There are countless ways to cleverly combine an event with a fundraising purpose. There are marathons organized solely for the purpose of raising money for a cause, there are teams that go bowling in an effort to raise pledges per every pin dropped, and those who participate in endurance trials to raise awareness for a particular charity or other organization.
And then there is Jason Superior, who is going to play a notoriously difficult video game in order to raise money that will go toward fighting cancer. His web content partner, Jason Omega, is going to donate a nickel himself for every time Superior dies in the virtual environment; a death total they expect to number in the hundreds, possibly well over a thousand.
The event is happening rather soon; in fact, as of press time, it is merely hours away. The targeted timing is 10:00pm Eastern time on Wednesday, November 21. The good news, though, for anyone who misses the live stream: It appears that donations are being accepted through December 9th.
Of course, others can donate towards the effort as well, and are encouraged to do so on the same page where they can watch Superior engage in seemingly masochistic gameplay. Even if that live-gameplay link is not being browser-friendly for visitors, there is a direct page for Chipin-enabled donations as well.
The game in question is I Wanna Be The Guy: Gaiden, the third in a series of intentionally very-difficult games based on challenging portions from old-school titles, heavily tweaked in their own uniquely flavored style. Gaiden features characters and settings from the 8- and 16-bit eras of gaming, when such consoles as the Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis were prevalent, with popular cartridges such as Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out! and Street Fighter II.
The scenario of playing a game in public view for the purpose of raising funds for a cause is not entirely unprecedented; in fact, the Child’s Play charity events follow a strikingly similar formula. However, the important distinction is that regardless of who is doing the playing, publishing, or promoting, it is the people currently suffering from cancer who should be the focal point. With Superior playing his humble part, hopefully at least a modest sum can go toward improving the quality of life of others.
Jason Superior is the co-creator and creative strategist at gaming culture site Doublekill.us, and this “Jason Superior Wants To Be The Guy Who Cures Cancer” event is being held in conjunction with the overarching “Great American Cancer Society Event” effort, which several other gaming websites are participating in, each in their own way.
Eric Bailey blogs at NintendoLegend.com, where he is reviewing every American-released NES video game. He also serves as Editor-In-Chief of retro gaming features site 1MoreCastle.com, and can be followed on Twitter @Nintendo_Legend.