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Extra Credits fans pay for artist's surgery

Extra Credits fans pay for artist's surgery

Extra Credits takes an in-depth look at gaming and the surrounding industry on a weekly basis.

Fans and followers of gaming web show Extra Credits donated over $25,000 in less than six hours to cover the costs of surgery for the show's artist, Allison Theus.

After it became clear that shoulder surgery for artist Allison would not be covered by her insurance, as it was considered a pre-existing condition, a donation page over at RocketHub was set up by writer and designer James Portnow. The response has astounded the Extra Credits team.

The project was started on 29 June with the modest goal of reaching $15,000 over 60 days. However, the initial estimate of $15,000 was, according to doctors, too low and the amount needed including physical therapy would come closer to $25,000-30,000. '

The total raised now stands at over $62,000, and the team is trying to think of ways to use the overflow. So far suggestions include funding a game chosen by the community, a fan get-together or a donation to Child's Play.

Donations are also being rewarded with prizes, including access to a special episode of the show, t-shirts and Escapist publisher club membership. What's more, for a donation of $5,000 or more, James Portnow pledged to fly out for a week to help design a game, give a lecture at a school or anything else within reason. Two people have so far donated over $5,000.

Yesterday at 6pm this would have made me weep. Now: COVERED,' said Portnow over Twitter, before adding: 'You guys are amazing. I really don't know how to express it..'

Extra Credits runs every Thursday on The Escapist, and takes an academic look at games and the games industry as a whole.

Do you have any thoughts on donation sites such as RocketHub or crowd-sourced funding? Let us know in the forums.

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Apoptosis 1st July 2011, 12:15 Quote
Ah, the joys of privatized health care.
r3loaded 1st July 2011, 12:24 Quote
Wow, another case of those idiotic "pre-existing conditions" get-out clauses in health insurance policies.
Er-El 1st July 2011, 12:57 Quote
Wow those fans are so charitable
Silver51 1st July 2011, 13:16 Quote
Extra Credits is an amazingly good series and it's fantastic to see the fans support the creators in times like this.

;)
Fizzban 1st July 2011, 13:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Silver51
Extra Credits is an amazingly good series and it's fantastic to see the fans support the creators in times like this.

;)

Agreed. Great series. And it's wonderful to see people so ready to help others.
Denis_iii 1st July 2011, 13:52 Quote
**** insurance companies.
[PUNK] crompers 1st July 2011, 14:13 Quote
i may have to start watching this, must be good!
SighMoan 1st July 2011, 14:32 Quote
After watching Sicko the fact that the insurance company wouldn't pay out doesn't surprise me in the slightest.
BioSniper 1st July 2011, 16:52 Quote
Heart-warming to see that there is still some humanity left within mankind, in an age where we mostly seem intent on destroying anyone or anything for our own personal gains. (Mind you history has mostly been like that).
NethLyn 1st July 2011, 19:13 Quote
Great story. Depends whether you can fund a game for 62 grand nowadays, if you can't, then Child's Play would be a great place to pay it forward.
Thedarkrage 1st July 2011, 19:33 Quote
I was going to donate but the steam sale was on :(
Kiytan 1st July 2011, 21:59 Quote
I'm sure it will be put towards an excellent use. Extra Credits is a truly excellent series.
KayinBlack 2nd July 2011, 05:06 Quote
Fatal Optimization's only real expense besides RPG Maker VX at 60 bucks has been paying the power and internet bills and keeping me in soda. So yes, you can definitely do a game for less than 62k.
Th3Maverick 2nd July 2011, 05:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by [PUNK
crompers]i may have to start watching this, must be good!

+1.

Also, amazing how compassionate gamers can be, despite the fact that we tend to be elitist pricks. Makes me proud to be a part of the community.
Nexxo 2nd July 2011, 09:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Th3Maverick
+1.

Also, amazing how compassionate gamers can be, despite the fact that we tend to be elitist pricks. Makes me proud to be a part of the community.

"Gamers: elitist pricks, but compassionate elitist pricks." :p

Hey, can we have that on a Bit-Tech T-shirt?
Ending Credits 2nd July 2011, 09:59 Quote
Stupid American healthcare system.

Also, she stole my name :D
Nexxo 2nd July 2011, 10:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by KayinBlack
Fatal Optimization's only real expense besides RPG Maker VX at 60 bucks has been paying the power and internet bills and keeping me in soda. So yes, you can definitely do a game for less than 62k.

I dunno... How much does it cost to keep you in soda?
KayinBlack 2nd July 2011, 18:33 Quote
Let's see, a 12-pack lasts me about a week now, as I'm not able to have much soda anymore. Caffeine intensifies the chest pains for some reason. A lot of days I don't even drink it any more. So soda is pretty cheap for me.

Estimating cost of game dev by soda consumption cheesecake.
Nexxo 2nd July 2011, 19:21 Quote
How else would you estimate cost? Except by pizza, perhaps?
KayinBlack 2nd July 2011, 19:37 Quote
For me, since I'm doing almost everything by myself, it's not like I allocate myself a salary. I simply look at what it takes to keep me able to work, and that's cost of production. When I get to the publication point, then I'll have concomitant costs, but for now it's simply utilities and food.
r3loaded 2nd July 2011, 23:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Th3Maverick
Also, amazing how compassionate gamers can be, despite the fact that we tend to be elitist pricks.
Oh no, we aren't the most elitist of pricks, not by a long shot. You've clearly never met petrolheads, audiophiles or wine tasters!

Also: http://www.xkcd.com/915/
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