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Extra Life Gaming Marathon 2020

Game Day 2020 – Nov. 21 (Sat) @ 10:00am

It’s that time again! Time for me to play games for 24 hours and ask you for donations to Extra Life, 100% of which goes to the Children’s Miracle Network. I’ll be playing to raise money for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland.

This year I’m doing my game day on Nov. 21 (Sat) @ 10:00am (a couple weeks later than normal) to sync up with the Pipeworks team. As I have done in previous years, I’ll be playing 1 hour of 24 different games which I have not played before. 8 PC games, 8 VR games, and 8 PS4 games. In fact, here’s a schedule:

10:00 AMTrain Simulator 2021
11:00 AMMoss
12:00 PMHeavy Rain
1:00 PMHello Neighbor
2:00 PMCreed: Rise To Glory
3:00 PMDetroit: Become Human
4:00 PMSouth Park: The Fractured But Whole
5:00 PMStar Wars: Vader Immortal Episode 1
6:00 PMBloodborne
7:00 PMInto The Breach
8:00 PMStar Wars: Squadrons
9:00 PMFall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
10:00 PMOuter Wilds
11:00 PMThe Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners
12:00 AMBeyond: Two Souls
1:00 AMApe Out
3:00 AMRatchet & Clank
4:00 AMPrey
5:00 AMTrover Saves The Universe
6:00 AMGod Of War III Remastered
7:00 AMWilmot’s Warehouse
8:00 AMBudget Cuts
9:00 AMNeed For Speed Payback

I’ll be streaming to Twitch and YouTube during the marathon, and I’ll have the audio working this year so that you’ll be able to hear me. Here are the links:




Injecting Disinfectant to combat the Coronavirus

Who could forget the time that the president of the United States of America asked if perhaps the Coronavirus could be knocked out by injecting disinfectant? Imagine if everybody who had the virus had followed that advice? The virus would be gone because all of the carriers would be dead. Fortunately, nobody was stupid enough to try that remedy.

MAGA - The President Simulator
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Since that is certainly in the running as one of the stupidest questions ever asked, of course it has to be a level in the President Simulator. Since no doctor would possibly participate in something so breathtakingly asinine, you, Mr. President, have to inject all of those nasty viruses yourself. What are you waiting for? People are dying!

There’s less than a couple of weeks until the election on Tuesday, November 3. Don’t forget to vote!

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Unless you’re going to vote for the guy who asked if injecting disinfectant might be a cure for the Coronavirus. In that case, maybe don’t vote for the good of the country.

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads out there. Have you ever wanted to date your daughter? Of course not, you’re not presidential enough.

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Well, now you can pretend that you are presidential and try to date your daughter without worrying about the legal ramifications. Who am I kidding? When have legal ramifications ever stopped the president?

The new dating app for outdated lifestyles

Anyway, enjoy your day and enjoy some light role playing. Perhaps even play it with your daughter and let her see how you’re really not as uncool as you could be.

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MAGA – The President Simulator released!

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Make America Game Again

Hail to the chief, baby! Want to pretend that you are the bigliest leader of the free world? Well, your dreams are about to come true. MAGA-The President Simulator is out now. Just install this game on your Android device and get to presidentin’.

Our illustrious leader has said and tweeted so many wonderful things, and many of them don’t make any sense to you because you aren’t a stable genius like him. But don’t fret. This game is here to let you get a peak inside his head. Or maybe not. I don’t really know, because I don’t understand what he’s saying most of the time either.

It’s the land of the free, and that’s what this game costs. So, go ahead and check it out. It won’t hurt. I promise.

