Hey, everyone! Do you love video games and hate Sleep Apnea?
Starting this Friday(4/18) at 4:30pm PST the Giant Bomb community will be hosting an endurance run for charity. Over two events last year, we raised nearly $2000 for Child’s Play. This time around we’ve decided to donate to the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) and their CPAP Assistance Program. We hope to outdo our previous outing by setting the goal at $2500!
Between Friday and Sunday there will be at least one person streaming video games live at all times. I personally will be streaming on Friday from 5:30pm to 2am, and on Saturday from 6pm-2am. I may also pop on randomly from time to time on Saturday afternoon. I’ll be streaming XCOM: Enemy Within and The Banner Saga.
The streams will be happening over at http://www.explosiveruns.com/ and we’re taking donations at https://fundly.com/community-endurance-run-the-third
PAX is a strange one for me. It’s entirely true that I have deep problems with it, but I also recognize what PAX means to a great many people who a) don’t realize the problematic issues surrounding PAX or b) don’t have anything else like it and deeply love PAX for how it enriches their lives.
Everything in life is a cost-benefit analysis. It’s impossible to live everything by your values, but we use them to guide us. PAX is one where I take the hit on my values and make up for it with what I have a chance to do while there. Giant Bomb is a community-driven website with limited resources (we seem mightier than we are) and would not survive without the support of the people who visit (and pay) for the site. It’s what makes PAX so important: it’s the only place we have to interact with those people face-to-face. It’s the only place where I can thank them for what they do.
So I end up doing the panel with Zoe Quinn, figuring if I’m going to be at a place like this, if there are other people going to be at a place like this, I should try and do some real good. And by real good, I don’t mean interviewing a developer and publishing a podcast. I mean trying to make a difference in someone’s life. I feel like we took step towards that at our panel. It’s possible that I could be doing more, but that’s always the case.
It is not a perfect solution, but it is the one that I’ve made my peace with.