On Thanksgiving Day, We Thank Gamers Who Give Back

November 22, 2007 -
Here at GamePolitics, we'd like to wish every reader a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day, even those who don't celebrate this uniquely American holiday.

Yes, we live in a world wracked by war, poverty and disharmony. But gamers have much to be thankful for. Games have never been better, more exciting, more educational or had a greater impact on society at large.

While we give thanks for our games, let's take a moment to reflect on these gamers who are giving back:

The Contra Costa Times reports that more than 800 gamers gathered last Saturday for a giant LAN party for the benefit of the Get Well Gamers Foundation and the Alameda Food Bank:
The contest, organized by NVIDIA and Electronic Arts, also gave die-hard gamers the first opportunity to play new games and test out software and other PC components that are expected to be among the hottest-selling items this holiday season...

Get Well Gamers, by the way, is run by GP regular (and occasional contributor) Ryan Sharpe.

In one of the most imaginitive approaches we've seen to raising money for a worthy cause, four Canadian gamers will play Desert Bus, an unreleased, completely monotonous mini-game, for as long as the donations keep coming in. They hope to raise $5,000 for Penny Arcade's Child's Play Charity:
Not only are you donating to Child’s Play but you are also making a bunch of idiots up in Canada play a very boring and never ending game... You could donate twenty dollars through the Child’s Play Website, or you could donate your money through our website, your money is going to exactly the same place but you get to force us to play Desert Bus for just that much longer.

The boys start driving tomorrow. Make a donation and keep their monotony going.

Don't forget Fun For Our Troops, a nonprofit which aims to send games and systems to our military personnel in Iraq. Read the full GamePolitics report on this terrific group here.

PlayStation 3 owners can help just by leaving their PS3 turned on. 

Stanford University's Folding at Home project harnesses the distributed processing power of home-based PS3's in research computations aimed at curing disease.

Finally, Gaming4Others is raising money for Child's Play by holding online game tournaments.

UPDATE: We neglected to mention the 2008 MMO Calender, which benefits St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. GP purchased the 2007 version, and it's fabulous. The 2008 calendar includes the following MMO's: Age of Conan, Dark Age of Camelot, Dungeons & Dragons Online, Eve Online, EverQuest, EverQuest II, Guild Wars, Lord of the Rings Online, Pirates of the Burning Sea, Star Wars Galaxies, Stargate Worlds, Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft...

UPDATE 2: Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA)prez Hal Halpin dropped GP a line about Gifts from Gamers, another organization devoted to getting games and systems to U.S. military personnel overseas.

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Sounds like a party.

[...] Three Speech wrote an interesting post today!.Here’s a quick excerpt [IMG]Here at GamePolitics, we’d like to wish every reader a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day, even those who don’t celebrate this uniquely American holiday. Despite a world wracked by war, poverty and disharmony, gamers have much to be thankful for. Games have never been better, more exciting, more educational or had a greater impact on society at large. While we give thanks for our games, let’s take a moment to reflect on these gamers who are giving back: The Contra Costa Times reports th [...]

@ video game time

You are a one trick pony aint ya? Almost as as bad as JT himself. You harp on about JT in every post you make, and you still don't sound well informed.

@ GP

Thanks for a story that paints gamers in a good light!

Hell, we haven't even broken the turkey out yet, and the kids are fighting already. Oy.

@ video game time

*looks in last article*

Nice going man, YA JINXED US.

@ Hurricane

I'm actually from Burlington, and I'm in fourth year physics at Waterloo.

"# video game time Says:
November 22nd, 2007 at 11:38 am

Maybe Jack Thompson could come on to say happy Thanksgiving to gamers.

Except he might be having a bad Thanksgiving Day because he lost his case recently."


Nah, he is making his new case agnainst video games. Someone almost choked on a piece of turkey and he is trying to sue The Sims as the reason.

That Desert Bus idea is hilarious. Hopefully it gets enough press that people will donate just for the fun of such a creative fund raising idea.

"He used the money for personal expenses and luxury items."


Your point being what? He's done so much good for gaming at large that I really don't care.

Thanks gamers! Also, I'll be donating to Child's Play later in the season.

Is GWG still having issues?

That picture is nothing short of awesome.

It's heart-warming to hear about all these great gamer initiatives for charity. WTG!

And, er, i don't mean to be pedantic, but Thanksgiving isn't unique to the U.S.A.; check the Wikipedia entry for more info. :)

Happy whatever!

lmao at the pic

Maybe Jack Thompson could come on to say happy Thanksgiving to gamers.

Except he might be having a bad Thanksgiving Day because he lost his case recently.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

For all non Americans, Have a nice day.

I'm getting server not found for the desertbus.
-- If your wiimote goes snicker-snack, check your wrist-strap...

I dunno, I don't like leaving my PS3 on when I don't need it..

