Hey everyone!  Well, my Extra Life Journey officially ended this morning around 8:45am.  What an awesome time I had!  Now that big long blog and list of games I painstakingly sorted out and uploaded images of and the whole 9 yards?  Yeah I didn’t play most of those games.  In fact, I didn’t even turn the Wii ON!  The one game I really wanted to play was Dead Space but I didn’t get a chance to get around to it because of a game called Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2.  I rented this game the night before at blockbuster and was not expecting it to be so great.  I also rented Guitar Hero 5 hoping that it WOULD be so great.  Guitar Hero 5 ended up being terrible and I played it for a whopping hour before I took it out of the Xbox and threw in Left 4 Dead after downloading the CRASH COURSE add-on.  I enjoyed it so much.  I was a little bummed that not a lot of people were playing it but then again it WAS only 9 or so in the morning.

I played around with it for a bit and decided to throw down on some Street Fighter IV.  I had a lot of fun playing cheap opponents who just sit around and throw HADOUKENS all day!  My girlfriend grew tired of watching SFIV so I threw in Little Big Planet and played that for a little while.  I was extremely annoyed by it because I finally got to play with 4 other Sackboys and it was just chaotic and the chaos caused me to die way too many times.  After everyone quit, I was on my own to take on the world again.  And it just didn’t work out.  I kept falling victim to obvious traps and it annoyed me so much I decided to quit.  I had played various other games but nothing too important before putting in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. 

I threw it in and started it up and immediately notice that the cinematics from the first game put this one to shame.  It looks really cheap.  So i start playing it anyway hoping the gameplay wasn’t worse too.  To my surprise I found an even BETTER game than the first one.  The story follows the Civil War comic storyline.  Super Power team ups are controlled this time instead of random.  The story is good, the action is great.  The boss battles are creative.  All in all, my girlfriend and I  played this pretty much until 11pm.  At which point I was extremely tired and worried I was going to be throwing in the towel at some point soon.  I went and grabbed a Rockstar and chugged it.  I decided I would try Final Fantasy 7 on the PSP.  As soon as I got into bed to play it though, I decided I should play World of Warcraft instead… The rest is history. 

Around 2am HALLOWEEN opened up on the servers.  Two weeks of halloween celebration.  I was excited.  It kept me interested and I kept on going to meet my 24 hours.  The final hour was tough.  I was in excruciating pain watching time slowly tick away.  I started to get antsy and totally lost sight of what I was doing and WHY I was doing it.  This wasn’t some endurance challenge.  It was for the children with cancer!  I shouldn’t be excited for it to be over!  So I kept playing and playing and lost track of time.  When I finally noticed the time, I’d been playing for almost an extra hour.  I logged out of the game and posted on the Extra Life boards to let my 1,800 other brothers in arms that I have completed my 24 hours for Extra Life.  And then I saw that in the middle of the night we had raised approx 137,000 dollars!!!!!!  The number is still climbing!  It brought tears to my eyes and I was on the verge of total sobbing!!!  Unbelievable that we raised that much!  That renewed my body and mind and now it’s 11am and I’m still up.  In fact, I’m kinda hungry.  In FACT, I feel like playing some more video games.  I’m not even sleepy so I may go to the movies today.  My Extra Life journey has ended, but it’s STILL going on!  Donations are being accepted until 10/31 so get on over and donate if you haven’t already 🙂  I had so much fun and I can’t wait until next year so I can save kids with Video Games again.  In the meantime, I’ll have to do it in more traditional ways.  Thanks so much for taking this journey with me.  It means a lot for me to share it with you.  We did it together.  And next year will be even more exciting and even bigger than this year was.  Join up with me, let’s start a team for 2010!!!

Extra Life is upon us once again!  For those of you who do not know what Extra Life is, let me put it quite simply: it’s a marathon.  But what kind of marathon?  A video game marathon!  24 hours of playing nothing but video games. Again, why would I play video games for 24 hours straight?  Because I want to help fight children’s cancer that’s why!  I’ll be playing a ton of games on October 17th to raise money for pediatric cancer treatment and research.  My goal is $192 but that’s just a personal goal, I hope I raise a ton more than that. It works like this, each person who sponsors me will help by donating $1 per hour.  1 Person = $24.  Of course, that person can donate more than $1 per hour but that is the minimum.  I’m extremely excited about helping fight cancer for children and have put up my tentative plans for saturday.  24 hours is a LOT of gaming!!! It’ll be a challenge but well worth it.  So once again I ask that you help me fight this battle because I cannot do it alone.  Some of you have pledged or donated and that’s amazingly awesome of you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!! 🙂 I could tell you how important this means to me and how children’s cancer and/or cancer in general has affect my recent life.  But we all know how awful cancer is and I know the majority of us has dealt with it on a personal level in some way.  We are all united in this opposition!  My personal website for donations is as follows

https://waystogive.texaschildrens.org/netcommunity/joeyorion

You can visit there and make a donation, sponsoring me in the fight and contributing to the hopeful eradication of pedatric cancer!  I believe the minimum donation is $24.  Remember that the marathon is on October 17th–THIS SATURDAY!!!  From 8am saturday morning to 8am sunday morning I will be in video game land saving kids!  Also, as a bonus I will be using twitter to “tweet” my updates so you can see what I’m playing and when throughout the 24 hours.  In a sense, you CAN take this journey with me by following me on twitter! 🙂  http://twitter.com/joeyorion is where you can go to follow me!

