I was unemployed at the time I could not justify setting that much time and effort aside to raising money and to actually play videogames all day when I could spend my time looking for a full-time job. But, a year later, I have found a proper job and I am now financially stable enough to take a full day off from my life to play video games for the sake of charity.

Plus I think this is a good cause

It’s what our gaming community does

 

Last weekend I finally sat down and officially signed up as a participant for the event. When I was at the sign-up page on the Extra Life website I decided to set the my fundraising goal at $200, above the 100 dollar minimum but still achievable for a first time fundraiser. When it came to which hospital I should donate all the proceeds to I chose to support the local Boston Children’s Hospital.

Now, I have just over four months to raise 200 dollars to reach my goal and in order to achieve this I need to find eight people to sponsor me at the rate $1/hr (24$ total), but any amount of donation would be appreciated. You wouldn’t have to sponsor all 24 hours if you didn’t want to, you could sponsor the last few hours or just make a set amount donation.

Extra life wants to try to have people sponsor players by the hour but as you can see there is a variety of different options. including a custom amount to donate.

Extra life wants to try to have people sponsor players by the hour but as you can see there is a variety of different options. including a custom amount to donate.

 

From years of volunteering at my fair share of political organizations I have realized that blindly asking for money without giving back to the community will not get you very far. So starting today if you donate to my cause, at any price, your name will be credited on the list of my sponsors that will be credited on my Twitch Channel (and possibly creating a new Blog page) and people who donate at the rate of $1/hr will be entered in a raffle to name of our family’s brand spanking new baby chicks.

My mom has offered this deal to others. She’s a writer so she traded an interview for naming rights and as a result we have a Jodi Picoult, Judy Blume, Chris Bojalian, and Meg Cabot chicken in our flock. Your chicken would be in outstanding company.

and here’s the lucky lady in question and for donation of just $24 you could have the chance to name this chicken

and here’s the lucky lady in question and for donation of just $24 you could have the chance to name this chicken

 

Followers of my mother’s blog (simplethrift) will know that my family owns and raises chickens as pets. Just recently my family received a new batch of chicks that are currently unnamed and out of the goodness of my mother’s heart she has allowed me the to give a lucky donator the chance to name one of the newest chickens in our coup anything they want (but she does ask you to keep it clean.)

And to sweeten the deal even more if we reach the stretch goal of $200 by October 25th, as a treat to everyone I will stream the entire of 24 hours of gameplay on Twitch. I am going to play videogames for the entire day but if we reach the goal you get to see video proof of it.

My current streaming schedule is in place so that I will be well seasoned at Livestreaming by the time the Extra Life event kicks off

My current streaming schedule is in place so that I will be well seasoned at livestreaming by the time the Extra Life event kicks off

 

If you would like to donate to this wonderful event, my Extra Life donation account can be found HERE. The site currently accepts all credit cards. This won’t be the last time I mention this event but the sooner I reach my goal of $200 the sooner I can stop asking for donations.

And to any other gamers out there that found themselves interested in this event and want to try their hand as raising money for a local hospital the extra life FAQ and sign up can be found HERE.

 

Thank you all in advance for your interest and consideration.

 


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