I can sit here and say how awesome Chachi Plays For Kids was but, honestly, I would only be repeating myself over and over again, being available to go to this event since the initial one five years ago. So I decided to do something different. Instead of giving you my review on the awesomeness of Chachi Plays, I’m going to give you the reviews of other people from Chachi Plays.
First, let’s get the other individuals from Insert Coin to Begin out of the way with Bobby and Sorgatron.
Every year, Chachi Plays for Kids is such a highlight in my video game experience. For a few years, I always find myself stopping the admire two points. Usually Friday night when we have our first flux of people coming out to support or playing the Tetris Tournament, and Saturdayafternoon during the heated Mario Kart Tournament. This is when I look around and see so many people together, sharing their love of video games. Some are avid everyday players. Some not so much. But they’re all together around this common thing and helping kids’ art programs. This is when I’m proudest at what Chachi has brought together.
Bubble-Boy Bobby F. JTown
This year, I decided to take in more of Chachi Plays than in previous years. I arrived Friday night, Chachi was just starting his marathon, I believe he was playing Smash Brothers. The Tetris Tournament was a highlight of Friday night I placed 2nd due to an unforseen Chachi elimination due to disqualification and what not. But it was fun, and I got a trophy (Here The Cheat, have a trophy!) Anyways, I totally missed the 4:00am golf outing because I was wrapped in bubble wrap and had to sleep due to a long drive home the next day. I awoke around 7:30 and played some Soul Calibur IV with Brother Sorg, then my hour with Chachi was around 9:00 I brought 2 fighting games from home, which (sorry Chachi) Much to Chachi’s dismay we played Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Soul Calibur V. Later that day a bunch of people arrived for the Mario Kart tournament and we had a blast! All in all I had a great time during Chachi plays and want to thank all the wonderful people that donated and came to the event, Toonseum for hosting it, Sorg, Chris, Dudders, Matt, Brittney, Alexa, Missy and everyone that helped and participated in Chachi plays, and especially the man himself, Chachi! Thanks for doing this for the kids and donating your time to an awesome cause! I will be coming back next year and you should too!
I think Katie sums up her time with Chachi Plays beautifully with her review on the event:
It is the Monday after Chachi Plays and I am suffering from what I’ll call the Chachi Plays hangover. I have crashed from the sugar and caffeine highs and my body is sore from twirling, hooping, playing, and laughing. During the event, participants, volunteers, and lead super hero himself, Chachi, ate fruit snacks, junk food, and pizza, consumed caffeinated drinks, and played video games. We also played with hula-hoops, twirling batons, temporary tattoos, bubbles, and sidewalk chalk. In the words of the event’s Mario Kart champion, this was her childhood. This was all of our childhoods. Simply put, this year’s Chachi Plays was a celebration of being a kid again all while raising funds for the Toonseum and Father Ryan Arts Center.
Video games have played an important role in a lot of our lives, giving us a fun way to bond with family and friends. Personally, one of the highlights for me this year was seeing my niece exposed to her first Mario Kart tournament. Even though she’s still way too young to play, I know my brother and sister-in-law are looking forward to sharing their love of video games with her.
I’ve had the fortune to witness the inner workings of this event. I have witnessed the hard work of the volunteers and the friends that stay by Chachi’s side to make sure he makes it through his gaming marathon. Every one of them is so incredibly dedicated to making this event a success.
Chachi is a true super hero that has found a way to channel his talents and passion into a way to help others. Thank you Chachi, volunteers, entertainers, and staff at Toonseum for your hard work year after year. Thank you to all who participated, donated, visited, and spread the word. Finally, thank you Slice on Broadway and Anchor & Anvil Coffee Bar for providing the fuel for the event.
Now, Bobby, Sorg and myself have been doing this for a while, now. So why not get one of the first timers in on the action?
Matt “Super Pray” Carlins:
This was the first year I made the donation to secure my hour to play games with Chachi himself, and it was worth it! I was excited to see Chachi had one of my all-time favorite games, Tecmo Super Bowl for the NES. I wasn’t sure how I’d fare, but I was pleased to discover I still have some skills. I gleefully beat Chachi twice, first with the Phoenix Cardinals, then with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Chachi played as the Cleveland Browns for some reason.
