Military-focused gaming charity Operation Supply Drop has announced that its third annual fundraising event, the 8-Bit Salute, will take place May 17 - 18, 2014. Funds and donations raised by Operation Supply Drop during the 24-hour gaming marathon will be used to deliver video game to troops in Afghanistan as well as various recovery centers across the country.
A GoFundMe crowd-funding campaign has launched to raise money for games journalist Brandon Boyer, who was left with over $100,000 in medical bills after his insurance company Humana refused to pay them, using a "pre-existing condition" clause in his insurance policy. Keep in mind that Boyer's surgery, which saw part of his small intestine and liver removed, happened before the Affordable Care Act went into effect.
AbleGamers Charity Founder and Executive Director, Mark Barlet, will deliver a keynote at SXSW this month. Bartlet's speech will be delivered at the SXSW Long Center March 8, 2014 from 12:30 – 1:30. All SXSW participants are welcome and the talk itself is open to the public. AbleGamers encourages all developers and gamers to attend. A brief Q & A will be held after the event.
The second annual Different Games Conference will take place Friday, April 11th - Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at NYU’s newly opened MAGNET (Media and Games Network) Center in downtown Brooklyn, organizers announced today. Organizers of the event describe it as "NYC’s first conference dedicated to addressing issues of diversity and inclusivity in games through the lenses of design and criticism." The event is a volunteer-run collaboration between New York University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Jennifer Ann's Group announced the start of its 2014 video game competition to raise awareness about and (hopefully) prevent teen dating violence. The seventh annual Life.Love. Game Design Challenge urges game developers and individuals to design a game that raises awareness on the very real issue of teen dating violence. The group was founded in 2008 by Drew Crecente, who lost his daughter Jennifer Anne in 2006. Jennifer Ann Crecente was a high school honors student that was murdered by an ex-boyfriend on February 15, 2006.
Get-Well Gamers Foundation, a charity dedicated to providing games to children in health care facilities, today announced that it has expanded to the United Kingdom with the addition of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, as its 200th member facility.
The winners of the National Coalition Against Censorship's ninth annual Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest have been chosen Winners will be flown into New York City for a screening event and an awards ceremony at the New York Film Academy on March 29. This year's theme, "Video Games in the Crosshairs," is of particular interest to those who love games because it asked contestants to make a video dealing with such issues as gaming, violence, virtual reality, and censorship.
Through a combination of attendee entry fees, donations it received on-site, Peggle 2 entries, PayPal donations and excess sponsorship, Gamers Outreach announced that it managed to raise a total of $20,682.37 for game-related charities at its annual event - Gamers for Giving 2014 - that took place this weekend. According to statistics the group shared, it raised $12,970.00 from online registration and donations; $5,510.00 from raffle ticket sales, Peggle, door sales, and on-site donations; and $2,202.37 from stream donations, mail-in donations, and excess sponsorships.
The National Coalition Against Censorship let us know that the Youth Free Expression Film Contest 2013 Semifinalists are now online, featuring the work of teen filmmakers that explore video games, gamer culture, and censorship. Judges will select the top three winners on February 25.
YouTube viewers can also participate by "liking" their favorite video, with the "most liked" video being honored with a People's Choice Award.
The third annual Hyrule Hustlers: Zelda Marathon fundraiser for Child’s Play Charity kicks off on Friday, February 14 in Ottawa, Ontario. The multi-day charity event will be broadcast live on Twitch.tv over several days as organizers play through as many Legend of Zelda games as they can and solicit donations from the community at large and viewers via www.hyrulehustlers.com. As the donations increase, the length of the marathon session increases with it.
Fans of Sid Meier's vast body of work over the years will likely be delighted that the latest Humble Bundle features a number of his most popular games. The Humble Sid Meier Bundle offers Sid Meier's Civilization III Complete, Sid Meier's Civilization IV: The Complete Edition, Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol, Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies, and Sid Meier's Railroads! for whatever price you want.
The annual event for the Gamers for Giving gaming competition kicks off this upcoming weekend at the at Eastern Michigan University's Student Center on February 8th & 9th.
The charity drive and competition event put together by Gamers Outreach Foundation will feature Call of Duty Ghosts, Killer Instinct, Halo 4, competitions, and more. Twitch is also partnering with Gamers Outreach to stream the competitions, and a Peggle 2 Championship will be hosted by Michael "StrongSide" Cavanaugh and some of the best Peggle 2 players in the country.
MomoCon, an annual Atlanta-based event dedicated to anime, animation, and video games is planning something special for its 10th year in operation: letting the community attend a free and publicly-accessible career fair. The career fair will take place Thursday, May 22nd, at the Hilton Atlanta from 12PM until 5PM EST, ahead of the official MomoCon 2014 event Friday, May 23rd until Sunday, May 25th.