So what exactly WILL I be playing for these 24 hours?  I will be trying to complete some of these games I have had in my collection for a while that for various reasons, I have not finished.  I’ll try to finish each one this saturday.  It so worked out that I will be trying to play 4 diff games per system I have!  Let’s start with the Nintendo Wii.

 

NINTENDO WII

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Punch-Out!!

Yeah!  Funny thing about this game is that I HAD to have it so bad!!!  And when I finally got it, I played it for a night, maybe two, and never touched it again.  I gotta finish this game.  It brings back so many memories!!!!  Time to dust it off and complete it!

 

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NO MORE HEROES

My girlfriend got this for me for Christmas last year and I still haven’t beaten it.  I really REALLY enjoy this game.  The story is interesting.  You play as an assassin who is killing his way to be the number 1 ranked assassin in the world.  It’s a new twist and a very adult game for a “Kid system”.  I am excited to get my hands on this one again.

 

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SUPER PAPER MARIO

This little gem I got off of Playswitch.com, which is such an awesome game trading website!  I must admit that I was kind of disappointed with this game because it just doesn’t FEEL like a Mario game.  It’s kinda like Super Mario Bros 2… Part 2. If that makes any sense at all.  There are some quirky classic moments but overall it’s so different.  But once again, I feel compelled to complete this game because all of the twists in gameplay keep it fresh enough to enjoy even if it doesn’t really feel like a proper Mario title.

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SUPER SMASH BROS. : BRAWL

Ok!  This would probably be the last game on the Wii that I would play.  This one needs no introduction, just fighting game with a bunch of nintendo characters!  I am wanting to finish this super long mode and get a ton of trophies. 🙂

 

XBOX 360

 

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BIOSHOCK

Now I’m probably the last person on Earth to beat this game.  I have NOT beaten it yet 😮 But I probably will on saturday.  I really love the atmosphere and music of this game–it definitely adds to the creepiness.  I loaned this game out about a week after I bought it and never really played it since.  It’s back in my possession so I should finish it, right???

 

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FALLOUT 3

Once again, I may be the only person who didn’t finish this yet.  I can get lost so easily in this game.  It’s the type of RPG I’ve been dying for.  Even if I played this for the whole 24 hours, there’s no way I’d finish this game I’m sure.  But I plan on giving it a go and seeing what happens!  If you’ve never played this game, this is a MUST HAVE game for the XBox 360/PS3.

 

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HALO WARS

When I played the demo of this I was blown away with how simple the controls were but how deep this game appeared to be.  It felt a lot like Starcraft.  It had promise but ultimately I grew bored of it and even contemplated trading it in for other games.  I still haven’t beaten it however, and I think I should at least do that before getting rid of it for good.  One more chance, Halo Wars.. Don’t let me down.

 

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LEFT 4 DEAD

This is another one that I HAD TO HAVE.  I mean, it’s a first person shooter filled with zombie survival… How can it get any better than that?!?!  I played this pretty heavily with friends and had SO much fun.  I know a lot of Extra Lifers are gonna be playing this during the marathon so I’m breaking it out to have some fun with everyone as well!  I am looking forward to playing this game with others again, it’s so great!

 

PLAYSTATION 3

 

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DEAD SPACE

I don’t even own this game.  It belongs to my friend Jordan (who will be completing his Extra Life marathon on Sunday instead of Saturday).  I played the first chapter of this and was hooked.  I am determined to finish this game so I can give the game back lol.  This is a priority of saturday.  But I will be waiting until night to play it so it can be extra scary 🙂

 

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INFAMOUS

When I bought this game, it was a total impulse buy.  I went to the store (Buy Back Games in Englewood, CO…had to plug them) and was looking around and saw it for 39 bucks.  That was a steal considering it was still 59 at Best Buy and everywhere else basically.  I loaded it up and it is like a Grand Theft Auto game but instead of guns you have electric powers?!  Sold!!  I haven’t played it in a while and the main reason I haven’t played a lot of these games will be coming up at the end.  But I really wanna finish this game and will dedicate a good chunk of time trying to complete this awesome game

 

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LITTLE BIG PLANET

I love this game!  I admit I got tired of it after a while.  But the zany music, cute character, and awesome level design has me itching to boot this one up again.  I may even get the Street Fighter costumes!  I am hoping a lot of people are playing this on Saturday, I wanna access those areas that need 2+ people to access them.  I’m a good way into it already so beating it is definitely an attainable goal. 

