Disabled video game industry executive needs your help

August 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Friends and family of Nick Grange - a former video games industry executive who has worked for such companies as Apple, Activision and Microsoft's Xbox division - are looking to raise £10,000 to fund a specially designed mobility vehicle.

Grange was in a very serious car accident in 2014 that left him partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. He spent five months in a coma and nine months in the hospital recuperating.

The vehicle will enable him to visit his daughter, who lives over an hour away.

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Summer Games Done Quick raises $1.2 million for charity

August 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

This year's Summer Games Done Quick, a speedrunning event under the auspices of Games Done Quick for charity, ended this past weekend and managed to raise $1.2 million for the Doctors Without Borders charity.

This year's total is an impressive jump from last years' event total, which clocked in at around $700,000. During the Awesome Games Done Quick event in January, the organization managed to raise $1.5 million. And the latest numbers will probably change because organizers say that donations are "still coming in."

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Northport, NY teen brings Sony and PlayStation to town

July 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Northport, New York (a village in Suffolk County, New York on Long Island's North Shore, in case you didn't know) teen has the distinction of being the only teenager in America to be selected among those whose created a video for the PlayStation contest "My Road To Greatness." In addition to being spotlighted by Sony in an upcoming video that will appear on its highly trafficked PlayStation Blog, the teen's home town of Northport will get to play Sony games at a special one-day event for the community.

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Redditor becomes Bungie's new community manager

July 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Chris ‘Cozmo23’ Shannon, the man who created a subreddit dedicated to Bungie's online-focused shooter Destiny, has apparently impressed Bungie so much that it has hired him.  Shannon has been hired as the company's new community manager.

"It’s my honor to be the latest player plucked from the community to assist in its management," Chris ‘Cozmo23’ Shannon said. "I now aim to better serve the larger Destiny community alongside those who create and maintain the game."

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'Prescription Pixel' offers a space for gamers to talk about mental health issues

July 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

This Kotaku Australia article highlights a new web site dedicated to creating a safe space for people who like gaming and want to discuss mental health issues called Prescription Pixel. Speaking to Kotaku Australia, founder "Jennifer" (described as a YouTube broadcaster and a psychologist in her day job) says the site is meant to serve as an important resource to gamers who might find themselves isolated, feeling alone and depressed.

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Bakersfield, Calif. teacher takes aim at 'Just Dance' world record

July 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Bakersfield California elementary school teacher will attempt to break three world records related to Just Dance beginning on July 11.

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Take This and IGN team up to promote mental health awareness in the gaming community

June 5, 2015 - James Fudge

Although it was revealed earlier this month, today game-related mental health awareness charity Take This and gaming super site IGN revealed the details on their new partnership.

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DARPA launches five new games on Vergiames portal

May 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has released five new games as part of its ongoing initiative to crowd-source bug detection via its Verigames portal. DARPA launched the portal in 2013 and is pleased with the results - it claims the program has helped it over hundreds of thousands of annotations from regular everyday non-coding users.

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'Warfighter Engaged' kicks off charity drive to help wounded war veterans game

May 18, 2015 - James Fudge

Military focused gaming charity Warfighter Engaged is looking to raise funds to make gaming accessible to injured war veterans through a new GoFundMe campaign called #GivingEngaged.

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Bethesda clarifies: 'The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited ' does not use one-time activation code

May 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier today we reported that the upcoming retail consoles versions (Playstation 4, Xbox One) of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited would use a one-time activation code making it so that the game could not be resold. Our report was based on comments made by a Bethesda employee last night.

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital gears up for 'Play Live' charity gaming marathon

May 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Dominos, GameStop and many others are teaming up with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for the second annual PLAY LIVE video game charity. Employees from Domino's Ann Arbor, Michigan headquarters will play games in a 48-hour marathon (to be streamed live at www.twitch.tv/DominosGames) to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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'Yooka-Laylee' crowdfunding campaign raises over $2 million

May 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On its very first day of existence, the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee - a platformer game being developed by former Rare employees who worked on the Donkey Kong Country games and Banjo-Kazooie - earned an additional $1 million. The last time we reported on the game's fundraising progress it was inching towards $1 million. As of this very moment, the Kickstarter for Yooka-Laylee is at right around $2,015,658.

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The Tribeca Film Festival's final screenings of 'THANK YOU FOR PLAYING' take place this week

April 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Only two more screenings remain at the Tribeca Film Festival for THANK YOU FOR PLAYING, the documentary that tells the bittersweet story of game developers Ryan and Amy Green and their young son Joel. THANK YOU FOR PLAYING will premiere at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas (Theater 5) on April 21 (today) and Regal Battery Park Stadium 11 (Theater 10) on April 23.

