AbleGamers Selling Gaming Posters for Charity

July 20, 2010 -

The AbleGamers Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and inspiring accessibility in videogames, has teamed up with graphic artist Justin D. Russo to create 350 unique posters for charity. The posters are called "Everybody Can Game." Measuring at 18" x 24" and available for a donation of $55, the posters convey the power and friendship of gamers around the world with three arms reaching to the sky grasping different controllers in a show of solidarity.

In case you're not familiar with Justin D. Russo, he's a graphic artist that received a lot of attention for his Kickstart program - a site that lets the community fund clever and creative ideas. Justin's idea was to create and sell videogame prints. His idea was quite popular with gamers who went out of their way to fund his ideas for the month of May.

No doubt, this charitable endeavor will earn Justin even more respect than his Kickstart project page. You can get your hands on one of these posters by visiting www.ablegamers.org/poster.


Cipher Prime's Creative Fundrasing

July 16, 2010 -

You'll never see EA or Activision doing this! Philadelphia-based indie game developer Cipher Prime is having a fundraiser to finance its move from an awful 160 sq ft space to 1000 sq ft space - and to hire an additional employee.

The "fundraiser," which began yesterday, is offering two of the company's games for $4.99 each. Both are music-based puzzle games for PC and Mac: Auditorium and Fractal. Here's the pitch from the website:

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iPhone Game Profits Split with Child’s Play

July 15, 2010 -

Canadian game development firm Snow Day Games has just released its iPhone game Fly vs. Car and pledged to donate half of the profits from the sale of the title to the Child’s Play charity.

Snow Day was formed just this year and is helmed by “noted educator and games scholar” Matthew M. White. Commenting on the company’s charitable aspect White said, “Through working together with Child's Play across so many wonderful platforms, we can let gamers keep doing what they love to do, and at the same time give some help to the children who need it the most – I think that's incredible.”

White’s company will make quarterly cash deposits to Child’s Play, which in turn uses the funds to provide the occupants of children’s hospitals with toys and videogames.

Fly v. Car is available in the iTunes store for $0.99.


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IGM Teams Up with Get-Well Gamers for Fund Drive

July 7, 2010 -

The Indie Game Magazine (IGM) has launched a summer promotion that will serve to benefit the gaming charity Get-Well Gamers.

Through August 15, IGM will donate 20 percent of its revenue to Get-Well Gamers. The magazine is also running a Name Your Price promotion in which those who donate $20 or more will receive a one-year subscription to IGM, while donations less than $20 will see users receive an instantly downloadable issue. Extra revenue from the Name Your Price promotion will also be directed to the charity. Donators will also be entered into drawings for videogame swag.

Get-Well Gamers outfits children’s hosipitals with electronic entertainment and recently outfitted its 100th facility.

Get-Well Gamers President Ryan Sharpe stated, “We are always surprised and grateful to those who step forward to help the foundation.”

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Mario Marathon Raises Over $81K

July 1, 2010 -

The third annual Mario Marathon, detailed here last week, ended up generating $81,876 in total, all of which goes straight to the Child’s Play charity.

The participants played through nearly 800 levels across nine Mario games over four and a half days, ending late Tuesday night. Over 300,000 visitors watched the event online or interacted with it via social media.

The participants, from Lafayette, Indiana, as detailed by Tonic.com, were Brian "Shirt Guy" Brinegar, John "Couch Guy" Groth and Chris "Slouch Guy" Deckard.

The trio announced that this year’s event would be their last, saying that they have kids, wives and lives to attend to.

The fund raisers performed dances—as seen in the video—for every $1,000 threshold reached.

2009’s event raised more than $29,000.

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Charity Shuttered for Improper Spending, Some of it on Games

June 30, 2010 -

A charity organization for the homeless has been ordered shut after an investigation into its finances showed that money was not being used to help the disadvantaged, but was instead put towards meals, online purchases, cable TV service and videogames.

