'Ask AbleGamers' YouTube Series Launches

October 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Games accessibility charity AbleGamers has launched YouTube video series called #AskAbleGamers that answers questions about the work the group does, accessibility questions, and more. The first video can be found here on YouTube to your left. Those interested in submitting a question to AbleGamers can do so using the Twitter hashtag #AskAbleGamers.

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AbleGamers Laboratory Begins Monthly Open House Nov. 6

October 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Games accessibility charity AbleGamers announced over the weekend that, starting on Nov. 6, the AbleGamers laboratory will be open for one-on-one consultation and will continue to operate on the first Thursday of every month moving forward.

Gamers with disabilities can visit the AbleGamers laboratory to try out numerous assistive technology options at the lab to find a solution that works for them with the help of the facility's expert staff.

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The Nerdist Gets Ready for Extra Life Marathon

October 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On Saturday, October 25 the Nerdist team will be participating in the Extra Life marathon to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. They will start streaming at 9am on Oct. 25 until 9am Oct. 26, with the goal of raising at least $20,000 by the end of the marathon. If you like The Nerdist and the fine work that they do, then you should check out the group's Extra Life page for more information.

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ESA Foundation Awards $90K in Scholarships to Women and Minorities

October 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This week the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) doled out $90,000 in scholarships to 30 students who are pursuing game development-related degrees in the United States. The scholarships were handed out through the ESA's charity arm, The ESA Foundation.

All of this year's recipients are either women and/or minorities enrolled at an accredited four-year U.S. academic institution. Each recipient will receive $3,000 through the scholarship program.

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Bethesda Details Extra Life Plans

October 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Bethesda Software has an update on its official blog detailing all of its grand plans for this year's Extra Life charity marathon. While the company has long supported Extra Life, it has decided to create its own dedicated page this year - complete with a schedule of games it plans to play and stream, and some interesting prizes that donators can win.

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Fundraiser for Fallen Gamer Raises Over $9K

October 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A fundraiser for fallen FGC member and pro Killer Instinct player Terrance “PushaTee88” Moore has raised over $9,000 to pay for his funeral expenses and help his family. Killer Instinct player and Fighting Game Community (FGC) member Terrance “PushaTee88” Moore collapsed on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 16 while participating in Super Arcade’s The Runback weekly tournament.

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FGC Player Terrance 'PushaTee88' Moore Passes Away After Collapsing at Tournament

October 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Killer Instinct player and Fighting Game Community (FGC) member Terrance “PushaTee88” Moore collapsed on Thursday evening while participating in Super Arcade’s The Runback weekly tournament.

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Operation Supply Drop Launches Mentorship Program, Backs HeroCrate

October 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Video-game themed military charity Operation Supply Drop announced the launch of a new mentorship program to support veteran-owned businesses, with a focus on the video game and entertainment space. The goal of the program is to encourage other veterans to look at starting their own businesses after returning home from a long deployment overseas.  HeroCrate is the first veteran-founded company that Operation Supply Drop has partnered with as part of this mentorship program.

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NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski Challenges Gamers For Charity

October 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski will be playing video games against fans next Monday at the Texas Motor Speedway to raise money for the Texas chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. The competition is part of the charity's "Who’s Got Game?" fundraiser.

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'Super Meat Boy' Co-Creator Does A Virtual Walk-a-Thon For Mom

October 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

At the end of last week, Tommy Refenes - one of the co-creators of the indie hit Super Meat Boy - held a three night fundraising event to raise money for his sick mother. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Refenes took to Twitch to play and stream Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Grand Theft Auto V in the hopes of helping his sister raise $15,000 to get their mother a diabetic alert dog.

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Super Meat Boy' Co-Creator Hosting Fundraiser For Sick Mom This Week

October 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Tommy Refenes, one of the co-creators of the indie hit Super Meat Boy, is hosting a fundraising event on the evenings of October 9, 10, and 11th to raise money for his sick mother. Specifically, Refenes says that he is trying to raise enough money to buy his mother a diabetic alert dog because she is having a difficult time with her type 1 diabetes.

