GameBlast 2017: let’s do this

This afternoon, I’ll be taking part in a marathon video game session with a group of friends and bloggers that’s set to last for 72-hours. It’s not just an excuse to game for three days straight and forget about our adult responsibilities though: it’s all in honour of SpecialEffect.

Anyone who has visited Later Levels previously may already have heard of the charity but for this who haven’t, it’s a fantastic UK-based organisation that helps people with physical disabilities to play video games. They do this using equipment such as modified controllers and eye-control technology, all free-of-charge. It’s not just about fun though: levelling the playing field in this way promotes inclusion and kickstarts rehabilitation and confidence.

Our stream-team is called Gamely Giving and our aim this weekend is to raise as much funds and awareness as possible for SpecialEffect, while at the same time giving you guys something entertaining to watch (and possibly embarrassing ourselves live on air). Join us on our Twitch channel from 16:00 GMT today until 16:00 GMT on Monday to witness the following batch of gorgeous gaming delights:

Great games Each of our streamers has chosen a genre (I’m taking care of adventure) and will be playing both a classic and a new release to show off the best of the category. We’ll also be attempting a game we’ve never played before nominated for us by the rest of the team to put our credentials to the test. I’ll be taking on Simon the Sorcerer, Ether One and Four Last Things – more details and times can be found on our stream schedule.

Embarrassing forfeits Whenever we hit £100 in donations, we’ll be using our Wheel of Forfeit to randomly select one of these challenges submitted by our followers for completion at the top of the hour. We already have two lined up: playing Dad Quest while cosplaying as the hero and trying to steer a car in Jalopy while blindfolded. These don’t worry me so much, but the karaoke forfeit… I highly recommend having some ear-plugs handy if you’re watching the stream when that one comes up.

Awesome prizes Several lovely developers have kindly donated keys which we’ve used to put together some excellent PC game bundles. For every £50 received, we’ll use our Wheel of Fortune to randomly select a lucky supporter to win one of these 20 prizes and will announce the winners next week. All you need to do to enter the giveaways is follow the Gamely Giving social media channels – good luck!

Big explosions My stepson Ethan is a huge fan of Minecraft and has come up with his own unique way of supporting the charity: for every £1 donated, he’ll place a block of TNT on the tower set up in his online world along with a sign showing the supporter’s name. He’ll then be completing his own mini-marathon next month (date to be announced), the finale of which will be to blow the tower up. BOOM!

Plenty of feels Everything we’re doing this weekend in is for SpecialEffect and all money raised will go directly to the organisation to enable them to continue their wonderful work. Donations can be made via our JustGiving page or by texting ‘GGGB99 £5’ to 70070, and we’re so grateful for every penny given. Big hugs to those people who have already sponsored us – you’re amazing.

Come on, how could you resist? Join us over on the Twitch channel from 16:00 GMT today and send us a tweet to give us some encouragement. We really appreciate your support!

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