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.

DISCOUNT CODE GIVEAWAY WINNER: One of the few times where how others see you is highly relevant

Even from a young age, we are taught “you shouldn’t care about what others think of you,” and I agree with that statement, but only partially. The saying usually applies to people who go out of their way to belittle you or be unforgivably condescending. Often times, there is no just reason for those people to behave in such a way; again, some people just want to watch the world deteriorate. In those cases, you really shouldn’t give a fragglesnap about what that person thinks of you.

But in times of “hey, nominate your favorite person to receive a discount on a convention badge and tell me why they deserve it”, I think it’s pretty damn cool to read up on the reasons behind these nominations. Rooster Teeth will be selling their convention tickets later today, and those who attended their Let’s Play Live event a month ago received unique discount codes to use for RTX badges. I was chosen as a volunteer for RTX, therefore, I don’t have to purchase a badge. I decided to give my code away to someone else, but the catch is, someone has to nominate you to receive that code.

I posted up the little contest on the RT site, on my Twitter and FB. Some names I recognize from years of interaction on the site, and other names were completely new to me. And I have to admit, reading some of the stories that were sent to me gave me all the fuzzy feelings. Not only did these stories serve as an official nomination for my contest, but the people who were nominated were genuinely surprised that others thought so highly of them. It’s nice to be reminded that you matter to someone. Even in its slightest form, having that recognition can really change the perspective on how one looks at oneself.

I know all too well how easy it is to feel like you are nothing, that you only exist to take up space. You get caught up in your life, in work, in a set routine and you forget your very existence can actually mean the world to the people around you. So please, do not forget that. People recognize what you do, what you say, the work and effort you put into supporting others, and although it is not always acknowledged, people do see the value you bring into their lives.

That being said, not one but THREE winners have been chosen! Other community members were kind enough to give me their codes hoping that they would make someone’s day. So thank you very much to Mark Belanger and Mark Messmore for donating your discount codes to the community!

And the winners aaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeee……

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Congratulations, you guys! I shall be contacting you shortly. I hope I will be able to see you at RTX and hug you! Remember, someone thought of you for this little contest, so don’t forget that you’re super awesome. I’m being super serial.

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Let’s Play Live – February 20 in Austin, TX. Prepare your bodies

It’s all right if you have to ask “what is Let’s Play Live?”

Take the concept of Let’s Plays (videos that showcase playthroughs/walkthroughs of video games) and combine that with a powerhouse entertainment team who are highly lively and fun. Achievement Hunter, in conjunction to Rooster Teeth, is well known for their online content featuring Let’s Plays, How Tos, team tournaments and a bunch of various series all focusing on video games. They will be hosting a live event on February 20, 2015 at 8:00PM CST and tickets are still on sale! You can purchase them here. Not only will they be taking the stage, but the show itself will be three hours long (whoo hoo!) and there will be opportunities to meet them after the show. Who knows, you may even find yourself being invited on stage to join in on the shenanigans.There is also going to be exclusive merch available at the show, so make sure that you get your hands on some so you can show off that you were there.

See the official trailer here.

As of now, the AH members who will be rocking our socks are:

Gavin Free

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Geoff Ramsey

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Jack Patillo

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Michael Jones

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Ray Narvaez Jr.

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Ryan Haywood

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Prepare for an awesome night filled with video games, fun, laughter, and community love. If you are in the area or looking for ideas for on-the-fly weekend vacations, come on out and meet everyone!  I guarantee you will have a fantastic time and you will be meeting a ton of amazing people. For those who are on the fence about attending, take this as an opportunity to prepare for RTX. Meet community members, make new friends, and become part of the RT family.

For more info or to watch their videos, head on over to their official site and/or their YouTube channel.

Gentlemen: Thank you for loving us as we are. Ladies: Thank you for being who you are

A little over a year ago, I created and launched a video called “The Thank You Project.” It seems like a good time for this video to resurface. My reasoning behind it was to show a different perspective concerning the unnecessary harassment women were receiving. The crime? Being who they are and expressing a passion for what they love.

