Later Levels is taking part in GameBlast18 for SpecialEffect, an amazing UK-based charity which puts fun and inclusion back into the lives of those with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games. To find out more, please visit the official website or take a look at this post.
Since signing up for GameBlast18 last month, the lads and I have been trying to come up with weird and wonderful ideas for our marathon stream in March. Last year we went all out: we played video games live on air for 72-hours; there were fundraising forfeits which saw us dressing up and playing while blindfolded; and there were giveaways, including a bunch of great prizes from the lovely team at Excalibur Games.
So we have two problems on our hands. First, how on earth do we top all that? And second, how do we impress when adult responsibilities mean we’re not going to be able to put on as big an event this year? Hell, we can’t even hold our stream on the official dates due to existing commitments and are therefore having to do it the following weekend… is all hope lost?
Let’s go retro
Not at all: if we can’t do a massive three-day stream, then let’s do the opposite and go retro. We all used to love getting friends over on a Saturday night for a gaming session that lasted into the early hours of the morning so why don’t we try to evoke that old-school feeling with a 24-hour marathon? We just need some good video games, plenty of snacks to keep us going, lots of laughter – and of course, you guys.
That means we’re looking for games which aren’t necessarily old, but which capture that vibe. Couch co-ops which inspire a bit of competition and friendly rivalry. Horror games which have everyone sitting on the edge of the sofa before screaming at a jump-scare and then teasing each other. Action titles so ridiculously hard that you end up passing on the controller to the next person every two minutes.
The Wheel of Forfeit
And forfeits: what’s a charity stream without forfeits? Last year we accepted suggestions from the community and entered them into a Wheel of Forfeit, which was then spun when we hit a fundraising target. We ended up playing Octodad one-handed, talking like pirates for an hour, walking on a bed of Lego and eating Carolina Reaper chilis. You lot sure do like to punish us in the name of a good cause.
We’d like to do something similar for GameBlast18 and so we’ll be spinning the Wheel whenever we hit a £50 milestone forwards our £400 goal for SpecialEffect. We just need to figure out which challenges to put on it this time – ones which won’t cause any reputational damage to the charity. Our own reputations on the other hand are an entirely different matter.
Over to you guys
Do you have an idea for a game we could play? Or a challenge you’d like to put forward for our Wheel of Forfeit this year? We’d love to hear your suggestions – please leave them in the comments below so we can include them in our stream, kicking off on our Twitch channel at 08:00 on Saturday, 03 March 2018.
Why not consider signing up for GameBlast18 yourself or even joining our team for the event? More details can be found on the official website, and you can stay up-to-date on our fundraising progress by heading over to our JustGiving page. We’ll bring you further news next month!
Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.