Giving back to one who has given so much to her community

I’m doing a thing tomorrow at 6pm-10pm Central. The thing I’m doing is streaming for the ever lovely @Audrey because she and her husband could use a helping hand. Special shoutout to @Raf and @FLYbarger for inviting me to do this with them.

Look. I know there are a lot of charities out there and a lot of people are requesting help for one reason or another, and it’s amazing how helpful and generous people in the GFR Guild and the RT Community are. Let me be one of the first to tell you that Audrey did not ask us to do this for her. We are doing this because she has done so much for this community and she has never asked for anything back. She has stayed up literally for days to make sure any charity streams she organized went smoothly. She coordinated those on her own and she helped raised thousands for other people and other charities. Now that hardships have hit her, we want to help her out however we can.

So what we are asking you guys to do is simply hang out with us tomorrow. Watch us play video games, have us on in the background while you’re doing house stuff, come join us in the chat and mingle, and show the internet why this is the best community.

Ways you can help out:

  • Donate (no amount is too small! And there are raffles to win as well!)
  • Spread the word. Hit up the RT site, the forums, Twitter, FB, anything helps!
  • If you’re a Twitch streamer, hosting the individual charity streamers would be amazeballs
  • Keep us company! Join us in chat! We love it when people stop by and say hello. Believe it or not, it helps out the streamer a lot

The entire 24 hour stream will be hosted by twitch.tv/flybarger

You can find my stream at twitch.tv/geekyfriedrice

I will be playing and hopefully completing Dark Souls 3 and I will have a couple of things to give away during my portion of the stream, so please stop by if you can. All deets below!

See you tomorrow! Less than three you!

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Extra Life continues on until the end of the year!

Rooster Teeth had a big day for their Extra Life livestream. It is always phenomenal to watch them do their thing, and it’s even better to see the community come together and absolutely destroy the donation goals set by Jack and Caiti.

As you know, many community members, including myself, are raising donations as well. This year, my personal goal is $1500, and I am leading a small team with a team goal of $2000.

I will be doing my own livestream this weekend, mostly likely starting out with the Alien Isolation DLC because you know… I am entertaining as hell when I’m scared out of my mind. I will also be livestreaming Fallout 4 as well. Fair warning, I will probably take two hours just on character creation.

I have currently raised $680 of my $1500 goal and I am still going strong! Just remember, if you donate $15 or more, you will get entered into a raffle for the following prizes:

And very recently, I came into this gem.

It doesn’t have all RT signatures, but it has a crapton of them.

So if you are still able to donate, please help me make it to my personal goal. You can donate here If you cannot donate because you kicked so much ass by helping other Extra Lifers, I humbly ask if you can share my page.

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far. You truly made my birthday memorable and wonderful, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time, donating your money, and spreading the word about my Extra Life page to help make my birthday wish come true.

My birthday wish: My 4th year with Extra Life

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I am proud to announce that I will participating in Extra Life again and just like last year, I will be leading a small team of awesome Extra Lifers to a goal of $1500. In the last three years, I’ve managed to raise nearly $3,700 for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals based in Reno and Las Vegas, and that makes me so proud and happy to be a gamer. If you are not familiar with the program, gamers from all around the world play video games (most for 24 hours straight) with the goal of raising donations for a children’s hospital of their choice. ALL proceeds go these hospitals. There are many children who benefit from this program as they suffer from illness, injury and other ailments. Every little bit helps.

For 2015, I will again be livestreaming my event and much to the enjoyment of my Twitch followers, I will be playing horror games (titles TBD). Also note that every donation of $15 or more made to my page or to my team’s page will automatically enter you into a raffle for some cool prizes. In previous years, I’ve given away game codes, video game action figures, Rooster Teeth gear etc… At a later time, I will post up specific prizes that you can win.

October also happens to be my birthday month, so reaching my goal is a very special birthday wish for myself. In lieu of presents, I encourage all my friends and family to donate to my page instead.

I’m very excited to be participating in this event again, and I hope you will come along for the ride. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated, joined my team, and shared my page. From the bottom of my heart, thank you and I love all of your faces.

For your convenience, here are all the related links:

GeekyFriedRice’s personal Extra Life Page 

Team GeekyFriedRice’s Page 

Twitch Channel

Let’s shatter this year’s goal. FOR THE KIDS!

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For the troops! I’m participating in Operation Supply Drop this year!

This is it! This is the first year I am participating in Operation Supply Drop. I’ve been wanting to participate in more charity programs in addition to Extra Life, so this is my attempt to do so. I’ve created a goal of $300 and I will be livestreaming (most likely Alien Isolation) on May 16th, 2015.

If you can donate even a dollar to my page, I will be forever thankful. Lately, I’ve been down on myself, but when I step back and look at the bigger picture, I have my health for the most part, I’m still able to provide for myself and my dogs, and I still have all of you in my life. I’m not doing so bad. So! I would like to be in a position where I can help out our troops overseas, and thus created my personal donation page for this year’s Operation Supply Drop program.

And I did say I will be livestreaming. As my last livestream session with Evil Within was quite entertaining for people, I will most likely play a horror game. You can tune in on my Twitch page. I may even have some prizes to give out! *Hint hint

I thank you for your support, and I look forward to gaming with you guys on May 16th!

Play Video Games, Save Lives, & Make a Birthday Wish Come True

It is no secret that I am participating in Extra Life for the third time this year. For those who have followed me since the beginning, thank you so much for your continued support. I certainly didn’t think I would ever be in a position where I could do this for three years straight, but I am, and I am incredibly humbled by my friends and family who have come along for the ride. This year, I decided to lead a small team in an effort to raise $2,000 and here is where we stand as of today.

