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Update: Game Informer's Extra Life team has successfully completed a 24-hour video game marathon for charity. After quickly hitting our initial goal of $8,888, we set our sights on $11,111, of which we raised $10,569. We're ecstatic that this money will be going towards Minnesota's Gillette's Children's Specialty Health Care and other hospitals in the Children's Miracle Network. Thank you for watching our livestream, playing along, and supporting us with donations. It's not too late to donate now and help us hit our goal, even after the marathon has ended.
Game Informer is no stranger to gaming marathons. We’ve set gaming marathon world records, for crying out loud. But this time we’re putting our raw talent to a good cause. The Game Informer community has teamed up with Extra Life to raise money for charity with a 24-hour gaming marathon.
On October 20, starting at 8:00 am central time, we’ll begin live-streaming video feed of the games we’re playing and us playing them. Some of us will be playing new, awesome releases like Resident Evil 6 or Dishonored. Others will be playing old favorites or leaving it up to our viewership to help decide.
We also hope to incorporate some fun interactivity with anyone watching the marathon. Some ideas include rewarding big donators with the power to choose what game we play (anything but Overblood, please). Will you be kind, allowing us to play fantastic games current or past, or will you be cruel and subject us to broken, horrid video games? Our fate could be in your hands. Editor Ben Reeves, intern Jack Gardner, video editor Jason Oestreicher, and myself may also be competing in tournaments and speed runs against one another. We just plan on having a good time playing some awesome games. Other Game Informer staff may be joining our Extra Life team leading up to the marathon.
Speaking of teaming up, you can join team Game Informer Online and help us raise money for a cause. We’d love for you to join us on our 24-hour marathon in spirit, and you also have the chance to win some prizes by signing up, getting others to sign up, and donating money. Check out Noobtubin8r’s blog post for more information or head over to the team forums and look at the prize thread.
Check out the video below to get an idea for what your time and contributions will be supporting:
Minnesota’s Gillette Children’s Hospital is one such hospital, which the Game Informer staff participating in the Extra Life marathon will be sponsoring. Gillette and Game Informer will be working closely together leading up to the marathon in order to raise awareness and come up with some cool free stuff to give away to viewers.
So far Team GIO has raised $2,434 out of the $4.444 goal. Hopefully, with your support, we will reach that goal. When we do, we’ll raise it even further to net as much cash as we can for these hospitals.
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I love the idea that not only is donating helping children ,we also get to here the Game informer crew commentate games for 24 hrs
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Gameinformer is the best. Ever. Period. You guys doing this is really awesome. Keep it up guys.
Yay you guys are awesome gamers and awesome people, keep up the good Game Informin!
Front page article about Team GIO. Hopefully my plans came come together so I can donate, and participate. Looking forward to it!
I have been anticipating the marathon for months. Its gonna be awesome
That would be awesome to donate during the marathon and help determine some of what gets played!
Please let us know once you have an idea of what the donation tiers / bonuses will be for the actual marathon (not counting raffle tickets / etc from the blog post).
Also, any chance of some of the recordings being posted on the GI site, or on YouTube?
Fantastic. It's just fantastic when these kid of things happen.
I think Counter Strike:GO would be fun for 24 hours.
Already signed up, I plan on doing a Borderlands 2 livestream, maybe getting in with GIOers if my connection allows.
Me and my buddy are planning on doing this, we might be our own team though. Good luck!
What can be better then playing video games whole day and helping children at the same time ?
That's awesome. I always love seeing things like this. I really do wish the best of luck to the GI staff and especially to all of the kids out their who are in need of medical aid.
The only thing I might be able to play for that long is BF3 mp or maybe gears of war 3 mp/horde. I haven't played Skyrim but I imagine that would be doable for that length of time.