Women were being treated in a horrible way by men and rather than fight back directly, I decided to find a different group of men who love all these women for being nerdy and geeky. The response I received from my male friends and acquaintances was surprising, overwhelming and nothing short of amazing to me. I even received the support from classy gentlemen like Aidan Scanlan from Bioware, Chris Demarais, Blaine Gibson, and Brandon Farmahini from Rooster Teeth, and one of my favorite inspirational Youtubers, Zach Anner. Everyone who submitted a vid was supportive, accepting and absolutely genuine.

Because of that, I also collaborated with some of my female friends to express our gratitude. People should not have to fear their passions or anything they love. If you love video games, comic books, cosplay, table top games, movies, music… whatever makes you who you are, embrace it. There are days when it seems the world is against you (like in recent weeks), but please remember there are those in that same world who love you. Just as you are. Support each other, love one another, and bring positivity and light into this world.

To the men who stand up for us and see us as fellow nerds and geeks, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

To the ladies who suffer from unspeakable harassment, this video is meant to give you hope and perspective that there are men out there who support you. Please never stop being your beautiful, sassy, empowered, geeky selves.

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!

RT Vegas Recap! A month and a half later…

On June 15th, I hosted the second RT Vegas and I was ecstatic to meet more people and see some RT Vegas veterans as well! The first leg of our journey took us to Pole Position (no, it’s not what it sounds like). In honor of Mario Kart 8 launching, I thought it would be fun for the group to go gokarting! Behold, my 2014 RT Vegas friends.

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We were a small group, but we came together because we are fans of Rooster Teeth and the 15th of every month was dubbed RT Community Day. It only seemed right that we have our gathering a few weeks before RTX (Rooster Teeth’s annual con). This community amazes me and I love that age, race, and gender do not matter. We love Rooster Teeth. It’s as simple as that.

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Afterward, we had lunch and I really got to sit down and talk to these people. All of us loved different parts of RT. Some of us prefer the video podcasts, others enjoy watching Red vs Blue and RWBY… It was great to hear what each preference was. Most of us were raised/born in the same city, but we never met and honestly, we had no reason to meet until now. And I also have to admit that I was stoked to see two young women attend! While I didn’t mind being the only woman present for RT Vegas 2013, it was refreshing to have Chey and Sam attend this year, so thank you very much ladies! I will always remember turning around, seeing a RWBY shirt and going “OH MY GOD, YOU CAME TO RT VEGAS!” and giving you guys big hugs.

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We did have a side adventure that I didn’t plan at all and it ended up with us playing hours of Mario Kart at Anime Revolution. Other than it being an awesome game, we had the motivation of receiving 20% off our purchase in the store if we could beat the owner in a complete game of MK8. Only one of use could accomplish the task. Huge congrats to Chris on his new backpack and thank you the Anime Revolution for being a part of RT Vegas!

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The next day, we found ourselves going to the Circus Circus midway, and we won a ton of stuffed animals (after spending a crapton of money). The most important thing is that we had a blast. I set my mind to obtaining a unicorn plush, and I got my damn unicorn plush.

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People have asked me how to host gatherings like these since Rooster Teeth encourages their fans to meet and become friends. The best answer I can give is to just do it. The forums are open for you to coordinate times and schedules and if you run into a snag, there are tons of people to ask for help and advice. One thing I will say, you have to be active. Interact with people, connect with them, let them know who you are and what you’re about.

You don’t have to be the most popular community member on the website, but you do have to make an effort to get your name out there for the sake of being recognized as someone people can look up to as a host. And even if you don’t have a lot of people show up for your gathering, who cares? You are doing this because you are part of an amazing community. If you aren’t comfortable hosting an event, throw the idea out there. That’s how RT Vegas started. People asked “hey, how come Vegas doesn’t have anything like this?” and I thought “well, it should!” Then bam! Here I am, two events later.

