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Jack Gardner
The showdown with the undead special agent below South Gate Prison turns deadly. The gang reunites with old friends and encounters an enigmatic priest who invites them to a place none of them have ever heard of before: Spire, City of the Returning God. 
 
We Wanted Adventurers is a liveplay Dungeons & Dragons podcast that follows a motley trio of unlikely heroes as they bumble into adventures both big and small across the fantastical continent of Nevarrone. For the uninitiated, a liveplay podcast features an unscripted recording of a traditional tabletop roleplaying game, with all of the goofs and drama that comes with the territory. If you've never listened to the show before, here's a handy playlist to get you caught up.
 

 
"Rynos Theme"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
 
You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, Spotify, our hosting site, and iTunes. You can follow the show on Twitter for updates. Let us know what you think of the show! We know that some parts of it are a bit bumpy, but I hope it doesn't get in the way of your enjoyment as we all learn and grow together. Thank you for listening! 
 
New episodes of We Wanted Adventurers will be released every Wednesday
 
Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!

Jack Gardner
TwitchCon has come and gone leaving all of us with unforgettable memories and marking some impressive achievements for the Extra Life community. Thousands of TwitchCon attendees descended upon the San Diego Convention Center and were exposed to Extra Life. Hundreds flocked to the booth and the human claw machine to sign up to support their local hospital. It was an incredibly moving experience that left everyone involved with memories that will last for years to come. 
 
The Human Claw Machine represented a major part of Extra Life's presence at TwitchCon 2019. A giant contraption capable of lifting attendees and lowering them into a pit full of mystery prizes, it definitely drew a crowd of both experienced Extra Lifers and curious newbies. One of the people who stopped by was Ryan from Flocker.tv, one of Extra Life's sponsors. Ryan has five years of Extra Life under his belt and raises funds for The Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, a place that gave him a life-saving heart surgery when he was a kid. He was one of the people who helped make Extra Life North a resounding success, too!  
 

 
While we were at TwitchCon, it was an honor for our Community Director, Lou Adducci, to appear as a guest in an interview on Cheddar Esports, a live gaming news show that airs on Twitch. You can catch the segment on Twitter and hear Lou talk about how amazing The Human Claw Machine is in person. 
 
 
The claw wouldn't have been a successful draw for the crowd without the help of Extra Life's corporate sponsors. In total, sixteen different companies came together to help Extra Life make the prizes for The Human Claw Machine incredible.
 
 

 
As part of a collaboration with Astro Gaming, Extra Life gave away codes for Astro's line of headsets. Winners were sent emails with codes and a link to use when redeeming the headsets online. If you were one of the lucky winners and are having trouble with either receiving your code or its redemption, our support team has a few steps to follow:
 
If you won and haven't been able to locate your code, check your spam folder. Unfortunately, some of our notifications to winners have gotten stuck in the spam folder.  If the code hasn't been caught by the spam filter, please reach out via email to support@extra-life.org. We'll have someone look into your issue as fast as we can.  If you have your code and are encountering difficulty in redeeming your prize, support@extra-life.org should be your go-to solution. In your email, include the email address you gave to the redemption kiosk, the code in question, the URL they are using to redeem their prize, and a description of the issue.   
Thank you to all of our partners for helping us to give our community an unforgettable TwitchCon experience and bring even more people to the cause. It was incredible seeing everyone working together to bring Extra Life to as many people as possible. 
 
Let's keep going forward and gaming For The Kids!
 
Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!

Jack Gardner
2010 was the heyday for free games released online and powered by Flash. Titles like Meat Boy grew in the wild frontiers of Newgrounds and other websites that catered to those looking to play games in their web browsers. Into the mix stepped Uruguayan studio Ironhide Games. The company had found success with a few minor titles, but their latest game, Kingdom Rush, achieved a rare level of success. With more than 300 million plays under its belt, the developers created a version for the then new iPad. This portable version found massive acclaim and propelled the creation of a mobile version for iPhones and eventually Android. It became one of the most popular games in the world for a window of time. Within innovative gameplay and incredibly solid execution, it remains one of the best tower defense games of all time, arguably the best of them all. 
 
Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative.
 
With schedules being what they are, sometimes coordinating a full episode of The Best Games Period can be difficult. When we can't have a proper discussion, we will be breaking off to do these shorter mini-casts, Honorable Mentions, to talk about fringe games that we might not otherwise be able to talk about on a full episode.
 

 
Outro music: Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge 'Cozy Campfire' by Yffisch (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03974)
 
You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, Spotify, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is available, as well!
 
If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod 
 
New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday
 
Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!

Jack Gardner
Tomorrow, thousands will descend upon the San Diego Convention Center for TwitchCon, the streaming platform's yearly celebration of its talented and creative community. TwitchCon 2019 will take place September 27-29. Extra Life will be there representing the best the gaming community can offer in the DonorDrive Charity Arcade.
 
DonorDrive provides a platform to power the most used charity streaming programs. At this year's TwitchCon, they have partnered with the convention to create a space for attendees to learn about how they can raise funds for the charities that are nearest and dearest to their hearts. As part of the DonorDrive Charity Arcade, Extra Life will be at TwitchCon to show everyone how to harness streaming to support sick and injured kids in their local hospitals. 
 
As part of the draw to Extra Life's area of the show floor, one of our most popular booth attractions will be make a reappearance: The Human Claw Machine! With prizes donated by sponsors from across the industry, attendees will be able to line up and strap in to be dunked into a giant pit of awesome and mysterious prizes. The device drew record numbers to Extra Life's booth at this year's E3, so we figured we'd break it back out for TwitchCon 2019! 
 
"This year, we will bring our human claw machine to TwitchCon 2019 in the DonorDrive Charity Arcade," said Extra Life's Managing Director Mike Kinney. "TwitchCon attendees can try their luck for free loot as they are harnessed onto a crane-like device and dipped into a pit of games, collectibles and gaming accessories from several of our sponsors and partners."
 
 
TwitchCon 2019 will be one of the biggest events Twitch has ever thrown. Lil Nas X will headline the show while attendees enjoy their favorite streamers appearing in gaming tournaments, educational talks, and open panel discussions that will tackle a variety of topics. There will also be a significant floor presence for merchandise, meet-and-greets, and convention specific events. It's going to be a fantastic time and we really hope that we'll be seeing you stop by the Extra Life booth in the DonorDrive Charity Arcade to say hello and give the Human Claw Machine a try! 
 
Let's keep pushing on toward Game Day together, For The Kids. 
 
Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!

Jack Gardner
The gang begins a joint operation with the newly freed thieves, pirates, and murderers to break out of prison and find the hidden chamber which their former leader, Syd Sylvane, has been taken for questioning. 
 
We Wanted Adventurers is a liveplay Dungeons & Dragons podcast that follows a motley trio of unlikely heroes as they bumble into adventures both big and small across the fantastical continent of Nevarrone. For the uninitiated, a liveplay podcast features an unscripted recording of a traditional tabletop roleplaying game, with all of the goofs and drama that comes with the territory. If you've never listened to the show before, here's a handy playlist to get you caught up.
 

 
"One of Them" "Werq"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
 
You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. You can follow the show on Twitter for updates. Let us know what you think of the show! We know that some parts of it are a bit bumpy, but I hope it doesn't get in the way of your enjoyment as we all learn and grow together. Thank you for listening! 
 
New episodes of We Wanted Adventurers will be released every Wednesday
 
Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!

Jack Gardner
PlayStation broadcast its slate of titles that will be making their way to PlayStation 4 over the next several months via its State of Play platform. Today brought us tantalizing looks at new indie games like Humanity, Arise, a sweeping overview of PSVR games, and the AAA games coming out between now and early 2020. The State of Play also revealed the PS Plus games in store for October. Modeled after Nintendo's announcement and update series, Nintendo Direct, State of Play offers players a direct and digestible line of information on the latest games coming to Sony's flagship console.
 
