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Review: Legend of Grimrock 2

Posted by Jack Gardner


The Isle of Nex, an isolated land of mystery and monsters, has a will of its own. Four prisoners wash ashore, guided through the rocky shoals by a mysterious intelligence. The nature of the convicts’ crimes, even their previous identities, no longer matter as the group of four attempt to survive and escape the deadly designs of the island’s master. It is a simple set up, certainly one that has been used countless times before, but Legend of Grimrock 2 squeezes every bit of traction out of that familiar scenario. The island presents itself as a giant puzzle for the player to solve, a puzzle surrounded by deadly traps and hungry monsters. 

Legend of Grimrock 2 was reviewed on PC.

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Microsoft Releases Halo: Nightfall Trailer And Announces HaloFest

Posted by Jack Gardner


It is a good time to be a Halo fan. The Master Chief Collection is heading to Xbox One next month and Microsoft is launching the hype machine with today's announcements. 

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Trove Closed Beta Access Now Available to Extra Lifers!

Posted by Rick Heaton


 For several years now, the Extra Life community has enjoyed the ardent support of Trion Worlds and their community of generous players.  Today, I’m thrilled to announce that Trion Worlds is granting access to the closed beta for Trove to Extra Lifers that raise at least $15 for their local hospital.

 Trove is an open-ended voxel adventure through countless realms filled with quests, chests, and enemies great and small. It’s a potent, cube-shaped brew of RPG features combined with the thrill of exploring procedurally-generated worlds – and the unlimited creative freedom to build your own!

Level your character with a growing range of Classes from the Gunslinger to the upcoming Candy Barbarian. Each Class has unique abilities and play styles to help you vanquish enemies and rake in powerful magic items, rare trophies, and more!

Build to your heart’s content in massive Club Worlds and in your personal Cornerstone, a home away from home wherever you go. Collect items and gear made by your fellow players or make and submit your own – including items, gear, Dungeons, Lairs and more!

 Access codes are triggered automatically to come to anyone that reaches the $15 fundraising level, so be sure to watch for an email with yours, once you pass that amount.  They do not trigger in real time, so please be patient.

 For more information on Trove, including system requirements, please visit http://www.trionworlds.com/trove/

 We’re thrilled to offer Extra Lifers another new experience on game day.  Thank you Trion Worlds!


Community Post: Gaming Marathons - The Healthy Way

Posted by Guest Author


It’s finally here. The day you’ve been waiting on for months. Your gaming frenzy. Your chance to act like a giddy teenager and play video games for hours on end. You haven’t been able to do this since college, but at last you’ve got permission from your spouse and by golly you’re going to do it. 24 hours of pure bliss. No kids, no interruptions. It’s just you and your pixels on a mission to fill your face with more gaming than you can handle. So, are you interested in doing it right? You should be. Why? Because gaming for hours on end, despite how fun it may be, can be hazardous to your health if you don’t do it the right way - the healthy way. 

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Twitch, reddit, Trion Worlds, SOE and more team up for Humble Flash bundle: Extra Life

Posted by Jeromy (Doc)

Extralife_flash_badgeThis year Extra Life is teaming up with Humble Bundle to provide a pay-what-you-want bundle of PC games to the community with proceeds going to support our mission to heal sick kids. We're bringing in awesome stuff from all over the internet including content from great indie developers, Twitch, reddit, Trion Worlds, Sony Online Entertainment and more!

To help make this year's event even more special we've made a Humble badge that you can embed on your livestream page to show your support for the bundle. We're also proud to announce a brand new global emote on twitch that you can activate by typing HumbleLife. 

The bundle festivities are now live at https://www.humblebundle.com/flash. Please see below for the full list of products in the Humble Flash Bundle: Extra Life. 


Pay what you want for:

Potatoman Seeks the Troof

Trove Closed Beta Humble Extra Life Starter Pack

Defiance Humble Extra Life Starter Pack

Lone Survivor Director's Cut

Twitch Turbo 30-Day Subscription

Reddit Gold 30-Day Subscription

Landmark 1-Week Beta Access

Pay $6 or more to also unlock:

You Don't Know Jack Classic Pack

King Arthur's Gold

SpeedRunners (Early Access Game)

Rift Humble Extra Life Starter Pack

Pay $13 or more to receive all of the above, plus:

Nom Nom Galaxy (Early Access Game)

King Arthur's Gold Squad Pack (three additional copies of the game)

Please let us know if you have any questions or need anything to help support this campaign!

