By Katie Weidman
Cardinal Gamers will rise early on Saturday Oct. 25 to begin a 24-hour horror game marathon to benefit charity.
The marathon, which will take place in the Mac Lab starting at 8 a.m., is part of a larger program known as Extra Life, an online platform where people can create teams and collect donations that will then go to the Children’s Miracle Network hospital of their choice. The Cardinal Gamers have set a goal of $1,200 to go to the Golisano Children’s Miracle Network hospital in Rochester. Anyone is welcome to donate, and all are welcome to join the Gamers and play along.
Donations to the cause are accepted on the Extra Life website, just search for the team called Cardinal Gamers.
The club hosting the event was started by Dr. Wendi Sierra and a handful of students as a sort of gaming book club. Their purpose is to play games for fun, but also to see the games as a work of art that has elements meant to invoke a deeper look into the game beyond just playing it. The students wanted to come together formally to discuss these elements.
The club is an offshoot of the larger Digital Cultures and Technologies Club, but anyone interesting in discussing game design and theory is welcome to join. Anyone interested should email Dr. Wendi Sierra with questions at email@example.com.
The club also has ambitions to do larger events on campus, such as the Extra Life marathon, and Let’s Play days. The horror game marathon is a culmination of these ambitions and the fact that the Extra Life marathon is very close to Halloween. What better way to get into the spirit than 24 hours of the scariest games you can imagine? And some milder ones for the more faint of heart.