Indie developer Imminent Games is giving 20 percent of every sale of its game Drip Drip to the Robin Hood Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund through the entire month of February. Drip Drip is described as a 2D strategy game about "saving buildings from extreme weather conditions" for Mac and Windows PCs using water simulation gameplay and a time management challenge.
Google will donate 15,000 Raspberry Pi computers to various schools in the United Kingdom, reports Develop. The massive donation is part of an initiative to stimulate a new generation of computer scientists in the region. The partnership was announced at Chesterton Community College in Cambridge, where students were given the unique opportunity to get a programming lesson from Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt and Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton.
This Reddit thread reveals a grand and charitable deed that Bungie did for a very sick little boy in Seattle, as detailed by The Escapist. According to the Reddit thread, Seattle-based Reddit user fiscal_ reached out to Bungie asking them to send something to his five year old son who was in the process of getting a liver transplant.
Blizzard Entertainment announced via its official blog that it managed to raise $2.3 million for the American Red Cross’s ongoing Superstorm Sandy relief efforts in the month of December. World of Warcraft players were given the opportunity to purchase a new in-game pet during the month, and stepped up in droves to help raise the money.
UK-based games industry charity GamesAid announced that its GamesAid Elite initiative raised £7253.16 for Christmas via auctions of what it called the games industry’s "unwanted merchandise." One man's throw-aways are another man's treasure, right? All that old games related swag stored in cupboards by PR, marketing and sales teams working in games publishers and developers was donated to GamesAid, who in turn sold it via auctions during the holiday season.
Chuck Bittner is a quadriplegic, a comedian and an avid video game player. More importantly he is a strong advocate for disabled gamers who need the ability to use custom buttons in games because he plays a lot of them using his face. He has championed a remapping petition urging game developers and publishers to include custom button mapping in all of their biggest titles. He also wants to go to PAX East this year to further spread the important message of button remapping, but he needs your help.
Organizers of the game-related charity Child's Play announced that more than $5 million has been raised in 2012, making it the biggest year for the charity to-date. In 2011 Child's Play managed to raise $3.5 million. A representative for the charity thanked event organizers, volunteers, and participants in various charity drives for their hard work and dedication to achieve this new milestone.
Gamers Outreach passed along word that registration for the Gamers For Giving 2013 LAN event is now open at lanfest.intel.com/gamers-outreach. The event will take place on February 16th and 17th at the EMU Student Center (900 Oakwood Street) in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The event is a collaboration between Gamers Outreach, the Intel LANFest series, and the student government of Eastern Michigan University.
The AbleGamers Foundation have given EA Sports' international soccer game FIFA 13 the AbleGamers Mainstream Accessible Game of the Year Award. The charity dedicated to advancing accessibility for gamers with disabilities chose FIFA 13 because of its wealth of accessibility options that made it easy for gamers with various physical limitations to configure the game to high levels of comfort and ease of use.
A group of gamers and Zelda series fans came together on December 27 to kick off a five-day Zelda-focused gaming marathon to raise money for charity. The event lasted until January 1, 2013, and while the gang was probably physically and mentally exhausted, they managed to raise a lot of money for the charity of their choice.
Humble Indie Bundle 7 has added three new games into the mix for anyone that is willing to pay more than the current average price of $6.41 for the pay-what-you-want DRM-free PC game bundle. The new titles added today include The Basement Collection, Cave Story+, and Offspring Fling. If you’ve already purchased the bundle then these games are already waiting for you on your download page. If you haven’t, pay more than the average price and get these games as well as the original 7 titles. All three games are cross-platform, DRM-free, and come with extra soundtracks.
Starting at right around noon on December 29 and running right through New Year's Eve, Extra Lives will host a Pokémon gameplay marathon to raise money for charity. Participants will play through up to three games at a time, including a few unsavory entries in the series and even some bootleg versions of games that are Pokémon-based. The website will live stream the triumphs and tragedies of participants as they attempt to play through multiple versions of the game at once, starting with three different versions of the first Game Boy generation of Pokémon games.
Humble Indie Bundle 7 has generated $1,744,743.37 from the sale of 272,084 bundles (as of this writing) with an average purchase price of $6.41. The pay-what-you-want DRM-free bundle for Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems has another nine days to go.
Humble Indie Bundle 7 includes The Binding of Isaac (plus Wrath of the Lamb DLC), Closure, Shank 2, Snapshot, and documentary film Indie Game: The Movie. Paying more than the average price will get you the old-school RPG Legend of Grimrock and the strategy-RPG-tower defense hybrid, Dungeon Defenders.
