24HCGC Video Highlights Part 1: The Story and The Sponsors

Each day this week, I will be revisiting A Call to Gamers 1st 24 Hour Charity Gaming Challenge (24HCGC) for Child’s Play through our video highlights currently available on our Twitch.tv channel. We started a 24 hour video game marathon for Child’s Play on the night of October 14th, and livestreamed as much of the action as possible from NetHeads in Carmel, IN. Our core team of 6 gamers along with friends and family met up to begin 24 hours of gaming after being up for 12 hours already.

Charity Gaming Marathon

Today’s edition focuses on the overall story of the event itself and the people that made it happen.  That is once we got some of our technical issues out of the way. (Videos embedded below)

You see, we had never attempted a live event of this magnitude and really hadn’t played much with the video and audio equipment that we had out our disposal. At the very least we would have one camera on at all times, and one shared microphone. Thanks to the work of our own, Josh Lee, we were able to get multiple cameras and microphones going at once. Of course, that meant even before we were officially live, Ethan had a bit of trouble controlling himself in front of the camera so our hello was in the form of dance:

After the dance party, myself and Ethan sat down to welcome our viewers to the event and preview a bit of what to expect from the following 24 hours. Such organized intentions, we were bright-eyed and naive, forgive us. Thankfully, the purpose of the entire evening stayed on track as donations were already pouring in for Child’s Play.

That was only part of the story, as the event’s origin actually came from the first meeting between Josh Lee and myself. We originally met to discuss Horrible Night game events at NetHeads, but it quickly turned into trying to find a great good that could come out of our collective love for video games. A few hours into the marathon itself, Josh and I sat down to talk about how the event itself and the A Call to Gamers organization came together and the purpose behind both.

Thanks to all of you, with roughly an hour to spare in the marathon, we achieved our donation goal of $1,000 for Child’s Play. Exhausted but excited, the founders of Horrible Night, Justin, Cole, and Ethan crowd together to thank our viewers for a successful event.

But really happened at the event itself? Our plan started out to feature as many game challenges as possible so that our friends at home could play along and best our scores alongside of our guests that dropped by throughout the event. Ethan kicked off our first challenge with The Binding of Isaac.

MinMax Games helped out by contributing a handful of downloadable codes for their strategy title, Space Pirates and Zombies. Ethan is a huge fan of the game and midway through the marathon, he took time to walk Cole and the viewers through the life of a space pirate.

Ska Studios jumped into the gaming itself and joined us for a multi-hour session of their indie game ZP2KX. Towards the end of the marathon our own Coop took it upon himself to finish Ska’s most recent game, The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile. I sat down with him to discuss the original game and his expectations for Vampire Smile as he was getting started.

Next Up

Tomorrow we turn our attention to a sample of the games we played outside of the core challenges featuring a few lessons in competition and retro sports games.