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Thinking Thursday: The Grand Experiment

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Gamer_010By: Stephen Crane

This weekend, you may have noticed a good number of posts on our Facebook page about a live Mass Effect stream. You may have even asked yourself what that was about. Now that it’s done and everything is winding down, I figured it’s about time I wrap everything up.

For more than 80 hours, myself and a few other gamers managed to keep the stream alive and power our ways through Mass Effect 1 and 2 as well as the demo of Mass Effect 3. We took calls and got to interview the likes of Mark Meer and Jennifer Hale, the voices of Commander Shepard. We also got to ask questions of the development team of the series from BioWare.

 

In the end, thanks to our generous fans and some of the coolest people around we managed to raise more than $4,000 for Child’s Play. We also got a call from Jamie who helps organize Child’s Play. She was an incredible help in getting the event set up and in offering some advice. A special shout out goes to her.

I was consistently impressed by the people watching, who not only donated, but stuck by us through some of the toughest times. One fan even fell asleep with headphones in and hand still on her mouse. To everyone who watched, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You’re what helped make this event special.

An extra special shout out goes to Robin who donated around $2,000 total, and to Patrick Weekes, writer for the series whose musical talents helped encourage fans to donate. He ended up giving a great rendition of ‘Scientist Solarian’ and ‘To Dream the Impossible Dream’ from Les Miserables. Video to come soon.

All in all, this event was a grand experiment. I sat down one day and thought “I could totally do a game marathon.” A month later, after a lot of stress and a lot of “how does this work?” moments, it came together and was more than I could have asked for. In retrospect, more planning would be nice.

I would especially like to thank Robin who single handedly donated $2,000 to the event and shared her story of why this event hit so close to home and meant so much to her. Robin if you read this, I can’t thank you enough for everything you did for the event. It’s the sort of event that reminds me of this feature from earlier.

So the question arises: Where does Armed Gamer go from here? The website will continue to grow, and perhaps even go a bit further into video production, including live, streaming interviews and other events. It’s going to go where you want it to, and where you, the fans, show interest. Perhaps there will be another, even larger marathon in the future. We’ll be playing and tinkering with it as we go.

That is, of course, if I can ever recover. For now, you can watch some video from the marathon here and here. We will also be keeping the donate widgets on the side bar for the next few days, in case anyone is feeling generous and would like to donate after the fact. Please do.

About Stephen Crane

Stephen was hooked by the NES at a very young age and never looked back. He games on a daily basis and is currently trying to climb his way up the ranked ladder on League of Legends! Outside of the video game world he actually likes running and owns a rapidly growing collection of toed shoes. Stephen Crane is the owner of Armed Gamer.

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