Mine-Thon 2 has concluded, with the official web site showing that event raised $10,148.00 for the Child's Play children's charity. Mine-Thon is a seventy-two hour, non-stop Minecraft gameplay marathon broadcast live via Twitch TV.
Participants play the game, entertain viewers and ask for donations, with all the proceeds going to charity. This is the second year of the 72-hour marathon and this year organizers raised a heck of a lot more money for Child's Play (last year they raised right around $4,400).
Electronic Arts employee Wendell Harlow has been honored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation with a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal marks the 60th anniversary of England's Queen Elizabeth II’s "accession to the Throne" and honors the achievements and contributions of Canadians. Wendell received the distinct honor for over a decade of supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Canada.
The Humble THQ Bundle has added a little bonus content to further encourage gamers to pick up the Windows-only pay-what-you want collection of THQ games. The new additions are the Diablo-like action RPG Titan Quest from bankrupted Iron Lore Studios and the Red Faction: Armageddon DLC pack, Path of War.
The Speed Gamers crew is preparing another 72-hour Mario-related gaming marathon to help raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The cool Texas-based marathon-gaming group The Speed Gamers will immerse themselves in all things Mario starting at 7 p.m. Eastern on December 14, playing for 72-hours straight, while also engaging in live streamed antics to raise cash for a great cause. Viewers can donate pledges, engage the group in witty banter, and have a shot at winning some interesting prizes.
On Thursday, December 6th, Ümloud! kicks off in San Francisco to raise money for Child’s Play. The event which brings journalists, game developers and fans together for some Rock Band 3-themed fun will take place at the DNA Lounge. The event will also feature plenty of performances, videogame antics, silent auctions, unrehearsed jam sessions and the irrepressible wit of Master of Ceremonies Tim Schafer from Double Fine.
Blizzard will give 100 percent of sales of Cinder Kittens from the World of Warcraft Pet Store to the Red Cross and disaster relief for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The previously announced pet the Cinder Kitten can be yours for $10 USD. This fiery little feline is warm, adorable and will light the steps of any adventurer kind enough to adopt it. The Cinder Kitten has Rare-quality stats and is a part of the Elemental family.
Ümloud!, the San Francisco area gaming charity event today launched a VIP auction package on eBay. Ümloud! launched an eBay auction for one person to win a play session for themselves, and four of their friends with gaming icon and Umloud! Master of Ceremonies Tim Schafer, with his pre-release Kinect game, and spiritual successor to Double Fine’s Happy Action Theater, the upcoming game Kinect Party. The auction is live now and ends promptly on Tuesday, December 4th at 3:30pm PST.
Pixel Academy, a New York City-based company founded by former Lead Game Designer at Nickelodeon (Mike Fischtha) has been conducting workshops for children ages 8-12 all over the city at locations such as homes and public libraries. These workshops teach children video game design, 3D printing, Arduino fashion design, and other fun technology based courses.
UK-based games industry charity GamesAid is calling for contributions to expand its store offerings on eBay. Since its launch in June of 2009, GamesAid's eBay store has managed to raise an impressive £113,417.88 for charity. The charity hopes to make that number grow by leaps and bounds during the holiday season - with your help.
Crowd funding site Crowdtilt began offering tax-deductible donations for nonprofits today. Crowdtilt co-founder James Beshara says that Kickstarter prohibits charity and cause fundraising, Indiegogo nonprofit donations are not tax deductible, and even Movember takes a 17.7 percent fee. The goal is to offer fundraisers the ability to raise cash for charity without having the platform they are using take a large chunk of it...
The AbleGamers Foundation has released its annual holiday gift guide for those shoppers with loved ones and family members that are gamers who have a disability. This year's guide, located here, offers nearly a dozen items ranging from technology and peripherals to accessible video games with low prices for those on a tight budget.
Team Meat co-founder and Super Meat Boy co-creator Aubrey Hesselgren announced that he is holding the 3D prototype of Super Meat Boy Galaxy "hostage" in an attempt to raise 10,000 British pounds for depression-focused charity The Samiritans. He made his announcement (demands?) on the web site Just Giving. If the goal is met Hesselgren will release the the 3D Super Meat Boy Galaxy prototype to the public and if it fails he'll offer it only to those who were kind enough to donate.