Extra Life and the Office

November 2nd marks the return of the Extra Life, the charity event that benefits the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Players from all over the world play games for a span of 24 hours to help sick children. Those who are not as skilled with a controller or mouse and keyboard may donate to teams and players to benefit the cause.

A handful of players came from our offices last year to create the team, Children of Akatosh. They earned $2985 in donations out of a goal of $2000. This year they’re back, with a few more eager players and a donation goal of $3000. They want you to tell them what to play and how to play it! I spoke with the team captain, Joe Mueller about what Extra-Life means to him and his team.

What inspired you to get involved with Extra-Life.org?

Well last year our coworker at ZOS, Meg Steckler, asked if a few of us would be interested, so I definitely wanted to make sure we kept it going this year. It’s such a great cause, and we live in a time where you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t know another suffering or had suffered from cancer. I’ve had both friends who’ve managed to survive their childhood cancer and friends who’ve lost that battle, so why not do something simple when you have the capability?

How did you and your team select the titles they will play?

We are a team, but a lot of us select based on our own personal interests. I like to split my time up between Multiplayer and sharing the marathon experience during the core hours, and then Single player titles when it gets to that zombie-mindset of 4am-7am.

What’s the trick to staying up 24 hours playing games?

Dragon’s blood? I don’t know, as I tend to get in to the zone with these things. Honestly, the broadcasting helps a lot. I have hourly goals to shout on social media so the time goals usually keeps me moving forward. There will also be a series of favorite foods: Breakfast burritos, pizza, tikka masala, pub mixes, etc.

What are you and your team most looking forward to in staying up all night? And what are you least looking forward to?

I think we are getting excited just to see all of the support so far. We’re already in the top 100 teams, and we have raised over $2000 dollars. It’s exciting to just be in a Vent chat together sharing our crazy gaming experiences while watching folks “like”, “share”, or donate to the cause. As far as what are we not looking forward to? Waking up Monday. That’s going to hurt, physically and emotionally.

What advice would you give others that want to be involved with Extra-Life.org?

Do you have $5 to spare, because kids rock and cancers suck. If not, the simple thing of clicking a share button or retweet helps immensely. Best thing for any cause nowadays is for it to trend virally.

Many thanks to Joe for the interview! Anyone interested helping out the Children of Akatosh or just seeing what they’re up to can go to their Extra Life Team Page. Additionally, members will be posting their adventures throughout the night on the Children of Akatosh Blog.

If you would like to get involved with the team here, by either cheering them on, or donating and telling them what to play and how to play it stop on by their team page. We also encourage others to create their own teams and play for your own causes, because who doesn’t want to support kids getting better?

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