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Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton celebrate 'TableTop Day' by giving games to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles

April 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Geek & Sundry will celebrate the third annual International TableTop Day on April 11 by giving away board games to worthy charities. Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton and Geek & Sundry are teaming up with board game publishers such as Looney Labs, AEG, Calliope Games, and Steve Jackson Games, Geek & Sundry to donate thousands of board games to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and their national associates.

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Operation Supply Drop's '8-Bit Salute' charity event taking place May 16 & 17

April 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Military-focused video game charity Operation Supply Drop announced that its fourth-annual 8-Bit Salute gaming marathon will take place May 16 & 17. The 8-Bit Salute event is an annual 24-hour gaming marathon. Donations raised during this year's charity event will fund video game care packages for U.S. military personal deployed in combat zones such as Afghanistan and those recovering in military hospitals.

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Give blood in Copenhagen, get 'Bloodborne' for free

March 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Live in Denmark? Can't afford to pay for Bloodborne for PS4? Then give some blood instead of your hard-earned cash. An event being hosted by PlayStation Denmark and GiveBlod will let participants donate blood in exchange for a copy of the upcoming game for PS4.

There are other games donors can choose from if they like, but the organization doesn't list them in the promotional material.

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Here Lies My Hatred

March 13, 2015 - Anonymous Hero

(The following editorial was written by a former member of GamerGate who felt so guilty and depressed about their participation in the movement that they felt compelled to write down their experiences and share them with the gaming community at large. Besides removing gender identifying pronouns (to protect the author's identity) and some light editing to correct spelling and grammatical errors, we have not modified the contents of this article. The opinions expressed in this editorial do not necessarily reflect the views of GamePolitics - editor.)

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'Take This' PAX East Panel Offers Practical Advice On 'When To Step Away From The Screen'

March 6, 2015 - James Fudge

Game-related mental health awareness charity Take This will be hosting a panel discussion on knowing when to take a break from things on the Internet and in other parts of your life when they get too overwhelming.

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Operation Supply Drop Team With Bionik Monkey For 'Gamers March 4 Troops'

March 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Military focused gaming charity Operation Supply Drop has teamed up with Bionik Monkey for a major charity event for the entire month of March called Gamers March 4 Troops. Running until March 31st, and available exclusively through gmft.bionikmonkey.com, supporters can help the Operation Supply Drop cause by purchasing a Limited Edition Flex-Fit Operation Supply Drop Tactical Hat.

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SpecialEffect's GameBlast Raises £80K

February 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

SpecialEffect's GameBlast charity gaming marathon weekend now has garnered £80,000 in pledged donations, according to Games Industry International. That is a substantial improvement from the money raised at last year's event - £70,000. In case you didn't know, the UK-based charity helps people with physical disabilities by providing support and special equipment to enable them to play games.

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2015 Life.Love. Game Design Challenge Is Now Open

February 24, 2015 - James Fudge

Today marks the official launch of the Life.Love. Game Design Challenge. The first event was created and launched in 2008 by Jennifer Ann's Group, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and finding ways to prevent teen dating violence. The Life.Love. Game Design Challenge is open to everyone in the world and coincides with the month of February being National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

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SpecialEffect Hosting 24-Hour Charity Live Stream This Weekend

February 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

UK-based game-related charity SpecialEffect will host a special gaming marathon called GamesBlastLIVE. The24-hour long charity gaming marathon will begin at 10am (London time) on February 21.

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Reddit Donating Ten Percent of 2014 Profits To Ten Charities

February 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Reddit announced today that it will donate ten percent of its income from 2014 to charity and it is letting the community choose which ten charities deserve to get the money. Reddit earned around $8,276,594.93 in 2014, which means that it will donate $827,659.49 to ten charities, or $82,765.95 each.

If you have a favorite charity you'd like to see get this money, then we urge you to hit the Reddit blog for more details on how you can participate.

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Awesome Games Done Quick Raises $1.58 Million For Charity

February 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Awesome Games Done Quick managed to raise $1.58 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, organizers revealed today. The speed-running specialists at Games Done Quick host the Twitch-based speed run marathon in January of every year as a way to support one of its favorite causes - cancer research.

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'WOW Insider' Will Live On In Spirit As 'Blizzard Watch'

February 6, 2015 - James Fudge

While the former staff members of Massively attempt to band together under a whole new banner (see our story earlier today), another popular Joystiq affiliate website shut down by AOL earlier in the week is finding great alternative funding success on Patreon.

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Jennifer Ann's Group To Host GDC Session on Video Games

February 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Jennifer Ann's Group will be hosting a session at the Game Developers Conference next month about how video games are one of the most effective ways about raising awareness about teen dating violence and teaching prevention skills to teens and adults. The session will be led by Jennifer Ann's Group executive director Drew Crecente, whose daughter Jennifer Ann Crecente was murdered by her ex-boyfriend on February 15, 2006. Since then Crecente has been using his group - named after his daughter - to raise awareness about the deadly consequences of teen dating violence.

