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2014 Extra Life: Trace's Second Horrible Life Mistake for Kids

Some Background

A few years ago, I attempted to play Forza Motorsport 4 for 24 hours straight. This was during Extra Life, as might be expected, but it wasn't actually for Extra Life in that I didn't have a donation page. Rather, this was some sort of self-imposed challenge that I wanted to try for the sake of pushing myself. The endeavour, looking back on it, was selfish, stupid, and it ended in horrible failure, since I fell asleep numerous times during the final six hours. I'm sort of embarassed by how I handled everything, from terrible video footage to how I acted over Skype towards other people actually raising tangible funds for the children.

I want to try Extra Life again. This time, I'm going to do a better job at handling the 24 hours and (hopefully) bring in some money for team Giant Bomb to help sick kids get better. However, and perhaps unfortunately, racing games aren't ideal for my campaign this time around. Despite my best hopes and wishes, I don't have a racing wheel that can withstand 24 hours of use, so iRacing is out this year. The Xbox One and PS4's streaming options aren't great for someone who needs an overlay to tell people where to go to donate, so Forza and #DRIVECLUB are out. All other racing games wouldn't be watchable for such a long period of time.

With my favorite genre out, I decided the next most-entertaining option would be to take on one of my LEAST favorite kind of games: The horror genre. The scariest game I've completed is Eternal Darkness. I'd like to change that, even though I am terrified at the thought of games like PT, Silent Hill, or Resident Evil.

Yeah, I'm going to play scary games for 24 hours. This is a really bad idea.


Here's the Rundown

I'm starting at 9 PM Eastern on Friday night. That's 6 PM Pacific, for those in need of a Giant Bomb west comparison. I will stream here (hopefully to be on Explosive Runs as well, but possibly not), and play some or all of the following games, depending on progress:

As noted above, I'm looking for suggestions on good scary games to fill in the noted gap. They have to be on Steam, and I'll not touch the original Amnesia or Five Nights at Freddy's, since I've been exposed to the monsters from both a little too often already, so the psychological torment wouldn't quite be as fun as the other games.

Naturally, I will be asking for donations, and there will be benefits for doing so. Mainly, you'll be helping sick kids at my local Beaumont Children's Hospital! It's a really great hospital, I can assure you of that.

DONATIONS GO HERE. All donations are greatly appreciated, and you'll be helping the Giant Bomb team as a whole.


Anyone who donates $5 or more will have a shot at one or more Steam games from my long-standing pile of crap, via a raffle (so $5 a ticket, if you will). I MAKE NO GUARANTEE THAT ALL OF THESE GAMES STILL WORK, but they're either in my Steam or Humble Bundle inventory. I'll gladly give a selection of them to lucky donors on a random draw, first come, first serve. In all likelihood, everyone will have a chance at a game, unless I receive a huge amount of money. Consider it my small amount of thanks for donating a well-sized chunk of money to hospitals helping out kids.

In somewhat of a disorganized order:

  1. Borderlands 2 w/ Mechromancer pack
  2. Dirt 2 (2 copies)
  3. Grid
  4. Monaco (2 copies?)
  5. Antichamber
  6. Aquaria
  7. Atom Zombie Smasher
  8. Bastion
  9. Bridge Project
  10. Brutal Legend
  11. Burnout Paradise
  12. Cave Story+
  13. Cook, Serve, Delicious!
  14. Cortex Command
  15. Crayon Physics Deluxe
  16. Darksiders
  17. Dungeon Hearts
  18. Dust: An Elysian Tail
  19. Euro Truck Simulator 2
  20. FEZ
  21. Gish
  22. Greed Corp
  23. Guacamelee! Gold Edition
  24. Hotline Miami
  25. LIMBO
  26. Little Inferno
  27. Nightsky (2 copies?)
  28. Orcs Must Die!
  29. Orcs Must Die! 2
  30. Organ Trail: Director's Cut
  31. Penny Arcade Something Something Adventure 3
  32. Red Faction: Armageddon
  33. Rock of Ages
  34. Sanctum 2
  35. Serious Sam 3: BFE
  36. Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter
  37. Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter
  38. Shank
  39. Shank 2
  40. Solar 2
  41. Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery
  42. Surgeon Simulator 2013
  43. The Bard's Tale
  44. That Binding of Isaac game
  45. Patrick Klepek's The Swapper
  46. Toki Tori 2+
  47. Tropico 4
  48. Universe Sandbox
  49. The Ship (2 copies)
  50. Some Payday Christmas Soundtrack Thing (3 insipid copies)


Hey, Peace Egg, screw that prize list, I thought you were a Car Guy, play Car Guy Games

If anyone's actually saying this, I have a final side challenge. Money must be put where the mouth is if you want any Trace-playing-racing-games this weekend.

The Bonus Challenge

If you mention one of the three following games in a donation comment...

...and at least one of these titles gets over $100 in donations, AND I get at least $200 in total donations, then sometime between my first 24 hours and the end of Sunday, I will devote a sizeable bonus stream of at least five hours to playing one of these games as non-stop as possible. Post-marathon exhaustion racing stream excitement! I will likely fall asleep and/or become ill on camera.

I'm saying at least five hours because I might fall asleep exhausted after all of the horror and wake up late on Sunday. I have work on Monday, so I can't be too crazy in a year where I'm out of vacation days, yo.