Ubiquitous throughout Manhattan, The United Homeless Organization (UHO) charged homeless people $15 to rent a table to be used as a donation center. The homeless were allowed to keep all donations accrued throughout the day (minus the $15 charge). Investigators charge that UHO’s founder Stephen Riley, and its Director, Myra Walker, used the proceeds from the table rentals as a “personal slush fund,” and used the funds to buy a variety of items, including purchases from GameStop.

New York’s Attorney General’s office ordered the organization to close, but AG Andrew Cuomo offered, “This organization's bad behavior should not undermine the public's willingness to donate to legitimate charities.”

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Foundation Honors Cancer Victim with Videogame Donations

June 28, 2010 -

After 17-year old Stephen Placencia died in 2008 following a fight with liver cancer, his parents decided to honor his memory by starting a foundation that outfits hospitals with consumer electronics and videogame systems.

The Kick Cancer for Stephen Foundation—the name a nod to the boy’s favorite sport, soccer—donated over $8,500 worth of devices in 2009 to the University of Arizona Oncology Clinic and is working on providing gaming systems for each room (it’s already outfitted eight rooms) at the Diamond Children's Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona.

Stephen’s mom Francie, also the foundation’s President, spoke to the Arizona Daily Star about her work, stating, “This gives them a chance to be kids and not think about being sick, being in the hospital, missing school or anything other than playing the game and enjoying it.”

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Mario Marathon Prepares for Third Fund Raiser

June 22, 2010 -

For the third year in a row, three gamers will tackle twenty-five years of Super Mario Brothers videogames to benefit the Child’s Play charity.

2009’s event resulted in over $29,000 being raised, as the sleep-deprived gamers played for ninety-six hours in front of over 150,000 online viewers.

This year’s event kicks off at 11:00 AM ET on June 25 on the Mario Marathon website. Nine total games will be played this year, thanks to the recent releases of Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Super Mario Bros.Wii.

Child’s Play’s Kristin Lindsay added, “We rely heavily on community run initiatives such as Mario Marathon. These fund raising events represent our greatest strength: the generosity and determinations of gamers.”

Donations have already surpassed the $2,500 threshold and can be submitted using Paypal.


Help Charities by Selling Used Games Online

June 10, 2010 -

Glyde is a recently launched online marketplace which bills itself as a “safe, simple and accessible” way to buy or sell used media. Thanks to a new initiative, it now makes donating to 501(c)(3) charities very simple as well.

To sell a used book, game, movie or CD and donate all, or a portion of the selling price, to charity, simply list the item and choose a charity. After the item sells, Glyde will ship you a pre-addressed and pre-paid mailer for the item. Just drop it in the mail and that’s that. Glyde will take a 10% cut and recoup the cost of the pre-paid packaging as well.

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Buy MLB 10: The Show, Aid Cancer Research

June 10, 2010 -

If you were waiting to pick up the latest installment of what might be the best baseball videogame series ever created, your purchase of MLB 10: The Show  will not only bring you hours of gaming pleasure; soon it will give support to the fight against cancer.

From June 13 through July 10 (just in time for Father's Day, June 19), Sony Computer Entertainment America will donate $10 from the sale of each copy of the PlayStation 3 game in the U.S. to Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C), which will use the donation to fund research and provide grants to scientists.

Major League Baseball is a founding partner of SU2C and Sony said it was “thrilled” to join them in this fight.

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Children’s Miracle Network to Benefit from Xbox Live Promo

June 3, 2010 -

Canadian Xbox Live users can now help support the Children’s Miracle Network non-profit by purchasing special items offered through Xbox Live.

The Mission 4 Miracles promotion serves up picture packs, themes, the ability to play games with celebrities—such as professional golfer Stephen Ames—and a game, Avatar Golf. All proceeds from the sales of these items will be converted from points to dollars and donated to the Children’s Miracle Network.

Another cool aspect of the drive, via Market News, will see donations routed by postal code, so a gamer in a specific location of the Great White North can be assured that he or she is helping out a local branch of the charity. The Children’s Miracle Network funds 14 hospitals in Canada.

