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.

Comments

Wow, there are some great initiatives listed here. I knew of of a few of them but I'm glad to see this a growing trend with gamers.

i declare this a 'JT free zone'. and that means no discussing him. E.O.F.!

Happy thanksgiving all you Americans!

A little late to the party... I was at my grandmother's all day yesterday. But Happy (belated) Thanksgiving to all my fellow Americans. Also, a very belated Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian friends! To everyone else that celebrates some form of Thanksgiving at some point, I hope you enjoy, or did enjoy, your day. So, in general, I hope everyone enjoys their day.

There. Are all the whiners happy, now?

Onto the article. It's always good to see good deeds being done. Giving aid to those in need, or supporting those far from home truely helps us all. And if you can get the inside scoop on upcoming releases or force some guys to play the worst game of all time, all the better. :)

@ ConstantNeophyte

I literally just beat Assassin’s Creed. It’s awesome. They are going to make a sequel! They have to. The gameplay, graphics, and story all blew me away. So many surprises. I almost agreed with a few of the villains. At least, I almost agreed with their motives. I won't say anymore. And the revelations at the end... OK, you have to play it. I'd hate to ruin it for ya.

and the day after I was sick and running at both ends..and I still am now....least tis only one end....

Desert Bus rocks.

[...] In closing: a Black Friday comic; someone else scratching her head about how “inappropriate” old episodes of Sesame Street are; clean, clear water and how it shapes politics and diplomacy (a trend which is likely to only get worse); beating the dead horse called FISA and the Myth of the Ticking Time Bomb (short version? What part of the DoJ can get a warrant up to 3 days after starting a wiretap don’t they get?); ’tis the charitable season, don’t forget one of my favorite charities, Child’s Play; CNN on losing holiday pounds (I take issue with their saying “It would take 27 minutes of walking to burn the 97 calories in an 8-ounce serving of cola,” because most people are in fact drinking it 12, 24, or 32 ounces at a time, but “Take small bites and eat slowly. And, don’t get stuck in guilt if you’ve eaten too much,” is good advice); and as for this study from the Heritage Foundation covered by the “right-wing” Reverend Moon owned Washington Times suggesting “Democrats like to define themselves as the party of poor and middle-income Americans, but a new study says they now represent the majority of the nation’s wealthiest congressional districts.” I’d just like to point out that the study findings that “of the 167 House districts where the median annual income was higher than the national median of $48,201, a slight majority, 84 districts, were represented by Democrats” and “the likelihood of electing a Democrat to the House is very closely correlated with how many wealthy households are in that district” are likely to be caused by Democratic policies that favor higher wages — remember, “rich” people can live wherever they like. It’s just too easy to turn this study around and make the Republicans the party of depressed wages. [...]

Speaking of the generosity of gamers, here is an open question: How do you feel now that you know the money you sent to Gamerdad after his heart attack wasn't used for medical bills but for iPhones and NFL tickets? I can't help but feel like he and his wife were somewhat dishonest with the gaming community.
http://www.gamingwithchildren.com/2007-11-22/a-day-of-thanks/#more-277

Thanks for the nod, dennis. We just came into a substantial anonymous donation that should clear up our financial woes for the forseeable future- job one is to fix up our website, but other than that GWG is doing fine these days. :)

--Ryan Sharpe

"Speaking of the generosity of gamers, here is an open question: How do you feel now that you know the money you sent to Gamerdad after his heart attack wasn’t used for medical bills but for iPhones and NFL tickets? I can’t help but feel like he and his wife were somewhat dishonest with the gaming community."

First of all if you are not Jack forgive me, but Jack has been posting under many "anonymous coward" names recently. But that being said if that is you Jack: Ha, fail. Nice try though trying to drive a wedge in like this. Do you honestly think by discrediting others that it will make your side look any more desirable? "Oh no, Gamerdad went to the Superbowl, there is only one thing we can do! We must help Thompson rape our freedoms in the ass!"


Gamerdad did have a heart attack, so thats true. And medical bills are expensive so they needed the money, so I still don't see where the lie is. Furthermore when you almost die it puts a new spin on things and maybe he wants to see the Superbowl before you know, actually dying.


Or after a heart attack should he have just sat around the house and waited for death? Sheesh, let the poor guy live a little.

Gamerdad has insurance. According to his website, his wife is a nurse. He used the money for personal expenses and luxury items. I have a problem with that and I am not alone.

If you have a problem with that, bring it up to Gamerdad himself.

Stop being a grinch in a topic meant for giving thanks.

@MattH

What business is it of your's Thompson?

That money was willingly donated ot him and is therefore his, what he does with it is his business, not the business of a hearse chasing soon to be ex lawyer who is cursing his luck that one of his "enemies" survived.
 
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