After that, we switched over to another classic from my childhood – Pro Wrestling for the NES. I was scolded by the growing crowd of onlookers for even suggesting I would play as Starman. Instead, it was me as The Amazon vs. Chachi playing as Great Puma. I could barely remember how to play, but it didn’t matter. Chachi is a great sport and guided me along until my muscle memory returned. Before it was over, I hit the elusive “Super Pray” off the top rope!
I couldn’t make it out of the first round of the Mario Kart tournament, but that didn’t matter. My little sister won the whole thing! I am a proud brother, and also proud to know my donation is going to a great cause! Chachi Plays is great fun, and I hope it only gets bigger!
And, yes, let’s get the winner of the Mario Kart 8 tournament: Sarah Carlins:
Thanks for having me at the Chachi plays tournament! I wish that there had been more time to hang out and play all of the games that you guys had! Not only was it a great group of people but it was for a great cause as well. It was a ton of fun and I look forward to coming back next year to defend my title!
Thanks for everyone here that participated in Chachi Plays. I could tell your donations and your time influenced Chachi to chug along at the Toonseum. But you know something? We need to get a rep. from the Toonseum involved with this, so here is Alexa with her words about the event.
This past Friday August 7th and 8th marked the annual Chachi Plays event at The ToonSeum. I came to learn about Chachi Plays a few years ago thanks to Twitter, and ended up participating in the Street Fighter tournament. This was my first interaction with both Chachi Plays AND the ToonSeum. Since then I’ve begun working at the ToonSeum and taking part regularly in the charitable event.
I have to say that this particular year was my favorite. I spent 2AM-9:30AM at the ToonSeum being a responsible adult with a set of building keys… and a Playstation 4. Being that it was the wee hours of the morning, everything was extra fun like when you’re a little kid and staying up late was the coolest thing you could possibly do on a Friday night. This was the coolest thing I could possibly have done on a Friday night. Between Chachi himself switching between systems and games, to the 4AM Wii Golf Tournament that took approximately 2 hours to complete, to myself ripping through a new Dragon Age Inquisition playthrough, the whole night was a everything a game enthusiast could want: to be surrounded by funny people with the same interests.
I’d like to thank everyone involved for not only creating a great space for people of all ages to gather and game, but for also using their collective passions to support The ToonSeum and Father Ryan Arts Center. After all, video games are collaborative works of art and the Chachi Plays yearly event is a collaborative labor of love.
That last sentence really says a lot about what Chachi is doing. He’s doing this for a good cause and, also, he is doing this with the people that he calls friends because, honestly, that’s what video games are. They are a focal point to make or maintain friendships, connections and, well, doing it for charity and for the kids is just a darn good cause to play video games.
Still time to donate, guys. Go to ChachiPlays.com and donate now.
It’s been over a week since Insert Coin to Begin’s Extra Life marathon and I wanted to do a little write-up about it. Returning from last year’s marathon were: Bobby, Rizz, and Julie. This year, we got Sorg to join in with the festivities. Although I don’t think it needs to be said, I think I can safely say that we all had a blast playing video games for the kids.
I decided that my main game of the weekend would be Dragon Age: Origins. With Dragon Age Inquisition coming out in two weeks, I wanted to finish up my playthroughs. As of this writing, I still haven’t finished my DA:O run, but maybe this weekend…? (Although you can change your choices for DA:O and DA2 in Dragon Age Keep, I don’t think it would be fun without doing a complete playthrough!)
A little after the halfway point of our marathon, I found my attention span waning. My gaming goal was to get a good chunk of DA:O completed and to play some games I hadn’t played before. Sadly, I didn’t last more than 15 minutes in Pillars of Eternity, Broken Age, or Papers Please.
After staring at the screen for so long, I needed something that didn’t take a lot of thought. So, I decided to play Game Dev Tycoon for a bit. I managed to create some awesome games:
I shuffled through more games and wandered back to Mass Effect 3 co-op. I thought I’d be awesome and solo a bronze game…but I ended up dying during the extraction (last) wave. Unfortunately, I was unable to take screenshots of my tears.
