We have collectively raised $3,953.46 as of this writing (Nov. 6th, 11pm ET). This puts us in 196th place out of 5,411 teams. Donations are accepted until December 31st, 2016, so there's still time to push the total over $4,000 (especially for anyone running on a make-up weekend). Regardless, this is not an insignificant amount. Should we try for $5,000 in 2017?
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Last Minute Recommendations!
Update all the games you plan on playing for Game Day! If you're streaming, then the best thing to do the night before is to update them and potentially snag any necessary DLC. This way you're not stuck streaming a download.
You might want to turn some notifications off. Again, if you're streaming, be sure to shut off any notifications you think might get obnoxious during the stream or may violate the privacy of your friends.
Test all your equipment. My first Extra Life started an hour late because I ran into technical problems with my game hooking up. So make sure it all works tonight.
Set your alarm. This might sound obvious, but I know I'm not used to setting an alarm on Friday night.
What is Extra Life?
Extra Life is a charity event focused on playing games to raise money rather than running, biking, or other such common athletic marathons done for charity. Any type of game can be played, including board games, card games, even physical games in case you'd rather not spend the whole time on the couch. You can do it solo or you can do it with friends.
There is an official "game day" on November 5th which focuses on having a marathon gaming session for
twenty-four twenty-five hours (because Daylight Savings Time). This is when you'll see hashtags and Twitch streams tagged with Extra Life and donations, and makes it easier for Internet communities like ours to organize special events.
However, Extra Life does not require a straight twenty-
fourfive hour session on that day. You can split it up into two twelve hour sessions, or twelve two-hour sessions, or even get rid of the hour concept together and just try to raise money each time you stream. There's a lot of creativity available.
What separates Extra Life from similar charity Child's Play is that all the money goes towards the Children's Miracle Network hospitals each participant chooses to support. This allows the hospital to spend the money on anything, such as machinery, research, treatments, family accommodations, etc. while Child's Play purchases games to provide to sick children staying at these hospitals. Each charity is thus able to serve a different purpose and help kids in different ways.
I've set up a GamersWithJobs Team page for any Goodjers interested in participating. Every member is free to act autonomously, and any money you raise goes to the hospital of your choice. The purpose of the team is to help organize and play together as support for the twenty-five hour experience.
Please use this thread to help organize games you plan on playing during the marathon in case other players may want to join in. Also feel free to provide any technical help and feedback for things such as streaming or software to use for streaming.
If you cannot participate as an Extra Life team member, you can still help out. Even if you won't stream yourself, helping to organize game times and platforms can help us as we face our stream. You can retweet any GWJers streaming or sharing their fund-raising pages. You can watch our streams and comment. And, if you're feeling generous, you can donate to any Goodjer whose fund-raising efforts you'd like to support.