If you’re a gamer, you already know playing video games is not necessarily frivolous. You learn stuff, right? You connect with your friends and family through games. It’s all good. But did you know that gamers also are big contributors to the greater good? Games Done Quick is proof.

Games Done Quick produces gaming marathons for charity twice a year. “Volunteers play games at incredible speed (“Speedrunning”) for entertainment. The event is streamed live online, non-stop, and all donations go directly to the charity.” Right now you can find the live event on the Games Done Quick website and on Twitch.

They’re raising money this time for the Prevent Cancer Foundation: “The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is saving lives through cancer prevention and early detection across all populations. Their vision is to “Stop Cancer Before it Starts”! The Prevent Cancer Foundation is the only U.S. nonprofit organization solely devoted to cancer prevention and early detection. They have invested over $138 million in research, education, advocacy and community outreach programs over the past 30 years.”

Last year this event raised more than $1.5 million. Wow!

So go to their website. Right now. And press the Donate button. Because you know as a gamer you want to support your fellow gamers raising money for such a great cause.

The event ends Sunday.

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Linda learned to play video games as a way to connect with her teenaged kids, and then she learned to love video games for their own sake. At Pixelkin she wrangles the business & management side of things, writes posts as often as she can, reaches out on the social media, and does the occasional panel or talk. She lives in Seattle, where she writes, studies, plays video games, spends time with her family, consumes vast quantities of science fiction, and looks after her small cockapoo. She loves to hear from people out there. You can read more about her at her website, Linda Breneman.com or her family foundation's website, ludusproject.org.