Here's everything that Sony revealed at their livestreamed event:
 
Humanity - A new game from Enhance, the developer behind games like Rez and Tetris Effect. It appears to be some sort of puzzle game depicting the mass movement of people in both peaceful and violent ways. It's framed as a puzzle experience where the player guides streams of humans into pillars of light. Perhaps it is a commentary on some sort of afterlife?
 
Humanity will be coming sometime in 2020.
 
 
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - State of Play revealed a new trailer focused on the story of the upcoming entry in the Call of Duty franchise. The story follows Captain Price, a brewing civil war in the Middle East, chemical weapons, and a US Embassy under attack. One of the main characters of the story appears to be the daughter and of a terrorist, their conflicting ideologies creating additional drama. The Special Ops Survival Mode, this game's co-op, will be coming to PlayStation 4 first.
 
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare releases next month on October 25.
 
 
Wattam - One of the more inexplicable games teased during the State of Play broadcast, Wattam comes from the creators of Katamari Damancy. It seems to be about shapes trying to be friends. Players are tasked with connecting reconnect various anthropomorphic shapes and characters and building up their relationships. A big part of this appears to be the primary character tipping its hat to reveal a present shaped bomb, a friendship kaboom, that explodes and spreads happiness. The game takes players across numerous worlds to spread love and kindness. It even allows singleand co-op play. 
 
Wattam will be coming to PlayStation 4 during December of this year.
 
 
Arise - Coming as part of a joint endeavor from the folks at Techland and Piccolo, Arise seems to be a story about an old man navigating the afterlife. We're treated to scenes of him traveling through a snow filled wasteland, seemingly in pursuit of a light on a distant mountain. That journey leads him through vibrant forests and dark stretches that appear to be home to some kind of hostile force.
 
While Arise was teased as coming soon, no date was announced. 
 
PlayStation VR games were shown in a rapid-fire manner, one right after the other. Viewers were treated to a good look at the drama, car chases, and gun fights of LA Noir: The VR Case Files, a game that Sony proudly announced was released today. The next game glimpsed was Gorn, a fantasy gladiator combat VR experience making its way from PC to PS4 sometime during Winter 2019. A thrilling spy adventure, Espire1: VR Operative, comes to the console later this month. Stardust Odyssey appears to be a fantastical space voyage through an imaginative universe on a mystical spacecraft, another Winter 2019 title. After the Fall is a VR game with monsters and mystery that will be releasing sometime in 2020. Finally, Space Channel 5 VR Kinda Funny News Flash brings a lighthearted and psychedelic dancing experience to VR sometime during Fall 2019. 
 
 
MediEvil - A demo launched today showcasing the revamped graphics and combat of the classic PlayStation 1 title. Playing through the demo will unlock a special hat in the full game.
 
Sir Daniel rises again to fight evil and look better than ever this October.
 
 
Sid Meier's Civilization VI - The popular strategic history game comes to PlayStation 4. It's supposedly a direct adaptation of the PC version. At launch, there will also be a bundle of the two expansions, Rise & Fall + Gathering Storm, will also be available. However, the bundle will be sold separately. The PlayStation 4 version will come with free Nubia + Khmer and Indonesia civilization & scenario packs.
 
All of this hits stores on November 22.
 
 
Death Stranding launches on November 8. Sony's State of Play announced that the game's launch would be accompanied by a limited edition PlayStation 4 Pro bundle the comes with the game, a custom PlayStation 4 Pro, and a unique controller design. 
 