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Game Charity Drive in the OC

April 30, 2010 -

Over 70 UPS Store locations in Orange County, California will be accepting videogame donations throughout the month of May in order to benefit the charity Donate Games.

“Spring Cleaning for a Cause” seeks out used games, consoles and peripherals that will serve to assist Donate Games in its support of children fighting rare and orphan diseases. The charity sells the used items through its online store in order to fund its initiative.

An additional part of the drive has the Make-A-Wish Foundation teamed up with area high schools and universities for a similar used game drive on campuses throughout the region.

Donate Games Founder and CEO Jim Carol stated, “Donate Games is honored to have the support of The UPS Store and the Make-A-Wish Foundation as we continue our fight against time to find cures to rare orphan diseases impacting more than 20 million Americans and families around the globe.”


Gamers Outreach Foundation Preps Next Event

April 8, 2010 -

The charity non-profit organization Gamers Outreach Foundation will hold its next fundraising event at the Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor, Michigan on May 1.

This is the third annual installment of the event—called Gamers for Giving—and will feature videogame competitions, including a 2 vs 2 Halo 3 tournament and a 4 vs 4 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 tournament, along with free play gaming areas, game industry special guests, raffles and the ability to take on a pro-gamer. The event will run from 10:00 AM through 9:00 PM.

Proceeds from the event will be used to continue the Gamers Outreach Foundation’s funding of portable videogame kiosks used by patients at the Mott Children’s Hospital, and to back the group’s Fun For Our Troops initiative, which sends videogame care packages to U.S. soldiers stationed overseas.  The Gamers Out Reach Foundation hopes to raise $30,000 in total this year.

Those wishing to participate in the gaming tournaments should register on the event’s webpage.


Complete Game Marathon to Benefit Haiti

February 22, 2010 -

The Singapore-MIT Game Lab has planned a benefit for Haiti earthquake victims that involves epic lengths of game play.

The Complete Game Completion Marathon 2010 will see a group of teams attempt to complete a wide variety of games. The event takes place this weekend, February 26-28 in the Gambit Game Lab on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts and will be broadcast live on Ustream.

Donations are being accepted via the Complete Game Completion Marathon 2010 website and will benefit Partners in Health, a group that brings modern medical care to poor communities and which has been active in Haiti for over 20 years.

A full list of teams, with the games they will play and the estimated time of completion, follows:

  • The Stickhandlers—NHL 10 full season—25 hours
  • Fire Hose for Haiti—Final Fantasy, Mega Man 9 and Mario Kart—35 hours
  • Being Bad for Good—Mass Effect 1 and 2—25 hours
  • A Song for the World—Hatsune Miku: Project Diva—30 hours
  • The Panzerfaustian Bargain—Left 4 Dead—8 hours
  • Team Funwolf—Shadow of the Colossus—8 hours
  • Team Funwolf: Lonewolf—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time—15 hours
  • Clara Fernandez Vara—The Curse of Monkey Island—15 hours
  • Team Medkit—Doom 1 and 2—15 hours
  • Team Friendless—Phantom Hourglass—18 hours
  • Consoles Are So Last Millennium—every game on Marleigh Norton’s iPhone—13.5 hours

The Singapore-MIT Game Lab is a partnership between MIT and the government of Singapore designed to explore new directions in the development of videogames.

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Blizzard Grants a Few Wishes with Charitable Contribution

February 17, 2010 -

World of Warcraft maker Blizzard Entertainment has donated $1.1 million to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The contribution came about as a result of a special WOW-initiative that allowed players to purchase a special in-game pet, the Pandaren Monk (pictured). The donation represents 50.0 percent of the sales of the pet in November and December of last year.

Blizzard made the donation yesterday at its headquarters in Irvine, California and also invited 15 Make-A-Wish kids to attend, who were entertained by the WOW-development team and offered a look behind the scenes of the game.

David Williams, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America president and chief executive officer stated, “Thanks to Blizzard Entertainment and World of Warcraft players around the world, we will be able to grant the heartfelt wishes of even more courageous children with life-threatening medical conditions.”

