Extra Life 2014 Gaming Marathon Was A Big Success!

Wooo! We had a great time on Oct 25th with a bunch of people over at the house. We had tons of video games in the basement, and card games in the living room. Overall, our team lasted until about 6am, and then had to take a brief nap before finishing the 24 hours of gaming. We raised a little over $300!

Here’s some numbers from the Madison-Milwaukee guild:
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As of Oct 26th, our guild ranked 17th, which is an improvement over last year!

Nationwide, the Extra Life fundraiser has raised a pretty decent chunk of money for children’s hosptials:
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So from now until next October, we will be going to local conventions and volunteering to work the Extra Life booth at conventions to try to sign more people up for the Extra Life 2015 gaming event. We only had a couple months to plan for this year’s party, but now we have a whole year to get things ready!

Extra Life Fundraising Raffle Details!

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CONGRATULATIONS!!! WE DID IT! WE MET OUR INITIAL FUND RAISING GOAL OF $200! THAT MEANS WE’LL BE RAFFLING OFF THE SILVER TORGUE NERF BLASTER AT THE END OF OUR FUNDRAISING! NEXT UP ARE SOME MORE STRETCH GOALS! LET’S KICK THOSE STRETCH GOALS IN THE FACE!!! FOR THE KIDS!!!

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So here are the rules:

For every $1 USD donated, you will have one entry into the raffle. We will do the raffle drawing on Sunday, October 26th so get your donations in early, and give as much as you can, to increase your chances. Donate now, every bit helps!

Your donation is tax-deductible and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids.

To donate and enter the raffle, you can go to:

http://www.extra-life.org/participant/Hypercats and punch that “DONATE” button with your mouse so hard that it explodes! I mean the “DONATE” button! And also your mouse! WHATEVER, donate so much that they both explode!

 

Do it For The Kids

Hey everybody, we all know that playing games is fun and stuff but did you know it can also help you change the world? It can! This year the Hypercats team is participating in the 24-hour gaming marathon known as Extra Life. It’s a charity event to raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. And to encourage you to donate, we’re holding a raffle – for every $1 donation, you will receive one entry to win this awesome Silver Torgue Blaster from Borderlands 2.

We’ll also be doing some combination of live-stream and live-blogging during the event so keep your eye on the blog, Facebook, and Twitter for that info.

Please donate, and good luck in the raffle!

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All Aboard the Hype Train

The Electronic Entertainment Expo – or E3 for short – takes place in June and it is one of the most eagerly-awaited yearly events for video games. Last year, this was the event where both Microsoft and Sony had their big Xbox One-Playstation 4 showdown, which the internet promptly decided that Sony won.

This year it is June 10-12 so the hype train is in full force with everyone shoveling coal into the furnaces to generate more power. It’s a time of magic, mystery, and lots of really cool displays and statues and stuff. The displays alone would be worth going for but of course I won’t be able to attend. However that won’t stop me from sharing what I’m most looking forward to!

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Toku-tastic!

Some of our best friends are huge tokusatsu and sentai fans. Henshin Justice Unlimited, Procrastiranger Cosplay, and The Twitchy Kitten regularly introduce us to shows with the most fun and outrageous costumes and props.  We got a request for buttons like the ones worn by characters on Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger and they’re now on sale so check them out while they last!

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Facebook Buys Occulus Rift, Internet Explodes in Fury

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Graphic courtesy Oculus VR Facebook page

I have to admit that I was skeptical at first. Although I am on Facebook all the time and enjoy it for the most part, the social network’s increasing bad-guy big-brother vibe is getting creepier every day. But I tried to approach the buyout with an open mind. After some debate, I’ve made up my mind that it’s a good thing for Oculus and for the future of Virtual Reality (VR) – both in gaming and in other applications.   Continue reading

Conventions yeah?

We’ve got our spring convention calendar figured out. Let us know if you’ll be attending any of these so we can meet up!

Midwest Gaming Classic, April 12 & 13: We’ve been living in Wisconsin forever and it’s the first time we’ve ever heard of this convention but it sounds like it will be awesome.

C2E2 April 25-27: This Chicago con used to be centered around comics and superheroes but has now blossomed into a full entertainment geekfest. The crowd is a little more grown up so the vibe is more chill and respectful. There isn’t as much cosplay but what there is tends to extremely ambitious and often impeccably executed. They’ve added an official “Heroes of Cosplay” contest this year.

Anime Central May 16-18: This is the con we’ve been attending for the longest – just about since the beginning – and it’s one of the few cons we bring our cosplays to. The plan so far is for Red Lucy to do Assassin’s Creed III on Friday, Maleficent and Wyldstyle on Saturday, and MeowyMeowMeow to do Borderlands on Saturday.

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