At The Hype Weekly, we like to do things old school. Hence the print version of the publication when the web version alone would suffice. Hence the weekly meetings in a tavern when we would probably get a bigger turnout on GChat. And this attitude extends to our charity fundraisers as well. Donating $10 via text message is all well and good, but we want to see you face to face and we want to give you something for your money. Whether that be a good time in the form of a dance-a-thon or cookies in the form of a bakesale, contributing to a Hype sponsored charity event is an experience, not just a way to build up karma points. That old school attitude also extends to gaming. The current generation of video game consoles is awesome (well, except maybe the PS3) but nothing can quite top that feeling of leaping off a staircase and grasping for a flagpole. Punch-Out!!, Kid Icarus, even A Boy and his Blob. All you have to do is look at the flux of ’80s games being remade for a new generation to realize that retro still rules. And so it is that we announce The Hype Weekly’s first 8-bit Extravaganza. What this entails will be up to you. There will definitely be a bracket style Tecmo Bowl tournament. If there is a big enough response, we’ll be adding other (sports & non-sports) games to the fray. That means email us, comment on the website, accost us on the street, and tell us that you want to mash buttons for charity. The charity in question is Child’s Play, an organization dedicated to providing video games (and other forms of entertainment) to children’s hospitals. In addition to the tournament, which will be held on Saturday, the 31st of March, there will be retrogaming themed raffles and possibly more. But, as always, we can’t do this alone. We need your support. Think you’re the best Tecmo Bowl player around? Then put your money where your mouth is and prove it. Do you still remember the Konami code (Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A Start) by heart? Then we’ll see you at The Hype Weekly’s 8-Bit Extravaganza. Do it for the children!