My 25 hour video game marathon begins at 1 PM CST today and will conclude at 1 PM CST tomorrow. Thanks to the end of daylight savings time, the marathon gets an extra hour this year. During that time I will attempt to play 25 hours of video games, stopping only to eat and take care of other bodily functions, and throw in an occasional stretch break. I will update this post throughout the day to let you know what I’ve been playing.
If you’d like to make a last minute donation, here is the link:
13:00 – I kick off the marathon with Alan Wake for the Xbox 360.
14:48 – popped my first achievements in Alan Wake and Alpha Protocal. Going to take a quick lunch break and then resume the marathon with Assassin’s Creed.
16:44 – achievements popped in Assassin’s Creed I & I I & Revelations. Marathon continues after a stretch break with Band Hero.
18:58 – six hours down, 19 hours to go! Since the last update I took another food break and popped achievements in Band Hero & Bioshock 1 & 2. Now for a stretch break and then the 7th hour kicks off with Bioshock Infinite.
20:30 – achievements for Bioshock Infinite and Blue Dragon are on the books. Going to give the 360 a break and switch over to the laptop for some Civ III.
23:00 – thanks to only getting 4 hours sleep last night, I decided I better get a power nap in, rather than playing Civ III, so new official marathon ending time is 3:30 PM CST. Marathon resumes on the 360 with Borderlands!
01:00 – achievements achieved in Borderlands 1 & 2 & Bully. Next up is Call of Duty 2!
01:16 – Call of Duty 2, 3, MW 1, 2, 3 & WOW achievements unlocked. Daylight savings time is here! Took me a minute to figure that time warp out lol. Next up is Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood.
03:40 – Achievements unlocked in Call of Juarez: BIB, Civilization Revolution, Dante’s Inferno, & Darksiders 1 & 2. Going to take a snack break and then switch over to some iPad games to give my 360 and my hands a rest. First up on the iPad will be Candy Crush Saga.
05:00 – played some candy crush and solitaire blitz on my iPad. Going to wimp out and take a sleep break. 14.5 hours of gaming down….10.5 hours to go!
13:30 – looks like my marathon has turned into two half marathons. With 10.5 hours of gaming to go, today’s marathon should conclude at 11 PM CST. I’ll be kicking things off on the 360 with Dead Island.
16:30 – food break and still playing Dead Island. Next up, more dead island!
19:48 – finally popped a dead island achievement and also achievements in dead space & dead space 2. Next up is Defiance.
21:15 – waiting on defiance patches to download and install. Up next….actually playing Defiance….I hope!
23:30 – Extra Life 2013 marathon concludes with achievements in Defiance and Deus Ex.
That’s a wrap! The Extra Life event raised more than 3 million dollars! I look forward to participating again next year. In the mean time, the quest continues!
Extra Life 2013 Jumpstarts Quest
Extra Life 2013 will jump-start my quest to reach 100000 gamerscore today. The event officially begins at 8 am EST November 2nd and runs until 8 am EST November 3rd. I’m going to attempt to kick off my 25 hour gaming marathon at the official start time, but I’m not typically an early riser, so I may have to do this one on my own time schedule, depending on when I manage to get to sleep tonight.
I wasn’t able to get the number of donations I had hoped for, but I think I learned a lot about how to approach obtaining donations for the event next year and expect to be more successful. However, it’s not too late to help out, so if you’d like to contribute, here’s the link:
In order to integrate this event with my gamerscore quest, I will be using the marathon time to pop one achievement on each of the 100 plus Xbox 360 games I have in my library, or at least get a good start on it. Once I have the opening achievements popped, I will add my new gamertag to the TrueAchievements site to help with tracking my quest progress and completion percentage.
I decided to go with ErdricksDescent as my quest gamertag. I spent many hours playing Ms. Pac-Man, Kung Fu, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Brothers, Space Invaders, and others on the Atari 2600 and the NES before I discovered Dragon Warrior, but it was that game that really cemented my love of video games. For that reason, I wanted to choose a gamertag for this quest that reflected how influential that game was on my lifelong obsession with gaming.
I imagine I’m not going to want to run my 360 for 24 hours straight, so I will probably alternate in some PC gaming and maybe even some iPad games during the marathon. I will start a new post that I will update throughout the day to keep tabs on my marathon progress.
I’m looking forward to the event and I’m very proud of the TrueAchievements team, which has raised over $8000 so far!
100000 Gamerscore – The Quest Rebooted
My quest for 100000 gamerscore will be getting a reboot in the near future and this blog along with it. I have decided to focus this blog on video game related posts, the primary focus of which will be my quest to achieve 100000 gamerscore.
My entire gaming career, I have had a habit of starting a game, playing a good ways into it and then starting it over so I can play it the way I really want, so it’s fitting that I am basically doing the same thing with my gamerscore quest.
Soon, I will be starting over with a new 0 score gamertag and attempting to take that tag from 0 to 100000 gamerscore. My goal is to get the quest rebooted on November 2, 2013, which is the date of the Second Life 2013 fundraising event. I plan to participate in the 24 hour gaming marathon, in an effort to raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network.
You can help me meet my $200 goal by clicking on the banner and making a donation:
This time out, I want to have enough games to achieve the 100000 gamerscore in my collection before I start, so I am in the process of purchasing the 20 or so additional games I need before November 2nd. Once that is done, I plan to pop one achievement in each to get them on my gamercard and then the quest will officially be under way!
I am very excited to get going on this quest and this blog again and hope you will join me for the journey.