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A group of Game Informer Online community members, along with some of the staff, have managed to raise a bit of money to help sick kids.
Extra Life is an organization dedicated to the memory of Tori, a sick child who lost her battle to lymphoblastic leukemia in 2008. The general idea is that gamers get together and raise money by getting people to sponsor a 24-hour video game marathon beginning at 8AM on October 20. Essentially, gamers raise money to do what they love doing to help children in need.
All the money raised during Extra Life goes to Children’s Miracle Network an organization that helps treat, rehabilitate, and comfort sick and injured kids. The best part about this? Participants can select a specific hospital affiliated with Children’s Miracle Network to receive the funds they raise. Not only are gamers helping kids in need by playing video games, but they are helping local kids in need by playing video games.
Over forty members of Game Informer Online have raised over $1,500 while doing Extra Life. That is over half of what the team raised last year and there are still about three months to go until the event.
User Noobtubin8er, as well as other GIO community members, have gathered a number of prizes that participants will be eligible to win a number of prizes that include full games, television seasons, gift cards, and signed copies of books. Also, for those of you familiar with the Super Replay, participants could win a copy of OverBlood signed by all of the Game Informer Editors that were on the now infamous replay of the game.
To be clear, though it is cool that our team is doing well, this isn't about how well our team is doing. It is about supporting children that are in need. Any sort of support, financial or otherwise, is appreciated. Join Team GIO and help local kids get better.
(Join the Game Informer Team GIO group and participate in the forums, learn more about Extra Life, and learn more about Children’s Miracle Network)
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This is why GIO is #1!
this is fantastic!
YES! Team GIO gets front page exposure now. Glad to be a part, and I'm working on continuing getting prizes for the team. Thanks for putting this up Jack, I wondered if you had something like this cooking up your sleeve. :)
I'm glad the community can give back in such a way! I will share the cause ^^
This is most certainly awesome. I would try to help if I weren't always so busy. Maybe I could scrounge together some cash and pocket lint to donate anyway. ;-)
Already donated! Good job GameInformer keep up the good work! Oh and Jack, thanks for bringing this to my attention!
Good luck GIO i hope you raise more money for sick children.
I didn't know about this. Thanks. I'll try to do something.
It's nice to see GI actually promote something that the community has put together for a change.
It's always good to help kids in need, but man GI - you guys should've tried to get Akihiro Hino to sign that copy of Overblood. Who would've thought that the lead programmer on the best bad game in the world would someday become head of one of Japan's most successful developers-publishers, Level 5? You get his John Hancock on that thing, and you'll raise MILLIONS.
And yet another reason why the GI community is my favorite online community.
It sucks not haveing money wish i did. this would be awsome to do, and this is why love GI hope you guys get to your goal though.
I would love to participate but I don't entirely understand how it works. Research mode: GO!!!
best team GIO