Sometime after ME3 and a horrible time of getting stuck in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2, I jumped back into Dragon Age: Origins.
Overall, it was a great weekend. I had fun with the team, played video games, and got to help a worthy cause. I can’t wait for next year’s marathon!
Here is the complete list of games I played for Extra Life 2014:
Dragon Age: Origins
Animal Crossing (requested by Jennie!)
Pillars of Eternity
Crusader Kings 2
Mass Effect 3
Geometry Wars 2
The Force Unleashed 2
Cards Against Humanity
Heroes of Dragon Age
Game Dev Tycoon
Finally, I’d like to give a special thanks to my family, Kate, Jennie, Maddie, Claudia, Angela, Ryan, and Holly for donating.
If you were unable to catch the stream, Sorg created this really cool time lapse video of our 24hours.
We discuss what the cast have been playing recently.
We talk about the challenge which was Maximum Carnage.
We unveil next weeks challenge which is Primal Rage.
We talk about what new releases are coming out! Including: Dead Rising 3 (XB1), Ryse (XB1), Mario Party Island Tour (3ds), Peggle 2 (XB1), Soul Calibur 2 (XBLA, PSN) and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3ds).
We talk about the free GTA DLC coming out.
We talk a little Legend of Zelda.
Rizz talks about Xbox turning basically into a computer. Does the rest of the cast agree?
We discuss what the cast have been playing recently.
We talk about the challenge which was Home Alone. Was Bobby alone again in playing the challenge?
We unveil next weeks challenge which is Maximum Carnage.
We talk about what new releases are coming out! Including: Knack, Killzone, Driveclub for PS4, Sonic and Mario at the Winter Games for WiiU, Injustice: Gods Among Us Edition, Barbie Dream House Party, Farming Simulator and Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea.
We discuss the Extra Life drive we held last week.
We talk about the Forza 5 game. Is less more for this game?
Chachi and Rizz tell us about beating Call of Duty: Ghosts.
We talk about the longest we have ever played one game.
Chachi is joined by Bobby, Rizz, and Kat this week, the crew talks about what they played this week, along with the Extra-Life.org 24 Hour game-a-thon and their favorite game trailers or commercials. This week’s challenge is to get some sleep.. So, check it out and Give us some feedback. And, if you like it, join us live Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. EST on live.sorgatronmedia.com!
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We are teaming up with Extra Life and the Children’s Miracle Network in order to donate money for our local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Extra Life began in 2008 as a way of honoring a young lady named Victoria Enmon and her battle with Leukemia. Sadly, she is no longer with us but her memory has lived on for the past five years that Extra Life has been in existence. We are proud to do all that we can to help little Tori’s memory live on.
This is the first time we have partnered up with Extra Life and we intend to get our “game on” for the kids. The motto for Insert Coin to Begin has always been to provide gaming news for gamers BY GAMERS. Because that’s what we are, gamers. We’re not built for charity 5ks or Dance-a-thons, we’re gamers.
So far, we have FOUR members for Team Insert Coin to Begin. First, you have me (Hi, I’m Zach…Rizza…Rizz…The guy that’s writing this…whatever you want to call me). We, also, have two writers for Insert Coin to Begin joining the fun Robert Snyder and Kat Raikes.
However, you loyal readers of Insert Coin to Begin, YES YOU READING THIS RIGHT NOW, can join Team Insert Coin to Begin! You can be anywhere in the World and still be a part of Team ICTB. With joining us, you will be able to join us on Google Hangout as we (and maybe you) play video games…for twenty-four straight hours (with potty breaks, of course. We’re not machines!). All you have to do is go to OUR TEAM PAGE and register with us (make sure you choose “JOIN A TEAM” and then choose us *smile*. As you can see, we got our first fan member of Team ICTB. Thank you, Sarah.
If you’re interested in just donating to one of the team members that we have already mentioned, just bring the cursor over to our names and click, it will take you directly to our page. If you want to go directly to our team page, CLICK HERE!
Our goal is $500 and the more people on our team will make this a whole lot easier to reach it and blow the roof off of the goal.