All of these games, though different in gameplay and story, have one thing in common. Can you guess what it is?
In recent months, the whole #GamerGate thing has given videogames a bad (or worse) reputation. It's difficult to turn a corner on the 'net without seeing someone's rape threat against Brianna Wu, or a journalist's plea to let cooler heads prevail. It's a mess and, no matter what side you take on the "issue," it's been a depressing time to be a gamer.
Which is why today, October 25th, is such a breath of fresh air. Today is when gamers, game developers, and charitable friends and family from all over the world do some good. Today, we give children most in need an Extra Life.
If you haven't heard of it, take a minute to go to extra-life.org and see what all the fuss is about. Maybe leave a donation while you're there. Basically, it's an event where gamers sign up to play a 24-hour marathon session of their favorite games, and ask their friends and family to sponsor the endeavor. Every dollar goes to the children's hospital of the gamer's choice, to help kids in the Children's Miracle Network.
In short, it's a great cause.
I'm joining on the fun myself, though I won't be able to do my game session until Nov 1 (the date for marathon participants is flexible, though most join in on the 25th). Many gamers are streaming their games on Twitch or Ustream, with links to their donation pages. In the end, Extra Life is likely to eclipse last year's take of $4million in donations.
So, yeah. GamerGate sucks. But at the other end of the spectrum, there's a worthy charity that takes our favorite pass-time and harnesses it to do real good.
Big shout out to the http://t.co/WvMJWzsE0r gamers! Well played.
// 26 Oct 2014 09:52am
CommanderVideo, Feb 24th 2014
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