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Get-Well Gamers Outfits 100th Facility

December 18, 2009 -

California-based charity Get-Well Gamers has reached a milestone with the addition of the 100th healthcare facility to its network.

The organization stocks children’s hospitals and treatment centers with new and used videogames and systems to provide entertainment for ailing youngsters. Facilities outfitted by Get-Well Gamers now span all 50 U.S. states.

President Ryan Sharpe stated, “We could not have reached this amazing milestone without all those who have helped us throughout the years. The doctors, the child life staff, the parents, the games industry, but most importantly, regular, everyday gamers deserve our deepest thanks.”

The organization also noted that White Wolf Publishing, a division of CCP, recently donated $10,000.

"It is difficult for anyone to be hospitalized but especially so for children,” added Rita Goshert, MS, CCLS, Manager Child’s Life Department, Miller Children’s Hospital at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. “Play is the work of children. By donating a video game system to hospitalized children, you are helping to support their normal growth and development during a very traumatic time.“

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Meridian4 Backs DonateGames

December 17, 2009 -

Canadian game publisher Meridian4 is showing off its holiday spirit by way of a donation made to the DonateGames charity.

DonateGames, which we covered last month, is a website that sells donated videogames and used the proceeds to fund research into finding cures for rare diseases. The charity was set up by Jim Carol after his son was stricken with Philadelphia Chromosome, a form of Leukemia.

Meridian4 Director Steve Milburn said, “The three directors at Meridian4 all have children and we know how devastating it would be if they were afflicted with a debilitating or fatal disease. This is a terrific idea and we hope that other gaming companies and gamers will get involved.”

Carol added, “This donation is important, gamers are telling each other about our work, and as the word spreads, the video game community and video game playing families with rare, neglected diseases are contacting DonateGames with stories of the joy and inspiration from knowing the gaming community, like Meridians4 are helping spread the word, generate relief funds and create global awareness for the rare and neglected disease community.”

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Donated Games Help Fund Disease Research

November 30, 2009 -

A website started earlier this year by the family of a boy stricken with a rare disease takes donated videogames and resells them, using the money to assist in finding cures for rare (or orphan) diseases.

GameZone details the story of DonateGames.org, which was launched by Jim Carol. Carol’s undertaking began two years ago when his then 11-year-old son Taylor was diagnosed with Philadelphia Chromosome, a rare form of Leukemia.  After uprooting his family and moving to Seattle in order to ensure Taylor had the best care possible, Carol became of aware of Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play charity and witnessed first-hand the positive effects videogames had on the afflicted youth, saying that games “played a big part in helping them get better.”

Carol acknowledged that his road to embracing videogames was not a direct one:

I’m a 50-year-old pop and I wasn’t a gamer. But I do believe in video-games, I don’t think they are bad, I think they are wonderful for education. My contemporaries jump to conclusions right away and think they (video-games) caused Columbine, and that’s just not the case. You will see, this year, a big part of what I’m going to be talking about in the media is that we need to change that opinion. Video-games are good and gamers are good, and they are benevolent, and they are kind and they are giving, caring people.

Carol also specifically called out HopeLab’s game Re-mission as scientifically proven in its ability to speed recovery time in sick children. The game, aimed at young people with cancer, was financed by eBay founders Pierre and Pam Omidyar.

NC Soft, Electronic Arts, Valve, Telltale Games and Paradox Interactive are among the partners listed on the charity’s website. The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences made a donation to the program as well. Donated games are eligible for a tax credit equal or greater to what would have been received if the game was traded in.

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Game for Good Uses MW2 to Benefit Kids Charity

November 25, 2009 -

Retailer Game, Activision and Xbox Live have teamed up for a UK-based charity drive based around Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Activision will donate £1 to the War Child charity for every UK gamer playing MW2 on Xbox Live on December 5th and 6th. Additionally, Xbox Live Gold Memberships will be free that weekend in an effort to boost participation in Games for Good.

