Gaming For A Cause: GamerNode and Extra Life 2012

We all play video games for entertainment, for competition, or stress relief. We game with friends, we game alone. We game on consoles, on PC, and on social media. Rarely, though, do we game for a cause. is going to change that. This Saturday, gamers across the world will be picking up their controllers and playing for 24 hours straight, from 8AM to 8AM (times vary depending on time zone, of course), to support the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals. Each player has chosen one hospital to support and is furiously trying to raise money for the cause before the gaming begins.

This is the fifth year that Extra Life has organized this game-a-thon, but this year’s 24-hour party has a new twist…


That’s right, as announced on last week’s Hot Off The Grill, GamerNode Senior Editor Jason Fanelli (that’s me!) is taking the pledge and preparing himself for 24 hours of continuous gaming. He has elected to play for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (or CHOP) because…well, if it isn’t obvious already, he lives in Philly, so it’s a no-brainer.

I’m taking suggestions for what to play, and I’d love to hear from you. Let me know what I should tackle during the 24 hours, as I’ll have PLENTY of time to fit games into. I do already know two games that I plan to spend some time on, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Public Beta and The Unfinished Swan, two titles that my PlayStation Plus membership allowed me to download a week early.

Shoot me an email at with your picks OR leave suggestions on Twitter at either @GamerNode or @BigManFanelli, or on the GamerNode Facebook page (and don’t forget to like or follow us!).


I’m planning to livestream the entire 24 hours of gaming, from pillar to post, on GamerNode’s channel! Not only will you guys get to suggest what to play, you’ll also be able to follow along with the action and offer any valuable tips/hints/etc. to me as I play through the games.

Finally, if you have some money to spare and would like to make a donation to the cause, you can do that at the link right —–>HERE<——-

See everyone on Saturday!


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Author: Jason Fanelli View all posts by
Jason lives and breathes gaming. Legend tells that he taught himself to read using Wheel of Fortune Family Edition on the NES. He's been covering this industry for three years, all with the Node, and you can see his ugly mug once a week on Hot Off The Grill.

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