Gaming for a Good Cause Giveaway (Contest Closed)

Contest is now closed. Thank you to all who entered! Congratulations to our runner up winner: Naomi!

The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has created the Extra Life gaming marathon, honoring 15-year-old Victoria Enmon—a gamer who passed away from leukemia.

Extra Life participants play any game they choose (phone, computer, game system, or the good old fashioned board variety) starting at 8:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 15, 2011. The marathon lasts 24-hours and money is raised by recruiting sponsors to give a minimum of $1 for each hour of the marathon. Each donation stays in the community where it was given to benefit the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. You can sign up to participate and donate at

Our friends at Xbox 360 are big supporters of Extra Life and held a star-studded event—Gaming and Giving for Good (G3 for short)—on Saturday, October 1 to benefit Extra Life. G3 had 9,600 participants and you can see a recap video and interview with Eva Longoria from the G3 Giving Lounge in LA. You can also see photos of participating celebrities on the Xbox Facebook page.

Want to get your family involved in the Extra Life marathon on October 15th? We’ve got just the prize package to get you marathon-ready!

One lucky winner will receive a Xbox 360 4GB Console + Kinect!  It is valued at $299.99 and includes: built-in wi-fi, a black wireless controller, a standard definition composite A/V cable, a Kinect Sensor, the Kinect Adventures game, and even comes with a free one-month Xbox LIVE Gold Membership.

To enter, just leave a comment below sharing your favorite childhood game.

You can get an extra entry by helping spread the word about the Extra Life marathon and the giveaway by sharing this post with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. (Be sure and leave us a comment, letting us know you did.)

Contest closes at midnight on Tuesday 10/11 @ 11p MST. One random winner will be announced Wednesday 10/12.  Good Luck!

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Comments (422)

  1. Vicky 10/12/2011 at 8:11 am

    I loved playing “Battleship” with my dad. He taught me how to play it by labeling graph paper and placing your ships on the paper for your opponent to guess their location. My dad was a Vietnam vet who did three tours as a medic and suffered lifelong depression, so I treasure this positive memory!

  2. Sean Harrison 10/12/2011 at 7:43 am

    My favorite childhood game was backyard football. We played tackle without any pads. It was a lot of fun-there were plenty of kids in our neighborhood (boys) and nobody ever got seriously injured.

  3. Shyla 10/12/2011 at 7:39 am

    My favorite childhood game that I played in India is called ” Four squares” . The game starts with people occupying each square and placing stones at the centre of the square. The ‘monkey’guards us taking the stones and also crossing between squares. The goal to win is for the team mates to all meet at one square. It was so much fun and my fondest memory is that the games started with just girls playing it and then the boys wanted to join in and the game escalated to a whole different level.

  4. Mikey Shirey 10/12/2011 at 4:28 am

    Now you have to remember I grew up in the 60’s. Yes, long ago, without electronics! That’s when you had to OUTSIDE to entertain yourself. Playing with your neighborhood friends. We would throw a bed sheet over the clothes line and make a tent. We played with whatever nature had to offer! Oh there were bicycles, dolls, balls, jumprope too but you played tag, hide and seek and alot of other games. Those bring back wonderful memories. God Bless!

  5. Lily Kwan 10/12/2011 at 12:02 am

    I tweeted about this giveaway on Twitter at!/likwan/status/124000380236464128.

  6. Lily Kwan 10/12/2011 at 12:01 am

    My favorite childhood game was Tetris.

  7. Leanne Garner 10/11/2011 at 11:41 pm

    I loved playing games (still do hee hee) when I was growing up! One of my favorites was Hi Ho Cherry! Not sure if anyone remembers that one but I loved playing it with my mom, dad, and brother!! I would love to win this for my son! Thanks for the chance! Hugs, Leanne

  8. Laurie Herrscher 10/11/2011 at 11:03 pm

    I liked to play a lot of board games. I remember so many like Clue, Monopoly, Life, Candy Land and even Mouse Trap. Then there were the card games like Fish and War and Old Maid and Crazy Eights. I also really liked playing Chinese Checkers. I couldn’t pick an absolute favorite. Now I play Solitaire on the computer (because its easy and convenient) to wind down.

  9. Arya 10/11/2011 at 10:09 pm

    My favorite childhood memory would be playing “duck hunt” on the Nintendo with my brother and sister – they loved beating me at that game…

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  10. Paulette Dalcour 10/11/2011 at 9:52 pm

    Well out of all games my favorite one was outside hide and go seek and close to sundown was the best time to play with the nieghborhood kids but my indoor game was Monopoly hands down with my family. It was a great time to be a kid and enjoy the little inexpensive things in life.

  11. Ami Jordan 10/11/2011 at 9:48 pm

    Life and Sorry

  12. H.T.U. 10/11/2011 at 9:46 pm

    Operator is still my favorite game since childhood.

  13. Olivia G 10/11/2011 at 9:45 pm

    I loved playing Super Mario Brothers as a kid!

  14. Stephanie Kinslow 10/11/2011 at 9:38 pm

    My favorite childhood game was The game of Life.

  15. Karen Nelson 10/11/2011 at 9:37 pm

    I grew up playing a lot of Candy Land. Atari was the only gaming system when I was a kid and my friend had one. We played Q-Bert

  16. Michele 10/11/2011 at 9:27 pm

    I loved to play video games as a kid and started with the original Pong! But my all-time favorites were Defender and Phoenix! I’m not sure anyone would even know those these days, but they were so much fun!

    BTW – I posted your link on Facebook – hopefully in time for people to join in on Saturday!

  17. Jim Files 10/11/2011 at 9:27 pm

    Favorite childhood game — chutes and ladders.

  18. Andie Gaeta 10/11/2011 at 9:13 pm

    My favorite toy is a toss up between my Cabbage Patch Doll, my Snoopy Snow Cone Machine, my dollhouse, and the games Clue and Sorry. I was a pretty lucky kid.

  19. Russ Telford 10/11/2011 at 9:04 pm

    I think my favorite game was football. We used to play it at recess and any spot of grass that seemed big enough.