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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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

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.