@ Discombobulator

I do not leave a comment about Jack Thompson every time I post.

I was just leaving a little teaser about Jack to cheer people up.

I have seen people post alot more about Jack then me you idiot.

Your just a troublemaking retard that makes no sense, so shut up.

You seem like the dumbest poster on this sight so stop talking bad to me.

I should point out that Thanksgiving is also celebrated in Canada, we just did that over a month ago. Prevents the fall months from getting to gluttonous, you know? Unless you have a Tur-Duck-en both on Thanksgiving and Christmas, in which case I recommend a stomach pump.

Have a good one everybody!

@ video game time

no, i don't think i will pal. did you space your post out like that so you could read it better? Seems like another post where mention JT, you could have just had a go at me, but no, you mention him again. Perhaps it is a condition and i shall just feel sorry for you.

*sniff* just like grandmas house, now all we need is for someone to call the police on the drug upped aunt ranting in the front yard and grandpa try to saw off his own hand while carving the turkey.

Happy thanksgiving, wish we had it in Australia because then we would get Black Friday (and I love turkey):P

We get Boxing day instead I guess, which is like Black Friday except its the day after Christmas, and we is basically and extension to the Christmas period so we can watch the cricket :P

If my brother's charity website we're still up, I'd shill for him, too. Unfortunately, the internet-borne incarnation of Press Start is non-functional. :(

Disregard the above, it's come to my attention that the site is back up and running: www.giftofgaming.org

They also have a wikipedia article, too. :) THey're based out of the Hamilton area, and still a pretty small organization, but we're all doing what we can to get the word out. They had a few pretty sweet gigs, too, they were at nDex a few weeks ago, they were at the Burlington Sound of Music Festival, doing as much as they can to get the name out.

If you're from the area, or if you just love helping sick kids and getting them some entertainment for their hospital stays, go ahead and donate. :)

And, er, i don’t mean to be pedantic, but Thanksgiving isn’t unique to the U.S.A.; check the Wikipedia entry for more info.

I was going to point this out myself, just because I know a few people from other countries that have gotten ticked off at us treating it like it's our own holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! :D

@ discombobulator and video game time

Can't we all just get along?

I don't care who started it, I'll turn this car around right now!!

Don't make me reach back there!

Just practicing for when my daughter acts up. Happy day to everyone regardless of what you are celebrating.

@ jds

You made me have horrible, horrible flashbacks **slaps head to remove childhood trauma**
Well played.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here. Even if you don't celebrate, be thankful anyway.

As for those who do celebrate it but are not from the US, Dennis was partially right as today the US is the only country celebrating Thanksgiving right now.

Happy Thanksgiving Americans :) !

Hey Samson I am in the Hamilton area! Cool to see a fellow Hamiltonian on here. Which college/uni do you go to? I am stuck at Mohawk finishing up my course.

I will donate what I can.

On a side note, it is snowing!!!!!! Guess I will have to stay in tonight and play Mass Effect!

What's Thanksgiving without insults shared between posters? err...

Anyways, happy Thanksgiving everyone. Even if you don't celebrate it... BE HAPPY ANYWAYS! :-)

Happy Thanksgiving, have a great day... and dibs on the breast meat!

Oh, GP - that picture is AWESOME!

Hmm you do know Thanksgiving was last month right?

Just kidding. It's one of the strange things in canadian/U.S. holydays.

Happy Thanksgiving, guys!

Happy Thanksgiving!

My high school's JROTC program is participating in the Fun for Our Troops organization, and has probably also had the largest amount of food delivered to the food drive since I started going here.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

- Cecil475

I may not have a holiday excuse to rupture my stomach (not that I've ever needed one) but today I finally get my hands on Mass Effect and Assassins Creed so I'm still happy...

Funny pic.

Happy thanksgiving to my fellow American GPers.

Have a great day to those who don't celebrate thanksgiving.

It is the time to give thanks for all the great games that are out at this time.

I'm giving by having my PS3 set up with Folding Home running. ^_^ I do it when I'm playing other systems, at work/school and asleep.

I already chipped into the Child's Play Drive we have going over at Evil Avatar.

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Gamer or not! :D

Happy Turkey Day ya'll!

I hope Jack chokes and dies on his dry turkey

Ken Says: I hope Jack chokes and dies on his dry turkey

Somebody will proberbly choke on their turkey, Jack is currently busy (because he has no friends to share the day with) preparing a lawsuit against Nintendo blaming the choking incident on the murder simulator: Cooking Mama

I live in Canada, you insenitive clod!

@ken

That's a horrbile thing to say, he's still a human being.

Debatable

I had to view that pic a second time before I noticed Big Bird's legs.

I'm a little slow today. :S

And I agree with Love Gorilla. Jack's humanity has been open to interpretation lately.
 
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