Afterparty - An indie game from Night School, the developers behind the adventure game Oxenfree, Afterparty tells the story of Milo and Lola, two college friends who died right before graduating from college. Following their deaths, they were sent to Hell. However, as they were making their way through the bureaucracy, they learned of a loophole and challenged Satan himself for a chance to escape their eternal fate. In order to defeat the demon, the friends will have to out party the monarchs of hell and eventually the devil himself by drinking, dancing, and gaming their way through Hell.
 
Afterparty hits PlayStation 4 on October 29.
 
 
One of the last teases of State of Play came in the form of the upcoming lineup of free games for PlayStation Plus members during the month of October. The two games being given away for free will be MLB The Show 19 and The Last of Us Remastered. This will allow baseball fans to get their game on during the World Series and give PS Plus members the chance to catch up on The Last of Us before The Last of Us Part II releases next year.
 
The Last of Us Part II - The last game of the broadcast, The Last of Us Part II stands as Sony's most anticipated first party title on the horizon. The new trailer gives fans a better look at what to expect from the story, though early reactions to the trailer seem to reflect disappointment with the direction the game seems to be taking the queer romance that featured prominently in the original reveal trailer. The latest story tidbit gives fans their first look at Joel, the protagonist from the first game.
 
The Last of Us Part II releases on Feb 21, 2020.
 
 
Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!

Jack Gardner
The gaming world has been clamoring for a new Animal Crossing for years now. With one approaching on the horizon, we figured it was a perfect time to take a look at the mobile game Nintendo introduced back in 2017. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp puts players in the role of a campsite manager and arms them with the tools to make it the best gosh darn campsite ever. With activities like bug catching, fishing, and making animal friends, it seems relatively similar to other offerings in the series - but some say it just might be one of the best games of all-time. 
 
To get to the bottom of why this game resonated with so many and to discuss why it might be one of the all-time greats, we brought on Aiden Strawhun! Aiden writes for IGN and their work has appeared on Kotaku and Gamespot. They also serve as the Advocacy Director of Women in Games, an organization that works to help women find and create more inclusive places in the game industry.
 
You can (and should!) follow Aiden over on Twitter: @AStraww  
 
Each week on The Best Games Period, we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative.
 

 
Outro music: FTL: Faster Than Light 'An Open Galaxy' by Sir_NutS (https://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03963)
 
You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is available, as well!
 
If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod 
 
New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday
 
Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!

Jack Gardner
Earlier this year, hundreds of people made their way to Florida to experience Extra Life United and meet a few of the amazing children that Extra Life works to help every day of the year. One of the people in attendance this year was Wade Barnes, who participated in a panel on charity streaming while there. The experience he had at that event has left him motivated to incorporate Extra Life into his life - and into the lives of his nearly 1.6 million fans on YouTube. 
 
Barnes, better known by hundreds of the thousands of his fans as LordMinion777, wants to do good in the world. "Every kid deserves to be fought for by as many people as they can get," he said to Extra Life. "If we can chip in just by doing a stream here or talking to somebody there to raise a little bit of money to help a kid have a better quality of life, then it's worth it. It's not a big ask on our part." 
 
This weekend, Barnes will stream for 8-10 hours beginning on Saturday, September 21st at 2pm EST. The stream will feature a variety of fun audience participation events and donation incentives. LordMinion777 at one point floated the idea of makeup challenges and a period of time set aside for games involving the audience. The current games being considered for the stream include: Days Gone, Uno, Tabletop Simulator (featuring a variety of digital board games), and more.
 
 
The goal for the stream has been set at a whopping $10,000 USD for Cincinnati Children's Hospital. To give his fans the motivation needed to hit that goal, Barnes has said that he will be willing to bring back his popular Dead by Daylight stream for a limited time. He might even do it on the stream tomorrow if he and his community are able to reach the goal in time. 
 
Another special feature of the stream will be playing a modded version of Minecraft called Pixelmon with the audience. Fans interested in playing alongside LordMinion777 can do so by downloading base Minecraft as well as a modding platform called Technic Launcher. Through Technic Launcher, players will need to download a mod called Pixelmon Generations and then join the Pokeninja server and select the Heart Region. Barnes hinted that he might be giving out special keys that unlock unique and otherwise unobtainable Pixelmon in the game.  
 