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We have reached 88% of our goal and I am at a loss for words. A very recent donation from my father’s friend gave us a huge jump, so a very big thank you to Jim for his more than generous donation. One of the reasons why I love this program is that while it focuses on gamers doing what they do best, you don’t have to be a gamer yourself to show support. Every year I have done Extra Life, new names pop up on my donation list along familiar ones and I am taken by surprise each time. There are tons of causes to donate to and I am ecstatic that people have chosen to support mine.

Extra Life is very simple. Play games for 24 hours and all donations go to a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. That’s it. I am just about $50 from breaking my record from last year. My personal goal to raise is $1,500, and I am very confident I can reach that. I will be starting my 24 hour marathon on November 8th, and I hope to have my set up complete in order to livestream at least some of the event.

Throughout the day, I will be tweeting pics, inviting friends to join in on the fun and asking you all what you would like me to play next. Extra Life is a very special program to me since the official date of launch happens in the last week of October. I’m an October baby, so I treat this is a unique birthday party. I encourage friends and family to donate to my page rather than giving me presents, and if I reach my goal of $1,500, it truly will be a birthday wish come true.

We also have some cool things in store for those who donate as well. If you donate $15 or more, you will be entered into a raffle to win prizes! Donating to ANY of my teammates’ pages will qualify you. Just to give you a little taste of what we are giving away…

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Some of my teammates will also be giving out other awesome stuff, so please check out their pages for details. Many of them will be gaming this weekend as well. Winners shall be drawn November 9th at the end of the day.

I cannot wait to spend the weekend with you all, and again, I am beyond grateful that you have decided to support a program that truly is dear to my heart. And I am beyond grateful that you are joining me for my birthday celebration.

FOR THE KIDS!

My Extra Life Page

My Team: Ninja Nerds

Extra Life 2014 with Team N2: Ninja Nerds

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It’s that time of year again where gamers from all over the world, well… game! But it is during this time where we unite as one unit, play video and/or tabletop games for 24 hours in an effort to raise money for children in need. If you are not familiar with the concept of Extra Life, please take a few extra minutes to read up on the Children’s Miracle Network. Extra Life, lead by creator Doc Adams and community manager Rick Heaton,  works hand in hand with CMN to raise money for children who are need of extra assistance. Whether it be terminal illness, physical or mental trauma etc.. these children and their families are backed into a very scary corner and there are so many who have no one to turn to for help. Imagine being a mother and hoping and praying that your child will make it through the night. Imagine not being able to help your child because of financial burden. This is where Extra Life comes in. It is an amazing program that helps these families. Last year, Extra Life managed to raise over 4 million in donations thanks to gamers and their supporters. Imagine what we can do this year.

I started doing Extra Life two years ago, and I was amazed that I surpassed my goals each year. In 2012, I did Extra Life on my own. Even though I had a poorly displayed livestream of Resident Evil 6, my friends and family pushed me to my $1,000 goal In 2013, I joined Team Rooster Teeth, lead by Jack Pattillo (who really is a teddy bear of a man if you’ve never met him). I broke my goal of $1,000 early in the gaming marathon and bumped up my goal to $1,500. While I did not make the second goal, I was still grateful to achieve what I had.

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Rooster Teeth as a whole was (I believe) the top Extra Life team last year, managing to raise over $340,000 in donations. AMAZING. I highly recommend being a part of this community. Because of moments like these.

This year, my aim is to lead a small team (called the Ninja Nerds) with a personal goal of $1,500 and a team goal of $2,000. If you would like to join my team, I will welcome you with open arms. Extra Life is a bit special to me because it just so happens to launch in my birthday month. Rather than giving or sending me presents, I would love it if you could donate to my Extra Life page instead. Even if it’s just a dollar, that is an extra dollar that goes straight to a child who needs to battle cancer or some other horrible illness.

So please help me celebrate my birthday, and as always, I will write a story for the person who pledges the highest donation. Two years ago, a friend donated quite a bit and asked that I flesh out the Assassin’s Creed 3 ending, and I came up with this. Last year, I had to write a more personal story for a good friend of mine, but you get the idea. This is the only way I am able to give something back to this awesome community.

If you would like to join the team, please go here. 

If you would like to donate to my personal page, please go here. 

Thanks for reading! Game on, fellow nerds and geeks!

My friend needs some assistance getting cochlear implants for her ears

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A very dear friend of mine is need of a cochlear implant. In short, it makes sure that she can hear. I became friends with Rose in high school and we bonded over Lord of the Rings if you can believe it. I learned that she had issues with her hearing ever since she was a child and at the time, specialists told her that she would lose all hearing by the time she reached the age we are now.

I remember the first time she had a new set of these implants and she called me to tell me the news. After a few words were exchanged she went “holy cow…I can hear you, Jackie. I can actually HEAR your real voice for the first time!” And this was years after we met. Though I knew about her condition, it never really hit me that she could never truly hear me. The way she described it was that I sounded like a robot most of the time. Even to this day, I cannot comprehend what she experienced. 

When my grandmother passed, we all went to dinner and Rose stood up on front of the entire restaurant and sang an Italian song for us in my grandmother’s honor. She sang in perfect pitch. My dad (it was his mother who passed away) is a bit older now and he always tells me, “Jackie… I don’t remember what she looks like, but I remember how she sounded and what she did. I will remember that for the rest of my life.” 

Now Rose is in need of new cochlear implants but her insurance won’t cover the costs for them. She could really use help and I so love her with all my heart. If you can donate or share this, she would really appreciate it. If you can donate, please do so here. If you cannot, spreading the word is just as effective.

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