Posts in “Charities”
Gamers usually start out falling in love with video games at a very young age. I know I can’t remember a time when I didn’t play, so it makes sense that we would encourage and support our youth through the same medium that makes us feel so young at heart. And what better way to do that than to take those games and do a marathon for children who need our support the most, because… Read On »
Extra Life 2012 kicks off at 8am this Saturday, 10/20. A simple enough premise: Play video games for 24 hours straight to raise money for a Children’s Miracle Network hospital. A worthy cause if there ever was one. It will mark my third year participating in this 24 hour torture session for eyeballs everywhere. It will be a first, though, doing so as part of a team. Unlike past years, where the ill-temper, delirium, and nonsensical profanity-laced tirades brought about by doing most anything for 24 straight hours have been solitary affairs, thankfully hidden from the public, this year they’ll be available for all to see. What’s even more fun? I’m bringing friends too. GamerLiving.net’s own Will Anderson and Blair Hicks will be joining my Ocular Death March for Kids. Read On »
Contrary to popular belief, I have a lump of muscle tissue located directly behind my sternum. Even more surprising, and flatly denied by my editor-in-chief, it does in fact pump through my veins something other than a congealed blend of rattlesnake venom and repressed hate. What’s even more astonishing is that I am capable of thinking about kids in a context outside of whether they’re tastier baked or fried. About this time two years ago, these reality-breaking revelations acting in concert led to my searching for gaming charities other than the widely known Child’s Play. This in turn put me squarely onto the path of the budding charitable juggernaut called Extra Life. Read On »
Most of us can say we’ve been in a hospital at least once in our lives; whether as a patient or visitor of family or friends. You may remember the smell of the sterile environment, the harsh glare of bright lights, and the pleasant voice occasionally blaring over the P.A. System paging a doctor, nurse, or someone. Even though hospitals are places of healing and recovery, you never want to stay for an extended period of time – if you can help it. As a child, a hospital is the last place you want to be in. Locked up and not being able to run around, with just a TV and some old toys to keep you company can be extremely difficult on a kid – or at least that’s the way it was before the inception of the Child’s Play Charity’s in 2003. Read On »
On October 15th at 8am, for my second year in a row I’m going to fire up my Xbox and embark on the Long Road I call Extra Life: 24 hours of gaming in the name of charity. I’m sure that once more, around the 18th consecutive hour of my unblinking eyes being seared by the merciless television, I will pause and wonder just what the hell got me thinking this was a great idea. And the answer will be as simple as it is cliché.
It’s for the kids. Read On »
If you’re a gamer, you may enjoy web-comics such as Penny-Arcade. And if you’re a fan of Penny-Arcade, you probably know about the Child’s Play Charity. If you don’t, then sit down, enjoy your hot cocoa, and let Uncle Will tell you a little story. In late November of 2003, Bill France, a columnist for the Herald in Everett, Washington, had written a story entitled, “Violent video games are training children to kill“. Like many… Read On »