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As you may already know, Jake Johnson and I are participating in the MN AIDS Walk this May 20th (for more info on how/why I decided to participate, read this post). Our team name is "The Indigo-Go's," which I think is awesome.
Anyway, even though I've reached my personal goal of raising $200 for the walk (thanks to some very generous Twitter friends), I came up with what I think is a pretty good idea the other day while brushing my teeth (which is what I'm doing when I come up with all my best ideas). Here is the order in which my thoughts occurred, culminating in my idea:
1. Between the end of the spring semester--May 8th--and the start of my internship (at a place I'm not yet able to divulge; it's a secret to everybody; but, trust me, if you like video games, you want to know)--May 23rd, I'll be busy enough, but not too busy.
2. I'd like to see how much more money I can raise for the MN AIDS Walk. HIV/AIDS is an issue that means a lot to me (qu33r/sex studies rep-re-sent), and this will be the first time I've ever started my own team for a charity walk, so it's sort of personally momentous.
3. The gaming community seems to like when people play games for charity.
4. I am really good at playing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
THEREFORE: I will be live-streaming my attempt to beat Ocarina of Time in a day in order to raise money for the MN AIDS Walk (see: the MN AIDS Project). The event isn't meant to be some kind of, "This is the first time anyone has ever done this, so tune in!" thing. I'm pretty sure a lot of people have played Ocarina of Time straight through before. But, even though I've probably played the game between 20-30 times since 1998, I've never sat down and attempted to beat the whole thing in a day. Heck, the last time I played through it, it was for research, which means it took me a whole dang month to beat it (having to take copious notes on everything every character says or does can make playing through a game very tedious). I've done some preliminary interwebs searching, and it looks like most people who've played the game at least once before manage to beat it in 15-20 hours the second+ time through--so I think it's do-able for me.
The two things I'm most nervous about are my total inability to go through a day without eating copious amounts of food (omg is that a STRIPED COOKIE?) and/or napping, and the fact that I haven't played the game in several years. What if I've totally forgotten how to beat the Water Temple? I think I'm going to have to do some players-guide reading in preparation.
The date of the live-stream will be Saturday, May 19th. My friend Ryan, who studies video game music as a musicology grad student at UMN, has preliminarily agreed to help me set up and maintain the live feed. And, of course, my boyfriend will be there to cook me nourishing and sustaining meals (I explicitly told him to not let me eat just pizza and Oreos all day) and make sure I take potty breaks. I'll provide more details as to when I'll be starting (I'm assuming it'll be sometime in the morning) as the date approaches. Please tell all your friends about this and stay tuned for more information!
One last thing: If you won't be near a computer/able to access the live-stream on the 19th, but would still like to donate to the MN AIDS Project/Walk, click here.
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