GameStop has partnered with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to raise at least $500,000 in charitable donations for the annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, which involves a number of companies and personalities including celebrities, media, retail and corporate brands. They all come together to ask consumers to donate while they shop during the holiday season and join St. Jude in finding cures for sick children.
Despite its web site being the target of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, the folks at the Extra Life charity managed to raise a decent amount of money (with the help of thousands of gamers) over the weekend. The charity sent out multiple emails over the weekend keeping Extra Life members in the loop as the events unfolded.
While we don't recommend game binging to the extremes (we've written plenty of stories about people being found dead in cyber cafes in Asia over the years), sometimes - if it is for the right reasons - binge gaming is necessary. When you find yourself in such a situation where it is necessary, you need some rules.
Jagex Games Studio has launched a month-long charity campaign that uses virtual gifting in its games like RuneScape to provide real-world donations to support disadvantaged, at risk or seriously ill young people. Launching today, the Well of Goodwill will offer RuneScape players across the world the chance to gift some of their in-game wealth to charity.
Andrew Eisen's latest video tells you all you need to know about his plans to support the Extra Life charity. Beginning on Saturday, Nov. 2 at noon PST Andrew will be playing various games to support the charity, and he'll be broadcasting live on Twitch.
The AbleGamers Charity announced that its first annual AbleGamers Day will be held on October 26. The festivities begin on the 25th with the largest online streaming event in the charity's history, leading up to an Accessibility Arcade in Loudoun County, VA. The Accessibility Arcade gives disabled gamers access to the charity's assistive technology experts for one day along with all of the various cutting-edge assistive technology available on the market today.
This Thursday, October 17 the gaming group Cloudboat Armada will kick off its third annual Indie Games for Good charity marathon benefitting Child's Play Charity. The Indie Games for Good marathon will be broadcast live over the internet on Thursday and will run around as long as the donations continue to come in. The marathon could span multiple days if people open their hearts and their wallets for those playing games for the children's charity.
Gaming charity Operation Supply Drop has successfully delivered a care package to a Special Forces team in Afghanistan as part of its ongoing efforts to deliver video games and fun to soldiers deployed in various combat zones around the world. The "Kentucky Windage" supply drop contained $4300 in video games, systems, peripherals and a High School Musical branded microphone for Guitar Hero (we assume this was a special request from someone).
GOG.com is offering its condolences to government workers affected by the current government shutdown and doing the only thing it can to lift spirits: host a sale. First, the site that offers DRM-free games says that it will give free games to anyone who is currently at home due to the government shutdown, which has temporarily furloughed federal employees at national parks and who work for non-essential services in the country as Republicans and Democrats feud over particulars of the budget and the looming debt ceiling crisis that could see the U.S.
Gaming charity Extra Life passed along word that it plans to have a special booth at multiple upcoming "The Legend Of Zelda: Symphony Of The Goddesses" shows.
In case you don't know, Extra Life is a fundraising initiative that benefits Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Extra Life organizes 24-hour gaming marathons each autumn to generate much needed funds for the hospitals that help sick children regardless of their family's income.
Sony has joined in on helping to promote the Extra Life charity by offering some much needed real estate to promote it on PlayStation Network. In a blog post this morning, the folks at Extra Life announced that Sony is helping to promote the charity to the 78 million PlayStation 3 owners around the world and to help them find a local Children's Miracle Network Hospital to support.
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced today that it will honor Sony president Kazuo "Kaz" Hirai as this year's Champion Honoree at its annual charity gala event and dinner, Nite to Unite. Hirai has had a profound impact on Sony, playing a key role in shaping Sony’s vision for the PlayStation video game consoles and the company's handheld devices, as well as the PlayStation Network. Past Champion Honorees include Blizzard Entertainment's Mike Morhaime and Valve Software's Gabe Newell.
The Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) and members of GamePolitics will be taking part in this year's Extra Life event on November 2. Since 2008, tens of thousands of gamers have joined together to raise money for local kids' hospitals in a celebration of gaming culture and gamers doing good works through charity.
