I am new to the community here and have picked up a grand total of 0 blog readers (again, I am new), but I wanted to make sure this message got out to the random person who looks at my blog.

If you haven’t yet heard about Extra Life, a charity for the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals, you need to. Gamers band together and play 24 straight hours of video games. In turn, we are sponsored by our friends, family, and co-workers who donate $1 per hour, or as much as they can afford, to the charity. It is like those run-a-thons, but no running just for the sake of running.

I would urge you to pitch in by either sponsoring myself or another member of Team GIO. Or, you could even take it a step further and join Team GIO on October 15th, starting at 8:00am, in a 24 hour game-a-thon for kids.

My personal participant site is: http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&eventID=501&participantID=9135
Team GIO’s site is: http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&eventID=501&teamID=5228
Extra Life’s main page is: http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.eventDetails&eventID=501

As a father whose kids have had to take a visit or two to one of these great hospitals, I beg you to step up and participate in one way or another to the cause. Let’s prove that the stereotype of gamers being useless is a bunch of crap!

As a fill-in, here is my current plan for my 24 hour festival of games:

I’m going to start with a Gears-fest, playing Gears of War 1-3 campaigns from beginning to end.

I have seen this game all the time in stores but have never once owned, it. So, I am going to track down a copy of, and play, Jade Empire.

In between, I will make use of the Kinect and get some blood flowing through the system with Your Shape Fitness Evolved.

I will probably also mix in some Modern Warfare 1 and 2 campaigns and multiplayer to get ready for the launch of Modern Warfare 3 (I would play some Battlefield to prep for that release as it is closer, but my copy of Bad Company 2 is scratched to hell and unplayable).

Anyone have some conflicting suggestions for me?

Again, a great cause, please contribute in whatever way you can!