Posts Tagged ‘Charity’

Yay: UK Games Industry Raises £0.5m For Kids’ Charities

It’s so often STRANGLING and SCANDAL on our front page, so hey, let’s post about something rather happy to start the day off. UK games industry collective GamesAid just announced that they’ve raised over half a million quid over the last year, which they then distribute between charities that help disadvantaged and disabled young people. That’s 30% up from last year, and their most successful fundraising ever. Eight charities will benefit from it, each receiving a big old cheque for £70,500.
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Succour And Shelter: The Spare Set

The Spare Set is a free Twine game, commissioned and hosted by the UK homelessness charity Shelter, and written by Rob ‘Black Crown‘ Sherman. It’s the story of a woman arriving home on a day when her life and that of her family is set to change dramatically. Based on the origin of the project, it’s easy to anticipate the general thrust of the narrative but the game’s interest lies in many tales rather than one. The house is a repository of memories, as houses tend to be, and I found one thread that resonated like a nightmare. It involves a spider called Jerome and is ludicrously similar to an experience in my own life. As for the rest, more thoughts below.

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Not GTAV Is Not GTAV, But Is Trying To Save A Charity

Here’s a tricky spot. A group called NotGames have created a GTA spoof, called Not GTAV, with all of the proceeds going toward trying to save a charity. The charity is Peer Productions, a youth arts project, that brought the people who made the game together. And they’re doing great things in the South East of England, working with young people, teaching them acting, arts projects, and peer education. Due to a lack of funding, the charity will have to close its doors this Summer, unless they can raise a big pile of cash beforehand. The issue? The spoof game is not very good. The charity, however, is.

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Awesome Games Done Quick Raises More Than $1,000,000

I play games very slowly, whether they’re awesome or not. I can perform a speed run of the first level of just about any first-person shooter released between 1993 and 1999 but beyond that fairly limited subset of locations (mostly military bases and pump stations), I’m cautious and methodical. On top of that, I’m also more likely to explore new worlds instead of returning to old haunts in order to improve my mental mapping, making navigation a reflex. Thankfully, the world has plenty of dedicated digital dervishes and many of them gathered for the Awesome Games Done Quick charity event, raising more than $1,000,000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The videos are linked below.

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Give8-Bit Collates Videogame Charity Campaigns

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.

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Illumininjas: Low Light Combat On Sale For Charity

If there is any nuclear-powered cyberninjas deciding world issues for the Illuminati via proxy battles after travelling to a deserted ice cave in a submarine simulator you buy to donate to charity today, THIS would be your one.
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Give Some More: An All-Star TF2 Charity Match

What happens when you put Notch, Gearbox, Yogscast, Day[9], Bethesda, Valve and more in a room together? You’ll find out soon in a new release from Vivid Video. (DON’T Google that if you don’t already know what it is and/or are being observed by anyone). What about when you just put them in a virtual room? Well, then they play a Team Fortress 2 match for charity.
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Free The Meat Boy One! Ransoming Super Meat Boy Galaxy

The entire gaming world and its robo-dog is currently going from door-to-door and begging for cash, so a shaft of philanthrophic light amidst the Kickstarted darkness is a welcome one. We posted about Mario/McMillen & Refenes mash-up Super Meat Boy Galaxy last week, but it was unclear whether Aubrey Hesselgren would ever share more of his half-gag, half-tribute project with the world. Turns out, he will. BUT ON ONE CONDITION. That condition is cash. Of course it’s cash! This cash will not, however, go to the developer – it will go to The Samaritans. If SMBG is successfully ‘ransomed’ for £10,000, its prototype will be freed and released to the public.

Blood money, I call it! Blood money! And also a very smart idea.
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Speed Raiser: Charity Gaming For Autism Research

Remember, check out the classic Sonic games in the forthcoming collection 'Reasons You Were Right To Buy A SNES, Vol 37'

Blisteringly fast gamers are currently racing their way through top games in front of a live audience to raise money for autism research. It’s the Speed Demos Archive Summer Games Done Quick event, running from the 24th to the 28th, and you can watch it live. There are prizes to be won, games to be played, and large generous donations to be made.

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Bundlebrag: Indie Gala 2 Now On

Alec’s gone to a quiet place, to wash away the emotional stress of trying to keep up with bundled up charitable independent games. He’s using the sound of the seagulls to drown out the buzzwords of “pay what you want”, and “donation”, while I man up in RPSes montage gym. I just did seven squats and fought a bear to a double-knockout, all cut to Total Eclipse of The Heart. Now I’m ready for you, Indie Gala 2.
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