GameBlast23: a decade of gaming starts tonight

The official GameBlast23 weekend begins next Friday.

Hundreds of gamers from all over the UK will come together on Twitch between Friday, 24 and Sunday 26 February 2023 for extended gaming sessions. Their aim is to raise funds and awareness for SpecialEffect and help the charity continue its amazing work.

The organisation believes it’s everyone’s turn to play. It wants everybody to be included, and at the heart of its work is the mission to maximise fun and quality of life by helping people with physical disabilities to play video games. A range of technology including modified controllers and eye-controlled software is used to find a way for individuals to play to the best of their abilities.

As this is GameBlast’s tenth anniversary, we’re starting early. We’ll be hosting Twitch streams every day from 20:00 GMT this evening and celebrating the past decade by playing a different game from a year of the event’s existence. Some awesome friends have agreed to join us for GameBlast23 and you can find out where, when and what we’ll be playing in the schedule below.

All donations received through our JustGiving page go straight to SpecialEffect. At the time of writing, our kind supporters have raised 71% of our initial £500 target which is fantastic! It’s not just about donations though. Anything you can do to help spread the word about the charity is beneficial as this increases its potential to reach more people they can assist. Share examples of the organisation’s work on social media, cheer on everyone taking part in GameBlast23 on Twitch – it’s all valuable and we appreciate the support.

It’s time to help everybody get back in the game.

GameBlast, heart, donate, charity, SpecialEffect

Kim and Pete on LaterLevels:

Date Time Year of release Game
Friday, 17 February 20:00 GMT 2014 The Elder Scrolls Online
Saturday, 18 February 10:00 GMT 2015 Contradiction: Spot the Liar!
Sunday, 19 February 10:00 GMT 2016 The Witness
Monday, 20 February 19:00 GMT 2017 The Long Dark
Tuesday, 21 February 19:00 GMT 2018 The Shapeshifting Detective
Wednesday, 22 February 19:00 GMT 2019 Flotsam
Thursday, 23 February 19:00 GMT 2020 Tell Me Why
Friday, 24 February 19:00 GMT 2021 It Takes Two
Saturday, 25 February 10:00 GMT 2022 Placid Plastic Duck Simulator and Tinykin
Sunday, 26 February 10:00 GMT 2023 Ten Dates

Ellen on PragmaticPixel:

Date Time Year of release Game
Friday, 17 February 20:00 GMT 2014 The Elder Scrolls Online
Saturday, 18 February 12:00 GMT 2015 Fallout 4
Sunday, 19 February 12:00 GMT 2016 Final Fantasy XV
Monday, 20 February 23:00 GMT 2017 Horizon Zero Dawn
Tuesday, 21 February 23:00 GMT 2018 God of War
Wednesday, 22 February 23:00 GMT 2019 The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
Thursday, 23 February 23:00 GMT 2020 Fall Guys
Friday, 24 February 23:00 GMT 2021 Mass Effect Legendary Edition
Saturday, 25 February 20:00 GMT 2022 Horizon Forbidden West
Sunday, 26 February 20:00 GMT 2023 Forspoken

Kevin on TheLawfulGeek:

Date Time Year of release Game:
Friday, 17 February 20:00 GMT 2014 The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky FC
Saturday, 18 February 14:00 GMT 2015 Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward
Sunday, 19 February 14:00 GMT 2016 Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA
Monday, 20 February 20:00 GMT 2017 Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Tuesday, 21 February 20:00 GMT 2018 Marvel’s Spider-Man
Wednesday, 22 February 20:00 GMT 2019 Resident Evil 2
Thursday, 23 February 20:00 GMT 2020 The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III
Friday, 24 February 20:00 GMT 2021 Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin
Saturday, 25 February 14:00 GMT 2022 The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero
Sunday, 26 February 14:00 GMT 2023 Like a Dragon: Ishin!

Phil on PragmaticPixel:

Date Time Year of release Game
Friday, 17 February 20:00 GMT 2014 The Elder Scrolls Online
Saturday, 18 February 16:00 GMT 2015 The Order: 1886
Sunday, 19 February 16:00 GMT 2016 DOOM
Monday, 20 February 17:00 GMT 2017 Prey
Tuesday, 21 February 17:00 GMT 2018 Subnautica
Wednesday, 22 February 17:00 GMT 2019 Observation
Thursday, 23 February No stream 2020 No stream
Friday, 24 February 17:00 GMT 2021 Resident Evil Village (VR)
Saturday, 25 February 22:00 GMT 2022 Dying Light 2
Sunday, 26 February 16:00 GMT 2023 Horizon Call of the Mountain (VR)

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