Win an Xbox 360 Console and Support a Children’s Charity

This sweepstakes is now closed.  Congratulations to Stacey S. of Florida for winning the Xbox 360 Console + Kinect!

Who says video games aren’t good for you?  The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the largest children’s hospital charity, will be hosting its annual 24-hour video game fundraising marathon, called Extra Life, on Saturday, October 15.  The marathon is in honor of  the late Victoria (Tori) Enmon, a 15-year-old girl who played video games during her battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. 

In honor of this fundraising event that carries on Tori’s legacy, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has offered to give away one Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect to a lucky Parents.com reader. The prize package is valued at $299.99 and includes: built-in wi-fi, a black wireless controller, a standard definition composite A/V cable, a Kinect Sensor, the Kinect Adventures game, and  a free one-month Xbox LIVE Gold Membership. 

Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to support 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada for research, training, equipment, and other healthcare issues related to children.  Participants can get involved in the marathon (or make donations) by registering on Extra-Life.org. Even if your family doesn’t play video games, mobile games and board games are also encouraged.

Xbox 360 also hosted a Gaming and Giving for Good (G3) Xbox LIVE charity event earlier this month on Saturday, October 1, to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  9,600 individuals participated, including celebrities such as actress Eva Longoria (“Desperate Housewives”) and professional sports players such as Landry Fields (New York Knicks), Andrew Bynum (LA Lakers), and Shawn Marrion (Dallas Mavericks).

To win the Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect, share a favorite family memory involving video, mobile, or board games in our Comments section below.  One winner will be chosen randomly to win this sweepstakes giveaway, which runs from Monday, October 10 to Saturday, October 15.  Please click here to read the full sweepstakes rules.

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  1. by Shannon Blackwell

    On October 10, 2011 at 12:27 am

    I still remember our family getting its first Atari – it was mind boggling! I had 3 sisters – it was quite a fight daily on who got to play.

  2. by Jessica Abaya

    On October 10, 2011 at 8:10 am

    The whole family enjoys playing the Wii together. It doesn’t matter how old you are they are now games for all ages. Great way to get the kids out if their rooms and having some fun with mom and dad involved.

    I know that when my friends daughter was sick and in the hospital, she always enjoy her movies and DS to play with to make the days and nights there more enjoyable.

  3. by Kimberly W

    On October 10, 2011 at 10:03 am

    My favorite memory is playing the Wii with my siblings. We all got together for the cousins to games and somehow me and my siblings took over so the evening ended with the adults competing over guitar hero while the kids sat back and watched. So fun how the Wii brought out all our competitive side:-)

  4. by Robin Jenkins

    On October 10, 2011 at 10:42 am

    My daughter has been away in the navy for a year now. Leaving 4 younger siblings at home . So to help them cope with missing her so much we pull out the board games. We remember how funny she has as she played as different characters and I try to take her place now. Sometimes we Skype her so we can play together. We miss her so. The kinect would help us continue to play together while getting in some exercise, where I must admit we have all gained weight in replacing her(that emptiness) with food.

  5. by Katie

    On October 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    We’ve been doing Friday night pizza and board games with the kids and we love it. I hope we can make it a permanent tradition.

  6. by Mike

    On October 11, 2011 at 7:49 am

    My kids like to hop on my lap and play Plants vs Zombies on my phone, then they spend the rest of the day making zombie noises.

  7. by Kirsten

    On October 11, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I was an only child and had a room full of boardgames but almost no one to play with. My parents both worked. However, they taught me penochle at a young age because they had frequent card parties. Later on, my best friend and I would play penochle at the local grange with the elderly people..it was a blast.

  8. by T.J. Lauerman

    On October 11, 2011 at 11:25 am

    My greatest video game memory is spending tons of quality time with my father playing Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt on our NES when I was a child.

    He had received the NES around the time my first sister was born. In retrospect, I really could have had that feeling of being left out with the new baby, but because of the NES, I never did.

  9. by Cr34tiv3Funky

    On October 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Every time our family gets together, we have to play catch phrase!

