Gaming for 24-hours straight is no small task. But it’s made an awful lot easier if you’re doing it for a great cause, get some friends along to join you for the ride, make sure you have some good video games on your schedule.
It’s this ‘schedule’ part that we’re now focusing on as part of our plans for GameBlast21, an annual gaming marathon held to raise funds and awareness for SpecialEffect. The aim of this UK-based charity is to put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with disabilities by using technology to help them play video games to the very best of their abilities. This not only brings friends and families together but has a profoundly positive impact on confidence and quality of life too.
In last month’s update post, we revealed our format for the next marathon: #DaysForDonations. The higher the amount we manage to raise for SpecialEffect through our Justgiving page, the more days we’ll stream for and challenges we’ll complete. We’re already halfway through our fundraising tiers and thanks to the kindness and generosity of some amazing blogger-friends, and everyone who donates will receive a Zelda postcard and #KaraokePete digital album.
As mentioned above, our current focus is on creating an agenda for our 24-hour gaming marathon. This event is going to kick off at 08:00 GMT on Saturday, 27 February 2021 and you’ll be able to catch it all on the Later Levels’ Twitch channel. We’ll be playing eight titles from various genres throughout the weekend – as well as drinking coffee and eating as many cookies as possible – and we’re going to include as many as possible where others can join in if they’d like to.
But your help is needed to decide what those games are going to be, because who in their right minds would leave it to Pete, Phil and myself? We’ve each chosen our favourite titles for the categories below and we’re now going head-to-head to find out which are going to earn a spot on our schedule. Place your votes in the following polls by Sunday, 24 January 2021, and the winning titles will then be revealed in our next update post shortly afterwards.
Our current plan is to have Phil join us in person for the official GameBlast21 weekend, but obviously this is dependent on households being able to mix under whatever lockdown situation is in place at the time here in the UK. There’s therefore a chance that some arrangements and games may have to change at short notice, but we’ll try to stick to the schedule wherever possible!
All money donated via our JustGiving page goes directly to SpecialEffect to enable them to help many more physically-disabled gamers across the UK. As well as matching, modifying or creating equipment tailored to each individual, funding also goes into research and the information is shared with other organisations globally so everyone can benefit. The charity can continue their work, more people get to experience the joy of video games, and you get plenty of streaming action; could it get any better than that?
Be sure to follow the official GameBlast account on Twitter for the latest announcements and visit at the SpecialEffect website to find out more about the work of the charity. It’s time to get everybody back in the game.
Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.