Extra Life 2020


Hey everyone. My internet connection has suffered some kind of loss and I don’t have enough upload bandwidth to keep a stream going. A tech is coming out tomorrow to fix things. So I can’t finish up the gaming stream today, December 6th. I’ll pick another day in December to do the last 12 hours of my gaming stream for Extra Life once we have our internet connection firing on all cylinders again.

The short version:

I’ll be playing games for 24 hours (again! for the sixth year!) spread across December 5th and 6th to benefit Children’s Hospital here in Pittsburgh. You can support my efforts by GOING HERE TO CONTRIBUTE A PLEDGE. You should also be able to watch my live feed of the gaming day on my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/rickreynolds1969. I should be streaming between 9:00am EST and 9:00pm EST both days.

The longer version:

Every year the Extra Life organization has a gaming day where people pledge to play games of any kind (video games, board games, card games, whatever) for a 24 hour period. People can pledge money to support these gaming efforts and the monies collected go to help a local Children’s Hospital.

It’s kinda like a walk-a-thon or other such fund-raiser – you pledge money towards a good cause in a way that also supports the efforts of a friend.

I’ve decided that I’m getting too old for this … uh, stuff. I’m going to break up the 24 hours of gaming across a Saturday and Sunday of a single weekend. Last year’s marathon really had me feeling pretty terrible for a few days afterward, so I really think this is going to be the way I need to support this effort going forward.

Based on previous years, I’ve set a goal of $500. That should really be attainable. I’m not an overly competitive guy, so I’m not on a crazy campaign to out-do previous years’ amounts (although that would be great), I’m just wanting to do something fun that benefits kids. I’d love it if you would sponsor me by GOING HERE TO CONTRIBUTE A PLEDGE.

For most of my gaming streaming I’ll be concentrating on pre-crash systems (stuff that pre-dates the NES). But I do have other systems as well and may branch out a bit. You never know!

I didn’t get to it last year, but I’m also considering playing some arcade games with a camera over my shoulder to stream the audio/video — my current arcade setup doesn’t feature any kind of dual screen setup to allow me to send the video to another device. If this pans out, I could also attempt some hand-held gaming over the feed. It would be fun to pull out my Microvision, for instance.

At any rate here’s a list of stuff you can expect to see if you pull up my live feed:

  • Intellivision
  • Atari 2600
  • Odyssey 2
  • Colecovision
  • Atari 5200
  • Atari 7800
  • Bally Astrocade
  • Vectrex
  • Fairchild Channel F
  • Emerson Arcadia
  • Pong (assuming I can get an opponent)
  • RCA Studio II
  • Unisonic Olympian 2600
  • Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Sega Genesis
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Atari Video Pinball
  • Sega Master System
  • Sega SG-1000 (via the SMS)
  • APF MP1000
  • Sears Motocross
  • Sony Playstation 2
  • Coleco Telstar Arcade
  • Nintendo N64
  • Sega Dreamcast
  • Atari XEGS
  • DOS gaming
  • Nintendo WII
  • Nintendo Gamecube (via the WII)
  • Nintendo WII U
  • Virtual Pinball via an OUYA
  • Turbo Grafx 16 (New this year!)

I’m still doing some testing and tweaking of my setup for streaming the games onto youtube. But you should be able to see the gameplay by going to my youtube channel on the streaming days December 5th and 6th: https://www.youtube.com/user/rickreynolds1969.

Thanks so much!