Promote your Extra Life campaign with Instant Replay clips, easily stream with Raptr

Posted by Jeromy (Doc)

Promoting your own personal Extra Life campaign to friends and family is key, both before and during your marathon. One tool that can help make the process easier and more effective is Raptr’s free PC client.


Our Extra Life movement is super-enthused to have gained the support of Raptr for 2014!

There are two things the Raptr client can do that are especially relevant to Extra Life: video Instant Replays and easy Twitch streaming. Instant Replays are short form (like 15-30 second) gameplay clips that don’t require editing and are shareable on Raptr.com, YouTube, and social media. These clips can include microphone voice over or an inset webcam, so you can actually use Instant Replays to create short pitch videos for your Extra Life efforts, which you can even embed on your Extra Life profile! Or, if you’re not streaming your marathon, you can use Instant Replays to update your backers during your play time. Here’s a quick walkthrough on how to capture Instant Replays.

Raptr itself is participating in Extra Life (here’s their team page), and also working with hardware partners AMD, CyberpowerPC, XFX, Mionix, and Astro to offer a gaming PC and peripherals to one lucky Extra Life fundraiser who creates an Extra Life-themed replay -- full details on their #ExtraLife2014 event over here.


Twitch Streaming With Nearly No Set-up

There are many ways to stream your PC gameplay to Twitch -- But what if you lack the time for experimentation or the technical know-how  to get up and running?  If you want to stream your Extra Life marathon with a minimum of set-up, consider giving Raptr’s integrated Twitch streaming a try. If you have a modern video card, you’ll notice hardly any performance impact while you stream, thanks to hardware video encoding! Here’s a streaming walkthrough.  

One note: You can’t take Instant Replays at the same time as you’re actively streaming.

If you want to get started, you can download Raptr thusly:



Announcing the ESA Foundation Challenge for 2014

Posted by Rick Heaton

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Since 2010, the ESA Foundation has supported the Extra Life program in a ton of ways, and for 2014 they’re taking that support to a whole new level as they challenge towns large and small to do all they can to support their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Their generous $60,000 grant will be divided into two prizes that gamers can unlock for their hospital by working together to raise all they can for the sick and injured kids that Extra Life supports.

 Prize #1:  Most Overall Fundraising - $30,000

ESA Foundation is awarding a $30,000 prize to the hospital whose gamers raise the most money overall by 8:00am Central Time on Sunday, October 26th.  Last year, Oakland occupied that top spot, narrowly beating out Austin and Boston. The winning city will be crowned on the stream.  The totals used to determine a winner will include only funds raised and received by the deadline.  This is another great reason to get your offline gifts in early or convert them to digital donations. Current Standings

 The ESA Foundation recognizes however, that not every town is big enough to make a play for the top spot, while the needs of smaller hospitals and the kids they serve are just as important.  That’s were this prize comes in.

 Prize #2:  Most Fundraising Per Capita -  $30,000

 Using census data for the areas served by our hospitals, an additional award of $30,000 will be unlocked for the hospital with the highest per capita fundraising.  To compute per capita we divide the population of the area by the dollars raised for that hospital.  The hospital with the highest per capita amount at 8:00 am Central Time on Saturday, October 26th will win.  Again, only funds that are raised and received by this time will be counted towards this figure.  Last year, several hospitals came just a few dollars from winning in this category.  Current Standings


Please join us in showing our humble gratitude to our long-time partners at the ESA Foundation for their ferocious support of our efforts to play games and heal kids.


Community Post: Role-Playing Life - The Making Of...

Posted by Guest Author


I opened up the discussion in my last article about my love for role-playing games. Throughout my life these types of games have fascinated me. I have spent months playing many different games and enjoying the time spent with friends as we plotted along each adventure. As the hours flew by with the roll of dice, the stories unfolded. 

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OnLive and Samsung Partner To Offer Three Months Of OnLive Service With The Galaxy Note 4

Posted by Jack Gardner


OnLive and Samsung have announced a new partnership today that will offer Samsung Galaxy Note 4 users three months of cloud gaming for free. 

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Check Out Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Intro Cinematic

Posted by Jack Gardner


Jeez, there is just something that gets to me about people leaving Earth to travel through space. The imagery feels inspiring, adventurous, and terrifying all at once. The folks at Firaxis have done a fantastic job of capturing that tumult of emotion in the cinematic that introduces their game. 

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