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Operation Supply Drop Partners With UMG Gaming

October 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Military-focused video games charity Operation Supply Drop has announced a new partnership with UMG Gaming, a veteran-owned provider of LAN events, eSports infrastructure, and hosted competitive gaming tournaments. The first fruits of this new partnership will come to fruition at UMG Nashville, an eSports event to be held on October 10-12 in the Nashville Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN.

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ESA Foundation Honored By ThanksUSA for Charitable Contributions

October 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Entertainment Software Foundation was honored earlier this week by ThanksUSA for providing grant money that directly benefits the ongoing educational needs of the spouses and children of United States armed forces personnel serving around the world. ThanksUSA describes itself as a non-partisan, charitable effort to mobilize Americans of all ages to "thank" the men and women of the United States armed forces and also provides college, technical and vocational school scholarships for the children and spouses of active-duty status military personnel.

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Andrew Eisen Prepares For This Year's Extra Life Marathon

October 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Our very own Andrew Eisen details what he'll be doing to support the Extra Life charity this year in a brand new video. This year, leading up to a big 24-hour gaming marathon, Andrew plans to stream gaming sessions every Wednesday at 8pm PST (that's 11pm EST on the East Coast) beginning tonight.

His 24-hour marathon will officially begin on Saturday, Oct. 25 at noon PST.

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Bandai Namco Games Offers 'Ms. PAC-MAN' DLC to Support the National Breast Cancer Foundation

October 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Bandai Namco Games America has teamed up with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) for Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the launch of its Ms. PAC-MAN Pink Ribbon Campaign. Headlined by special DLC featuring Ms. PAC-MAN, this effort is aimed at raising funds for NBCF to help women with early detection, education and support services related to breast cancer.

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Tom Chick Cancer Relief Fund Generates Over $22K

September 29, 2014 - James Fudge

The GoFundMe funding campaign for writer Tom Chick, founder of the popular gaming site and forum Quarter To Three, who has a rare form of stage 4 cancer, has managed to raise $22,211 from 338 people in five days. The campaign has another five days to go if you are interested in helping Tom out.

In a recent update to the GoFundMe page for Tom, PR ninja Stephanie Schopp (who works for Tinsley PR) expressed her surprise and joy that so many in the video games industry, press, and gaming community have helped Tom out in his hour of need:

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Sony Online Entertainment Gets Ready for 'Extra Life'

September 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last year, with the help of the gaming community and companies like Sony Online Entertainment, game-related charity Extra-Life raised more than $4 million dollars to help battle serious ailments affecting children like cancer and cystic fibrosis. This year SOE has renewed its commitment to the cause with the goal of making 2014 a banner fundraising year for the charity.

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Help Tom Chick Beat Cancer's Ass

September 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

PR ninja Stephanie Schopp has launched a GoFundMe funding campaign for writer Tom Chick, founder of the popular gaming site and forum Quarter To Three, who has a rare form of stage 4 cancer.

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'Angry Birds Epic' In-Game Purchase Supports Room to Read Charity

September 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rovio has teamed up with Room to Read, a non-profit literacy advocacy group whose goal is to promote reading and gender equality in Asia and Africa. For the next two weeks Rovio will offer a "Good Deed" coin as an in-game purchase for Angry Birds Epic. Rovio will donate $1.40 from each $3.99 purchase to Room to Read to help drive its initiatives abroad.

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A Small Example of What Child's Play Does for Local Hospitals

September 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

We often see appeals for people to donate to Child's Play, the charity started by Penny Arcade founders Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, but it's not always clear where that money eventually ends up. But Wane.com offers a good example of how the money donated by the very generous gaming community to Child's Play directly benefits children in hospitals locally.

