Extra Life - The Aftermath

As I write this, it is now 8:15pm following my 7pm to 7pm 24-hour stream. Shortly after wrapping up the stream, I had dinner (leftover Thanksgiving ham and potatoes), making up for the undernourishment during the stream itself. During the stream, I had a small ham sandwich on a dinner roll, a few slices of pizza, and roughly 3 liters of Pepsi. Next year, I will plan my meals during the stream better.

Overall, I'm glad I did this stream. I purposely delayed it from the original Game Day to give myself more recovery time before work, but also to separate myself from the throngs of other people streaming that day. Despite regularly tweeting out game updates, I had limited traffic watching my stream. With usually just one other person in the chat, if anyone at all, much of my playtime was just the game audio itself. Additionally, the limited traffic also amount to zero new contributions to my Extra Life campaign. Disappointing but to be expected. Anyone who came by my stream was more likely to have given a few weeks ago directly to the Kinda Funny stream.

Gamewise, I was really proud of the fact that I finished both The Last of Us Remastered and Game of Thrones, with about fifteen minutes left for LEGO Dimensions. During the early morning hours of The Last of Us Remastered, I felt like it was taking longer than I had anticipated. Fortunately, the two hours per episode of Game of Thrones allotment wound up being overprojected. So I finished off the stream with just enough time to play through the opening cinematic/tutorial of LEGO Dimensions and a minute bit of the first level. In particular Game of Thrones was a game I wanted to tackle for Game of the Year thoughts so I'm glad this afforded me the opportunity.

Technologically, my stream from the PS4 cut out far more than I would have liked, especially considering I had just upgraded to the premium internet service yesterday morning. The stream would sporadically just stop broadcasting citing a loss of connection. But I was usually able to hit the Share button and go right back to broadcasting. I didn't have enough of an audience to where it really caused any major headaches but it was still very disappointing and I imagine if I stream in the future, I'll run a long ethernet cable across the house instead of relying on the WiFi.

All in all, a great first run. I look forward to building upon these lessons in the future.

If you'd like to make a tax-deductible contribution to support my Extra Life campaign, you can still give here until December 31, 2015. All proceeds will support the Phoenix Children's Hospital.