 
This will be the first stream Barnes has done to support Extra Life, so please show up and give him support throughout his marathon! Be sure to check out his stream on Twitch and, if you can, help him meet his goal of raising $10,000 USD For The Kids. 
 
Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!

Jack Gardner
At PAX West this year, I had the chance to meet Kennedy, a Miracle Child from Seattle Children's Hospital. She was at the event with her father, volunteering her time and energy to share her firsthand experiences in one of the many hospitals supported by Extra Lifers across North America. This was something she had done several times over the years after managing to beat the leukemia she was diagnosed with at age 7. The former football player has had to undergo extensive surgeries to repair the damage to her body, but she maintains and spreads a bright, hopeful energy. 
 
One of the amazing things about Kennedy has been her long involvement in Extra Life. Not only has she volunteered at events like PAX West, but she is a member of the Seattle Extra Life Guild. That position has set her up to work with organizations like Wizards of the Coast to both spread the word about the work Extra Life does in hospitals as well as raise money. Back in 2017, she appeared on the official Dungeons & Dragons Game Day stream to play the tabletop game live and help the team bring in as many donations as possible. 
 
Kennedy was generous enough to step away from the Extra Life booth at PAX West for a few minutes to tell her story. 
 
 
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Jack Gardner: So where does this all start?
 
Kennedy: I was about seven. I was playing football at the time. Later in the year, I started having problems with my body. I’d have less and less energy by the minute. I wouldn’t feel that great, and I passed out a couple of times. It wasn’t going… well.
 
We went to the doctor’s one day, they got a blood sample, and we went home. About one or two in the morning, we got a phone call saying I had leukemia. We rushed to Children’s Hospital in Seattle. [They] had everything ready, I got both my IVs in with antibiotics and everything. It’s a bit fuzzy, I don’t remember exactly a lot of it.
 
JG: Was that scary?
 
K: Yes, I was very concerned. Because I was 7, I didn’t know exactly what was going on. I wasn’t entirely sure what was happening. Later on, I got my port in, but I was not the best at, like, blood, needles, stuff like that.
 
JG: Trust me, I’m the same way.
 
K: It’s not my thing. I was definitely not nice to my nurses. Screaming and crying was one of the things that has happened… all the time.
 
JG: I’m pretty good at crying, too.
 
K: It’s one of my specialties. We had problems with my port-
 
JG: And what is a port?
 
K: The port is like this little metal thing in your chest which then you access with a big needle with a little thing inside so it’s easier to get blood transfusions - I had those a lot. We had trouble with that because [the port] was moving all over the place so we had to get it removed and put in a second time.
 
Later, I started complaining about my joints in my hips and my shoulders. We got that tested, and it turns out -I don’t exactly know what it’s called- part of the chemo made the circulation to my joints cut off, so the joints died. It hurt a lot when I walked. I had to use a wheelchair. I started first with hiking canes, then a walker, and then a wheelchair.
 
About… two years later it was my three year mark. We saw this surgeon. His name was Chappie. He was willing to replace my hips because no one else would do that to a 10-year-old. He argued with the board all the time because they didn’t want him to do surgery on a 10-year-old. He moved, so that didn’t happen.
 
A year later, I’m finally done with treatment. My last day, I have a bunch of photos, I had a big sign that said "Last Day of Chemo!" A couple months later, my parents were looking at different surgeons that would do it, replace my hips and such. One popped up, this doctor, he and his other surgeon were willing to do both of my hip surgeries. Just last year, I got both of them done.
 
JG: How old are you now?
 
K: I’m 12, almost 13.
 
I’m going to get my shoulders replaced – we don’t know when, but it’s going to happen soon.
 
JG: Do your joints still hurt?
 