War Child benefits children affected by war.

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Literal Charity Drive Involves Penn & Teller Title Desert Bus

November 25, 2009 -

For the third year in a row, a comedy troupe is playing a marathon session of the world’s worst videogame to benefit charity.

LoadingReadyRun is playing Desert Bus, an all too realistic bus driving simulator from an old Penn & Teller unreleased videogame compilation, for 120 hours straight to benefit Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play charity. So far, the event, which is being streamed live, has raised over $84,000, already eclipsing 2008’s $70,423 figure.

Desert Bus has players pilot a bus from Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas in real time at a maximum speed of 45 MPH. The trip takes a full eight hours and the game cannot be paused. Additionally, any incidents or accidents result in the bus being towed back to Tucson and the trip starting over from the beginning. Penn & Teller commissioned the game as a response to the mid-1990s political furor over violent games.

This year’s charity event partners include Rock Band creators Harmonix, Antec, Braid developer Hothead Games and The Escapist, which is hosting a portal for the charity drive on its website.

The event is revenue driven, and in theory endless. As long as donations are increased 7% each hour, the drive will continue.

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ESA's 2009 Nite to Unite Another Success

November 12, 2009 -

The Entertainment Software Association Foundation recently raised $800,000 for children’s charities as a result of this year’s annual Nite to Unite event.

The happening took place on October 13 in San Francisco and featured game industry luminaries contributing to the cause by participating in auctions and a casino night. Additionally, the event honored Ubi Soft’s Chairman and CEO Yves Guillemot with the 2009 ESA Champion Award.

ESA President Michael Gallagher said of the event, “This generous giving allows the ESA Foundation to support some truly compelling charitable organizations, including Web Wise Kids, Hope Lab, ThanksUSA and the One Economy Corporation.”

To date the fund raiser has raised over $11.0 million dollars for charities. A video on the ESA website highlights some of the night’s festivities and some of the charitable organizations that will receive donations culled from the event.

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Remorseless Gaming

September 15, 2009 -

VentureBeat has word on a new website that takes some of the guilt out of playing videogames.

GamesThatGive.com donates 70 percent of its ad-driven revenue to charity and keeps a running tally of the total donated to-date (as of this posting it was $1787.73) at the top if its webpage. Charities that benefit include Feeding America, The Wilderness Society, Unicef and the United Way.

Available games include versions of Solitaire,  Sudoku, Gems,  Blackjack, Smashteroids and Bubble Burst.

The site was founded by CEO Adam Archer, a self-proclaimed “backpacker turned software engineer.” On the website’s blog, Archer explained how he hopes the donations will build over time:
 

On GamesThatGive, your micro-donation is the equivalent of a raindrop. The more frequently and the longer you play, and the better you score, the more micro-donations you generate. When you play games on GamesThatGive, when you invite your friends to play as well, when they invite their friends, and on and on, the micro-donations add up.

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Limited Edition Beatles Rock Band Xbox 360 Auction Benefits Doctors Without Borders

September 10, 2009 -

With 84 bids down and seven days of auctioning left as I write this, a limited edition Xbox 360 which celebrates the release of The Beatles Rock Band is selling for $7,400 on Ebay.

The sale of the beautifully customized console will benefit Doctors Without Borders. From the auction listing:

Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison personally selected the charity as the beneficiary of these proceeds.

Kotaku reports that the charitable auction is the first in a series.

If the console auction is too rich for your blood, purchasing the DLC bonus track All You Need is Love on Xbox Live (about $2) will help out Doctors Without Borders as well. All proceeds go to the charity an purchasers will be entered into a context to win one of the limited edition consoles as well as a
Rickenbacker 325 replica guitar controller.
 

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New Charity Lets You Donate Games & Systems to Underprivileged Kids

June 16, 2009 -

If you've got games that you're not using anymore, don't leave them to collect dust on a shelf. Donate them instead.

