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2016 Extra Life: Trace's 24 Hours of Horror 3: Still a Bad Idea, Still For The Kids

Trace’s Twenty-Four Hours of Horror 3: Nightmare Warriors

STARTS: Friday, October 21st, 10:00 PM Eastern (7:00 PM Pacific)

ENDS: Saturday, October 22nd, 10:00 PM Eastern

STREAMING: At and Explosive Runs


The Nightmares Never Die...For The Kids

For the last two years, I've played 24 hours of scary games to raise money for Extra Life. In the name of helping Michigan's Beaumont Children's Hospital, I've vanquished SOMA, Outlast, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, and numerous other frightening games, and raised over $1,500.

This is wonderful! It's great! But belly was still not full-OK, that's a pretty lousy Dead Rising reference, let me try this again

We live in a nation full of scary games. Some of these games, they have jump scares, dark rooms, some scary monsters, things of that nature.

On October 21st, you have a choice. You can watch a man who hates horror games suffer through them for charity. There's prizes. There's extra punishments. It's going to be great. You'll love it. It's all win-win.

Can I count on your donation?


The Lineup of Terror

This year, since I live on the other side of the country in Seattle, I’ll be starting at 10 PM Eastern (7 PM Pacific), since I can handle 24-hour runs better starting at night and it allows everyone to be able to watch my final shreds of sanity slip away on Saturday night. I’ll be streaming on Twitch, and my channel’s listed on Explosive Runs, so you’ll be able to watch there, as well.

I will play as many of the following games as possible in the 24 hours:

  1. The Park
  2. Layer of Fear (w/ DLC)
  3. Oxenfree
  4. Outlast 2 Demo
  5. Spooky's Jump Scare Mansion
  6. Spooky's Karamari Hospital
  7. Asemblance
  8. Dead End Road
  9. The Guest
  10. Obscuritas
  11. Masochisia
  12. Curse
  13. Calendula
  14. Welcome to the Game
  15. White Night (using a walkthrough)
  16. DreadOut (using a walkthrough)
  17. DreadOut: Keepers of the Dark
  18. The Room Two
  19. Minds Eyes
  20. Outlast: Whistleblower DLC
  21. Asylum
  22. Magrunner: Dark Pulse
  23. The Cat Lady (using a walkthrough)
  24. We Know the Devil
  26. Deadly Premonition

Yeah, I'm trying to make sure I don't run short on my list this year. Games are subject to change or be shifted around without notice, and I'm also happy to take any additional suggestions you have to add to the early parts of the list.

As per tradition, I will only move on from a game after either:

  • Beating it
  • Discovering it’s not scary
  • Running into a frustrating and time-consuming impasse, or
  • If a technical glitch prevents me from streaming it out.

While streaming, I’ll be taking donations for surviving these scary games. There will be ulterior motives and benefits for these donations, but mainly you’ll be helping sick kids once again at my local Beaumont Children’s Hospital! It’s a great hospital, trust me. They do wonderful work.


Pre-Donation Incentive SPECIALS! !!! !!!!!!!

Here's are a special secret for you, fair readers. This won't be on my stream or my Extra Life donation page, because by October 21st at 7:00 PM Pacific it will be too late.

I love having my donation goals achieved early on. I want you to help me by donating early. I will put up two incentives for this, including a very popular horror game series I have purposely ignored...until now.

If, before my 24-hour scary games stream begins:

  • $100 is raised: The game Dead End Road will be bumped up to 2nd or 3rd on my list, and while playing it I will dress up as Super Hacker Trucker Trace. What does that look like? WELL, I'M GLAD YOU ASKED.
  • $500 is raised: I add Five Nights at Freddy's 1-4 and Sister Location to my list early on, and promise to give them each a couple of playthroughs. I am genuinely unnerved by this series, but if you get me halfway to my goal before we start...I'll take it on.

The Punishment Incentive: #DRIVECLUB With a Vengeance

The punishment bonus stream will occur on November 12th unless otherwise noted.

In past years, I've played the "best" exclusive racing game on the PS4, #DRIVECLUB, for hours straight.

This year, #DRIVECLUB continues to be the only reasonable racing-based suffering available to me, so I'll be putting my time up for a punishment stream on November 12th. Up to 12 hours straight can be earned through donations for my punishment, and as with last year, there's a Lamborghini Pizza Club incentive should enough hours be earned to allow/force me to eat a full pizza on-stream. I've also put my promise of never playing Project CARS on the line at an atrocious $2500 total. You won't hit that...or will you?