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Will Ferrell's 'SuperMegaBlastMax Gamer Challenge'

September 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Comedian Will Ferrell has launched an Indiegogo campaign for "Will Ferrell's SuperMegaBlastMax Gamer Challenge," which lets backers donate money to cancer research for the chance to play video games with Will Ferrell in San Francisco on Oct. 26 for a few hours. The event will be broadcast live on Twitch. Ferrell is looking to raise $375,000 in order to make the event a reality. Here's more from his Indiegogo campaign page:

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Sports Interactive Dominates at SpecialEffect Soccer Fives Charity Event

September 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK-based gamer charity SpecialEffect announced the winners of SpecialEffect Soccer Fives and that it managed to raise a cool £3000 for its ongoing mission of helping individuals with disabilities find new and exciting ways to play video games. The soccer event took place last Friday in the shadow of Wembley Stadium, with the Sports Interactive (makers of the Football Manager series) team winning the 2014 SpecialEffect Soccer Fives Trophy by beating out RuneScape maker Jagex.

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WoW Community Shows Support for Sick Community Member

September 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Tabytha and David Armstrong, long-time World of Warcraft players (who play on the Eldre’Thalas server), recently found out just how wonderful Blizzard and the vast community that plays its long-running MMO truly is. Of course, the couple already knew that. Last week David Armstrong posted a heartfelt thank you in the World of Warcraft forums to the game’s developers for the game, which has impacted he and his wife's life so dramatically over the years.

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Help GamesAid Decide Which UK Charities to Fund in 2014

September 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Voting has opened for which UK-based charitable organization GamesAid will support this year through various fundraising efforts. You can help them by visiting this link and casting your vote for one of the following charities. While GamesAid is a gaming-focused charity, the organization hands out donations to a wide variety of worthy causes.

This year's candidates are:

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'Take This' Returns to PAX Prime

August 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Mental health charity Take This is returning to PAX Prime again this year with an AFK Room and a special panel led by the group's founders and other contributors.

"PAX has been a huge part of the success of Take This in being able to reach those who need help dealing with mental health issues in the greater video gaming community," said Take This president Russ Pitts. "It's an honor to be able to return to the show in an expanded role, and to hopefully help more people and spread more awareness about these very important issues."

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Operation Supply Drop Launches The Indie Ammo Box

August 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Military-focused video game charity Operation Supply Drop has announced The Indie Ammo Box, a digital online store that will offer specially created "name your price" indie video game bundles and an assortment of individual games for sale.

All of the proceeds from this special storefront will go towards building care packages filled with video game software, equipment, and accessories for U.S. military personnel stationed overseas and those recovering from combat injuries in military hospitals around the world.

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'GayStation' Sells for Over $4K

August 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The limited edition PlayStation 4 auctioned off (by retailer Tradera) as part of Stockholm, Sweden's recent week-long Stockholm Pride Festival kicks ended, generating thousands for the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights.

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RapidSwitch Helps Facilitate This Year's 'MineThon'

July 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Dedicated server hosting company RapidSwitch is helping to make a 72-hour Minecraft marathon to benefit AbleGamers this weekend a reality. The company announced that it is sponsoring the event by providing the server hardware and connectivity to enable CreeperHost to run MineThon, a worldwide online fundraiser for AbleGamers, a charity that champions "includification." - making games accessible to gamers who have disabilities.

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UK Games Industry Runners Help Raise Cash for SpecialEffect

July 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UK charity SpecialEffect will receive over £10,000 in funding thanks to runners in the recent British 10k. Those participants who ran for the charity include staff from Disney, EA, Microsoft, Rare, IGN, New Star, Firefly, Green Man, and Bandai Namco. All of the companies helped raise that final total, which will go towards the charity's goal of helping those with disabilities.

