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We Are Participating in Extra Life 2018

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Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 20th, because Fred from Gaming History 101 will be participating in the annual Extra Life fundraiser with a 24 hour live stream!  Gaming History 101 has teamed up with Good 4 Gaming (one of the highest contributing teams for this charity) to bring you endless content in the interest of raising money for kids.  The Extra Life charity provides funds for the Children’s Miracle Network of hospitals and Fred is specifically raising for the University of Kansas Medical Center Pediatrics.  This team did an excellent job of taking care of his daughter when she had an unfortunate illness that required hospitalization a couple of years ago.  What does that mean to you all reading this?  It’s time to open up your wallets, earn a tax deduction (at least in the United States), and watch some fun and engaging content on gaming’s past.  The live stream can be found at the top of this post and will remain at the top until the event ends.  Click the link below for more details.

Our Fundraising Goals

Our goal is $150, which we hope to hit by the end of the live stream.  In an effort to raise more money there will be a live giveaway of a retro game console (either a Nintendo 64 or a Sega Dreamcast, winner’s choice) if we hit the $150 goal.  All you need to enter is to give a donation of $5 or more and each $5 donation nets you an entry into the various giveaways, although no one person can win more than one prize.  Come join, donate, and help us make a difference in the lives of young children who could use the help of the whole Children’s Miracle Network.

Live Stream Details

The live stream will be 24 consecutive hours on Saturday, October 20 from 9 AM Eastern (8 AM Central/6 AM Pacific/1 PM GMT/10 PM AET) to that same time the following day, Sunday, October 21.  To our knowledge Daylight Savings will still be in effect in North America and the United Kingdom but already expired in Australia (time moves forward October 7).  This year the schedule will be a bit looser than previous years and we will gauge the room when deciding if we should move on.  Below is the planned events and games, which will fill in as the event grows closer.  Keep in mind all of these times are tentative until October 18th, when the schedule gets locked down, although changes on the live date are possible.  All games will be streamed in HD (best resolution/frame rate will be chosen depending on console/game combination) and Fred will be using actual hardware, no emulation, with the one exception of arcade games.  All times in US Eastern Daylight (EDT):

  • 9:00 AM: Phantasy Star Generation: 1 (with English translation, PS2) – Sega teamed up with publisher D3 and released this title as the first of its Sega Ages line on the Playstation 2.  Released in 2003 and developed by 3D Ages, this is a complete remake from the ground up with new cutscenes and an update to the older gameplay mechanics.  It was then translated to English by the great team at Phantasy Star Cave.
  • 11:00 AM: Aliens vs. Predator (Arcade) – While licensing definitely won’t allow it on Capcom’s Brawler Collection it can still be enjoyed thanks to MAME.
  • 12:00 PM: Gradius Triology (NES) – Konami made the Famicom/NES do all kinds of things it was never intended to do with impressive results, see proof on this run through Gradius, Life Force/Salamander, and Gradius II: Gofer no Yobo all on the NES.
  • 1:30 PM: Mortal Kombat Trilogy (Playstation) – What’s better than any of the original Mortal Kombat games?  All of them in one ridiculous package!
  • 3:00 PM: Nintendo DD Showcase (N64) – A magnetic disk drive peripheral for the Nintendo 64 was released in 1999 only in Japan and only to Randnet subscribers.  Now supported by flash carts on all consoles, Fred will take a dive into the handful of titles released on the device.  Titles include Mario Artist, Doshin the Giant, SimCity 64, F-Zero X Expansion Pack, and Japan Pro Golf Tour.  Please note these games will most likely contain Japanese as its sole language and Fred does not speak Japanese.  Should still be fun and interesting.
  • 4:00 PM: Couch Co-Op – Fred will play Lego Star Wars III with Autumn and hopefully a rematch of Julie and her brother in Super Mario Kart!
  • 6:00 PM: Kameo: Elements of Power (Xbox version) – Before it was a 360 launch title, Kameo was going to release on the original Xbox and we have it.  Let’s play it.
  • 7:00 PM: Alien vs. Predator (Jaguar) – Yes, we already did an AvP game, but SieOne donated generously and its the game he wants to see.  It’s also the best game on Jaguar.
  • 8:00 PM: Hero Quest Co-Op with AgentGren (PC, Tabletop Simulator)
  • 9:00 PM:  F3AR (Fear 3, PC) Co-Op with Chase (Awakened Heathen) – Chase from Scarcasm Live is joining to run through this co-op horror title.
  • 12:00 AM: Luigi’s Mansion (GameCube) – What better way to come down from an ultra violent and swearing heavy precursor than with a family friendly Ghostbusters game.
  • 3:00 AM: Double Switch Breather (Saturn) – We take a break to celebrate the just announced remaster.
  • 4:00 AM: Castlevania Symphony of the Night (Richter Belmont Run) – I’m not that good at SotN to complete it in 3 hours, but I’ll sure try.
  • 7:00 AM: Genesis Blitz with Stories – Fred reminisces about his favorite 16-bit console while trying desperately to stay awake.  Any game is possible.
  • 8:00 AM: Dreamcast Final Stretch
  • 9:00 AM Brief Closing Ceremony and Thanks to the GH101 Community

Join us in making a difference, hope to see you there!

Written by Fred Rojas

September 25, 2018 at 4:41 pm

Posted in News

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