  10. by Thomas Wilson

    On October 11, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Halo: Betrayals

    I still remember when my fiancé and I first started playing Halo 3 together, and she learned what fun it was to betray teammates. lol She does it randomly at times now, but her excuse is that they deserved it. (:

  11. by Cody Cramer

    On October 11, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I remember the time when we were playing guitar hero and my brother was standing beside me. suddenly he turned around with his guitar and wacked me in the head becasue he was so engaged in the game :)

  12. by Cody Cramer

    On October 11, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    When my baby brother was born it was hard to play board games. everytime we would play he would crawl over the board and start playing with the monopoly money or little clue figures. and we also could play the wii because we would trip over him.

  13. by Bonnie L.

    On October 11, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    When I found out my baby-to-be had a birth defect at our 20 week ultrasound we bought an ipad. This not only enabled us to keep in contact with family members and social media while we traveled over 4 hours away to get help for him, but also opened up a new world of touch screen gaming and interactivity for my 3 year old. It is amazing to see her use it and kept her happy and busy while we were in the NICU.

  14. by Carrie

    On October 12, 2011 at 8:56 am

    My cousins and I loved to play Rummoli together! We would pile up our pennies and crowd around the dinner table and play for hours!

  15. by Stacey Johnston

    On October 12, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    i remember playing guitar hereo with my family. i was singing, my 4yr old was on guitar, the 11yr old was on drums, and my fiance was on guitar. we were aweful! lol, but we had so much fun. we still play often.

  16. by mish

    On October 13, 2011 at 9:18 am

    For about 3 years now we have Friday night Family night and we play a game of any kind board, cards, on the WII we love to play Family Game Night, We Dance, or Disney’s Guilty Party. My kids love it and we have quality family time

  17. by Michael McLane

    On October 13, 2011 at 9:32 am

    My best memory is trying to get playing time playing the original pong when you have seven other siblings.

  18. by Tiffany Greene

    On October 13, 2011 at 11:54 am

    My favorite family memory is playing a simple game that EVERYONE knows and loves, UNO! Whenever our whole family gets together we actually have “Uno Tournaments” (with my grandfather being the ref!) It’s such a fun game that kids of all ages can enjoy. :)

  19. by george ashmore

    On October 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    My best memories are of before video games. We always had dogs so I would have to get up and let them out when they whined. I would see the christmas presents but always thought I was lucky that Santa had come early.

  20. by Cynthia K

    On October 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    My son and I used to play Risk a lot and then we got into Magic The Gathering. We used to play all the time but he grew up and now he plays WOW and I play Farmville. We need to get back into spending more time together instead of in different rooms.

  21. by Stacey Sanchez

    On October 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    My favorite time with my family playing games is on the first Nintendo. When my brother and sister were younger we had to “take turns” playing super mario brothers. They were and will ever be the best, mostly because I need practice using the remotes with 157 buttons on them. I would love to win this so we can have family time again and get the kinect to go with it. Also the Childrens Miracle Network is a great cause!!

  22. by Dusty Chapman

    On October 13, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    We have a large blended family of five children from 15 to 24 and 2 grandchildren.We often play board games on the weekends and I know that I am lucky to have teens who like to stay home with us and plays games instead of going out.On holidays even my inlaws who are in their 70′s get into the action, the love the golf games. It would be wonderful to have this new game system for the upcoming holidays so that we can make new memeories as a family.

  23. by Terri McMillan

    On October 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    We have family board game night at our house once a week. This helps us to reconnect as a family.

  24. by janna briggs

    On October 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    My Dad traveled all the time when I was growing up. He also didn’t really know how to relate to my sister and I. However, somewhere between 1980 and 1983, he bought us a Colecovision video game system. We have the best memories of playing Ladybug,Carnival, Turbo and other games. I really have to thank Colecovision for giving us good memories of playing games with our Dad.

  25. by Drew Ellison

    On October 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Bringing a Wii into my family’s household unleashed the competitor in all of us. I’m talking 3 hour long Wii Bowling competitions. At the end of the day though, it ultimately brought us some laughs, and quality time with the family.

  26. by Sarah Southerling

    On October 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    My favorite memory that sticks with me always is from back in 2007. My son had just turned 1 and was in Children’s Hospital for a week with RSV. After a few days, he was feeling better, but still on IV and oxygen so he had to stay in the little crib. My son and I (since i never left his side) played Hi Ho Cherry-O over and over and over. Every game Payton won, cause we were playing by his rules. It was unfortunate circumstances, but made some awesome memories!

