Video Games Affect Positive Changes in the Real World

As early as the 1980’s, video games were considered toys and made for children.  As time progressed and technology became more advanced, the gaming landscape changed and the perception of gaming quickly followed.

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From Final Fantasy XV, Noctis and friends pose in front of the Chocobo stables. (Cornelius Thompson, screenshot from PlayStation 4)

Study after study has been done about the effect of violent video games on children and there are people like Anita Sarkeesian who speak out against female exploitation in video games, however, there is a side of gaming that is truly making a difference in the world.

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Augmented reality showdown pits Disney Infinity figure Hulk-Buster Iron Man facing off against a Mega Man Amiibo. (Photo by Cornelius Thompson)

Every year, thousands of gamers unite to raise money for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or any of their choosing through a charity organization called Extra Life.  Since 2008, the organization has raised over $30 million for Children’s Hospitals all over the country by encouraging gamers to do what they do best over the course of a 25-hour marathon and raise money through being sponsored and through friendly competition.  Most gamers livestream their performances and interact with their viewers and communities through YouTube and Twitch.

4-year “Extra-Lifer,” John Wilkinson, spoke about the excitement he felt during the marathon in an interview recently.  “It’s been a very humbling experience to see how many people are willing to give up a day–or give up a 24-hour period of time to make this event happen.”

To learn more, or be a part of this movement in the gaming community whether through participation or donation, click here.

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4 thoughts on “Video Games Affect Positive Changes in the Real World

  1. Extra Life is a fantastic organization and it feels like the gaming world doesn’t get nearly enough attention for all the good it does. The media will gladly jump on the first opportunity to blame games for some disaster though. Hopefully this changes as gamers get older and they become the media and the politicians.

    That said, would you like to share your articles in our FB group? We’re a growing community of gaming bloggers and we’re always looking for more great writers to share their work and discuss all things gaming. Just search for “Game Bloggers United” on Facebook.

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