K: My hips don’t hurt – nothing else hurts aside from my shoulders. I can only lift them so far up, and I can’t do a lot of tasks with them.
 
We’re working to do my shoulders. I had leukemia for four years. It was kind of a rough time. I missed so much school. I didn’t even know how I was going to pass, but I had these amazing teachers who came to my house and tutored me. Even though [leukemia] had this bad impact, it gave me this good view on how everyone should live – never second guess yourself and just always do something.
 

 
JG: How did you get involved with Extra Life?
 
K: We are really close with the hospital and everyone in the hospital. It was one of my doctors who said, "Extra Life is a gaming 24-hour thing that you can do. They want to recruit kids and their families to help them out." Me and my dad and my sister applied, so my dad emailed one of the guys and said, “Hey, my daughter had leukemia, and we’re looking at this gaming thing that you have going on. It seems really fun and we would like to help you out with that kind of stuff.” We got recruited – this is my third year coming to PAX and volunteering – so three years ago, they were like, “Hey, we are doing PAX this year, if you want to do it, Extra Life is working there and you can come along." You get a free pass and get some breaks, but you also get to help out children at the children’s hospitals.
 
JG: Do you play a lot of games?
 
K: Yes. I really like video games. Especially multiplayer since my sister likes to play, too. I don’t really have a favorite….
 
JG: I know for me, it is hard to choose just one favorite, but do you have a top three of your go-to games?
 
K: Yes! I am a really old person, and I like Minecraft. That was the first game I ever played in my life.
 
JG: [Laughs] Oh, gosh, you just made me feel ancient!
 
K: It the first one I ever played. It’s a classic – I’d say it’s my favorite. My second one would be… like… little, free games on Xbox. They’re kinda short? I can’t think of a specific one.
 
JG: It’s hard to think sometimes when you get put on the spot.
 
K: Then probably… it’s not a genre, but I like the games where you can see the work people put into the games. Good graphic designs- even a character model where you can tell how much work went into it. I already like the game. Even one scene can change my whole perspective on a game. I really like people who do really good work and design on a game, really good coding.
 
JG: What’s a scene that’d be an example?
 
K: My sister plays this game called Undertale. She was playing it one day and I saw the opening scene. I really loved it. It was really well done – I felt it was really great. All the character models, her favorite was the little skeleton dude.
 
JG: The skeleton knight and a cape or the skeleton in the hoodie?
 
K: I think it was the skeleton knight? Yeah, the guy with the cape! I think that’s some really good design, so I think that’s really good work.
 
 
 
JG: You’re here with Extra Life – what’s it like volunteering here and basically being a spokesperson?
 
K: It’s really fun. You get to recruit other people into helping children and children’s hospitals. Plus, you get to have fun while doing it. You sign up and play games for 24 hours. You can play whatever you want, card games, video games. Hanging out with everybody who has been involved with Extra Life, it’s fun having conversations about video games because… I don’t have many friends who are interested in video games. So, it’s fun to talk about different kinds of games coming out or what they are doing later at PAX or what they are going to do on their lunch break. It’s fun to hang out with people who have the same interests as you.
 
JG: Are there any hard parts that you weren’t really expecting?
 
K: I didn’t know I had to talk to people! I thought you just stood there and gave people stuff.
 
JG: [Laughs] That would be nice. Has everyone been good when you talked with them?
 
K: Yeah, most people. Last year, because I was 11… not a lot of people who would listen to me because I was a child. That was pretty frustrating, but… either way, it’s pretty good. [...] It’s cool to have people interviewing me now. It’s kind of weird! [Laughs]
 
JG: Did you play a lot of games when you were going through your treatments and recovery?
 
K: Yes, I would bring my Xbox and leave it connected to the TV in there. I played a lot of different games on my Xbox.
 
JG: Did you like games before that?
 
