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My life is mostly video games (said every gamer ever). I’m in law school specializing in video game law. I write papers, articles, and blog posts about video games. I work for a(n amazing) video game developer and publisher. I dabble in C++ and build video game cosplays when I’m bored. And when I just need to take a break and step back from it all, I sit down with a beer or a glass of wine and I play video games.

My life includes so much video game because I love video games. I love the people that make them, the people that play them, and the people that talk about them (even when they’re wrong). I respect the art, creativity, and stories. I enjoy the experience. But it isn’t all about what I like.

Video games can do amazing things for other people.

Extra-Life 4 Kids is a video game marathon benefitting the Children’s Miracle Network. Gamers (board and video, system and PC, co-op and competitors, solo and split screen) will come together for 25 straight hours of gaming starting November 2. Each player registers at and collects donations in support of their marathon effort. The donations support the player’s local Children’s Miracle Network hospital. The recommended donation is $25, $1 for each hour of gameplay. Players can work together and form teams in the hopes of raising more awareness.

The day of the marathon, many players will be playing from home alone or with a small group of friends. I, however, will be playing at SpaceLab1, and I hope you’ll join me.

Jay at SpaceLab has made it an official Extra-Life location and set up a team for the location. By providing a space away from gaming home, this marathon will feel more like an event than a typical weekend. We’ll get together to have food, drinks, and camaraderie as we fight distraction and drowsiness.

But why does this matter? Because of the kids.

We play video games because they’re awesome, and Extra-Life is offering us the opportunity to share that awesome with kids that are dealing with really scary stuff, like cancer. We get to do that as a community. We get to stand up to all the (uninformed) people talking about how video games cause violence or rot your brain, and say that video games and the people who play them do things that are truly awesome. By dedicating a weekend to playing games you are helping kids and proving that gamers are amazing people.

If you’re as stoked about this opportunity as I am, head over to sign up, collect donations, and join us to make a difference.