My pals over at the EvilCast from Games Are Evil — Blake Grundman, Ross Polly, Chris Nitz, and Keri Honea — are all participating in the Extra Live gaming charity campaign this weekend by playing video games for marathon lengths of time. Keri's doing her own thing considering that she lives away from the three guys, but Blake, Ross, and Chris are uniting in the same room at the same time to play for twenty-five hours straight (the extra hour comes from daylight savings time). They'll livestream parts of the marathon (bandwidth caps put a damper on things, sadly) and it's all for charity. Games will be given away as prizes during the event, too. Here's a summary:
Our team is on a mission to save kids through video games, and we need your help.
Each of us has chosen our local Children's Miracle Network Hospital where thousands of children are treated each year, regardless of their family's ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few.
On November 2nd, 2013, we'll be part of a huge international celebration of the social impact of gamers with Extra Life and it's our sincere hope that you'll find it in your heart to support us with a monthly pledge or one-time gift that will go directly to that team member's chosen hospital.
As part of this program we would also like to give a little bit back to you. If you are willing to donate $10 towards our cause, you will be instantly entered to win one of the following games for PC:
- Alan Wake Collector's Edition
- Alan Wake's American Nightmare
- Cave Story+
- Dear Esther
- Dungeon Defenders + All DLC
- FTL: Faster Than Light
- Hotline Miami
- Mark of the Ninja
- Shank 2
- Shattered Horizon
- Toy Soldiers
- Trine 2: Complete Story
- The Binding of Isaac + Wrath of the Lamb
- The Walking Dead: Season 1
- Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
- Zeno Clash
Additionally, if you were generous enough to donate $20, you will earn the right to name one of the games that the EvilCast team will play during their 25 hour livestream, on top of being entered to win a free game!
Your donation is tax-deductible and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids.
You can donate to the team's individual members at their respective personal pages through Extra Life. As if you already don't have enough incentive to watch and donate, I'll join the crew live via Skype on Saturday evening (exact time and link to the video to be announced on our respective Twitter feeds and this article will be updated with the information) to offer some commentary as the guys play my personal choice of Ghostbusters: The Video Game. You won't want to miss that. Tune in for some fun times and help the team meet their goal. The kids are counting on it. For more on this event, listen to Blake explain it on Episode 111 of the Power Button podcast.