So I’m a bit tired then. 24-hours of streaming seems to do that. But it was totally worth it for all the charitable donations that came in during the weeks running up to it and on the day itself. We raised £400! That’s a huge amount compared to what I was expecting! Thank you so much to anyone who donated. Here’s how the day played (HA! See what I did there?) out.
Starting at 7AM With Shadow of the Colossus, things went well. After a little over 3 hours I’d managed to take out 8 colossi suffering only one defeat. I mean, I did spend about half an hour of that time riding around having no idea where to go, but that doesn’t matter! Those big stone bastards got what they deserved. Probably. I mean, I do know the plot already so there’s that…
I didn’t play the original release of it, but the game looks fantastic and played pretty well, in spite of my hating the horse controls. Anyway, after that we moved onto a few hours of Monster Hunter World which is a game I’ve been enjoying a fair bit over the past few weeks. It didn’t seem like something I would like but I’ve taken to it better than I expected. After a couple of SOS missions, I took to continuing the main plot before coming up against an absolute git of a red dinosaur monster. An Odogaron apparently. It’s basically a badass raptor but a lot meaner. After a colossal 45-minute scrap in which I was knocked out twice it was finally defeated and I wanted nothing more to with with this game for the day. That was hard work! Thanks to the chat I had some advice that certainly helped out.
At this point, I was convinced to download the dreaded Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds. But seeing as I didn’t have it downloaded on my computer yet, I loaded up a game on the PS4 to pass the time. I went for Dungeon Punks, a game that seems to have very little to do with dungeons or punks. It was a brawler in the style of Golden Axe, but with some loot collecting and level-up mechanics. Sadly the actual gameplay was terribly dull. Press X until bad things fall over was basically it. The animation was odd for this style of game, the attacks felt like they had no impact, and the loot was boring. Being like Golden Axe is fine, but modernising the gameplay is essential. Add a bit more than press X to hit, press Square for magic.
PUBG had finished downloading now though. 40 minutes was quick enough and I joined friends on Discord for my first delve into the worldwide battle royale success. I received a quick crash course in what to expect and some basic controls I got into the plane. Then I realised that I wasn’t going to get more than 20 frames per second, making a hard game even harder. At least that’s my excuse for failing. I decided that the only way to increase my framerate was to never wear trousers, which immediately helped. I survived for a fair while thanks to basically hiding whilst the rest of the squad did things of value. Thanks to bad luck, bad framerates, and a complete lack of talent on my part, we didn’t make it.
Thanks to some tinkering with settings and dropping all the settings to the absolute minimum, I managed to get the framerate a little more reasonable. In spite of learning a lot though, I really didn’t do very well. I get the feeling I need to put in a lot more time than 2 hours to get even close to doing well at this. But, but, I did manage to get a kill. So a victory of sorts.
Around this time, some of my evening guests arrived, leading to some games to be played a bit more locally. We started with Crazy Taxi, always a light game to play as it doesn’t require 100% focus to enjoy it. After a few drinks we got into the local games, starting with Worms Battleground (it’s like PUBG, but with worms). None of us had played one of these games for a couple of years so it was like going in blind again, but my incredible skills of hiding shone through.
This was swiftly followed by fighting games! Always a classic local play option, and we went for Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite as it happened to be installed at the time. It quickly became clear that my skills were not up to scratch after 12 hours of gaming (that’s my excuse and it’s a fair one!) as I think I won one out of about 6 matches. You can watch me get my ass kicked here. I would embed it but WordPress doesn’t seem to allow me to embed Twitch clips.
Pizza arrived, meaning we moved on to another game. One I was interested in trying in fact: Hidden Agenda. This is a game from the Until Dawn devs in which all players use their phones to influence the story and try to convince other players to make certain choices. The idea is great but there are a few flaws which I’ll write about another time. Suffice to say, we gave up after less than an hour and moved on.
Up next was nearly 3 hours of Jackbox entertainment, including Quiplash, Civic Doodle, and Fibbage which all proved that we are terrible human beings. I blame chat. There came points where certain types of answers had to be banned. I’m not going to mention what, but anyone watching will know. If you desperately want to know, the videos will be on Twitch for a few days at least I’m sure.
Civic Doodle has become a favourite recently as it gives you the chance to create utterly family friendly pictures. A chance that no one takes as any and all parts of the human anatomy end up in every picture. Essentially two people draw a picture, everyone votes on the best then two more people carry the picture on. One of our group actually has some measure of artistic talent, meaning my losing streak continued.
By this point it was around 1 in the morning, and the sane people needed to go home. Due to my lack of sanity after 18 hours of gaming, I agreed to get back on Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds to give it another try. We played three man squads here, but I continued to be as successful as a darts tournament on an inflatable boat. In spite of my constant failure, I can see why people like this so much as it’s pretty fun in spite of the bugs (what the hell happened here?) and the tension can be pretty intense. However, it should be added that this happened:
After that high, there was no way we were going into another game and bringing it down, so Ben (the final surviving member of the late night team) and I downloaded Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army and set about blowing up zombie heads. After the final battle of the first stage killing us repeatedly, we flew through most of the game right up until that 7AM time limit and the nightmare was finally over! Bed called, and I passed out in it.
So that’s it! 24 hours of gaming! Thank you so much to anyone who joined the stream or donated. Below is a list of personal heroes who either donated, joined the stream, were there on the day, or helped out at all! If I’ve missed you then please let me know and I’ll add you on. Thank you for helping to make this happen and raising so much money for such a worthy cause!
Kerry and Sophie
Ben, Paul, Rich, Tom
Heather and Stuart
Lorna, Josh, Emma, Eugene
Harry and Pat