The last time I played a video game I became so involved that I burnt dinner, and my heart rate escalated because I couldn’t get away from the monsters in Doom. Then there was another game where the avatars yelled, “Medic!” when they were shot. Once games became a little more sophisticated (as in they required multiple keystrokes) my technologically challenged self had to hang up the game controller.
Many of you, on the other hand, have made the art of gaming your passion. Now you can put your gaming skills to good use.
On Oct. 20, gamers will be playing in a 24-hour video game marathon to raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and helping kids in their own communities. Extra Life started in 2008 to raise money following the death of a young girl in Texas. Since that time the event has grown and has benefitted hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada.
All you have to do to join, is go to their website and register yourself, or join a team. You are able to choose which hospital you want the funds to benefit and then get your family and friends to sponsor you.
If you can’t commit to 24 hours of straight gaming then register now and start playing a few hours whenever you can. Keep track of your hours, obviously this is on the honor system. For those of you who spend your online hours playing Facebook games, those qualify so don’t let the lack of a gaming system keep you from joining in on the fun.
Remember, there are a lot of sick kids waiting for treatment at a hospital near you.