Thank you to all who supported my fundraising for my 2015 Extra Life campaign. Fittingly, the fundraising thermometer on this page has reached the $2,500 that was set. But that is only the online donations I have received and that is valued in USD. Including the offline donations and converting the USD into CAD value, I have raised an incredible $4,447.63! This almost $700 more than last year's Star Wars themed Extra Life! In the three years I have done Extra Life, I have raised a cumulative total of $9,416.36 for BC Children's Hospital!
I had much more fun than I expected. Although, I didn't play 24 consecutive hours, I did end up playing 53 hours over 4 days and completed several games including all five episodes of Back to the Future: The Game, Space Quest IV, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Arcade, Day of the Tentacle, and more Dishonored (still not finished).
You can still see an archive of my broadcast here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOeJ9tOOssE&list=PLqf0nFYcQPUvNDUDB2Y-NHWp4G56KIvyG
Enjoy the thrilling action packed gaming action as well as a Fried Rice cooking demonstration
I will see you all next year with a brand new and exciting theme!
It is now the end of Day 2 of my multi-day marathon. I have raised another $259 during the marathon which means I'll be adding more time to my marathon. So far I finished the first two of five episodes of Telltale's Back to the Future The Game. And I also finished the Arcade version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. And Space Quest IV - Turtles in Time. If you tuned in around dinner time, you would have caught my fried rice cooking demonstration which you can catch from my twitch.tv past broadcasts
I spent most of Sunday playing Dishonored, continuing from where I left off from the 2013 Extra Life Marathon. I did take an afternoon break to take care of some important errands. Then last evening, I changed it up and played Table Top gaming and played Dominion with strategically placed smartphone cameras.
Please note that you can use Twitch.tv's chat system to send me messages as I play which I will hear translated to speech as I play. So you can offer me gaming advice or ask questions which I will try to answer on my live stream.
Thank you for your continued support. And I hope those of you watching tomorrow will enjoy my streaming when I will be playing the next episode of Back to the Future and Dark Souls.
Tomorrow, the marathon will begin on Saturday, November 7 at 9am when I will start playing my video games.
Although my goal on this webpage shows $2,500 (which is in USD), I have also received a lot of donations offline that mostly haven't been counted here yet.
I am happy to report that I have exceed my last year's fundraising total. Staff at BCCHF have contributed $562 towards my campaign and I want to provide a special thank you to them. My mom, Patsy Hui will therefore make a double matching donation for the staff in the amount of $1,124.00. With all the rest of the offline donations and conversion from USD to CAD, the amount so far total $4,055.30 to directly benefit sick children in urgent need of medical care. You have help provide excellence in child health and I urge you to continue to donate. I have pledge to play a minute for every dollar* and so far I will be playing 51.4 hours of games throughout my Extra weekend break.
*1 USD per minute of gaming.
Go to http://twitch.tv/surfwarrior to see me LIVE all weekend and into Monday.
October 21, 2015
Happy Back to the Future Day!
Today is the day when Doc Brown, Marty McFly, Jennifer Parker (Elizabeth Shue version) travels to the future in the movie Back to the Future Part II. It's not looking good for the Cubs as they are down 0-3 in their series with New York Mets. I'd give them 100 to 1 odds of winning the World Series.
I'm just about halfway to my fundraising goal and I need your help to save children's lives! Every little bit counts.
Like last year, all BCCHF staff who donate to me can opt-in to the parking raffle. The more you donate, the greater the chance you can win the use of my prime parking spot under CSB.
Please note that if you donate online here, the amount specified will be charged in USD, but all funds will go to BC Children's Hospital Foundation. Donate today!
October 12, 2015
Happy thanksgiving! On the subject of giving thanks, I want to thank those who got me off on a great start on my fundraising campaign as I have already reached the $1000 level. This has really inspired me to make this the biggest fundraiser event I have ever done.
I admit that I am not sure if I can top my last year's Star Wars themed Extra Life Marathon event. Last year I amazed even myself with the amount of effort I put into the fundraising.
Coming up with my fundraising plan for this year was a challenge as I have many great ideas, but I keep coming back to Back to the Future as the theme. It is fitting because October 21, 2015 (nine days from now) is the when Back to the Future Part 2 takes place. Cubs win the World Series in the movie, and at this time, the Cubs are still in the running and considered the best odds on winning the championship. Wouldn’t that be something!
Flying cars? Now that would be something! I'll settle for power laces though.
Because I have Friday, November 6 off work all the way through to November 11th. I will have all the time I want, like I have a time machine! For every dollar I raise, I will play a minute of video games. So once I raise $1,440, I will be playing 24 hours of video games. But it doesn’t stop there, if I reach my goal of $2,500, I will play 2500 minutes (i.e. 41 hours 40 minutes.) And I will continue to play as long as I continue to raise money. (Up to a maximum of 100 hours. Depending on my fundraising and play time, I may not be playing 24 hours consecutively, I will schedule sleep time accordingly.
Most of the games I will be playing will focus on time travel, some games from 1985 and Telltale’s Back to the Future: The Game. But I if I go more than 24 hours, I may have some opportunities to play a variety of games. All of it will be broadcast on Twitch.TV once again. I will also entertain suggestions of games to play when you make a donation.
Dear Friends and Family,
I am working on some new ideas for my fundraiser for this upcoming gaming marathon on November 7th, 2015. Please feel free to donate to get me started and stay tuned for more details and updates
Each year, I always try to plan something new and different. In 2013, my first year, the fundraising idea was "donate to vote" on the games I will play. Last year, it was a Star Wars Theme marathon.
This year, I have a lot of ideas but not the will to really get things organized. Ideas from totally unplugged TableTop gaming, other themed marathons like Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Back To the Future*, James Bond, or I could simply just play Sudoku endlessly the entire time. I still have two months to get things planned so I probably have something exciting in store.
*Back to the Future is signifcant this year, because this year's Extra Life almost coincides with when Marty travels to the future in Part 2. Cubs win the World Series!
Fortunately, I have Friday Nov 6 off work to prepare for the Marathon. I also took off the follow Monday and Tuesday to make a 6 day long break going into Remembrance Day. With all that time off work, I can really get a lot of gaming done. So one contemplation for me is to do a longer marathon. I was thinking maybe just going a few more hours to really stress myself without sleep. But really I should try to stay mentally health and get some sleep. Alternatively, I could do two days of 16 hour marathons, or something like that. Perhaps I will set up fundraising goals to see how long I will play for. Maybe even play 100 hours of video games over the six days (if I raise $10,000 maybe).
Unlike last year, I am closing my doors to have a private solo marathon (with my wife joining me occasionally). However, I will be streaming my event as usual to Twitch.TV and will try to set up an interactive chat system.
My computer has not been happy lately, as I been having a lot of computer issues. Earlier this year, my video card fan busted but I jury rigged a case fan onto it to keep it going. My router died a few weeks ago and had to hook up an old one for now. Then my gaming hard drive (WD 4TB Black) started to die and I had to get that replaced (still under warranty, yay). Then just last week, it appeared that my 30" Dell IPS monitor died. (not under warranty, boo).
I brought my monitor into the repair shop and they estimated that it would cost around $240 to fix (replacing the inverter), but after they tested it for a couple of days, they didn't encounter any problems without doing any repairs. I brought it home and my monitor now works better than ever!
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