Play Games for 24 Hours to Support Children's Hospitals

Play Games for 24 Hours to Support Children's Hospitals

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The Extra Life marathon seeks to prove that videogaming and pediatric care are a natural fit for each other.

Ladies and gentlemen of the Escapist Community, today I'd like to take off my Escapist Newsie hat and ask you a question: If it were possible to save the lives of children around the world by doing nothing more than playing videogames all day, would you? If you are like me, you will have asked yourself this question many times, but today I am glad to inform you that the answer is finally within your grasp. That answer has taken the form of Extra Life, a 24-Hour Game Marathon held each October to raise funds for children's hospitals. Having personally participated in the event each year since its inception, I will be returning for its fifth season, and am looking for your help to make it the resounding success it deserves to be.

Here's how it works: On Saturday, October 20th, from 8AM to 8AM, I will be be playing games. Videogames, board games, and roleplaying games are all on the table, and I'm hoping those reading this (especially you!) will sponsor my efforts via tax-deductible donations to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Speaking from personal experience, this is perhaps the most enjoyable way I've ever directly supported a charity, and it allows you to directly contribute to pediatric treatment and research worldwide.

Extra Life was started in 2008 by Sarcastic Gamer as a way for the gaming community to directly support children's cancer research. The charity's partnership with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals now allows individual participants to earmark funds for specific hospitals in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. Extra Life has successfully raised $2 million for children's hospitals, including $1.1 million in 2011 alone. That little detail was more than enough to convince me that an entire day of gaming could be time well-spent.

If you'd be interested in supporting me, please stop by my sponsor page and make a donation. Any amount will be accepted, but since I've set a personal goal of $1000, contributions of at least $24 dollars ($1 per hour) would be awesome. Alternatively, if you think this opportunity is too incredible to pass up yourself, you can sign up for the event to enjoy a full day of gaming confident in the knowledge that your fundraising efforts will directly help kids around the world.

So how about it, people? Let's show the world yet again what gamers can do.

WHEN: October 20, 2012 @ 8am (Or choose a date that works for your schedule)

WHERE: Anywhere you like to game (Most people play from home!)

GAME/PLATFORM: Play any games on any platforms you want including mobile devices!

HOW IT WORKS: Simply ask your friends and family to sponsor your efforts. They can make a monthly pledge or a one-time gift. Then, have a seat and play games on October 20th.

WHO IT BENEFITS: Gamers select the children's hospital they want to play for during registration. In the US and Canada there are more than 170 CMN Hospitals to choose from. Players may also choose to play for hospitals in the UK and Australia.

As always you can register for Extra Life absolutely free, however we'd like you to consider the $15 Platinum option, which makes you eligible to receive lot's of goodies and prizes throughout the campaign, including the official 2012 Extra Life T-shirt when you hit $200 in funds raised.

Thank you for stopping by, and thanks for a taking a few minutes to join our fight to save kids' lives.

For more information, check out the Extra Life FAQ.

Source: Extra Life

Extra Life is not an Escapist sponsored event, and the decision to participate in the marathon is entirely my own.

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Pfft, I game for 24 hours everyday! That was sarcastic, Jeez.

I don't see any one of my friends or family sponsoring this but I'll still do the 24-hour marathon anyway.

Maybe record it.

Possibly die at the end.

I could do it, but some offhand comments that i made in the past concerning charities in general would just get me raised eyebrows and piercing glares if i asked anyone i know to sponsor me for a charity event...

I'll do it, I have no idea what I'll play but I'll do it.

TF2 for 24 hours would be perfect for finishing all the MANN UP missions

Actually interested in this, but how does one sign up for UK hospitals? I've looked at the site and can't find anywhere that includes UK based locations.

EDIT: Never mind, figured it out.

Aww man, I'm going to be doing that everyweekend in the month of October anyway, don't you know that's when enemy unknown comes out?!

Sitting on The Witcher 2 for 24 hours doesn't sound too hard. I just got lost for about 5 hours with ease.

Not sure I'll be able to take part though seeing as it'll be a weekend, and I happen to work all weekend. Everything happens on the weekend, damn.

Up for a marathon Desert Bus anyone?
Or I might get three friends and do Boderlands 2, could get a nice amount with four people working on it.

Inappropriate joke inbound:

I donate my dollar for all the humble bundles (Child's Play), sometimes more, for games I never play. Now you want me to do what?! Pay you to slack off?! Sheesh, some people have no obligations...

just be sure to move about every now and then. And not die like to folk in China and Japan. Owhat got posted in the escapist some where a while back.

WickedFire:
Actually interested in this, but how does one sign up for UK hospitals? I've looked at the site and can't find anywhere that includes UK based locations.

EDIT: Never mind, figured it out.

How did you do it I can't find it.

Sober Thal:
Now you want me to do what?! Pay you to slack off?! Sheesh, some people have no obligations...

well, would you pay me if i played a 24h session with fold it to find a way to cure Sepsis?
or even aids?
hmm?

I'm registering but I'm really not sure if I can raise very much money but what the hay every penny counts, right?

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I think I'll try playing tribes for the majority of the duration of the thing...

getoffmycloud:

WickedFire:
Actually interested in this, but how does one sign up for UK hospitals? I've looked at the site and can't find anywhere that includes UK based locations.

EDIT: Never mind, figured it out.

How did you do it I can't find it.