The AbleGamers Charity has opened the very first-of-its-kind "AbleGamers Lab" for gamers with special needs. Located at its headquarters just outside of Washington DC, the AbleGamers laboratory features all of the latest top-end gaming devices and assistive technology set up to enable those with disabilities to play video games. Use of the lab is free but by appointment only, with the average appointment lasting 1 - 2 hours depending on the case.
An artbook of video game fan art is being put together to help raise money for a Blizzard game artist who is suffering from a rare form of cancer. Kevin Kanai Griffith, who currently works as an artist on Diablo III at Blizzard Entertainment, has been fighting an unusual form of cancer known as Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma (ASPS) for more than 12 months. There's no cure or clear treatment for this type of cancer, which means that treatment options are fairly expensive because they are likely experimental.
MMO publisher Perfect World Entertainment passed along word that the Community team for its MMO Neverwinter will be hosting a 24-hour Neverwinter marathon live stream on Twitch to raise money for the Child's Play charity. The Neverwinter team will be going non-stop from noon (PT) on Tuesday until noon on (PT) Wednesday, running dungeons, hanging out with players, cracking jokes, and trying to stay awake.
Artists from League of Legends maker Riot Games have created exclusive art for ARAM (All Random All Mediums), an art exhibit and silent auction to benefit the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. The event will be hosted at the Nucleus gallery in Alhambra, California, from August 16-18. Admission is free. You can find directions to the gallery (in Alhambra, CA) here.
Late last month we detailed how Mechwarrior Online makers Piranha Games honored a five-year-old player who died of brain cancer in May by selling a special mech - with the proceeds going completely to charity. Earlier this year, five-year-old Sarah Marie Alida Parries of Vancouver (who was a big fan of MechWarrior and played the game with her dad Jon) died from complications with inoperable brain cancer.
Lazy Gamer points out that MineThon 3 is set to kick off beginning on August 2. MineThon is an annual gaming marathon to raise charity for the AbleGamers Foundation. The 72-hour Minecraft gameplay marathon is broadcast live over Twitch and encourages viewers to stop by, make a donation and get a chance to win some cool prizes in the process.
Jennifer Ann’s Group has released the third-place winning video game from the 2013 Life. Love. Game Design Challenge. The 2013 Life. Love. Game Design Challenge asked developers to create games that raised awareness about the dangers of Teen dating violence. Jennifer Ann's Group is a charity dedicated to the cause and named after Jennifer Ann Crecente, who was murdered by an ex-boyfriend.
Mechwarrior Online is honoring a five-year-old player who died of brain cancer in May by selling a special mech, with the proceeds going completely to charity. Earlier this year, five-year-old Sarah Marie Alida Parries of Vancouver (who was a big fan of MechWarrior and played the game with her dad Jon) died from complications with inoperable brain cancer.
UK-based charity Cancer Research UK has hired Dundee, Scotland-based game developer Guerilla Tea to build its first mobile phone game designed to help pinpoint new genetic causes of cancer and accelerate potential new cures. Cancer Research UK's scientists will work closely with Guerilla Tea to develop a game (working title "GeneGame") that will allow anyone with a smart phone to help analyze gene data. We assume that the game will be fun in some way to encourage more engagement. The game will launch in the UK later this year.
Peace Games, a charity initiative launching in September to support the UN-affiliated Peace One Day, has put out a call to developers asking them to lend their time and efforts to help raise money. The goal of the program is to reach over 600 million people worldwide via messaging and events across all kinds of different media, including a 24-hour concert live-streamed via YouTube, performed by celebrities backing the cause.
Jennifer Ann’s Group, an Atlanta-based 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to preventing teen dating violence through "awareness, education, and advocacy;" announced the winners of the 2013 Life. Love. Game Design Challenge. The competition asked participants to create games that raised awareness about teen dating violence and appealed to students. One other key element of all of this year's winners is that they raise awareness about teen dating violence without using any violence in gameplay.