After playing an educational video game for just 15 minutes children understood what do if someone was having a stroke, according to new research reported in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. Researchers tested 210 9- and 10-year-old "low-income children" from the Bronx, New York, on whether they could identify a stroke and knew to call 9-1-1 if they saw someone having one. Researchers then tested the children again after they played a stroke education video game called Stroke Hero.
The AbleGamers Charity has announced its list of the Year’s Best Accessibility Achievements. This year's awards include nods for Media Champion, Innovator, Device, Publisher, Indie Game and Mainstream Game of the Year.
Every year, the AbleGamers Charity scours the industry for the best accessibility advancements in gaming and technology. This year, seven honors will be given out to those the groups says have "made a real difference to the realm of accessibility and gaming."
Military-focused gaming charity Operation Supply Drop is kicking off 2014 with a nifty new initiative called Indies for Courage, which hopes to get independently developed video games into the hands of Armed Forces. The initiative created by respected Indie gamer and critic "Indie Gamer Chick" has rallied a team of indie developers to donate $15,000 in Steam and Desura codes.
Readers of Tech and gaming site Ars Technica helped raise over $23,000 through its annual holiday charity drive. The event for 2013 benefited children's charity Child's Play and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. While the numbers are down from 2012 (the charity drive raised $28,700 that year), readers still stepped up to the plate and bid on various bits of game-related swag and prize packs to generate some much needed funds for both charities.
GOG.com says that its customers helped raise $1.9 million for various charities in 2013. The DRM-free digital marketplace for classic and new PC games said that customers raised this money mostly through its first ever online charity event carried out in November 2013. The money is being split up between several charities including WWF, Worldbuilders, and Gaming for Good.
The Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 event, which took place last week, managed to generate $1,013,831 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The event, which was broadcast all week via Twitch saw some of the world's best speedrunners complete Portal, Mario 64, Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Skyrim (among others) as quickly as is humanly possible.
The AbleGamers Charity said today that it was able to raise over $100,000 for the first time in its history, in 2013. The charity said that these donations were made possible with the help of a lot of companies and community based fundraising effort. Community-based fundraisers such as Minethon and PAX-E, corporate donations from Paradox and IndieGala, dozens of individual streamers, and an increasing awareness in the gaming and disability communities have helped propel the charity to a new level coming into 2014, according to AbleGamers.
With 17 days left to go before the YouCaring crowd-funding campaign to raise funds for Ron Nakada (the Senior Software Engineer at Blizzard Entertainment who is battling through Stage IV colon cancer) ends, it has managed to surpass it goal. As of this writing $25,664 has been raised from 678 backers.
Awesome Games Done Quick 2014, a week-long gaming marathon in which participants speed run through a number of popular games, hopes to raise money for Prevent Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit group that funds cancer research and educational efforts. In its fourth year, Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 takes place until January 11. Donations will directly benefit the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
Popular YouTube personalities the Yogcast Network managed to raise $1,148,293.91 (or £700,000) in the month of December as part of its Yogscast Dwarven Dairy Drive. The proceeds generated from the charitable event will be divided between several UK charities including Oxfam, War Child, GamesAid, Special Effect and Little People UK.
"We were aiming to reach £300,000 so to get to £700,000 is an incredible achievement and shows how generous gamers in general and Yognau(gh)ts in particular are," said chief executive Mark Turpin.
The YouCaring crowd-funding campaign to raise funds for Ron Nakada, the Senior Software Engineer at Blizzard Entertainment who is battling through Stage IV colon cancer, is $1,242 from meeting its target funding goal. With 27 more days to go, the campaign has generated $23,758 of the $25,000 goal from 645 people.
The YouCaring crowd-funding campaign to raise funds for Ron Nakada, the Senior Software Engineer at Blizzard Entertainment who is battling through Stage IV colon cancer, has gone from just over $10,000 to over $20,000 since Christmas Eve. The campaign launched by inXile employee John Alvarado is just $4,475 shy of its $25,000 goal, with 30 days left to go.
Charity Gaming for Good has managed to raise over $10 million, according to this Kotaku report. The charity founded by celebrity gamer Bachir Boumaaza (known better for his internet moniker "Athene") this week managed to raise $10,035,284.
Recently the "Take This Project" was quietly relaunched as "Take This," along with a new website at www.takethis.org. Take This is a support group for gamers (though it doesn't specifically exclude those people who do not identify themselves as gamers), games journalists, game developers, and other industry professionals that suffer from depression, anxiety and other challenges associated with mental illness.