On the sign up page, rather than searching for a hospital just go straight to the registration. After selecting the type, Classic or Platinum, a whole list of registration questions appears, one of which includes a drop-down list that has a few UK hospitals on it.

WickedFire:

getoffmycloud:

WickedFire:
Actually interested in this, but how does one sign up for UK hospitals? I've looked at the site and can't find anywhere that includes UK based locations.

EDIT: Never mind, figured it out.

How did you do it I can't find it.

On the sign up page, rather than searching for a hospital just go straight to the registration. After selecting the type, Classic or Platinum, a whole list of registration questions appears, one of which includes a drop-down list that has a few UK hospitals on it.

Awesome thanks very much. have a fish shaped chip

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Shit. I want in on this, but I'm in Europe. :(

thought this was for that shitty adult swim show.

These types of things confuse me, what does donating money to this charity have to do with playing games for 24 hours? This same question applies to all charities that revolve around doing some other unrelated activity (I'm looking at you running ಠ_ಠ ). It seems like if I want to donate money I can just donate money. It must be a psychology thing.

Don't get me wrong, I'll do it, I just don't get the concept.

Also, second question, am I allowed to take breaks for things like eating/peeing or should I play wearing a diaper?

OlasDAlmighty:
These types of things confuse me, what does donating money to this charity have to do with playing games for 24 hours? This same question applies to all charities that revolve around doing some other unrelated activity (I'm looking at you running ಠ_ಠ ). It seems like if I want to donate money I can just donate money. It must be a psychology thing.

Don't get me wrong, I'll do it, I just don't get the concept.

Also, second question, am I allowed to take breaks for things like eating/peeing or should I play wearing a diaper?

Its a way to get people to pay attention to a charity using a method they don't usually see to catch their eye. More attention = more money.

Also, I assume you can take toilet and food breaks. Not being able to would be silly.

So tempted to do this, but probably can't due to screams of "Oh noes the PS3/PC will overheat!"

-Sigh.

Can people from the UK do this? I wouldn't mind helping out. I always have free time these days.

Edit: Nevermind, I found out they have some UK hospitals listed! I'm already signed up now. :D

I did it last year with a bunch of friends and I plan on doing it again. Even though we all hated everything by the end it was worth it.

Meh, in short this is just a fancy way of asking gamers to beg their friends and family for money for charity. It's one thing if they already have sponsors lined up, such as with regular Marathons where a business will pay you to wear their T-shirt or whatever and also gets to promote itself as a sponsor on TV or Radio, this is something else entirely.

They don't even appear to have indirect sponsors who are going to match donations.

Perhaps at some point we'll seriously have gaming for charity, but that won't happen until E-sports seriously take off here, if they ever do.

Maybe I have this wrong, I can only go with how it looks. IMO they should just ask for money straight out, rather than masquerade as if the donation of gaming time actually has some value.

To be honest if I was to run this event I might have better luck by having a "nerd zoo" event. That is to say we set up a glass enclosure full of video gaming stuff for 24 hours in a mall or other public location, and then let the crowds pay money to administer electric shocks, dump water on people, and similar things. Similar to certain fair events. I remember something similar being done years ago minus the gaming equipment. Like it or not, people won't be attracted by nerds and geeks gaming, but let them torment nerds and geeks... well, that's something else entirely. :)

I'm in. Already signed up. I can never find anything for people to sponsor me for for charity (too unfit for race for life etc) but THIS I can put my heart and soul in to.

I've signed up for this as well, I doubt I'll get many sponsors but every penny counts.

I am so going to do this :] will probably only get donations from family and friends, but I'll consider putting a video updates online or whatever :D

OlasDAlmighty:
These types of things confuse me, what does donating money to this charity have to do with playing games for 24 hours? This same question applies to all charities that revolve around doing some other unrelated activity (I'm looking at you running ಠ_ಠ ). It seems like if I want to donate money I can just donate money. It must be a psychology thing.

Don't get me wrong, I'll do it, I just don't get the concept.

Also, second question, am I allowed to take breaks for things like eating/peeing or should I play wearing a diaper?

It is a psychology thing. It gets people's attention.

Running 30 miles or playing video games for 24 straight hours gets a hell of a lot more buzz than "SOMEONE GIVE ME MONEYZ PLZ!!"

I'd sure like to get sponsored playing video games... for a charitable cause, my bank balance.

I know this isn't exactly a new idea, but this kind thing always leaves me a bit baffled. People really do strange things to raise money. I know how it works, but I can just never shake the idea that what's happening is that they're asking people to give them money so they can play games all day. They're helping to beat cancer by... sitting on their arse and playing games.

I know what's really going on is that they're providing entertainment, and asking for donations for that entertainment, all of which goes to charity. But it still seems like such a counter-intuitive thing to imagine. Like imagine if someone didn't know about this and walked in on them and asked them why they hadn't come out of their room for 15+ hours, stuck to a computer. The answer they would get is "We're doing it for the kids!". Doesn't seem to make sense at first glance.

But hey, it's all for a good cause as they say. Good luck.

Berserker119:
I did it last year with a bunch of friends and I plan on doing it again. Even though we all hated everything by the end it was worth it.

This. In fact, when I finished last year (it was my first time participating) I said "To Hell With This Next Year!", but I did enjoy myself in a weird way. Plus, everyone combined raised 1.1 Million for Children's Miracle Network. It may be silly to some, but it's a unique way to raise money. If I can take a hobby I love such as gaming, and do something useful with it like help children, I'm all for it!

 

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