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'Plague Inc.' Players Raise $75K To Fight Ebola

January 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Players of the popular global pandemic game Plague Inc. have helped raise around $76,000 for organizations fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Back in November developer Ndemic Creations launched a campaign to raise money for charity organizations such as the Red Cross, Disaster Emergency Committee and MSF. Today, Ndemic founder James Vaughan revealed details on the money raised through the campaign by fans.

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Fundraising Campaign Launched For Family of Fallen 'Ultima Dragon' Justin Eckblad

January 20, 2015 - James Fudge

Ultima super site Ultima Codex details the passing of Justin Eckblad, better known to the Ultima internet community as one of the first Ultima Dragons - Black Dragon. According to Internet lore, Black Dragon was the third person to join the iconic group that celebrates all things related to Richard Garriott's popular Ultima series of classic role-playing games.

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AGDQ Event Raises $1.5 Million For Prevent Cancer Foundation

January 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Speed-running specialists and gaming charity Games Done Quick held a 160-hour speed-running marathon (Awesome Games Done Quick, or AGDQ) all last week in the hopes of raising at least $1 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The annual marathon gaming session ran from January 4 - 10 at the Hilton Dulles Airport Hotel in Herndon, Virginia and was broadcast live on Twitch as well.

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The 'Take This Podcast' Launches

January 9, 2015 - James Fudge

In the inaugural episode of the Take This Podcast - the official podcast for the mental health awareness organization that serves the gaming community - executive director and co-founder Russ Pitts shares the story of his realization that he was suffering from an anxiety disorder and what he finally decided to do about it.

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PHX CorpI'll probaly Start the stream around 8PM Eastern08/31/2015 - 10:09pm
PHX CorpOk, see you guys Tomorrow on the GP Facebook Page, I'll be steaming either the first 2 megaman games(Through Megaman Legacy Collection) or Rare Replay as the first game on My twitch.tv page tomorrow While we wait for GP to Come back up later this week08/31/2015 - 10:01pm
james_fudgeAlso check out our Facebook page and chat there! https://www.facebook.com/gamepolitics08/31/2015 - 9:53pm
james_fudgeSee you all on the other side! Find me on Twitter :)08/31/2015 - 9:51pm
james_fudgeAllright, i'll mention this on the GP facebook page08/31/2015 - 9:49pm
PHX Corpand now it's ready to go for everyone08/31/2015 - 9:35pm
PHX Corpok, done http://www.twitch.tv/trustygemtwitch I have to put on one more finishing touch and it is ready to go08/31/2015 - 9:19pm
Andrew EisenFeel free to leave us suggestions on Facebook or Twitter too. We're going to be busy but we'll try our best to keep an eye on 'em.08/31/2015 - 8:59pm
Andrew EisenIt's an interesting idea though. If we do anything, we probably won't know until after the site goes offline so keep an eye on GP social media for announcements.08/31/2015 - 8:59pm
Andrew EisenYeah, we could use my Twitch chat box too. There's always IRC but we don't currently have a GamePolitics channel.08/31/2015 - 8:57pm
Goth_SkunkThough I think the limit is 9 at a time in the hangout, so anyone who can't get in would be stuck out in the 'on air' portion.08/31/2015 - 8:57pm
Andrew EisenFor the show, I'd like the chat open to anyone who wants to watch.08/31/2015 - 8:55pm
PHX CorpI could Set Up a Temporary chatroom on My twitch.TV page while GP is busy updating the site(since I'll be Fighting Megaman Legacy Collection on Xbox one)08/31/2015 - 8:54pm
Goth_SkunkI don't see a problem with inviting viewers. It's not like I'm advocating this to be an open forum, just something specific to GP members.08/31/2015 - 8:53pm
Andrew EisenThat's why I embed the chat box from my Twitch Page. Can't get chat on the YouTube page to work either.08/31/2015 - 8:49pm
Andrew EisenI do but I haven't seen a way to incorporate viewers to chat without specifically inviting them to the event.08/31/2015 - 8:49pm
Goth_SkunkThough I'm surprised you'd not be familiar with this, Andrew. Do you not use Google Hangouts when you do S.P.A.C.?08/31/2015 - 8:45pm
Andrew EisenGP Movie Night!08/31/2015 - 8:41pm
Big PermEveyone should be too busy with phantom pain to notice GP is down. Hail Vidya!08/31/2015 - 8:40pm
Goth_SkunkBut such a hangout *could* be a neat idea. It could be used, for example, for all us GPers to get together and watch the new FemFreq video, and then discuss amongst ourselves in real time what our thoughts are.08/31/2015 - 8:38pm

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