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#1 Posted by matt (1091 posts) -

For those of you looking for minimal layout additions, here's a quick page you can jam into your existing layout that'll display the current Giant Bomb team total in the bottom right corner, updated every 60 seconds. Built for 720p, but it's pretty trivial to move around and scale.

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http://nogoblin.net/giantbomb/ticker-giantbomb.html

If you find it useful and want something similar for your personal raised amounts, just yell!

Edit: Oh yeah, it should default to whatever your system sans-serif is, but if you've got Alte Haas Grotesk installed it'll prefer that first.

Awesome! Thanks Dan.

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#2 Edited by matt (1091 posts) -

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About the Giant Bomb team

This will be the 8th year of the Giant Bomb team participating in Extra-life. Last year was a big one for us. We passed $1,000,000 raised in lifetime donations! That's a huge achievement but why stop there? Can't stop won't stop doing it for the kids.

Getting Involved

Let’s face it. Most of us are playing video games for a disgusting amount of time already. It may as well be for a good cause AND IT’S SO EASY TO JOIN! Head over to https://www.extra-life.org where you can join the team during the account sign-up process or if you already have an account go to the team page (https://www.extra-life.org/team/giantbomb) and join there.

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

This is the hardest part but also the most rewarding. Live streams are a great way to encourage donations. If you’re going to stream do everything you can to make it a quality production. We’re talking shiny graphics, lower thirds with a donation link, code giveaways, donations alerts, etc.

Finding a theme for your stream helps a bunch. It gives you a goal to focus on and something for your viewers to rally behind. Maybe you’re going to play all of the Halo games or 24 hours of Dota 2 because you like good video games.

I'm a busy person. I don't have time to play video games!

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 joined the Giant Bomb team. What now?

This most important part of Extra-Life is the build up to November 3rd. Use all that time to spread the word and plan your live stream. 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 post them here and I’ll try to help out. This really is a community effort.

FAQ

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 3rd 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 honour 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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#3 Posted by matt (1091 posts) -

We'll have more info in the next few days, but: Sarge Club will return, and we're aiming to break our $50k lifetime total for Team Giant Bomb.

Yes! Love me some Sarge Club.

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#4 Posted by matt (1091 posts) -
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The Giant Bomb team

This will be the 7th year of the Giant Bomb team partipcating in Extra-life and it's a special one. If When The Giant Bomb team raises at least $203,590.84 we would have contributed $1,000,000 over all the years we've been participating in Extra-Life. That's million bucks!

Getting Involved

Let’s face it. Most of us are playing video games for a disgusting amount of time anyway. It may as well be for a good cause AND IT’S SO EASY TO JOIN! Go to www.extra-life.org, 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 www.extra-life.org/team/giantbomb.

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. If you’re going to stream do everything you can to make it a quality production. We’re talking shiny graphics, lower thirds with a donation link, code giveaways e.c.t.

Finding a theme for your stream is also helps. It gives you a goal to focus on. 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 video games!

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 November 4th. Use all that time to spread the word and plan your live stream. 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 post them here and I’ll try to help out. This really is a community effort.

FAQ

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 4th 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 honour 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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#5 Posted by matt (1091 posts) -

@auwiz said:

I'm looking forward to participating in Extra Life again this year. Last year was my first time and this year I'm getting help from a friend and going for double.

I'll be streaming a week earlier on October 29th Australian EST as PAX Australia is happening the same weekend as Game Day. 24 hours of local multiplayer games.

My Extra Life and Twitch pages

I'm psyched

A full 24hrs of Dota sounds like hell... good luck!

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#6 Edited by matt (1091 posts) -
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Extra-Life

It’s that time of year again and that means Extra-Life is back! 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 November 5th.

Last year the Giant Bomb team passed a massive milestone. Since the Giant Bomb team has been participating in Extra-Life (2011) we’ve raised over $500,00. $530,989.99 to be exact. That’s over HALF A MILLION DOLLARS!

Getting Involved

Let’s face it. Most of us are playing video games for a disgusting amount of time anyway. It may as well be for a good cause AND IT’S SO EASY TO JOIN! Go to www.extra-life.org, 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 www.extra-life.org/team/giantbomb.

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. If you’re going to stream do everything you can to make it a quality production. We’re talking shiny graphics, lower thirds with a donation link, code giveaways e.c.t.

Finding a theme for your stream is also helps. It’s give you a goal and you’ll never. 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 video games!

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 November 5th. Use all that time to spread the word and plan your live stream. 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 post them here and I’ll try to help out. This really is a community effort.

FAQ

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 5th 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 honour 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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#7 Posted by matt (1091 posts) -

Yeah it's a real bummer :(

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#8 Posted by matt (1091 posts) -

@mrcraggle said:

No Hamster Alliance video this year?

Soon™

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#9 Posted by matt (1091 posts) -

Oh god I just found this thread and OH GOD!

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#10 Posted by matt (1091 posts) -

@kazona: Almost definitely. Talks are happening RIGHT NOW!