The Completionist: EarthBound
The final day of the EarthBound Bash was a few days ago, and so much happened that I barely remember it all. If I forget anything here, let me know in the comments!
Some of the stuff that happened on the last day included:
Trash burgers! These were actually originally intended to come out of a pinata, but at the last minute we stuck them in an actual nasty trash can. I’m pretty sure I ingested some new types of germs :X
Marcus played through the Deep Darkness part of the game, but since the game was broken most of the time he worked on it, he didn’t really know what to do or where to go. But, with the help of me and a strategy guide, he got up to Tenda Village! All the while, I asked him about various localization tidbits, such as the origin of the name “Deep Darkness”, the Master Barf/Master Puke thing, and of course the Casey Bat item, which I personally feel was one of the best localization changes in the game.
We also did some more Skype and phone calls with viewers!
We had a Skype chat with good old Mitch/mSprout, who you might remember as a really old EarthBound.Net/Starmen.Net member and the guy who made all the awesome comics during the MOTHER 3 translation!
I asked Marcus to read one of EarthBound’s reviews from back in the day!
We had a Skype chat with game industry icon Aaron Linde!
We also Skyped with Andrew Goldfarb/GARFEP, who was also an old EB.Net/SM.Net member who went on to have a crazy career and is now an editor over at IGN!
We opened up lots of mail from fans!
We auctioned off a ton more stuff for the Speak Your Silence charity!
At one point it turned out that we had raised something like $9000.50 for Speak Your Silence, so a Dragon Ball Z improv skit was thrown together!
We had a Skype chat with the Far From Subtle/Awesome Video Games/Video Games Awesome guys! ROFISH even hijacked their own green screen and put in our own backgrounds, mwahaha!
I was a little star-struck myself so I didn’t say a whole lot, but the topic of my MOTHER 3 offer did come up. It made me realize I should make an update sometime to clarify some things, so I’ll probably do that sometime in the near future.
An auction goal was met, so we tried to shave ROFISH’s beard off with the cheapest disposable razors we could find. It did not work well.
Phone, an old Starmen.Net member who was always causing trouble in the old days, donated a lot of money and phoned in and chatted with us. After some technical tomfoolery, Reid and I unbanned him live for everyone to see! And viewers got to see the secret inner workings of the Starmen.Net forum!
A Starman DX pinata got smashed:
And of course only Marcus could smash the Pokey one… but not before giving it a hug first!
The main auction finally took place!
The auction took a while, and eventually it was down to Team Chugga, Team Video Games Awesome, and Team Speedgamers!
Meeellla and Laura MW made special figures for the teams and added little accessories each time the bids went higher:
…But then Esther Zinn swooped in at the last second to win the cart for something over $5000 😯
As it was a cutthroat auction, the cart brought in more than $14,000 for James! That’s incredible 😯
Then it was time to wrap things up, so we ran a credits sequence of our own!
It was over!
Or so people thought! We actually had an encore auction immediately afterward to get someone in the gold Starman suit – and the honor went to none other than Ben Bizzle, the guy who started the whole For James charity idea to begin with!
But it kept on going! The extra auction didn’t meet the goal needed to get Chewy to read the final battle of the official MOTHER 2 novel, but she instead shared the rest of the story of Jack Andonuts, Jeff’s brother!
Also, the gold Starman suit was auctioned off!
After that I forget what happened, but I know there was other stuff. In fact, I’ve actually forgotten a LOT of what happened on Day 3, so what you see here is only a portion of everything. Like I said last month or so, this wasn’t just any live video game stream, but this was even crazier than I’d imagined!
Totaled up, the EarthBound Bash raised over $23,000 for charity!
(The number there is actually inaccurate, the real total should be higher thanks to the post-event donations)
Thanks to everyone who donated and tuned in and participated in some way! It was a blast!
And I hope Reid’s still on enough of an excitement high that he’ll be open to doing an EarthBound Zero one or a MOTHER 3 one sometime 😛
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