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    I, Hope – Xbox One Review

    A Worthy Cause, A Not-So-Worthy Game

    Let’s this out of the way first:

    You should totally go out and buy I, Hope. 100% of the proceeds go to GameChanger Charity, a charity devoted to helping kids battle cancer. Here’s what GameChanger Charity stands for:

    We Leverage technology  & innovation to ease the pain and suffering of children facing life-threatening illnesses.

    The have visited over 40 hospitals and helped changed over 14,000 lives by donating more than 2.7 million gifts. With the price point only being $9.99 that’s an easy $10 donation to charity! Everyone wins.

    I, Hope stars Hope, a young girl who needs to battle a monster called Cancer that has landed on her island and is corrupting it. Along the way she visits different parts of her island to get the tools she needs to battle Cancer. Strength, Wisdom, Courage and Hope are just some of the tools you will gather to help overcome cancer.

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    I, Hope, in theory, sounds like it could be an amazing game. It’s got an important message and the fact that 100% of the proceeds go to help kids battle cancer make it a worthy purchase. However everything else about the game sullies the otherwise noble cause that I, Hope champions.

    The controls are frustrating and all over the place. Most of the time Hope would miss jumps, or land incorrectly. Camera angles only to the frustration as many times Hope would get caught in parts of the environment and I would have to exit the game and start over. Having to replay puzzles over and over again because easy jumps were missed was infuriating.

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    I, Hope is also incredibly short. It can be completed in just around two hours. While that’s fun for people with not a lot of time on their hands, the bad control scheme and shoddy camera angles aren’t worth it. It really pains me to say that because there is such a great cause behind the game. Bad controls, lousy camera angles and bland gameplay just tarnish so much of what could have made I, Hope great.

    I, Hope suffers from poor execution of an otherwise valiant idea. Should you buy it? Yes. Because you can net some easy Xbox Gamerscore and feel ok knowing that proceeds go to charity. At the same time, you can also just donate to charity and get the same sense of satisfaction knowing you did something great, without having to slog through a bad game.

    The reviewer was given a copy of I, Hope for review purposes.

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    Extra Life #FiveDollarFriday Joke Edition



    Extra Life is a 24 hour gaming marathon to raise money for sick kids at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  One of the fun ways I like to reach my fund raising goal I set each year is by doing something I call Five Dollar Friday, or #FiveDollarFriday.  On Fridays during Extra Life time I simply ask my friends and family to donate five dollars (or more) toward my goal, and in exchange I do silly things.  This video is from last year, and I am sharing it to show everyone how simple and fun it is to hit your goal.

    So, for this Five Dollar Friday, I am bringing the jokes once again.  Donate $5 or more to if you’d like me to do a joke video for you!  I will get all the videos done within the next week and post them to our YouTube channel here:

    * 100% of what is raised through Extra Life goes to help kids at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital you select when you register (for free) at Marcia is supporting Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.  Anyone can sign up and make a difference in their local community For The Kids!

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    Why Extra Life?

    extralifeextralifeextra-life_thumbAlthough Extra Life (the 24 hour gaming marathon fund raiser for the Children’s Miracle Network) doesn’t take place until October 25th, eager participants are already signing up and raising funds. Why are thousands of gamers joining already? What is the pull for gamers to do do extraordinary feats to help out with this charity? Well I can’t speak for them, but I can tell you why I Extra Life.

    This past week three of our four man team had the opportunity to tour the Kentucky Children’s Hospital, the hospital we support through our Extra-Life gaming fundraising. To put it succinctly, it was amazing, inspiring and humbling all rolled into one.

    Members of Team Pike gaming for Extra Life

    Members of Team Pike gaming for Extra Life

    The first thing the guys noticed was the art… from pieces from local artists to children’s paintings. it made the colder looking white and teal walls (which they all said they are working on changing and renovating) brighter and welcoming to children of all ages. The second thing I noticed was how comfortable the atmosphere was. Not once did I see anyone looking stressed or hurried. Everyone was all smiles and looked like they loved their jobs.

    Now I could go on all day spouting facts off on everything I learned about KCH. The point I’m trying to make is this… I have now seen what a difference these dedicated doctors and nurses, as well as every other staff member, make in every child’s life that they take care of. I have heard countless stories before my tour, and I’m sure I’ll continue meeting people with their own stories, of how well patients are treated at the hospital. These outstanding people deserve our help.

    Team Pike group

    I want these people to never have to worry about a piece of equipment that they need, the only thing I want them to worry about is taking care of our local kids… that is the way it should be. I have a healthy and active five-year-old son that I love with all my heart. I know I’m one of the lucky ones. I know there are plenty of moms and dads that do not have that piece of mind. That is why I do my part in Extra Life.

    Extra Life has given me more than I have ever put into it, I have met friends that I thought I would never see face to face, got to make new ones, and I have met some gaming industry movers and shakers. But most importantly raising money for Extra Life given me a greater sense of what really counts in this world…. the giving of ones self for another human being.

    Thor: The Dark World 3D Advance Screening Raffle



    The story of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, continues in Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013. Can’t wait to watch it? Maybe you won’t have to!

    We are raffling off  on pair of tickets to an advance screening of Thor: The Dark World in 3D.

    When: Monday, November 4th at 7:30 p.m.

    Where: AMC Regency 24
    9451 Regency Square Blvd.
    Jacksonville, Florida

    How to enter the raffle:                                                                                imgres
    We are fund raising for Extra Life, a 25 hour video game marathon on November 2nd to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. To enter this raffle, simply donate $5 to anyone on Team Jax. Make sure to write “Thor” in the “message to fundraiser” section when you make your tax deductible amazing charitable donation. Each $5 donation to help sick kids, counts as one entry into the raffle, so $50 gets you ten entries and so on.


    Winner will be selected on Monday, October 28th at 12:00 p.m. (EST) and tickets will be mailed out that same day!

    *Special thanks to Max Michaels of Movie Mob for donating these tickets to Extra Life and Team Jax

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    Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day

    MiracleTreatDay_001 Imagine if the simple, enjoyable act of eating ice cream could provide hope and healing to sick children in your community. On Thursday, August 8th, 2013 Dairy Queen stores across the globe will be making your dreams of cold ice cream with a size of warm fuzzies come true!

    On Miracle Treat Day, $1 or more from every Blizzard®Treat purchased at participating Dairy Queen stores will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

    In addition to that, for the second year in a row, if you RSVP to Miracle Treat day on Facebook your RSVP will be matched with a $1 donation – up to $50,000.  Get out there and make miracles happen everyone. Eat ice cream, enjoy yourselves…do it for the children!


    Visit for the nearest participating Dairy Queen location and RSVP to Miracle Treat Day on their Dairy Queen Facebook page.

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