For our 5th big charity game-a-thon, the UPickVG crew is proud to be venturing off to a brand new, undiscovered land: Refraction co-working space in Reston, Virginia! “But wait!” you exclaim, because you are very clever, and you not only read the title of this post, but you also distinctly remember UPickVG IV last year… Read More »
We have a number of prizes for the UPickVG 5 charity marathon, donated through our sponsors and players. “Prizes? I love prizes!” you say. We do too! Who doesn’t? What prizes do we have? These! Just a few examples of fabulous prizes we have to give away during UPickVG 5! “How get prizes?” Well my… Read More »
During a UPickVG game-a-thon for charity, your charity donations pick the games we play. It’s pretty much our “thing.” But donations aren’t the only thing that determine the game of the hour (every hour!): there’s also… THE WHEEL OF DESTINY! If you need a little refresher course on how the Wheel of Destiny works, we’re… Read More »
When you think of water scarcity, what comes to mind? Do you imagine hot, arid deserts? Dusty roads with bright sun and no shelter? Or do you imagine green mountains with arable land? Silty river basins with long rainy seasons? Two of our past charity: water projects, in Rwanda and Cambodia, present a unique conundrum… Read More »
There’s a lot that goes into livestreaming video games, and even more so when you’re trying to stream 48 hours straight (or longer), playing a huge variety of console games that were never meant for streaming in the first place, and only having 10 minutes of warning for each game before making an hourly switch!… Read More »
Our location sponsor for World Water Day this year is at one of our favorite local gaming and comic shops! Called, fortunately, Comics & Gaming Fairfax! They utilize two shops, one maximizing their layout for tabletop games and the other down the road in the Fair Oaks Mall, carrying more of their single issue and… Read More »
If you took a look at our streaming setup “before,” just a few short months ago, you might have noticed that things here at U-Pick were literally held together with tape and sheer love. But we’ve spent the last few months pouring even more love (but a lot less tape) into our setup, and we’re… Read More »
During the U-Pick Video Game Marathon for Charity, two things determine the games we play for your amusement: your donations, and the Wheel of Destiny. As donations come in, we log them according to the game that was requested in each donation. Every dollar is logged as 1 Point for that game (and yes, cents… Read More »
Want to learn more about what we do here at the U-Pick Video Game Marathon for Charity, and how we do it? We recently sat down to answer some questions from Slashdot (/.)’s timothy about what we do, and how it all happens. Check out the two-part interview on Slashdot’s site to see Grant and… Read More »
Long-time viewers and anyone who’s watched our archive footage can tell you: our streaming setup works (most of the time), but it ain’t always pretty. The unique challenges of our charity marathon stream (changing games every hour, on the hour, with less than 10 minutes’ warning as to what game & system to switch to) have led to a lot of “just make it work” type solutions to get us on the air.
This month, we’re changing that.