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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Extra Life Charity EXTRAVAGANZA!


Hey, folks.

Wow it's been a long time since I used this page. Hopefully some of you still check here. Giveaways/raffles for donations are in the works and I'm slowly procuring as many games and items as I can to giveaway. Please check back soon.

I was wondering if you, your company, or anyone you know would like to support the CheapAssGamer Extra Life team? While monetary donations are the primary method of support, the Team also accepts physical items or download codes to help encourage people to do
nate and potentially get one of the donated prizes from team members and generous sponsors like yourself. We'd also publicize your support (if you'd like) and provide links to the related website(s) whenever possible. Let me know if you think you have anything you would like to share.

Link to my Donation page: http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=32243

Here's a link to TEAM CAG's thread: http://www.cheapassgamer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=327201

Below is the primary post of the thread that links to the Extra Life pages and whatnot. :)

Thanks for reading and I hope to hear back from you soon.


Extra Life, an annual 24-hour video game marathon that raises money to help heal sick kids at your local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. It's never been this much fun to do this much good.
Essentially you sign up, and send people to your donate page that you customize. Listed is your picture and your goal. You pledge to game for 24 hours straight to raise money for the hospital of your choice from their drop down menu (ie All Childrens in Tampa, Fl was one of them). Then on October 20th, 2012 at 9am your local standard time, you start gaming.

Its really easy, and something most of us tend to do. Hell good karma, and a great reason to take a day off from work to help the children.

Here's a link to the Extra Life registration page with more information -----> Click Here: http://www.extra-life.org/
Here's a link to the Team Cheap Ass Gamer Extra Life Team Page -----> Click Here: http://www.extra-life.org/team/cheapassgamer
Here's a link to the Children's Miracle Network for more information on there organizational and mission statement ----> Click Here: http://childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org/

We now have a Facebook page! - HERE: http://www.facebook.com/pages/CAG-Extra-Life-Charity-Team/000000000000000?sk=wall

Current Team Cheap Ass Gamer Contests & Lowballs for Extra Life
Frostybroc's PSN, Steam, or XBL Code Raffle: Drawing will be held September 8th, 2012 1pm EST
LINK: http://www.cheapassgamer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=327514

Team Members & Gamertags

frostybroc: frostybroc
SunFire14: oO_Sunfire_Oo Sunfire14
Smoke7: Smokey1879, Smokey18
randomdud : ObsidianSpjre, ObsidianSpire, Obsidian Spire (Steam)
JustSurvive: JustSurvived
kburns10: KBURNS10 KBURNS10
Evozakira: evozakira

End of the Season Raffle
I have received some items from NIS America, and I'm expecting a package from Naughty Dog (Sorry Gamers) to help motivate you guys to get out there and reach your goals!

So far for the prizes for the End of the Season Raffle, we have:
Disgaea 3 - PSVita
Plush Prinnies x3
Deathko Keychains x2
Valvatorez Keychains x2
Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland OST x4

Uncharted 3 x4
Uncharted 3 Collector's Edition x1[/QUOTE]

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Extra Life- Gaming Marathon for Charity!


CAG Thread: http://www.cheapassgamer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=299750

CAG Contest thread: http://www.cheapassgamer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=8967873#post8967873

Intro to Extra Life:

Dear Friends,

Help me get in the game!

I'm raising money and awareness for my local Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

On Oct. 22, 2011, I'll attempt to play video games for 24 hours straight in hopes you'll support me by giving just $1 per hour ($24 total).

Your donation is tax-deductible and 100 percent of your gift goes to help kids.

My fellow Extra Life gamers and I are going to make miracles happen for kids. I can't reach my goal without your support. Any contribution will help, and all donations are tax deductible. Donating online is safe and easy! To make an online donation please click the "Support This Participant" button on this page.

Thank you for your time, support and participation.

Obsidian Spire/ randomdud

Saturday, October 1, 2011

NES Cartridge Art Giveaway- 2 Different Cartridge Designs Up for Grabs!


So far everyone seems to have specified which cart they prefer first and followed the other rules. Thanks for reading, folks, and hopefully with everyone's interest and help I can convince 72pins' team to donate carts in the future.

However, just thought of this: let's hit some milestones. I'm currently at about 150 entries. Let's hit 250 by Wednesday and I'll include a super secret related prize with each cart. If we hit more than 250, I'll have to come up with something even better than what I'm planning. I dare ya to make me spend more money, People!