That doesn't seem like enough, though. I feel like bad racing games as a punishment is a bit played out. I should tackle a questionable game in another genre I love, like platformers. That seems like a suitable punishment.

If you raise $1250 total, I'll play the entirety of Bubsy immediately after my #DRIVECLUB punishment. You know Bubsy! He's a loveable bobcat. What could possibly go wrong, right? Right?

Oh, there's also a atrocious goal at the $10,000 mark that throws back to my original ill-fated 2012 drive that failed, but that'll never happen so let's not talk about it

Here's the summary (keep in mind #DRIVECLUB amounts are pro-rated, so until the probably-won't-reach-this $2000 mark, every dollar makes me play more):

If by the end of my 24-hour scary games stream:

  • $500 is raised: 3 hours straight of Driveclub.
  • $1,000 is raised: 6 hours straight of Driveclub
  • $1,250 is raised: In addition to 7.5 hours of Driveclub at this point, I will play the entirety of Bubsy (start to final boss, savescumming allowed) immediately after the Driveclub time expires.
  • $1,500 is raised: 9 hours straight of Driveclub, Bubsy afterwards, and I take my second step into the Lamborghini Pizza Club my ordering and eating an entire pizza during my 9+ hours.
  • $2,000 is raised: 12 hours straight of Driveclub, Bubsy, and the Lamborghini Pizza Club.

All goals below this point are all-or-nothing, so no more pro-rating. These aren't likely to be at risk, anyways.

  • $2,500 is raised: Driveclub is out. Instead, I play 12 hours of Project CARS, a game I've previously vowed never to play unless Slightly Mad Studios issues me an official apology for SHIFT 2: Unleashed. Bubsy and the pizza still included.
  • $5,000 is raised: 15 hours of Project CARS, Bubsy, and pizza. Just typing this out hurts.
  • $10,000 or more is raised: I really don't think we'll reach this point, but if we do, everything before this is off the table. Instead, I move my punishment stream to the official Extra Life day of November 5th, and I make another attempt at a run I've previously failed at: 24 Hours of Forza. It will be six 4-hour races of my choosing, and if I fall asleep repeatedly and crash like I did during my first attempt in 2012, then I will play through Bubsy 1 & 2 on the November 12th punishment date. ...I've never beaten Bubsy 2. I'm not even sure if it's possible.

As in years before, I’ll be attempting to earn as many trophies as and much experience as possible while playing Driveclub (including potential awful DLC purchases), and there may be guests helping me along in my Lamborghini Pizza Club-based journey.

Won't you donate to our cause?



I have prizes to raffle off this year! They're all unique and related to Giant Bomb in some manner.

Donate the amount shown below for an entry, and I'll automatically enter you to win these fabulous prizes! Multiple entries will count (so $15 would get you three entries for the signed hot dog container), and I'll use the total amount you donated by the end of my 24 hours. I'll ship these free to anyone in the US, but if you're outside of the country, we'll need to talk first.

Here's what you can win for donating:

$20/entry: Signed PAXAMANIA II poster

Signed by loads of participants! It got kind of hectic running around in the theatre, but I guarantee Aaron Trites, Eric Pope, Samantha Kalman, Danielle Riendeau, Mikey Neumann, Greg Miller, and many more signed this thing.

$10/Entry: Signed "WIKE, COMET, SUBSCWIBE" t-shirt

Remember when Dan Ryckert and Patrick Klepek had a huge feud over Mario Maker? After one stream where Patrick tried and failed to defeat Dan's dastardly level, Dan used Periscope to crowd-source an exclusive t-shirt mocking Patrick becoming a YouTube sensation. This is that shirt. There's only 30-40 of these disgustingly purple shirts in existence, and this one's signed. No promises the ink won't wash off if you do wear it, so please be careful.

$5/Entry: Signed hot dog container

At PAX East 2016, Max Temkin and Patrick Klepek interrupted the Giant Bomb panel to give away hot dogs. This container was flung into the crowd by Patrick Klepek, hot dog and all, and landed right in my lap. Naturally, I had Patrick and Max sign it, along with Vinny Caravella and Dan Ryckert, since they had an impromptu hot dog eating contest.

The container does not have a hot dog anymore - the autographs explain why - but the stains of grease are very real.