  27. by Linda Miller

    On October 13, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    We used to play the board games Life, Sorry and Monopoly every weekend when we was kids. There was 5 of us kids, so Mom would let 1 of us pick the game each weekend. What fun we had!

  28. by Melissa Zimmerman

    On October 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    We would all sit around and play Mousetrap. That game is still awesome! I loved setting it up.

  29. by T. True

    On October 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Pong when it came out was an intoxicating, addictive thing. We’d actually fight over turns. The whole family eagerly watching this insanely simplistic pong going back and forth. We played it for months.

  30. by Heather Bartling

    On October 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    When I was a kid, playing board games was a favorite family night time activity. There are so many great memories from that time!

  31. by ashley noland

    On October 13, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I remember being a kid and my family would play Mario Party on Nintendo 64 every night together. We would all laugh and have so much fun. Those are some of the best childhood memories evrer!

  32. by ashley noland

    On October 13, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I remember being a kid and my family playing Mario Party on Nintendo 63 together. We would laugh and have so much fun. Those are some my the best childhood memories ever!

  33. by ashley noland

    On October 13, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    That is Nintendo 64. not 63. lol

  34. by Cathy Kent

    On October 13, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I remembered one very cold morning after a long Thanksgiving dinner at my parents house, my sisters and I got up at 3am and drove to Toy’s R’us to get in line to buy the new release of the Game Cube. We thought it was so cool that we bought one and play the Tetris game! It was the good old day! I’m hoping to win this one for my family of 6. Thanks.

  35. by Phi Tat

    On October 13, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Well, let me tell you guys this. I’m from Vietnam and we don’t have any gaming consoles at all! We would play outside and make up our own games, anything from dirt to boxes. I really wan to win this Xbox for my boys for Christmas. Thank you!

  36. by Mike Kent

    On October 13, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    When I bought the Nintendo 64 for my family years ago, we would play Super Mario forever on the weekends. Now with the Xbox and Playstation, it looks so much better!

  37. by Tm Thai

    On October 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    When I bought my GameCube, I thought I was hot! Now, all the game consoles totally smoked me. Well, needless to say, I’m crossing all my fingers and toes to win this one! Good luck everyone!

  38. by Brandon Thai

    On October 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I’m in my late 20s and still play with my Nintendo 64! My Dad would come over and play Mario with me, it’s super slow compare to all the new consoles out there. Thanks for the chance, my Dad and friends would be happy!

  39. by Mui Long

    On October 13, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I only have board games for my grandkids to play with. It really makes our family more fun when we’re together. I am hoping to win this prize so my grandkids can enjoy playing all the Xbox games.

  40. by Ann Tat

    On October 13, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    My 2 kids and I like to play games on our computer. We enjoy all the laughing and we always challenge each other’s mind. I hope to win this sweet prize so we can play all the games that we saw at Target!

  41. by Celeste Kautz

    On October 13, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Ok this might seem like a strange memory but my Dad couldn’t bear to lose Monopoly. In everything else in his life he has been one of the calmest and most rational people I know but Monopoly brought out the worst in him. One time he flipped over the board, said we were all cheating and went for a walk for hours. I actually treasure that memory and still tease my Dad about it although we did stop playing Monopoly together after the board flipping episode.

  42. by Cassie Fritts

    On October 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I grew up playing board games and am now enjoying playing Uno, Sorry, and Skip-Bo with my 7 and 4 year old. We play almost every day.

  43. by Marissa

    On October 13, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    When I was a kid, I went to my Uncles house and my cousins had Atari. I never heard of video games at that point and was so excited. Ever since that day with my family, I have loved them!

  44. by Sheryl

    On October 13, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    My sisters and I used to stay up to all hours of the morning playing Pay Day.

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  45. by Nicole West

    On October 13, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    My fiance and I met when we were just young teenagers and we used to play the original playstation games all the time. We’d rent games and stay up all night on the weekends competing against each other :)

  46. by Lisa

    On October 13, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    We got one of the first Apple IIe computers. I played hours of computer games in the early 80s

  47. by Daniel Thornton, Jr.

