Help My Team Raise Money Playing Games for Charity!

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Need an Excuse to Play for 24 Hours? Gaming for Charity!

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.

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Gaming Marathon for Children's Hospitals

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 β€” including those on their phone, computer or even board games β€” 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!

How to sign up: You can register to play or just make a donation. Check out the video below, and tell all your friends!

Netflix too Expensive? Try Amazon Streaming Video.

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Netflix

I’ve been a fan of Netflix ever since I started my subscription a couple of years ago. Not only do I get really happy when I receive a new red envelope in the mail, but I also use the streaming video service A LOT! Thanks to Netflix, I’ve discovered several new television shows that I missed while they were still on the air, but now I’m a fan. For example, I’ve watched every past episode of The Gates, caught up on Psych, and reviewed some of my favorite episodes of 30 Rock and Glee.

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.

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Available on Amazon Prime video streaming

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. πŸ™‚