It’s over. Extra Life, for us, is over. In case Extra Life isn’t something you really follow, the actual event took place last weekend. Due to a trip I had planned, we decided to just put in the time a week later, as a group, rather than leaving any one of us to do it alone. Javi and Gabe kicked things off at around 7 AM eastern. I’ll admit that I joined later in the afternoon and still have some time to make up. I did a little of that this afternoon, and will make up the rest on my own this week. The main reason I joined later was because I typically take Monday off after these things. This year, because of my trip to Austin last weekend, that wasn’t really an option. I do think it’s important to note that my trip to Austin wasn’t just a random gathering of friends – I was there to see a bunch of folks I’ve met through this community. It’s pretty cool, this internet thing.
So how did Extra Life go? Well, honestly, I didn’t get to play near as many games as I wanted. It’s 24 hours, which seems like a lot of time to work in a lot of things. But, think about it: a game like Borderlands 2 could be played for that entire span and you wouldn’t see the end of it. So, basically my time was broken down to Borderlands 2, two rounds of MechWarrior Online and a bunch of Skylanders Giants. Skylanders Giants, just like it’s predecessor, resulted in me making a trip to the nearest open retailer only moments after opening the game. I didn’t have an air Skylander – how the fuck did I make it through the whole first game without that? That just wasn’t going to stand last night at 11 PM. I absolutely despise Walmart, yet there I am in the middle of the night buying children’s toys. I’m so fucking cool.
Javi and I had been rolling around the idea of doing video podcasts, and streaming the event gave us a lot of insight to how it all works, as well as how to record it. While the audio will likely be posted in a traditional way, the video will also be on YouTube for everybody to check out. Also, we totally found out that Google Hangouts has an array of “hilarious” sounds that we can set off with the simple click of a button, which basically resulted in me sitting around waiting for somebody to make a bad joke last night just so I could set off the rimshot or laugh track. It was magical.
All in all, the event was a lot of fun. Javi played a lot of old games. Gabe played a lot of Sonic Adventure 2 because he hates everything about himself. Dylan played PC stuff and yelled a lot. I played good, modern games. We had plenty of diversity in our selections, though I would have liked to play more MechWarrior Online, time just kind of got away from me. It’s honestly a game that’s best with teammates you trust, and at 2 in the morning there aren’t many of those (other than the lovely Ryan Hickey). Gabe may have been willing to jump in, but he was balls deep in “Sonic” and “Hedgehog”. I couldn’t possibly pull him away from all of that.
If you head over to our YouTube channel, you can find everything we streamed over there. It’s a lot of footage, and most of it was just us sitting around staring at a TV/Computer screen while we made really bad jokes and puns. So, maybe just skip around if you’re going to watch any of it.
Also, I made it through the entire thing without consuming a single drop of alcohol. It was a Saturday. That’s not normal.