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Why I Extra Life: For Olivia, Cancer Survivor!

Posted by CMNHospitals

Five years separates scare from survival for 6-year-old Olivia. At 8 months old she was diagnosed with stage 3 liver cancer; her parents were devastated to find out Olivia’s health was in jeopardy. Thanks to the outstanding care and services provided by her member Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Olivia fought the disease and was declared a cancer survivor five years later.

Olivia’s dad, Patrick, participates in Extra Life to celebrate Olivia and because he wants the same happy ending for other sick children.



Years Participated: 3
Playing For: Children’s National Medical Center
Fundraising Page: Click here
Team Name: Game Informer
Goal: $1,000
Game(s) of choice: Halo 5, Destiny, Mario Maker, Smash Bros, and many more


Gamescom 2015: Microsoft's Press Conference

Posted by Daniel Jones


Every year, Germany plays host to Gamescom, the world’s largest video game convention. With over a hundred thousand fans and industry professionals attending, its importance has grown with each successive year as the show has almost become an extension of E3. With Sony electing not to attend this year – in favor of Paris Games Week – Microsoft had an opportunity to own the show and display a number of the company’s high profile exclusives for the next year and a half.

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Extra Life Podcast Episode 006: The Lost Episode

Posted by Rick Heaton

It's time to reach into the past and pull out our lost June Episode. Recorded, but never released until now this episode is chock full of things from June. Sit back and relax, there are some surprises in there along with much vaguebooking. So very much vaguebooking.

In this month's podcast

  • Mike learns Gum etiquette.
  • Rick breaks down all the community and Guild changes the team has been working on.
  • Mike Talks about all the things coming up for Extra Life this summer. With much Vaguebooking.
  • Rick, Mike and Jeromy can't figure out what to share and what not to share.
  • Liz has the final word. Mostly.

Note: A portion of this episode involves a "thing" happening in February. This is  Extra Life United 2016. There will not be an ELU in 2015. As our organization has moved the annual Momentum conference and celebration of our champions to February, we felt holding a stand alone Extra Life United wouldn't have the same impact. A large part of the success and impact of ELU was getting to meet the kids we play for. Taking that element away would have seriously diminished the event.

We'll share full details when we have them. We just wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the change.

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Interview: Playing Willy Chyr’s Relativity with Willy Chyr

Posted by Jack Gardner


I had the chance to interview installation-artist-turned-game-developer Willy Chyr at this year’s E3. While talking with the ideas, inspirations, and various forms his vision has taken, I was able to play one of the most mind-bending games I’ve ever had the pleasure of coming across. Willy Chyr’s Relativity feels like trying to orient yourself in an alien area of space where normal rules no longer apply. There’s no story, no characters, just awe-inspiring geometry and clever puzzles. 

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How Beyond Eyes Went From School Project to Indie Darling

Posted by Daniel Jones

Beyond Eyes

At shows like E3, it’s rare to find genuine sincerity amidst the marketing speak and fluffy handshakes on the show floor. In the noise of the massive and imposing Microsoft booth, more arena than booth, I was able to snag a half-hour respite inside a small, air conditioned room to meet with the creator of Beyond Eyes, a game about a newly-blinded young girl learning to live without the use of her eyes.

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Review: The Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt

Posted by Jack Gardner


Prior to The Witcher 3, I put roughly ten hours into both the first and second game and walked away feeling completely done with whatever they had to offer. I found protagonist Geralt of Rivia to be cumbersome in combat and didn’t particularly enjoy my time with him as a character, gruffly muttering threats or gruffly being stoic or gruffly being gruff. The combat felt wildly complicated, making killing even simple monsters a dangerous task that had the potential of setting progress back hours if I hadn’t been studiously saving my game. Understand that my inclinations toward CD Projekt RED’s latest outing were dubious at best. I went in fully expecting I would hate my time spent hunting monsters. Almost one hundred hours later, I emerged from the experience a changed man. I have seen the war-battered plains of Velen, the huddled, persecuted masses of the beset city of Novigrad, the inhospitable isles of Skellige, and the vastness of a universe beyond measure. There is richness to The Witcher 3, texture to its characters, and deep attention paid to almost every interaction possible.  

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The Cthulhu Mythos Terrorizes Good Old Games

Posted by Jack Gardner


Good Old Games has added two adventure games bearing the mark of the one who slumbers in R'lyeh. Shadow of the Comet (1993) and Prisoner of Ice (1995) are now available on the digital game store for those willing to brave horrors beyond imagination.

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Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair First Female EA Sports FIFA Cover Athletes

Posted by Jack Gardner


EA revealed today that US Women’s National Team forward, Alex Morgan, and captain of the Canadian Women’s National Team, Christine Sinclair, will be the headlining the next EA Sports FIFA cover. Alex Morgan will appear on the cover of the version released in the United States, while Christine Sinclair takes the Canadian cover. Both athletes will share the spotlight with FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi. FIFA 16 will be the first time in the franchise's history that players can take to the field as one of the twelve Women's National Teams. 

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It’s Game On: ‘Pixels’ Movie Fans Raise Funds for Children’s Hospitals

Posted by Mike

Facebook Promo_Pixels

We're excited to announce that Extra Life has teamed up with Sony Pictures for their upcoming movie Pixels to raise funds and awareness for 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals throughout North America! Fans of the movie can:

Pixelize Yourself!
A Limited Edition Movie Poster


Beginning July 7, with a $50 donation, fans can upload a profile picture at extra-life.org/pixels to be one of thousands of fan faces included in a special edition movie poster.  Sony Pictures has teamed with Extra Life and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. to make this poster possible. 

While your photo already has much acclaim on your grandmother’s fridge, on this poster, it’s helping to heal sick and injured kids across North America. Your contribution helps children’s hospitals provide critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care.

All donors will receive a digital copy of the poster. Donations will go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in fans’ communities.

Purchase a limited edition “Lady Lisa” t-shirt

AshleyBenson_ShirtActress Ashley Benson, who plays Lady Lisa from the videogame Dojo Quest in the movie, is donating proceeds from the sales of the limited edition t-shirts to Extra Life. T-shirts are available for purchase until July 27th.

To help raise awareness for the critical need of funds for children’s hospitals, movie cast members Josh Gad and Michelle Monaghan and Miracle Kid, Ryan Reyes, whose treatment is supported by fundraising programs like Extra Life will ring the Nasdaq Closing Bell.  Reyes, 16, was treated at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network and a CMN Hospital, for non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

Pixels hits theaters everywhere on July 24th!


Pre-Order StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void to Play Whispers of the Void Prologue

Posted by Jack Gardner


The final expansion to StarCraft II arrives sometime this coming winter, which might seem like a long time to wait. Fans desperate for more StarCraft can pre-purchase Legacy of the Void to gain access to the three missions that make up the prologue of its main campaign as well as the ongoing beta.

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