These things can only happen if you take the initiative. And understand that you don’t have to do this alone. Rooster Teeth has fans all over the globe. If I can make an event happen in Vegas (a town not exactly known for its geeky culture), anything is possible. I don’t have a ton of experience, but I will share everything I can to ensure that you (my fellow community member) will have a great time and will meet new people.

To my attendees, thank you for coming out and it was awesome meeting you and seeing some of you at RTX! Dustin, I cannot believe you flew out here again, so thank you for your continued support. If you’d like to keep tabs on these lovely people, you can, of course, find them on the Rooster Teeth website.

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Until RT Vegas 2015!

 

Does race matter? Yes and no.

If you have been following me on Twitter for a while, you know that I am a huge fan and an active community member for Rooster Teeth. RT is a production/video game type company based in Austin, TX, and they are best known for the web series Red vs Blue. They’ve grown so much in the last few years that they’ve expanded their company to include an array of online content, so they create weekly recap videos to give fans a run down of what was uploaded during the current week. Last week, I was asked to submit  a short video that will be featured in Rooster Teeth’s weekly recap video. JJ, a very talented video editor who works for RT, asked if I was interested in submitting something for a fan created recap vid, and I was more than ecstatic. I recorded my bit, sent it in, and waited anxiously for the finished product.

The video can be seen here. RT is known to show an enormous amount of fan love, so for this to be compiled and showcase fans from all over the world was amazing. I was incredibly happy and honored to be a part of it. Then I saw this comment.

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I honestly laughed and just shrugged it off. Clearly, I do not lack pigmentation, so I thought nothing of it. But then I started reading more comments that went from “glad to see RT is so diverse in who they choose to put in their vids” and the one seen above.

Should race matter? In this case, no. I don’t feel that it should at all. At the very core, we are all RT fans. It shouldn’t matter what our gender is, what color our skin is, or where we are from when it comes to loving the same thing. A community, especially one that reaches all over the world, encompasses such a variety of people from all different backgrounds and that is what makes this community so beautiful and special. A handful of people were picked and chosen for this recap video because JJ felt we were reliable, would work well together, and he wanted the video to showcase a balance of male and female RT fans.

Should race matter in general? I will say, yes, and hear me out before you jump to the “but we should all be equal” standpoint. What I mean by race should matter is that I am proud to be of Asian descent. With my upbringing came a lot of cultural influences like traditions and food. I’m half Chinese, half Japanese, so there’s a lot of history with who I am and where I come from. It’s part of my identity. I am also a woman (spoiler alert!), and I am proud to be one. And there are instances when I don’t care that I am reminded I am a woman. Here’s an example of what I mean.

Over the years, there has been a very interesting shift in the perception of the “girl gamer.” When I was a teenager, I was labeled as a girl gamer, and it was fun and cool, and offered a lot of opportunities to talk to other gamers whether they be male or female.  Back in the day, the girl gamer was almost looked upon as the holy grail (there were not as many female gamers back then). Call a woman a girl gamer now, and she may actually be insulted. Why? Because, you specify that she is a woman plus she is a gamer. Some women just like being called gamers; they want to be thought of on equal ground as male gamers. To me, it doesn’t matter either way. I’m a woman, and I love video games. Nothing will change that no matter what you call me. When I hear someone call me a girl gamer, I think, “hell yeah. I’m a woman. And I game. That makes me doubly awesome,” and I think nothing else of it. That label isn’t insulting me, in fact, it empowers me. A lot of women will not agree with me on that point, but that’s how I feel.

When you step back and look at yourself, look at all the different roles you play in life, you’ll find that you wear a lot of hats. I’m a woman, I’m Asian, I’m American, I’m a gamer, I’m a dog rescuer, I’m a sister, I’m a daughter, I’m an employee, I’m a friend, I’m a writer.. I am ALL of these things. These identities are pieces to my puzzle and they make me who I am. So when I’m part of a project that allows me to collaborate with a bunch of other people, I’m part of a team. Gender and race don’t matter. But if you ask me who I am and what makes me unique, I will give you a longer list than what I wrote at the beginning of this paragraph. At the end of the day, I’m still Jackie and no one can take that away from me.