This is the 3rd time I am participating in Extra Life, the 24-hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Hospitals around the country. Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $22 million for local CMN Hospitals
As I’m in the Seattle area, I’m supporting the Seattle Children’s Hospital. Last year was super fun, but I had a whole team of folks taking turns for Team En Masse. We did really well, with so many of the TERA Online players showing up to be supportive. We played a little bit of TERA and a whole bunch of indie games. It was a hoot! This year, I’m on my own, but I might cheat and host other team member’s streams when I can. Heck, maybe I can get Barry to play a game in my place when I’ve petered out.
Donate here: http://www.extra-life.org/participant/Danicia
I’ve been setting up my Twitch page, so I’ve got the proper bots and whatnot. I’m pretty new to streaming on my own versus having all the fancy equipment in game studios, so it might just look like ass. And I’m okay with that, as I’m doing this for charity. Folks can make fun of my noob set up all they want.
SO! The good part! I’ll be streaming starting on Saturday, at Noon and streaming until Noon on Sunday. Find my stream here: https://www.twitch.tv/danicia You don’t need a Twitch account to watch, but you will if you want to take part in the chatter!
So, Donna, what games are you playing? That’s a GREAT question! Here’s a partial list of games I hope to play, mostly all from my Steam Library. Check out my profile and ask for a game on my list! I might just play that, too!
Tentative Game List:
- Kitty Power’s Matchmaker
- Read Only Memories
- Secret of the Magic Crystals
- Civilization VI
- Stardew Valley
- Whispering Willows
- Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan
- Dominique Pamplemousse
- Telltale’s Game of Thrones
- Goat Simulator
- Hustle Cat
- Life is Strange, Ep 1
- Papers, Please
- Dragon Age: Inquisition
- The Sims 4
Plus, I plan on playing a few MMOs while I am at it. Join me in-game:
- World of Warcraft – Earthen Ring, Alliance. Character Honeewoo
- Star Wars: The Old Republic Server/Char TBD. Want a free trial for SWTOR? http://www.swtor.com/r/vbV36K
- Guild Wars 2 – Crystal Desert. Join me! Display Name: Gothywench.7239
- Lord of the Rings Online – Server/Char TBD
Whew, that’s a LOT of games, but hey, I’ve got 24 hours to fill and some of these are short games.
So! Please join me on Twitch to see me play video games badly. And if you can, please consider donating to my Extra Life fundraising page.
Thank you for supporting me and supporting Children’s Hospital!
A million years ago, I was working at the Dell Factory Outlet in Austin. This total nasty lady came into the Outlet Repair Center, barged through the line, going on and on about how our products were shit, and that she was Very Important and demanded an immediately fix or replacement. Basically, it was this NL25 386 notebook. There was a known issue with the chassis, as seen here:
We did free replacements on the cases via recall. These were not manufactured at the Dell facility, and we had to send them off to New Mexico or something to get them fixed at the factory. There was about a 3-week turn around. Mind you, this was about the time the first Pentium chips were coming out in the mid-90s, and this Very Important Person was furious about her beat up 386.
I get it. PCs are expensive and laptops more so. Especially back then. She ranted and yelled and cursed. Of course, the sales manager went and talked to the back of the house tech support manager. We actually repaired walk-in PC repairs (or folks could send them in) at the Factory Outlet Service Center.
At any rate, she said she plugged the thing in, it poofed and sparked, then went dead. She demanded our techs fix it (even tho we didn’t have the parts. The tech manager agreed, due to sales manager escalating. Charge for us to look at it was $129.00. She agree and said to fix it.
She left her number (pre cell phone days) for her office and went away. Our team continued to help the line. Wasn’t 2 minutes later I got a call to come to the back.
A tech bench had a bunch of folks around it, some with cans of spray. The tech manager used a screwdriver to lift the unscrewed lid and hundreds of tiny roaches scattered. The rest of the team started stomping and spraying. The manager grabbed a bunch of dead ones (he was wearing gloves) and put them in a baggie. Taped the whole thing shut, with the big bag of roaches taped to the top. They refused to touch it further and told me to call her to pick it up.
The same folks who were waiting in line were still there in line. Since she was easy to reach, I called her from the Front Desk, instead of the back of the house (because i cannot abide abuse. Angry customers? Sure. Abuse? NEVER).
“HELLO MS SO-AND-SO? WELL, WE DID SEND YOU THAT RECALL NOTICE YOU REMEMBER AND YOU REFUSED TO LET US FIX IT? WELL, THAT’S WHAT CAUSED YOUR ISSUE. BECAUSE IT IS CRACKED, AND IT ALLOWED A NEST OF ROACHES TO TAKE UP RESIDENCE. YES, I AM SERIOUS. SOME BUGS ARE ATTRACTED TO ELECROMAG…YES, I AM SERIOUS. NO, THIS ISN’T A JOKE.
ANYWAY, YOUR NOTEBOOK IS PERMANENTLY FRIED, FULL OF ROACHES AND NOW WE HAVE TO DECONTAMINATE OUR TECH AREA. WE SUGGEST YOU COME PICK UP YOUR LAPTOP IMMEDIATELY. AND OH, YOU OWE US $129 FOR DIAGNOSING YOUR ISSUE. THANKS AND GOOD DAY.
When I hung up, the whole waiting room bust out laughing and also with nervous “ew gross” gigglesr. She arrived 10 minutes later, paid the $129 without speaking, grabbed her laptop and stormed out the building.
It’s gatekeeping elitist narrow-minded BS of the worst sort to cowardly hint that a drive for diversity has caused the Industry Insider program to mysteriously lower its standards and result in a slate of lesser-known designers. And yet, many people are doing so, and some leaders in the industry are winking and elbow-nudging rather than taking a stand and calling BS.
So for the record, claiming diversity was only achieved by lowering standards in the program IS BULLSHIT. Of the highest order.
I was an Industry Insider once, with more than a decade of experience under my belt. Most of the other *PANELISTS* had no fucking clue who I was.
Next time someone makes that claim, I want to grill them about who the people who were in the program over the past decade were, and see how many of them are known, as compared to multiple salaried developers and managers…
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