We’ve mentioned them on the blog before, but for those who need a reminder, Extra Credits is a web series over on The Escapist that provides an extremely informative, yet light-hearted and humorous, outlook on games and the gaming industry in general. In just under a year, James Portnow, Daniel Floyd and Allison Theus have gained a devout fanbase (including ourselves), hosted their own awards show and created noticeable shifts in the gaming landscape, such as their unintentional overload of Echo Bazaar’s servers after they discussed it in an episode about non-combat gaming. Or their open letter to EA about their degenerate marketing that actually scored them a meeting with EA’s marketing department.
They’re quickly becoming famous on both the internet and within the gaming industry. And now they need our help.
Or at least…they did.
Here’s the deal. Allison Theus, the show’s artist (and the woman who makes EC’s weekly schedule possible), recently suffered a severe injury to her shoulder. Yesterday, the team received the worst possible news; since the injury was due to a pre-existing condition, she wasn’t covered by insurance. Therefore, if she couldn’t raise the $15,000-$20,000 necessary to pay for surgery, she’d never be able to draw again, and Extra Credits would be over just as it was getting started.
James Portnow - game designer, writer and official ‘brains’ behind the show - promptly set up a donation page at RocketHub to raise money for Allison’s surgery. Their target was to raise $15,000 in sixty days.
At time of writing, they have raised $41,318. In less than a day. And people are still donating.
I literally don’t know what to say, other than I don’t think I’ve ever felt so proud to be a gamer. No-one can look at our community and say that we are all soulless, societal rejects when we can accomplish something like this.
If you’d still like to donate, the team are currently offering some pretty cool rewards depending on how much you give. These rewards range from appearing in the credits of an upcoming episode to receiving a free t-shirt. One bonkers individual donated $5,000; his reward will be for James Portnow himself to fly out to his location for a week and help him design his own video game. Officially jealous.
All I can say is, get well soon Allison. And to the rest of the Extra Credits team, thank you and - surgery permitting - keep up the sublime work!