Video games have the power to do a lot of good. They help us see the world through another person’s eyes and experience their stories, as well as giving us the chance to meet new friends with similar interests. It’s no exaggeration to say they can even change someone’s life.
This is something hundreds of gamers all over the UK taking part in GameBlast21 this weekend believe in. The goal is to raise as much funds and awareness for SpecialEffect, a wonderful charity which aims to put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games. By using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control software, they’re finding a way for everyone to play to the very best of their abilities.
We’ve participated in the annual GameBlast streaming marathon since it started in 2014 and there’s only a few days to go until this year’s event. Read on to find out what we’ve got lined up this time around and how you can get involved.
24-hour stream from 08:00 GMT on Saturday, 27 February 2021
Thanks to everyone who voted in our polls to create the game schedule for our marathon stream! A reminder of what’s coming up can be found below. We’re going to have some awesome people helping us out on the day: friend-of-the-blog Phil will be headlining the action section; Kevin from The Lawful Geek will be running a TTRPG to support the cause over on his own channel from 20:00 GMT on Saturday; and Ellen from Ace Asunder will be our marvellous mod for the event.
27 February 2021
|08:00 GMT||Platformer||DuckTales Remastered||Later Levels|
|11:00 GMT||Adventure||Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars||Later Levels|
|14:00 GMT||Other||Escape-room-in-a-box||Later Levels|
|17:00 GMT||Retro||The X-Files: Resist or Serve||Later Levels|
|20:00 GMT||Action||Assassin’s Creed Valhalla||Later Levels|
|20:00 GMT||TTRPG||The Last Expedition of Professor Winglow||The Lawful Geek|
|23:00 GMT||Horror||The 7th Guest: 25th Anniversary Edition||Later Levels|
28 February 2021
|02:00 GMT||FMV||General Horse and the Package of Doom||Later Levels|
|05:00 GMT||MMO||The Elder Scrolls Online||Later Levels|
|08:00 GMT||Stream end||Sleep|
#DaysForDonations fundraising targets and awards
Over £3,500 has been donated by you generous lot through our JustGiving page at the time of writing this post. This means we’ve now hit six of our fundraising targets and will be organising some special events as rewards, as well as streaming for at least an hour a day for a 70-day period after the marathon stream. The more we manage to raise for SpecialEffect, the longer our streams will go on for – and more we’ll embarrass ourselves on camera for a worthy cause.
|Any amount raised||No additional days||24-hour GameBlast21 stream on 27-28 February 2021|
|£500 raised||10 days (up to 10 March)||Signed Zelda postcards are sent to all donators|
|£1,000 raised||20 days (up to 20 March)||Pete wears a Pikachu costume for the 24-hour stream|
|£1,500 raised||30 days (up to 30 March)||A signed copy of Project Zero is given away|
|£2,000 raised||40 days (up to 09 April)||The team streams wearing Pokémon costumes|
|£2,500 raised||50 days (up to 19 April)||The official #KaraokePete album is emailed to all donators|
|£3,000 raised||60 days (up to 29 April)||The Lawful Geek hosts an extended TTRPG stream|
|£3,500 raised||70 days (up to 09 May)||The team completes a cocktails-and-karaoke stream|
|£4,000 raised||80 days (up to 19 May)||Ellen from Ace Asunder gets a Zelda and GameBlast tattoo|
|£4,500 raised||90 days (up to 29 May)||Kim completes a treadmill marathon on stream|
|£5,000 raised||100 days (up to 08 June)||#DaysForDonations finishes with another 24-hour stream|
How you can get involved
We can’t deny that donations are greatly appreciated and will be put to good use. They enable SpecialEffect to continue their work assisting hundreds of physically-disabled people across the UK to experience the joy of video games. The charity does this free of charge, and shares the knowledge gained from their lifelong assessment and support services with hardware and software developers – so a feature that’s worked successfully for one individual can then go on to benefit thousands of others.
Check out our JustGiving page for details if you’d like to donate. It’s not just about money though: anything you can do to raise awareness and let others know about SpecialEffect is hugely beneficial too, as it increases the potential for them to reach more people they can help. Tweet about the charity’s work, share our GameBlast21 press release, come along to our streams join us in chat; these are all valuable actions and we’re incredibly grateful for your support.
Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.