Posts Tagged ‘Charity’

Summer Games Done Quick Starts Speedrun-O-Rama

Honest guv, their heads were off when I got here.

Speedrunning charity event Summer Games Done Quick started on Sunday evening, blazing through almost 200 games over the next week to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. And to show off m@d skillz, obvs. It’s all livestreamed on Twitch. It seems to have a few more PC games than usual, or at least in bigger clumps, including Dark Forces, System Shock, Daggerfall, Crypt of the Necrodancer, Dustforce, Diablo II, and Typing of the Dead. A few of the games are in a special Humble Bundle too.

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Donate $1 To Charity And Get A Copy Of Tomb Raider

If you donate $1 or more to GameChanger between now and April 5th, you’ll receive a digital copy of 2013’s Tomb Raider reboot. That’s while supplies last, at any rate, and there’s no indication of how many supplies are available.

The donations will contribute toward a very good cause. GameChanger will use funds to fulfill its “mission of improving the lives of children facing life-threatening illnesses through gaming”. That includes financial support for families and carers as well as gaming events and gifts.

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Alakazam! Desert Bus VR Sequel Teased

Desert Bus has found remarkable fame for an unreleased game. Created for funny wizards Penn & Teller’s scrapped Sega CD minigame ’em up Smoke and Mirrors, Desert Bus has players drive a bus from Tuscon to Las Vegas in real time. That takes about eight hours, during which they must correct it slightly veering to the right. The game never officially came out, but did leak and gained fame through Desert Bus for Hope. Since 2007, the annual livestreamed marathon has raised over $3 million for charity.

That’s grand, but I’m still surprised to hear that Penn Jillette is planning a virtual reality Desert Bus sequel with Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford. For charity.

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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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