    On October 14, 2011 at 12:44 am

    I remember my sister would stay at my cousins and we would play monopoly for hours.

  48. by Kimberly M.

    On October 14, 2011 at 2:19 am

    I’ll never forget my mom sitting up hour after hour playing PacMan because she wanted to beat my son because he was really good. She would put the game in her room and nobody could find her and sit in front of the Tv and play and play until one day she was good enough to ‘nearly’ beat my son. We all thought she would cry but she just kept practicing. It was so funny watching her. She was in her late 50′s.

  49. by Joyce Harrell

    On October 14, 2011 at 7:34 am

    When our grandchildren all come to town over the holidays, it is always fun to play Wii games together. We can all do them and we have tournaments which is great fun for everyone.

  50. by tracey byram

    On October 14, 2011 at 9:49 am

    My favorite childhood memories involve playing board or card games with my dad and brother every night after dinner. I learned good sportsmanship and strategy while having fun.

  51. by Karen H.

    On October 14, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I remember growing up, the excitement my younger brother and I felt when we finally got the Nintendo, months after it’s initial release and our friends and cousins already had the console. We spent hours playing Super Mario Brothers together and as time went on, played through the series of games on the newer versions of Nintendo as they came out.

    At first, I was thinking about a more recent time when my in-laws came out for a vacation and we spent a week at a timeshare with our 4 year old. The Wii was so easily packed up that we took it with us to entertain her during “downtime” and she ended up introducing her grandparents to it! They wouldn’t have been up for real bowling, but Wii bowling was well… right up their alley!

    They had a great time and it definitey ranks up there as a favorite moment, but I do believe the time with my little brother when we were kids is my ultimate favorite, when we weren’t saturated by electronics yet and we just felt so lucky to be able to have that one game system.

  52. by Selinda

    On October 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I remember the Christmas that my Dad surprised the six kids with the NES. We had a ball playing Duck Hunt and Super Mario Brothers and then spent hours upon hours playing tetris!

  53. by Morningstar Dorr

    On October 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Playing the wii with my two oldest and then watching my one year trying to mimic our moves! Its the cutest moment ever!!! <3

  54. by Debra G

    On October 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    when my son was young his favorite game to play was Candyland…he drove me crazy playing that game hour after hour. He is now grown and I recently decided to clean out his old room and found this game. I am keeping it for him to play with his kids.

  55. by cynthia

    On October 14, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    my favorite is playing wii with the whole family everybody gets into it no matter their age.

  56. by Pamela Murphy

    On October 14, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    We grew up before video games. My brother and I had tournaments almost every night with different games. When we could get tired of one game we would pick another. Fifty some years later we still reminisce over the good times we had playing board games.

  57. by Keoammara

    On October 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    My favorite memory of family game night is when we first got the Nintendo Wii and went all extreme on the competition. My younger sister actually bonked her head with the remote but won me in tennis! We stayed up all night playing and then ate breakfast perfecting the looks of our mii’s. :) Miss my family now that I moved to the West Coast.

  58. by Fonda Wade

    On October 14, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    When my children were little they always brought me the deck of “Old Maid” to play. After each game they would chant “Again again”. We would play for hours as they would laugh at the characters on the cards. By the end of the evening I began to really sympathize with the “Old Maid”. Simpler times always bring a smile to my face as I now watch them with their babies :)

  59. by CompSciJedi

    On October 14, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    My earliest memories are of sitting on my dad’s lap in his office playing games on his 386. Throughout my life, gaming has played a huge role, and I hope to raise my daughter the same way, with gaming being a positive influence.

  60. by Ed Davis

    On October 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I can vividly remember Family game night where we’d all gather ’round the dining room table to play monopoly , where our Father would proceed to mercilessly destroy every last one of us :D
    IDK if the man had no pity or just too much pride to let children win. Many a night would end in at least one child in-tears.
    Good times ,good times

  61. by Rhonda Best

    On October 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    My family waited ever so patiently (not) for the Little Big Planet 2 game to be released. My son had it reserved as soon as he could. We had so much fun playing the first one, working together, playing versus each other and just enjoying it. The LBP 2 is even better and we love playing it together sharing happy times!

  62. by Tim Best

    On October 14, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Some of my favorite memories come from playing video games with my family, especially from an early age. I grew up with the NES and the Atari and throughout the years, the games have changed, but the warm feeling of gaming with family hasn’t.

