Give8-Bit Collates Videogame Charity Campaigns

By Graham Smith on November 29th, 2013 at 4:00 pm.

A nice thing, probably.

More and more people are using videogames as a medium through which to support charities. As reported by Wired, Give8-Bit is a YouTube channel designed to act as a hub for highlighting videogame-powered charitable campaigns and documenting their impact.

Come watch the launch video of game developers who are doing nice things, and of Ian Livingstone in a choir.

The initiative has been launched by Playmob, who exist to help charities utilise videogames and their developers. As featured in the video, companies like Sports Interactive, Jagex and Zynga have already partnered with the Give8-Bit channel, and each talks about the work they’re doing in brief.

This is basically my anti-snark post. It’s just a nice thing. (And Ian Livingstone in a choir).

If you want to keep up with ways you can do good deeds while playing or watching games, subscribe to the Give8-Bit YouTube channel.

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  1. ArmyMan says:

    Let’s all pretend we are good people who actually make a difference by sitting down, playing games, and giviing away some spare change to organizations we don’t actually know, so that they can take a small portion of the money donated to help maybe a dozen people, while the rest of the money that was donated goes to paying their own salaries and what not.

    But hey…as long as we feel good about ourselves, it’s worth it, amirite? Now that I’ve done my good deed, those kids can bugger off so I can get back to my game of beautiful escape.

    • Ako says:

      Or let’s be cynical about it to justify our own inaction.

      • Vinraith says:

        The important thing is to be able to feel superior to all the people that are doing something, while doing nothing yourself. it’s a real art!

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          AndrewC says:

          Projecting your own selfishness on to the actions of the very people whose altruism makes you feel bad about yourself is a particularly effective tactic. How dare those bastards act all good!

        • dE says:

          Except, paying for charity isn’t doing something, it’s paying money to make you feel better about not doing something. It’s the modern letter of indulgence. Charity is a very cynical thing at heart, an industry that spawned people talking about the aesthetics of suffering, photographers that get awards for the most beautiful picture of wounded and hungering people – pardon me, they call it emotionally touching, a publicity driven bandwagon that is so dependent on media coverage that it stays in a place for exactly as long as the media is present and then disappears.
          Of course it’s engraved into our brains as a good thing and no doubt people will get the urge to insult me and attack me for suggesting otherwise. It’s the glue that keeps our growth obsessed culture together. But I see charity as one of the driving forces behind how the world is not going to change for the better anytime soon. Precisely because it is equaled to “doing something good”, along with attached warm and fuzzy feelings. It means people can continue exploiting everyone else while not having to feel guilty about the shit they actually do to others. If even 10% of the people donating would actually leave their two story house with two and a half perfect cars, uh children and do something good, something as simple as actually being nice to others, the world would already be a better place. But no, let’s keep on living the high lane. Absolutely buy those cheap sports shoes and eat that mass produced meat, indulge in cosmetica, buy cheap, cheap, cheap, throw away tons of food because hell why not haha, and if after all that the guilty conscience starts to sting and push a little, rearing it’s tiny buried head… just donate and you’re a good person again. Yes. Yes. Good little person. Yes. Have a cookie. Consume it. Yes. And if someone wants to argue with that, well they’re cynical assholes, sociopaths, psychopaths, lock them in and let me eat my cheeseburger, right?

          Now if you know all that and consiously decide to donate while changing the world at your doorstep as well, more power to you. If not, you’re part of what makes this world such a mess to begin with. When I was doing streetwork, the thing we needed most were more helping hands, more people caring about their next. Many of the cases I’ve seen could have been prevented if at any point in their lives some person had actually given a fucking damn. Sometimes a simple “are you alright, can I help you?”, a mere “want to talk?” or even the cheapest of things: A smile, could have changed lives.
          You know what, try something. The next time you want to donate money, stop what you’re doing, grab your jacket and go outside for an hour. Make it your job to just casually smile at people, nod as you pass them, acknowledge their existence and I promise you right there, the feeling inside of you afterwards, that’s the feeling of actually having done something to help. Compare it to the shallow and short-lived rushed high of donating and you know which one is real and which one is a band-aid for your guilty conscience.

          Now go and flame ahead. I’ve bought flameresistent clothes. Specifically for this very topic.

    • ArmyMan says:

      Or just maybe people in general really do act like that, and think giving away some spare change is actually doing something special. I doubt any of you will check up on said charity to know if your money is being put to good use, or that you even care and aren’t just going for a good deal on games.

      Also, how do you know if I’m not someone who’s been involved with enough “charities” to know alot aren’t what they say they are.

      • Vinraith says:

        By your attitude. You’re not making a positive suggestion, i.e. mentioning good charities that make efficient use of donated funds and do good work, you’re just slamming them as a general. You’re not even providing a link to an organization like http://www.charitynavigator.org/ which informs people about specific details and allows them to effectively research charities before donating. No, you’re just discouraging giving and attacking the motivations of the generous, and that’s a deeply scummy thing to do.