24HCGC Video Highlights Part 5: Castlevania Closer

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.

I’d like to state for the record that we never planned specifically to have any Castlevania games featured in the event, it just kind of happened when we were brainstorming challenge ideas. But looking back, I can’t think of a better way to bookend the experience because it just seemed fitting.

So many misadventures in one castle

While I was setting up and getting the cast together for our challenge shoot for the original Castlevania, Josh and Cole took to the mics to recount their history with the series as a whole:

Our 2nd challenge of the evening and as my first official challenge it seemed appropriate that I chose the first Castlevania game, since if you couldn’t tell from the name of the website, I’m kind of obsessed with the series. The first game in particular lends itself well for speed runs and high scores, so we simply set out to measure our scores at the end of the first giant bat boss battle. Craig and Ethan join me for commentary as we try to figure out a bit more of the backstory of the castle’s occupants:

Shortly after, Josh sat down to try and best my score, and Ethan grabbed the mic to distract him as much as possible. Not only does Josh succeed with the highest score of the night, but these two succeeded in changing how I look at the first Castlevania forever:

So we didn’t exactly plan out the end of the marathon the best, but here we were with 20 minutes left on the clock and our goals already accomplished. I had been awake for 36+ hours at this point so I sat down with my favorite classic Castlevania game, Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse. I was not prepared for the ridicule I would receive off camera, but I’m glad we ended the event with some of the worst Castlevania playing in history:


Thank you again for your support of the 24 Hour Charity Gaming Challenge. We raised money for a great cause, had a great time doing it, and hope you enjoyed our coverage. We’ll be back next year so let us know how you’d like to see us improve the event.