The lights are on
This past weekend we played video game for 25 hours straight for Extra Life 2013. We raised over $15,000 for Gillette Children's Specialty Heathcare, a Children's Miracle Network hospital in Minnesota. Extra Life raised a whopping $3.7 million overall. We livestreamed the whole ordeal from start to finish, including the four hours in which Extra Life suffered a confounding DDoS attack. We gave away over a hundred game codes, took game requests in exchange for donations, and gave away physical prizes ranging from Link's shield to a BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea poster signed by Irrational Games. We aimed to give viewers more incentive than last year to watch, play alongside us, and donate for a good cause. Now that Extra Life 2013 is finished, we want your feedback about how the livestream went so we can make next year even better.
Watch our Extra Life 2013 livestream in Game Informer's Twitch TV archive.
This year's Extra Life marathon was more organized than last year's. Game Informer staff like Joe Juba and Kim Wallace played their favorite games during scheduled blocks of time and chatted with the community. Longtime GI community member Zachary Pligge moderated the chat and gave out prizes. Video editor Jason Oestreicher managed the livestream tech and played fighting games with the community. We had a lot of fun and hope you did, too. But how can we make it better?
We can't promise everyone will get their wish, but we're all ears. Want us to beg a specific editor to join in next year? We can try to recruit them. Interested in prizes from a certain publisher? We'll reach out to see if they can spare anything. Interested in more online play sessions with the community? We can brainstorm! Spill your thoughts in the comments below so we can make Extra Life 2014 even better. Let us what you liked and what you think we could improve.
A tremendous thanks from everyone here at Game Informer to those who donated, joined Team Game Informer on Extra Life, and helped spread the word.
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you could invite me to play 25 hours of games for kids. I would love to get a tour of the office and meet everyone. Besides that it was amazing great job, a little chaos with lots of laughs and fun plus Dan still cant beat Tyson.
It need's 35% more "Wub Wub"!
I thought it was a fantastic event and enjoyed the couple of hours I did watch. I think next time, to interact more, you guys should pick a few names from the chat section and play some multiplayer with them. If you guys did do that then that's great.
I think you guys did a great job for sure! Having everyone play their favorites was awesome. Next year, i hope you can hit up some more publishers to let go of some of their precious loot! Even small stuff would be cool. Stickers, t-shirts, game add-ons, etc. Winning something, big or small, is always great and exciting! Keep up the good work guys!
Expand game requests to be challenge requests. I got to watch Dan Ryckert attempt to beat Tyson for hour. Allow people to make donations and request simple challenges such as this one.
Live stream a game that isn't a video game. Jenga anyone? How about twister?
Playing with the community is an endeavor I fully support. One way to do this easier would be to not ask for friend requests then send out invites. Instead choose a game then choose a playlist or server. Then just broadcast that info and let people join on their own. It would streamline the process for you and reduce down time caused by set up.
ok....i think that you guys should work out a deal with a handful of people to get to game/watch with you guys for the marathon. maybe even make it a weekend thing and have one of them on the replay that saturday. you could make it one of the contests thats on the site. then have the ones that win have to contribute x amount of money
other than that it was pretty flawless
Multiple Streams all running together so we can watch the games we'd like to see instead of watching the one thing that is scheduled for a long block.
I enjoyed when Andy was on a bunch. I wish you would be able to get him on more even with his busy schedule. I would have loved being there doing stuff with people as it looked like Zach was having an awesome time. I would also enjoy having more games where you guys are playing against each other like Halo. I always love watching people try to murder each other.
Needs more multiplayer. Watching single player games we all know and love just isn't as entertaining as 2-4 people on one couch battling it out.