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Gamely Giving: January 2016 update

GameBlast 2016 is drawing closer so we’re busy preparing for the gaming marathon! Read on to find out what we’ve been up to and how you can get involved.



The charity:

SpecialEffect is an amazing charity that aims to put fun and inclusion back into the lives of those with physical disabilities by helping them play video games, using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control systems. Although it sounds like a small thing, levelling the playing field in this way has a profoundly positive impact on therapy, confidence and rehabilitation – and what’s more, the team do all of this remarkable work free of charge.

That’s why we’re taking part in GameBlast 2016 in February 2016. Not only are we aiming to complete a full-on forty-eight hour gaming marathon instead of the usual twenty-four hour period, but we’d like to do so with as big a group as possible – and so we’ve formed team Gamely Giving with friends and other video game journalists. If you like the sound of playing games, meeting some lovely new people and supporting a really worthwhile cause, please read on to find out how you can get involved.



The line-up:

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  • GameBlast 2016:
    from 13:00 GMT on 26 February 2016
  • Team Gamely Giving currently consists of eleven members, and we’re going to be taking turns to stream to our central Twitch channel in order to cover the entire forty-eight hour period. There’s still time to join us: you can participate from the comfort of your own home and have the perfect excuse to play video games, while feeling all warm and fuzzy inside at knowing you’re helping people all over the UK. Details on how to sign up can be found below.

    We’re still finalising the set-up but some members have already decided what they’re going to be playing for the event. Nathan and Phil will be battling it out on Star Wars Battlefront; Kevin is going to make some Super Mario Maker levels; while Pete and his son Ethan will partaking in some LEGO action. Tim is going to be doing something pretty special and has written an article about it on GeekOut South-West – why not have a read?

    A full schedule of what we have lined up will be published on 1001Up at the beginning of February.

    Rezzed, expo, video game, gamers, SpecialEffect

  • Competitions:
    26 to 28 February 2016
  • To increase our chances of hitting our £1,000 fundraising target, we’re organising for a number of competitions to take place during the GameBlast event so our wonderful viewers get the opportunity to win some excellent video games. Did you received a Steam key for an unwanted title for Christmas or have a Humble Bundle lying around that you’re willing to donate? Then we’d be extremely grateful if you’d consider sending them our way using the email address at the bottom of this article, and we can put them to good use as a prize in one of our contests.

    Rezzed, video games, expo, SpecialEffect, eyegaze, DiRT 3

  • Cosplay competition:
    13 February 2016
  • Last month we had the opportunity of meeting Gareth from Boni d’Age Costumes. After a conversation with him and Tim from GeekOut South-West – as well as a few mulled ciders – he very kindly offered to donate a prize for a cosplay competition in honour of SpecialEffect!

    If you’re in the Bristol area on 13 February 2016 and fancy taking part, sign yourself up and start planning your costume. An entry fee of £2 per person will be charged and all proceeds will go to the charity, and you could win a bespoke cosplay or LARP costume (minus props) made by the lovely team at Boni d’Age Costumes.

    A massive thank you to Gareth – we really appreciate your generosity!

    Rezzed, video games, expo, SpecialEffect, controllers

  • Other events
  • As shown by the above, it’s not just through video games that we’re looking to support SpecialEffect: several Gamely Giving members are organising other events for them also. This included book sale in October, a pub quiz in November, a talk at the GeekOut Bristol Meet in December and an online party over Christmas. A cake competition is also being lined up for this end of this month along with a gaming tournament in April.

    If the thought of gaming for forty-eight hours doesn’t appeal, you can still get involved by arranging another event to help spread the word and raise donations. Drop us a line at the email address below – we’d love to hear from you!



    The team:

    The following gorgeous people have already signed up to be a part of the Gamely Giving team:

  • Timlah from GeekOut South-West
  • Nathan from The life and times in Nathan’s mind
  • Kevin from The Mental Attic
  • James from Indie-Love.com
  • Jamie from Caiminds
  • Pete, friend and designer
  • Ethan, our Sunday morning streamer
  • Isaac, Ben’s son and partner-in-crime
  • And of course: Ben, Kim and Phil from 1001Up
  • Whether you’re a blogger, YouTuber, streamer, developer or gamer who wants to take part in one awesome weekend from 26 to 28 February 2015, everyone is welcome to become a member of Gamely Giving. If you’re interested in joining, please get in touch using the details below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

    The call:

    The sponsorship raised through the GameBlast event will help SpecialEffect change the lives of many more people by reintroducing the fun and inclusion of gaming. It will let them visit individuals to find out exactly what they want to play and then match, modify or create equipment to lend to them at no cost. And the money won’t be wasted: last year around 90% of donations went directly to the charity’s frontline work, while the other 10% kept them running so they could continue doing what they do best.

    If you’re interested in joining our group, please get in touch using the following details:

  • Email:   GamelyGiving@1001Up.com
  • Twitter:   @GamelyGiving
  • Twitch:   GamelyGiving
  • Just Giving:   Gamely Giving
  • We’ll be kicking off at 13:00 GMT on Friday, 26 February 2016 and details on our schedule will be published at the beginning of the month. If you’d like to find out more about SpecialEffect in the meantime, take a look at our interview with Mark Saville or head over to their website. You can also get in touch with Mark, Nick and Barry at info@specialeffect.org.uk or on 01608 810 055.

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