So last year, I was noticing a lot of talk on Twitter about Extra Life. Basically, it's a pledge based charity event where people agree to play video games for 24 hours non-stop to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network. A lot of the gaming press was involved and apparently, it raised a ton of money. I thought it was an interesting idea and given the size of my employer and the ability I have to e-mail the entire company, I think I'd be able to get a substantial number of donations. I think this is something I'd like to try, both for the benefits for charity but also to be able to say that I've done it. It takes place on October 15th. The goal is to play for 24 hours straight but they appear to have scaled back the requirements somewhat for people who fear exhaustion. To participate, you register on their site and get your own personalised page
People are also allowed to create teams which presumably allows them to be ranked as a group (not sure, they're light on details but I'm going to try to find out more). I was wondering, are any Goodjers interested in getting a Gamers With Jobs team together? If some local guys are interested as well, we might be able to find ourselves a single venue to play in together to keep ourselves motivated and I might be able to setup a UStream or something for people to be able to follow us. Sounds like a great excuse for a massive LAN party no? This is something I plan to take very seriously if I get involved with it and I would only want to team up with people who are prepared to take it equally as seriously (i.e. budgeting the time off and making sure it's stuck to.)
Anyone interested in getting in on this with me? I'm prepared to handle organising it and setting up whatever is necessary. They say that in the US, you get a charitable receipt for the donations you get. I'm not sure about other countries (like Canada) but while I'd take the receipt, I don't really care personally.