/I'm going to regret this so much

D'oh! Seems like I forgot to include the tumblr and twitter entries for 72Pins! That puts us at around 300 entries already. I'm going to have to raise the bar to 375 because we need solid goals!


Hello, everyone. I have one of each design pictured above from the awesome 72Pins.com (1 Shadow of the Colossus NES, 1 Halo NES).  These cartridge designs are almost entirely for display purposes only, as the games underneath them are not changed to be based on the games of the same name, so please be aware of that. Here's how to enter (You can get multiple entries by doing more than one listed method). Please post your order of preference if you happen to win as well. :)

Contest ends: 10/7/2011 at 12:30 PM 

 Method 1- post a comment on this blog post/forum thread- with a way to contact you (email/ CAG username/ the Kartel Username)

Method 2- Send me a tip for an article to write about or a cool picture or something awesome at thedeathofnormailty@gmail.com

Method 3- Follow this blog (The Death of Normailty) with your Google Account on the right hand side or follow http://blog.72pins.com/ with your Tumblr account on the top right.

Method 4- Like us on Facebook here:

Method 5- Follow either twitter account @ ObsidianSpy or @72Pins and/or mention our usernames in conjunction with this giveaway -

Method 6 & 7- Post this giveaway on another forum or website to help spread the word. Please include a link to where you posted this giveaway in your entry post or email. You can do this entry method twice if you have two sites you'd like to share it on.

Method 8- Donate any amount you'd like through the Paypal bar on the right hand side. I will give one additional entry to the donor for their first donation above 10 cents. :)

Good luck and may the best 2 people win.

From the 72Pins' Team
And myself, TheDeathofNormailty owner, Randomdud also known as Obsidian Spire

Friday, August 26, 2011

Why PSN Gamesharing Is Good For The Gaming World.

Hello thar! You may be asking yourself, "isn't gamesharing technically illegal?" Why yes, good person, it is; but like so many other illegal activities, what the cops don't know about won't hurt them. ;)  Allow me to explain what gamesharing is for the people who don't know what it is. A gameshare is pretty simple, actually; what it is is 5 people share a PSN account that has downloadable games, content, and stuff on it. Because 5 people are sharing the account, they only have to spend 1/5th of the normal price.  Everyone has the same access to the account and can keep the games - play them on their main account and all that. All you need to do is make sure you keep the password and username safe and pay diligently. And that's gamesharing in a nutshell.  

Now, the drawbacks to gamesharing as stated by publishers and developers are these: less profit since 5 people now only have to buy 1 copy, illegal, and a punishable offense through banning from Playstation Network.  Here's why those reasons are complete bullcrap: 1. Many people who gameshare weren't going to buy your game unless it cost 1/5th the price, so you aren't losing any sales. 2. Legality of the situation is a little more complex- Developers and Sony can disable gamesharing by installing DRM if they choose to, but most of the time they don't.  They don't because it's designed for a "legitimate purpose" where people who either lose their first PS3 or have multiple PS3's can share their content across the different systems.  Legally speaking, once you've accepted the EULA from Sony, and occasionally Developers, you've agreed to their terms and conditions. 

However, conflicting information arises from within Sony itself and certain developers about gamesharing, partially because it was initially advertised as a feature of the PS3. Certainly not a feature they inteded to use for most normal people, I guess. Here's my counter argument, if it's illegal: keep track of PS3's and have them registered under each different person's name and then when someone has a PS3 registered under the name of someone else pop up on their console, you know they're gamesharing. Quite frankly, this approach would make gamesharing almost impossible to do safely for any PS3 actively connected to the internet, so bravo Sony for not pulling the "smart-ass" move on us.

3rd.Because they don't actively enforce gamesharing rules, gamesharing is riding that fine line between legal and illegal and will continue to stay that way till the end of the PS3. Banning someone's console from PSN is almost like removing the hardware from a computer that allows it to read 1's and 0's as machine code: it's a horrible, horrible outcome for most people.  Is it fair? No, but is it legal? Yes, yes it is. Sony's EULA clearly states they have the right to terminate any user's "privileges" to PSN if found doing illicit activities; however, I believe access to the internet is a right once you've purchased the hardware. Despite what you do with computers, no one has the right to take away your computer hardware once you've bought it (unless it has something horrifying on it, like child porn; I'm all for arresting pedophiles and molesters).  Do you believe in freedom of the internet and the right to choose what you want to do on it? Post your thoughts below.