Pixel Equity, a new not-for-profit matches donated games and systems up with economically disadvantaged kids. From the organization's website:

Video gaming is a fun and enriching activity, but it remains out of reach for many. Games cost upwards of $50 and consoles cost hundreds, so it’s no surprise that large groups of young people who are interested in playing never get the chance.

No games to send? Pixel Equity will also accept cash donations, no matter how small. That part is kind of sweet because you can actually see how your donation will help reach the amount needed to buy a specific game requested by a child (see pic at left).

There's also a bit of game-oriented fun built into the donation system:

Since this is an organization about video games, we thought that we would make a game out of giving. Every contribution you make will help you gain levels. Each level corresponds to an image of a game archetype, including warriors, clerics, mages, and more, that you will be able to post on your facebook profile by using our facebook app (app coming soon!). Show your friends that you’re making a difference!

Via: Kotaku

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ESA Running Charity Events at E3

May 7, 2009 -

The Entertainment Software Association will incorporate a variety of charitable efforts into next month's E3 Expo in Los Angeles.

According to an ESA press release, in addition to all of its usual gaming goodness, E3 2009 will feature:

  • Pro vs. G.I. Joe gaming competitions in support of U.S. military personnel
  • A t-shirt design contest with some proceeds going to support an L.A.-based homeless mission
  • a Red Cross blood drive

For more info, check out the official E3 site. Those wishing to donate blood should sign up online, entering E3 as the sponsor code.

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ECA Elevates Jennifer Mercurio to VP / General Counsel

April 7, 2009 -

Jennifer Mercurio, a seasoned advocacy attorney who has substantial video game industry experience, has been promoted to the position of Vice President and General Counsel of the Entertainment Consumers Association.

Mercurio, who in the past worked as a lead attorney for game publishers' group ESA, was originally hired by ECA President Hal Halpin in 2007. Of the promotion, Halpin said:

Jennifer’s track record of success speaks for itself along with her commitment to our advocacy mission for gamers. With the growing recognition of the demographic power of gamers we felt it important to expand her role to take advantage of our momentum on issues such as free speech, broadband access, and the rights of gaming consumers.

An ECA press release notes:

In her new role Mercurio will oversee all legal, policy, research, advocacy, action, lobbying, and government affairs for ECA...

 

The promotion signals the increasing influence of the ECA’s government affairs and policy efforts on behalf of gamers following its recent establishment of the ECA Institute, a charitable non-profit that helps develop and implement ECA public policy positions.

FULL DISCLOSURE DEPT: The ECA is the parent company of GamePolitics.

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Hospital's New Game Room To Be Named After Young Gamer Who Lost Brain Tumor Fight

March 10, 2009 -

Evan Patrick Bell, a 13-year-old gamer, died last month due to a malignant brain tumor.

But he won't be forgotten.

The Jacksonville News reports that a new video game room being constructed at Wolfson Children's Hospital will be hamed after Evan, thanks to a campaign which raised more than $50,000 for the purpose.

[Hospital board member Karen] Wolfson met the boy and his family while Evan was being treated at the hospital and she wanted to help by starting the effort to name a new game room for Evan. The $50,000 goal was established last month, when the effort began and Wolfson wanted to raise the cash by Tuesday, Evan's 14th birthday.

The new game room will honor Evan, who was a video-game aficionado. The $50,000 is a "philanthropic contribution in his name," Wolfson said. While the hospital had planned to build the game room, the contribution pays for the naming.

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Used Games Will Help New Charity Fight Rare Diseases

March 1, 2009 -

A start-up charitable foundation is seeking your used games.

Donate Games is focusing its efforts on orphan diseases - debilitating, often fatal, but frequently overlooked because they affect only a small slice (less than .05%) of the global population.

How can used games help? A press release explains that Donate Games will re-sell the games it takes in:

Are you tired of trading in your used games at retail stores for pennies on the dollar? Are you looking for a new site to purchase used games at low prices? Do you want to help change the lives of people around the world?...

 

Donate Games is a new charity dedicated to funding research for orphan diseases and supporting those affected by them through the donation and resale of used video games. In addition to raising funds for research on these rare disorders, Donate Games will promote awareness and provide advisory services to the general public.

