Sarcastic Gamer and Texas Children's Hospital teamed up to raise money with a 24-hour gaming marathon called Extra Life the weekend before last. They raised so much money, they're keeping the donations line open.
Extra Life's super huge gaming marathon started at 8am on October 17 in participants' local time zones. Gamers were allowed to play literally any game they wanted starting from that time until 8am the following morning to honour their commitment. A make-up day went down on October 24, which brought in almost $US8000 more to the cause.
Between the two marathons and all of the participants' sponsors, Extra Life raised a little over $US150,000 for charity — $US30,000 more than they made last year. The proceeds go to paediatric cancer research and treatment.
"It was a huge success," Sarcastic Gamer publicist Lesley Adams said. To make it even more so, they're keeping the Extra Life website open to donations through November 8 — although no more marathon gaming sessions are required at this point.
So who here answered the call to arms and played for the whole 24-hour period?