Extra Life 2015 Has Raised Over $6.5 Million

Monday, November 9th, 2015

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Extra Life 2015

 

As you may know, Saturday the 7th of November was this year’s Extra Life gaming marathon for charity. Donations are still coming in and the event has so far raised well over $6.5 million for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. That makes 2015 Extra Life’s most successful year yet, and brings their all-time total charity funds raised over the past eight years up to over $20 million. That’s a lot of money and so it’s pretty safe to say they are making quite a difference for those children.

During the event, gamers all over played games for a solid 24 hours straight to raise money for their local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. That’s a very long time to continuously play games, but it is for a great cause to be sure. Gaming, once considered a “lazy” past time, has grown into something that isn’t just for fun. Gaming technology is now used in education and training, raising funds for charity, and more. While the Extra Life 2015 event may be over for this year, you don’t need to worry if you had the misfortune of missing it. Extra Life is open to donations any time of the year, just go to their website (extra-life.org) and click on the large, green “Donate” button on the top of the page.

It’s always great to see people doing things like this to help others. The world could use more of that and less conflict. People as a whole could benefit from working together more than we do, and less fighting like in some parts of the world. We are all human, and in the end that’s what really matters. Hopefully Extra Life will continue to grow in the years to come and help the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals even more than it is now.

 

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About Michael Fontanini

Michael is a veteran gamer in my early 30s, who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES and SNES. He loves Nintendo but also plays a lot of games on his PC. Michael also enjoys going for walks or bike rides, and loves animals.

Michael is also a computer programmer. This started with a toy he got as a kid called PreComputer 1000 that was made by V-Tech. It had a simple programming mode which is what started him down the road of being a programmer! Michael can program in BASIC, Visual Basic, C++, C#, and is familiar with Java and Lua Script.

Putting programming and gaming together, Michael became a hobbyist game developer which may give him some good insights on game development! Most recently, he has been playing with the free version of the Unity engine (a powerful and easy-to-use game engine).

I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.