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Bethesda to Host Blood Drive During QuakeCon

July 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Bethesda announced today that it has teamed up with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive during its annual QuakeCon event. QuakeCon takes place this year at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

The blood drive is inspired by Tango Gameworks' upcoming horror game, The Evil Within - which is set for launch on October 21 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PS4, and PC.

The blood drive event is being called "The Good Within Blood Drive," and will take place July 18 and 19 at QuakeCon.

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prh99""We are what we repeatedly do..."10/30/2014 - 12:30pm
Andrew EisenI would, however, call someone who routinely kills time by playing random games on their phone a gamer.10/30/2014 - 12:15pm
E. Zachary KnightMatthew, AE, Yeah, that is why I have a hard time understanding critics of Sarkeesian. I look at her videos as a Feminist review of video games, but for some reason, others look at them as personal attacks.10/30/2014 - 12:01pm
E. Zachary KnightDefinitely a good answer. That is the way I lean. If you actively chose to stop gaming, or just stopped out of habit, then yeah, you are no longer a gamer.10/30/2014 - 11:45am
Matthew WilsonAE i agree, but it is worth pointing out the fact that that is whats happening.10/30/2014 - 11:45am
quiknkoldbehavior to warrant having a Title that doesnt involve a piece of paper.10/30/2014 - 11:43am
quiknkoldwaiting in line. Thats not being a Gamer. Thats akin to me reading a Pamphlet in line and calling myself an active reader. or watching a movie trailer on a tv in walmart and calling myself an active movie goer. There has to be some form of repetitive10/30/2014 - 11:42am
quiknkoldbeing A Gamer is a Conscious decision. I am consciously engaging in this form of media and showing some form of enthusiasm. The only person I Wouldnt call a gamer is somebody who has a random game on their phone just to kill 5 minutes cause they are10/30/2014 - 11:41am
E. Zachary KnightSo how much time must pass since the last time you played a game before you are no longer a gamer?10/30/2014 - 11:33am
Andrew Eisen"Plays" is present tense so the clarification doesn't seem necessary to me.10/30/2014 - 11:18am
quiknkoldI would change that from "One who plays games" To "One who currently plays games". Like my friend as a kid playd games but then he stopped and hasnt for the last decade+ so I wouldnt call him a Gamer.10/30/2014 - 11:16am
Andrew EisenHmm, that sounds like a great idea for a series of articles! I bet they'd be well-received and not taken the complete wrong way at all!10/30/2014 - 11:12am
Andrew EisenThat's right, gamer simply means one who plays games. That's it. The idea that "gamer" refers to something very limited and specific, well, that's no longer applicable in this day and age of mainstream gaming.10/30/2014 - 11:12am
Andrew EisenMatthew - As I said last night, that is not a bad thing. Different types of reviews to serve different interests is a GOOD thing and should be encouraged! There is not, nor should there be, only one way to review a game or anything else.10/30/2014 - 11:01am
ZippyDSMleeAnyone see this? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/29/1339617/-Cartoon-Gamergate-Contagion-Spreads?detail=facebook10/30/2014 - 10:55am
E. Zachary KnightNeeneko, Matthew, yeah, there is no "wrong" way to review a game. It all depends on who the reviewer wants reading the review.10/30/2014 - 10:48am
quiknkoldhas their own stream, you are a gamer. I think the only prerequiset is to Play Games for Enjoyment10/30/2014 - 10:21am
quiknkoldI always felt the Gamer Identity was expressing an enthusiasm for Gaming in general. There are different degrees to that. If you say "I love this game and play it, lets see what else" with Ipad game, you are a gamer. If you are a retro game collector who10/30/2014 - 10:20am
NeenekoIt is long overdue, and things will probably settle down when they accept that the industry does not cater to them and them alone and go back to posturing within their own subculture.10/30/2014 - 10:10am
NeenekoThe community has always been split, with many factions within it, and they used to not interact all that much. Now they are having to confront they are not alone and thus not the one twue gamer identity.10/30/2014 - 10:09am
 

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