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I want to party!

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It’s that time of year again and that means Extra-Life is back! For those of you that may not know, Extra-Life is an annual gaming event where people play games for 24 hours to raise money for children’s hospitals. This year Extra-Life will be happening on October 25th.

Last year we did amazingly well. The Giant Bomb team raised $122,680 and ranked 3rd of 3,800 teams. Keeping that in mind I’ve set the team goal to $175,000 for 2014. It’s a lot of money but we can do it for the kids!

Getting involved

I’ve been participated in Extra-Life for 5 years now and I can’t recommend it enough. Let’s face it, most of us are playing video games for an inordinate amount of time anyway. It may as well be for a good cause. AND IT’S SO EASY TO JOIN! Go to, sign up and join the Giant Bomb team. You can join the team during the sign up process or by going to the team page and hitting join

How do I get people to give me money for the kids?

This is the hardest part but also the most rewarding. Social media is your best friend. Tweet it, tumbl it and facebook share while you’re at it. Live streams are also a great way of getting donations. Give your stream some production value. Create banners with your donation link, try and raffle off any spare game codes you may of come across. Try creating a theme for your stream. Maybe you’re going to play all of the Halo games because you’re crazy. Or maybe you’re going to play 24 hours of Dota 2 because you like good video games.

I'm a busy person with a job, kids and a crippling drug addiction. I don't have time to play!

No worries friend you can still help! Check out the roster of team Giant Bomb and donate to someone you like the look of.

I’ve read your words, I’ve signed up and joined the Giant Bomb team. What now?

This most important part of Extra-Life is the build up to October 25th. Use all that time to spread the word and get as many donations as possible. Once you’ve signed up post the link to your donation page and any live streams you may be doing in this thread. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! This really is a community effort and we need as many people as possible to hit the team goal.


Q: What if I can’t commit to that date or the entire time?

A: The idea and spirit of Extra Life is that everyone pulls together at the same time, but we know that’s not going to be possible for everyone. Don’t let a commitment on the 25th stop you from joining. Just do what you can and make up the game time later. What matters most is the time you put in BEFORE the event to raise money for these kids.

Q: What if I can’t finish the full 24 hours due to commitments or exhaustion?

A: If you won’t be able to finish the whole thing, you can make up the remaining hours later. It’s all on the honor system and what really matters is that we’re all raising money for a great cause. Your sponsors should know they are supporting the cause whether you crash on hour 18 or not.

Q: How is the money collected? Where does it go?

A: Credit card donations may be made on a participant's fundraising page. Cash and check donations will be collected by participants and submitted to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. All funds will be disbursed directly to the hospital selected during registration.

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@bisonhero: I have to know, what did you think I look like?

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This was my easily favourite moment of TI4. We just got to our seats when Kaci casually walked up and asked to talk to us. I actually got pretty nervous but didn't completely crumble.

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I would totally be up for this! Any day would be fine with me.

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@james_hayward said:

@rowr said:

Noise cancelling headphones

I used to fly out to Seattle from London semi-regularly as I did a degree in Portland. Nothing helped me zone out on the 9hr body-clock ravaging west to east journey as much as noise cancelling headphones.

Suggested reading: BK Vaughan's Private Eye or Brian Wood's The Massive

I have a pair of in-ear earphones I use that do a decent job of blocking out the noise but I think a proper set of over ears is necessary. Any recommendations? Also, Private Eye is so good! I need to catch up on the latest issue.

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@development said:

If I get a window seat I can be distracted forever as my mind wanders and be totally content with it. You better have a window seat or you're a maniac.

I'm more of an aisle seat man. I want that extra side leg room, plus I hate climbing over people.

@rowr said:

Noise cancelling headphones make a big difference to tuning out the fact that you are even on a plane.

You want a game such as civilization where the hours disappear that you can just zone into.

I dunno maybe try to stay up a long time before you fly so you will be so exhausted you sleep. Take a neck pillow.

I fly from the west side of AUS to Portland OR like twice a year so 10 hours sounds like a freaking picnic.

I would love to play something like Civ but I could only bring my Macbook Air. It can't really handle most games and even then the fans kick up something fierce

@skrunch @tobbrobb I think books are my best bet. I've picked up these so far:

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In the next two months I'll be going from London to Seattle, twice. This is around a 10hr flight each way. I'm use to these long flights but I've never found a good way to pass the time. It's like I can't distract myself from the fact I'm flying. Even when I'm playing games/watching movies it feels like time is moving so slow. Also the time of the flights means sleeping isn't an option.

So what do you guys do? I would also take any book/comic/documentary recommendations.