So, video game addicts are always looking for a good reason to keep playing, right? Just one more level! I have to beat this boss! It’s Double XP weekend!
Well, here’s a truly good reason to play: Extra-Life.org‘s gaming marathon to benefit children’s hospitals! From the site:
Welcome to Extra Life, an annual 24-hour video game marathon that raises money to help kids at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. It’s never been this much fun to do this much good.
How it works: Each Extra Life participant is asked to raise money by recruiting at least four sponsors to give a minimum of $1 for each hour of the marathon. This fundraiser has extra meaning as it was created to honor the late Victoria Enmon, a 15-year-old girl who played video games during her battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Who can help? What games count? Individuals can play any game they choose — including those on their phone, computer or even board games — and can participate in the marathon from their own homes or create or join groups and play from any location of their choosing.
[EDIT] I’ve started a team for the October 15 gaming marathon! Please join the team and help reach our $100 goal! Remember, you don’t have to play video games. Any games will do — even board games! Join the team!
Recently, Netflix has made news with its abruptly-announced price increase. Customers have jumped ship by the thousands, and although I’m still happy with the service, I’m also looking into cheaper alternatives.
A while back, Amazon added unlimited free video streaming for its Prime members. Guess what — I’m a Prime member! I didn’t pay much attention at the time, because I was already using Netflix. But here are the details on Prime: It’s $79 per year, and includes free 2-day shipping, and inexpensive upgrades on overnight delivery.
If you do a lot of shopping and shipping through Amazon, Prime is a good deal. Now, Prime also includes unlimited streaming of a growing selection of movies and television shows. So, let’s compare.
Netflix’s new price on unlimited streaming is $7.99 per month. That’s $95.88 per year.
Amazon Prime is $79 per year.
Which would you choose? Yes, I’m afraid I may have to cancel my Netflix streaming service. Amazon may not have DVD mailing service, but it has a decent collection of streaming video, with more on the way. And I can catch most of my regular network shows on Hulu if I miss them in primetime.
I’m not getting anything from Amazon to promote Prime. (You can get a free one month trial of Amazon Prime.) I just wanted to share a service I’ve been using, and which I think is a good value. Let me know about your favorite video streaming source. 🙂