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Extra Life Gaming Marathon 2019

It’s November, so that means it’s time for the Extra Life gaming marathon where gamers play games for 24 hours and ask for donations for the Children’s Miracle Network. This year most people played games on November 2, but I postponed my game day until the following weekend due to the Indie Game Con which was held on the 2nd and 3rd this year. This is my 4th year, and I’ll be playing games for 24 hours starting at 8:00am on November 9 (Sat) and ending at 8:00am the next morning. Here’s my Extra Life Participant Page, where you can donate to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland and find all the info about my schedule and streams. I’m also bumping up my goal from $269 last year to $369 this year. I’m kinda starting my campaign late, but I’m hoping to get donations during the event this year. If things go well, there will be notifications on the screen when somebody donates and probably some ridiculous sounds and stuff.

This year I’ll be streaming PC, VR, and PS4 games. I’ll have a webcam, so you’ll be able to watch me while I’m playing. I think I’ll have audio as well, so that you can get my running commentary on the games that I’m playing. My Twitch stream is embedded here, followed by a link to my YouTube stream, for your viewing preference.

Twitch stream

YouTube stream

My overall plan this year is to cycle between PC, VR, and PS4 games, so there should be 8 of each in the schedule. I’m trying to get everything setup and ready in advance this year so that it doesn’t take as much time between games when I would update the screens and info on-the-fly. Here is a schedule set up with all of the games listed so that you know when to watch if you want to see a specific game. I’ll probably be changing it a bit as I get things installed and set up, but it should be final by the time I start the marathon.


Indie Game Con 2019

This weekend is the 7th annual Indie Game Con here in Eugene. There are several indie developers showing off their games for the public to check out. Each hour there is also a talk from developers and musical performances.

This morning I’ll be giving a talk about the current state of the XR (Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality) industry. It’s a high level overview of the past, present, and future of the industry.

If you came here looking for the slides from the talk, here’s the link: State of XR


Extra Life Gaming Marathon 2018

Oh boy! It’s time to play games for the kids again. This is my 3rd year, and I’ll be playing games for 25 hours starting at 8:00am on November 3 (Sat) and ending at 8:00am the next morning. (The extra hour is thanks to the end of daylight saving time.) Here’s my Extra Life Participant Page, where you can donate to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland and find all the info about my schedule and streams. I’m also bumping up my goal from $200 last year to $269 this year, just because.

Third time’s a charm for streaming. This year I’ve got a new VR room setup and I even have a webcam, so I’ll be streaming and you’ll be able to watch the games as well as me playing them. I’ll attempt to talk more than I typically do, so that you can get my running commentary on the games that I’m playing. My Twitch stream is embedded here, followed by a link to my YouTube stream, for your viewing preference.

Twitch stream

YouTube stream

I will also have a schedule set up with all of the games listed so that you know when to watch if you want to see a specific game. Here’s a list of potential games that you can vote for: Extra Life 2018 Game List

I’m planning on doing more VR games this year, now that I have a clear space in which to play. I’ll likely alternate between VR and monitor games to give the headset a chance to cool off and let me sit down.


Extra Life Gaming Marathon 2

Extra Life
The Extra Life gaming marathon is happening on Nov. 4 (Sat) this year. I’ll be playing video games for 25 hours (thanks to daylight saving time ending that night) starting at 8:00am. The purpose of the marathon is to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, and my donations will go to OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in particular. It also gives me an excuse to try out 25 games that I have purchased, but have not played yet for whatever reason.

Since I raised $165 last year, which was over my goal of $100, I’ve doubled my fundraising goal to $200. In exchange for the increased goal, I’m going to attempt to stream the games this year. I’ll also try to get a headset working so that you can hear my random commentary while I play, and perhaps even hear me shout obscenities when a game is being stupid. I’ve been testing some streams on YouTube and Twitch so far, and I am leaning toward YouTube at the moment.

Extra Life 2017 Game List
I’ve created a form which lists all of the games which I will have ready to play. You can click the link above to see the list. You can also vote for any games that you would like to see me play, which will give them priority. Similar to last year, I will be playing each game for 1 hour, and these are all games which I have not played yet. If I have any technical issues, I’ll simply move onto the next game.