K: Yeah, I liked games before that. I never used to have any video games or a console or anything, so I’d go over to my friend’s house and then we’d go play. I think that’s why I like playing games with other people because that’s how I started liking video games.
 
JG: Was Minecraft the thing you played the most in the hospital?
 
K: Yes. Oh! I also played a lot of Overcooked. My younger sister got Overcooked for her birthday. We played a LOT of Overcooked. A lot of Minecraft. A lot of free games. There was also a game room where you can grab video games or different kinds of board games that you can grab and bring up to your room.
 

 
JG: What’s been your takeaway from events like PAX?
 
K: I think it’s a really good opportunity for people who want to help support children or just anything? But you can do it in a fun and good way. You are actually interested in doing it instead of just feeling like you have to because you feel bad.
 
JG: Does it make you feel hopeful that so many people are coming by the booth and showing interest?
 
K: Yeah! And really just how cool people will stop by and be like, “how do we get this?” you explain how you do it and they are like, “well, I want to give back, too!”
 
Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!

Jack Gardner
The only thing better than Extra Lifers coming together to support their local kids is Extra Lifers coming together in record-setting ways to support their local kids. Earlier this month, Extra Lifers from across central Canada descended upon Winnipeg to participate in Extra Life North, a weekend-long fundraiser to help the kids in the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. The event came together due to the diligence and dedication of the Extra Life guild leadership in Winnipeg paired with the assistance of Bold Commerce. Seeing Extra Lifers on the news doing good in their communities never gets old. 
 
Stephane Maynard, Bold Commerce's co-founder, appeared on CTV News in Winnepeg to describe the event's mission saying, "Our goal for today is to raise over $50,000. 100% of the proceeds go straight to the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. It helps kids in need who are sick or injured and goes directly to whatever the hospital needs at that time to make and deliver proper care."
 

 
We're thankful for people like Stephane and Bold's Nadia Selby for making Extra Life North possible. The event was originally planned to take place in a sporting arena, but plans for that fell through. Luckily, Bold Commerce was able to step in and offer Extra Life North space in their Winnipeg-based headquarters. That's no small feat, especially considering that Extra Life North was considered by its organizers to be the largest Extra Life event in central Canada to date!
 
Extra Life North surpassed all expectations despite the setbacks organizers experienced. They set a fundraising goal of $50,000 USD. While there was some doubt as to whether the over 235 gamers in attendance would be able to bring in that much, the event decided to shoot for the stars. The total raised by Extra Life North participants now tallies at over $55,000 USD! That's freaking incredible and we are blown away by what Extra Lifers have been able to achieve in Winnipeg. 
 

 
Kirk Veerback, a member of Winnipeg's Extra Life guild leadership, appeared on CBC Winnipeg to talk about the event: 
 
 


In addition to the gamers, Extra Life North featured a number of children who have been through Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba as well as the support of numerous Canadian companies and celebrities. The Royal Bank of Canada teamed up with Olympians Jill Officer (Olympic gold medalist and holder of two World Curling Championship titles) and James Lavallée (Canadian Olympic kayak team member) to get them to Extra Life North.
The two interacted with the kids and even got in on the gaming themselves! Nathan Beaulieu of the Winnipeg Jets even made an appearance, challenging the champions to some of his favorite games. Finally, Winnipeg's most widely acclaimed morning radio host, Ace Burpee, served as the MC for the event, helping to keep up the energy for the duration of the 24-hour marathon. 
 

 
This isn't Extra Life North's first year running, either. Logan Quatamber, the Champion Child from 2016, has been attending the event over the years, watching it grow. Talking with CHVN radio, he explained what he loves so much about it, "It's awesome to see what all the volunteers are doing. It's just amazing what they put on, as far as the Children's Hospital, and what the outcome is. You come here, play games, and raise a lot of money. It gives me a good feeling coming in here ... even though it's a fun time, it's all going towards something and means something."
 
Here's to many more years of changing the lives of children at Extra Life North!
 
Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!

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