  63. by Amanda Best

    On October 14, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Playing board games and video games together, as a family, has always been a big part of our lives. We laugh a lot, yell a little and laugh some more! In July, my brother got a Playstation move for his birthday. I hit the ceiling with the controller more than once because I got into the action so much. That gave us all a good laugh!

  64. by Gary Steinberg

    On October 14, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    growing up before video game we played massive Monopoly games, we added all the play money from 3 sets and would play all day.

  65. by Sylvie W

    On October 14, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    One year on a family vacation my aunt rented a home in a mountain town. On the way there she told us there was no television and that the town was very small. All I could think of was how was I going to make it through a week in no man’s land.

    It turned out to be a fantastic vacation. We played board games every night and enjoyed a different flavored cobbler each evening (my favorite was peach). During the day we hit the road and explored the local farms, fairs, history and scenic AHHHHHHH Ziggy moments. We really connected to each other and it was wonderful.

  66. by Daniel H.

    On October 15, 2011 at 2:26 am

    My favorite Game memories would be playing Donkey Kong Country with my mother. Out of probably 50+ video games that we had, it was the only one my mom was good at and therefore enjoyed. I’m surprised we didn’t wear out the cartridge.

  67. by Dawn

    On October 15, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I remember playing the board game Risk with my siblings and parents. Sibling rivalry’s best outlet – to conquer their armies and take over their countries.

  68. by Amy H.

    On October 15, 2011 at 11:44 am

    My,favorite family memory is the whole family playing the WII together after a big Christmas Meal.

  69. by Curt M.

    On October 15, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    growing up my brothers and I have always had fierce competitions through video games, it has always been one of the best ways for us to bond. One of my favorite memories is christmas last year at my uncles house where we all go to play kinect with my cousins after dinner.

  70. by Tanya Erickson

    On October 15, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    When we first got our WII, our 4 year old daughter was playing bowling and the controller slipped out of her hand and almost knocked her brother in the head, she is now 6 years old and she can do all the games almost better than anyone in the house! Her brother and her are Seminole Fans and he has wanted an X box for 5 years and we would love to win this!

  71. by Nick Larsen

    On October 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I tried to win a Nintendo from Boy’s Life magazine when they first came out by answering a trivia question on what PeeWee’s real name was (the cartoon character in the magazine, NOT Herman) and because I had read one of my dad’s books from the 60′s from scouts I had discovered his name. I thought for sure I would win, and was bummed when I didn’t, but received one for Christmas that my grandparents in Wisconsin found and shipped to us to open in Iowa.

    I learned then what a video game fan my dad was when on Christmas night after playing with the family all day he was there playing Super Mario Brothers. I got to stay up late and watch him play and bond, a fun time for a 4th grader and a great Christmas all around.

  72. by jennifer r.

    On October 15, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I remember playing trivial pursuit after every big holiday. It was great fun to see how little my parents knew about movies & how little I knew about history. :)

  73. by Amanda S.

    On October 15, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    My favorite family game memory would have to be when: me, my mom, brother, and my little nephew sit down to play Little Big Planet right after it released. We had so much fun beating all of the story mode levels together. We still sit down and play LBP together and every time we play it keeps a smile on our faces and keeps us laughing. I love when we all sit down and play games, especially Super Mario Bros 3 or LBP.

  74. by Allyson Bossie

    On October 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I am dating myself, but I remember the year we got the Atari, it had Mrs. PacMan and pong on it!!!! I loved it!

  75. by danny montae' carothers

    On October 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I would love to win this marvelous prizes so me and my little brother can i Left 4 dead together and see if we can beat the whole game. we do miss playing the game together a lot of fun. Kickin it the boys playing some Madden and Laughing and having a hell of time together. When am not playing the game i like spend time with my brother son JACOB who is one teaching him how to read and write and baseball. Playing the games is good but there also other ways we can be together as a family.

  76. by Roxana Grund

    On November 6, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I remember when I was a little girl, my parents wouldn’t have the means to buy us many toys, and Atari was a huge sensation. I would never forget our friend Zico who got Atari from his parents and used to allow my siblings and I come play with him every day …the good old days