Speedruns and Big Funds

Sometimes you see something on the internet that brings a smile to your face.

According to this article on Gamespot, the Awesome Games Done Quick campaign raised $1 million dollars for cancer research through a week-long live broadcast of video game speedruns. For those who are unsure, a speedrun is a playthrough of a video game from start to finish in the fastest way possible. Donations for the campaign, which was held from January 5-11, went to the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

Some of the games played during the campaign were Halo 2, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario 64, and Mike Tyson’s Punchout!! There were some truly impressive runs done. One gamer played Punchout!! blind-folded while another played Super Mario 64 with only one hand (respect to Gamespot user Rinnerz for this info)!

This is such a heartwarming story. Much respect to all those who participated in the event, be it as a gamer or a donator. A lot of good was done. Until next time.

Peace & Pixels

Happy New Year!!

You think 3 had it rough? 2,0, and 1 will be here for a while…

Happy New Year, blogosphere! Of course, hardly anything on the Chomp starts on time, so it’s no surprise that you should see New Year’s greetings a day late. It’s a blessing to see yet another year come through, and here’s hoping it will be a safe and productive one you all!

Unfortunately, this new year has begun with news of the death of someone many children of the 1980s and 1990s may be familiar with. Actor James Avery died recently from complications from open heart surgery. Avery was most known for his role as Judge Philip Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and as the voice of Shredder and James Rhodes on the cartoons Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Iron Man respectively.

My first memory of Avery actually comes from his work as Shredder, a role I didn’t know he voiced  until I was an adult. Avery gave Shredder an intimidating sound yet managed to deliver some humor whenever the villain’s plans fell apart.

As Judge Banks on The Fresh Prince, he was what many of us young lads who watched him wanted to be. He was successful, tall, and owned a house with a guest house. Not many African-American male characters on television (then or since) have had such luxuries, all while taking care of a family plus a Will Smith. Avery will be missed.

On a brighter note, the console wars heated up with Sony and Microsoft finally releasing their new gaming machines. Both game systems have been ridiculously successful, with speculated sales within the 2 million range for each console.

It should be an exciting time for gaming this year, and I can’t wait to see what the industry has in store while scavenging eBay to find some bargains on the classics. I’ll find that $4 dollar copy of Panzer Dragoon Saga one day I just know it! Until next time.

Peace & Pixels