Donate Games was created by Jim Carol, described as a veteran of the IT industry, and his wife Cynthia. In 2006 their son was diagnosed with Philadelphia Chromosome, a rare form of leukemia. Although their son's disease is now in remission, the Carols were moved by the suffering they saw:

We were lucky. “Treatments and community support really made a difference for [our son]. But, we met others at the treatment centers that had little hope, suffering from even rarer life-threatening conditions, without research funding, effective treatments or support networks. By launching Donate Games and connecting with the vibrant gaming community so near and dear to my own professional background, now we can help them, too.”

The organization is currently accepting game donations but has not yet begun to re-sell. Penny Arcade's Child's Play and publisher Electronic Arts are listed as partner organizations.

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ECA Launches New Nonprofit Institute

February 19, 2009 -

The Entertainment Consumers Association has announced today that it is launching a new, nonprofit organization.

The ECA Institute will address research, programming and policy development needs related to video games. The ECAi will also feature a charitable component. From the press release:

At its core, the ECA Institute’s work will inform the development of Entertainment Consumers Association’s public policy positions and encourage and influence public debate on the issues most pertinent to gamers today.

ECA President Hal Halpin commented on the new initiative:

We’re very excited about the launch of the Institute, as it provides a whole host of new services and support toward very important issue areas to us. The Institute enables us to work with existing and new supporters in different ways than the Entertainment Consumers Association can and, as a result, will make advancing the wants and needs of gamers more effective. It is an interesting collaborative environment that will yield some truly impressive results and affect change in wholly new and compelling ways.

Here are some specific as to the ECAi's activities:

Research and Polling: Research on issues reflecting ECA Institute’s strategic priorities, including: First Amendment rights, universal broadband, Network Neutrality, and consumer protection.

Publications: All ECA Institute research reports will be peer reviewed by internal and external subject experts.

Technical Assistance/Expert Consultation:
Support the ECA’s advocacy efforts with expert consultation, rapid response analysis and technical assistance.

Scholarships and Other Educational Programs:
Develop and foster game education programs and assistance to students through scholarships and financial aid in accredited schools. The Institute will also support the efforts of new and existing games-related charities.

Public Representation: The ECA Institute will contributes to and help shape both public discussion of its priority issues and decision makers’ understanding of gamers’ needs and concerns.

For more info, check out the ECA Institute website.

FULL DISCLOSURE DEPT: The Entertainment Consumers Association is the parent company of GamePolitics.

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Child's Play Raises $1.4 Million for Charity

January 18, 2009 -

Joystiq reports that Penny Arcade's Child's Play Charity raised an amazing $1.4 million for sick children during its recent fund drive:

The annual Child's Play charity fund is known for accumulating outlandish quantities of money from the gaming community -- this year was no exception. Button-mashing altruists not only met the charity's lofty $750,000 goal, they nearly doubled it, bringing in a total of $1,434,377...

...generous gamers surpassed last year's impressive $1.3 million haul (and in the middle of a recession, no less)...

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Andrew EisenNot if they've hired more people.08/27/2014 - 3:13pm
MaskedPixelantePlus, now that they're negotiating movies, that's LESS manpower to negotiate true, pre-2000, non-console-port classics.08/27/2014 - 3:08pm
MaskedPixelanteNo rewatch value, once you've seen it there's no reason to rewatch it, and it's 15 bucks down the drain.08/27/2014 - 3:06pm
E. Zachary KnightIndie movies are a great start. They need a great distribution system too.08/27/2014 - 3:04pm
Andrew EisenEven if that were true, so what?08/27/2014 - 3:01pm
MaskedPixelanteYou do realize that there are going to be NO Hollywood movies on this service, right? It's all going to be indie documentaries and stuff like that.08/27/2014 - 2:56pm
Andrew EisenI think it's an awesome next step for GOG and completely fail to see why anyone finds it problematic or improper.08/27/2014 - 2:51pm
 

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