Extra Life | Meet Jason Evangelho

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Jason Evangelho is a Tech Contributor at Forbes and currently lives is Las Vegas. We asked Jason a few questions about his gaming habits, why he’s participating in Extra Life and what is his favorite game of all time. If you’d like to make a donation to Jason, click Support Me at the bottom of the page.

How did you hear about Extra Life and why did you decide to become involved?

I was a fan of Sarcastic Gamer way back in the day before getting into tech and games journalism, and heard about the initiative directly from the source. What triggered my involvement last year was the Extra Life presence at E3.

Do you have any relationship with Beaumont Children’s Hospital or just playing for the closest CMN affiliate?

My wife has had multiple family members receive excellent care there throughout the years, and though we’ve moved away from Michigan, we still wanted to support a hospital that had that kind of impact.

How will you be preparing for the 25-hour gaming marathon?

Good question! This year it’s 25 hours (an hour longer than previous years), so the stakes are even higher. I was thinking a caffeine I.V. drip. In all seriousness though, it’s the fans on the livestream, the constant encouragement from readers, and the donations coming in that provide the endurance and adrenalin to push through.

Are you a pretty active gamer? What is your favorite system? Games?

Last I counted, my backlog of unplayed or unfinished games was 50+, so sadly I’m not as active a gamer as I’d like to be. But Extra Life gives me an opportunity to catch up on that backlog and raise money for a good cause simultaneously. Last year, our team raised more than $2,000 and collectively finished about 12 games.

In terms of favorite system, PC without a doubt. Patience pays off in terms of game prices, Steam sales, etc. The platform is more open and gives users more choice, from aesthetics to operating system to the peripherals they use to control their games.

What is your favorite game of all time?

For me, it’s an impossible question to answer. Some games have such an emotional impact and are so indelible but one playthrough is enough. (For example, The Last Of Us). Others are simple but wildly addicting, sucking 100s of hours from your life (think Peggle or Tetris!).

Have you participated before and if so, what brings you back?

I participated last year, and it was such a positive experience across the board that I’m committed to making this a yearly tradition, with the goal of continuously increasing the total donation amount year-over-year. That’s an achievement I look forward to unlocking!

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