If you feel like donating (which is tax-deductible, by the way), click this banner:

I think Helen Lovejoy said it best, when she said: Won’t somebody please think of the children?!?

Thanks, and pay attention to my social media channels during the event to get links to the streams and other updates.Facebooktwitterlinkedin

Extra Life Gaming Marathon

Extra Life

On Saturday, November 5, I’ll be participating in the Extra Life charity event. I’ll be playing video games for 24 hours, starting at 8am, to raise money for PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center.

If you would like to donate to the cause, visit my page at: TGIFrydave Extra Life Page

Or click on this thing:

Game Plan

I’ll be putting together a list of 24 games for the event, with some backups just in case. There will be PC, console, and mobile games, with several in VR. My plan is to play each game for at least an hour, and see how far down the list I can get. If I happen to come across a game that I want to play for longer, then that’s what’s going to happen.

I’ll be posting to my social media accounts to keep a running update of my progress. I’ll also be trying to set up some software to allow streaming for games that are compatible with it. Console and mobile titles will not be streamable, unless I can find a web cam in my pile of hardware.

Feel free to check in on me during the event to see how far I’ve made it, or just to heckle me for my game choices. Game on!Facebooktwitterlinkedin

Cartoon Network Game Jam

The second weekend of February, I participated in the Cartoon Network Game Jam. I was on the Fat Little Rain Cloud team, which was 6 developers based out of Eugene: Ted Brown, Ed Friese, Michael Jones, Jay Michael McCarthy, and Peng Xu.


We got to Portland Fryday afternoon, and dropped off some equipment before we went and checked into our hotel rooms. Yeah, we didn’t go all badass and stay up for the whole weekend. We’ve all been doing this long enough to know that you can work better when you’re well rested.

After getting checked in, there was a keynote talk with the organizers and the creators of OK, K.O.! They explained a bit about the characters and universe, the idea behind the property, and how the game jam fits into it.

They then randomly assigned a character to each team, and we got to work. Our character was Dogmun. A dog who was bitten by a radioactive dog and became half-man/half-dog. Yeah, it makes as much sense as it sounds.

So, we headed for the nearest bar and started brainstorming ideas for the game. We tried to come up with super powers related to every type of dog behavior that we could think of. Everything from sniffing butts, to peeing on things, to burying stuff, and eventually fetching. We ended up making his super power be the ability to throw his own ball, and do a rocket fetch move that lets him fly through the air and crash through objects. After deciding on the mechanic, we got the project set up and ready to go before we headed back to the hotel.

The next morning, we got to work on the gameplay and animations. There was still some discussion about the background story for the game and how the details would work. We started with a 3D platforming game, and had it up and running in a couple hours. We quickly realized that the 3D controls were too confusing, and we switched to a 2D platformer. That gave us the ability to control the arc and strength of the throw, instead of simply aiming the ball. It felt much better, was easier to understand, and made the level layout simpler.

The end result was a game where you would tap on the screen to tell Dogmun to walk to a position. If you tapped and held the screen, you could drag your finger to aim a throw like a slingshot, in a similar manner to Angry Birds. If you tapped the screen while a ball was in the air, then Dogmun would fly to the ball at high speed and fetch it, while destroying almost anything in his path.

Overall, it was a fun mechanic, and we had it up and running on the PC and mobile. Everybody who tested it seemed to have fun with it, and it was exciting to see how quickly they figured out how to play.

Every team received feedback on their game from the OK K.O. creators, and was allowed to work on the games to address the feedback over the next few weeks. We cleaned up some stuff and finished up the puzzles for our demo level, and…

We placed in the top 16!


We won $3000 for the team, and were interviewed for a special that may air on Cartoon Network someday. All in all, a pretty successful first game jam I’d say.

I believe that once the special airs, I may be able to post a link to the game. Either Cartoon Network will post some of the games online, or we can use the game without their characters and publish it ourselves. We’ll see what happens.Facebooktwitterlinkedin