Living Life to the Fullest

Ramblings of a diverse female

Playing Red Dead Redemption for Charity May 24, 2010

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My gaming club organized a 24 hour gaming event to raise money for the Child’s Play charity. The charity improves children’s lives with toys and games. Since Red Dead Redemption had just been released and over 40 of us owned the game, it was decided that it would be the game to play.

It started at noon on Saturday, May 22 and ended at noon on Sunday, May 23. We had lots of people participate. Some of our members, probably about 8 or 9, played for the entire 24 hours. I played about 12 hours total. My eyes were bugging out and my hands were hurting, and ached for days afterwards. Not used to playing that long.

Anyway, we raised $1800. Not bad for a first time charity event. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any screen shots of game play during the event. But everyone had a great time, got a bunch of trophies and played for a wonderful cause.


RDR First Impression May 23, 2010

I received Red Dead Redemption on Friday. I was thrilled to find it in the mailbox, but surprisingly, I resisted the urge to tear open the packaging and pop the game into the PS3. Instead, I ate lunch and read through the user guide. By the time I was done reading, I couldn’t wait to start playing. This game is going to be fantastic. 

Red Dead Redemption Map


I unfolded the map that was included and was amazed how huge this open world game map is. I think I read somewhere that it’s the largest open world map to date. All those places to explore! With names like Bear Claw Camp, an area where bears are abundant, and The Hanging Rock where a noose hangs from a tree on a large rock. 


I put the game in, it went through the installation process and then downloaded an update. I watched the opening story and was very impressed with the graphics. I played through the first 3 or 4 tutorial type missions that introduce you to navigating and interacting with the environment, people and animals. Then it was time to go exploring. I set a waypoint and galloped off. 

A saloon


I found flowers that you can pick and then sell them to a doctor. Animals that you kill for meat and skin then sell those to a local shopkeeper. I found people to interact with along the trail. Some need help in one way or another and others are sitting around a campfire and will tell you a tale. That’s just the beginning. There is so much to do in this game it will take months to finish. And I’m glad. 

Bonnie MacFarlane - owner of MacFarlane's Ranch and the first person that John works for.


Red Dead Redemption May 17, 2010

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Rockstar will be releasing their new game Red Dead Redemption tonight at midnight. This is a third person, open world action-adventure western game set in the early 20th century.

Quite a few people in my gaming group have pre-ordered the game. Some of them will pick it up tonight at midnight. I’ve also pre-ordered it, but it won’t arrive until May 24th. At least that’s what the retailer said. I’m going to be optimistic and I will see it in my mailbox on May 20th.