Hbomberguy, a Youtuber and Twitch streamer, has raised $340,000 for a trans charity by playing Donkey Kong 64 for 57 hours straight.
After 24 hours without sleep, humans tend to lose a lot of their performance. Reflexes are slowed, cognitive ability is impaired, and you’re just generally worse at everything. After 48 hours, dizziness, blurred vision, and headaches are common. After 72 hours, we’re pretty sure you can be declared legally insane.
Thankfully, this charity stream didn’t get to that point. It ended after 57 straight hours with over $340,000 raised for transgender rights in the UK.
The charity streamer was Harry Brewis, who goes by Hbomberguy in all his various social media outlets. The target of his charity was Mermaids UK, an organization dedicated to the assistance of young people in Britain with gender identity issues.
And the reason why was this guy: TV writer Graham Linehan, the comedian who penned Father Ted and The IT Crowd. For whatever reason, Linehan is quite vocally opposed to anything to do with trans people, to the point where he managed to convince the UK lottery to hold up a grant to Mermaids by organizing an emailing campaign of “concerned parents.”
We’re not sure exactly what they were concerned about other than the fact that trans people exist and often need assistance thanks to horrible bigots like Graham Linehan.
But where evil people try to do evil things, nice people step in to help fight back! In this case, our hero chose Donkey Kong 64 as his game, and prefaced it with an explanation on his YouTube channel.
Brewis had never beaten DK64 before, having only gotten 69% complete as a child. The goal was to get the game 101% complete and help raise awareness of transgender issues while he was at it.
Beginning on January 18th and ending on January 21st, Brewis played for 57 hours and 44 minutes without rest.
Not only did Brewis succeed in his goal of raising trans awareness, but he also got a ton of celebs to help out, including shout outs from Matthew Mercer, Cher, and Neil Gaiman. He also got a bunch of notable people to appear on stream, like Chelsea Manning, Doom and Quake creator John Romero, Fallout: New Vegas director Josh Sawyer, and even Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Perhaps the highlight of the stream was the appearance of Grant Kirkhope, who not only was the composer for Donkey Kong 64, but also voiced Donkey Kong. So now we have audio of Donkey Kong proclaiming "Trans Rights!"
By the end, Brewis himself couldn’t believe what he’d accomplished. The final tally was over $340,000, but people can still donate to Mermaids thanks to their donation link here.
Thank you all. So much. I didn't plan for this, and I never could have done. A lot of more specific thanks are in order when I can get to them, but first and foremost for the sake of best keeping track, donate from now directly to @Mermaids_Gender athttps://t.co/HvVtlEd5j4— H.Bomberguy (@Hbomberguy) January 21, 2019