 

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STREET FIGHTER IV

Wow!  We wind down my PS3 experience with my favorite game on well… any of my systems!  I love love LOVE this game and I’ll play it for a good amount of time.  I enjoy the online experience with this game.  I’ve beaten it with everyone and unlocked all the characters.  I need to complete some of the challenges but otherwise I’ll be doing this just for the multiplayer 🙂

 

PLAYSTATION PORTABLE

 

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FINAL FANTASY: CRISIS CORE

I’m a sucker for anything Final Fantasy, ever since Final Fantasy 7.  I could write a 5,000 word blog just on that game.  But ever since, I’ve had a soft spot for Final Fantasy games.  When the movie Advent Children came out, there was a sudden surge of Final Fantasy 7 themed games and Crisis Core was the prequel game to Final Fantasy 7.  So naturally I had to own this.  I’ve gotten pretty far in this game and I love it so much.  I just stopped playing due to having a lot of other games or new games coming out.  It sucks and now I have a whole day to just catch up on it and hopefully get it done!

 

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DISSIDIA: FINAL FANTASY

Oh wow, another FF game.  Who would’ve thought?  I got this game specifically because I get to play as my favorite characters from past Final Fantasy games.  I am going to beat this game for sure come Saturday.  I love it and it’s a fast paced game.  I love how it’s so similar to the past games but extremely different at the same time.  AND I set my “game time” to Saturdays so I’ll get more PP or XP or whatever lol

 

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GOD OF WAR: CHAINS OF OLYMPUS

I got this game because I really never played any of the other GoW games and as I don’t really have a PS2 anymore (gave it to my dad so he could play Guitar Hero and Tiger Woods), and my PS3 isn’t backwards compatible with PS2 games.  But I DO have a PSP!  I got this and was instantly amazed by how awesome this title was and have even read/heard that it was better than the PS2 games.  I really enjoy a button smashing beat ’em up from time to time and this one does it so well and with a lot of style points!  It’s like Devil May Cry 4 but way more awesome

 

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ROCK BAND: UNPLUGGED

I have Rock Band 1 and 2 and Guitar Hero World Tour, GH Metallica, man I have them all pretty much so what possessed me to buy this game?  Well, as many of you know, I play guitar every week (fridays) and I just love music so much and felt limited to playing Rock Band just in the living room.  I wanted to take it with me.  At first I was worried about how it would translate but after playing the short demo, I realized that it was actually pretty intuitive and extremely fun!  I’d like to finish the game’s tour mode.  I’m pretty far into it already so it won’t be a hard feat at all.  I just wish it had online play 😦

So the real reason I stopped playing a lot of these games is an evil evil game.  One that can easily take up the 24 hours with no problem, chew it up, spit it out, ask for more and smile the entire time…

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WORLD OF WARCRAFT

YES! It’s no secret.  I’ve been addicted since it premiered almost 5 years ago.  I casually played it but in the past year, maybe 8 months or so.. It’s been pretty serious and easy to just lose myself in it.  Thus all my other games take a backseat to it.  But now I will use Extra Life to venture out and get some other stuff done.  🙂  Will I be playing it on Saturday?!  Oh of course!!!  But not for 24 hours and probably not for a HUGE chunk of time.

 

So there it is!  My Extra Life playlist!  But I’m sure others will creep in there.  A friend might call and want to play MADDEN 10 (which I love so much even if it does make me so mad!!!!) and Halo 3 multiplayer.  Fat Princess.  Some time with Final Fantasy 7.  Tekken 5?  All kinds of stuff!!!  I will play all that I can in the 24 hour period.  I need to keep going and keep playing.  When the sleepiness creeps in, I have to just keep remembering WHY I’m doing this.  It’s not an excuse or reason to play video games.  It’s for a purpose.  A Purpose that I believe so strongly in.  It’s time to get it done.  Cancer will one day be conquered and I am excited at idea that you and I were a part of that victory.  Let’s do this together, everyone. 

 

Playstation ID: Joeyorion

Xbox Live Gamertag: Joey Orion

World of Warcraft server: Destromath

Character name: Dachande

Hit me up In the games.  Play along!  Check in with me.  We’re in this together. 🙂

The official website for EXTRA LIFE is http://extralife.sarcasticgamer.com Information, a video, TONS of great stuff there to help you better understand why we’re all doing this.  This is the 2nd annual and a new tradition for me (and hopefully you too! 🙂 )

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