Posts Tagged ‘Charity’

TF2’s Hats For Japan

No you can't trade for 'em, tight-ass

There are now more gaming-related fundraising schemes for victims of the natural disaster in Japan than it’s possible to enumerate. Hopefully all have been of some use, even the ones that seemed to involve more than a little self-promotion en route.

Now it’s Valve’s turn to stretch some fanbase muscle: via the quiet microtransaction giant that is Team Fortress 2, they’ve weaved a limited edition set of hats and noise makers, all proceeds from which will go to the Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts in the suffering nation.
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Telltale’s Great Adventure Bundle 2010

Possibly not the greatest bundle this year.

Telltale has a little bundle on at the moment, collecting together six adventure games, and giving 25% of the price away to a series of charities. Which seems like a jolly decent sort of thing to do. It’s The Great Adventure Bundle 2010. The quality of the games in the deal are mixed. None is exceptional, and one is dreadful. However, it’s for a very reasonable price at $20. It contains: Penny Arcade Adventures, The Whispered World, Jack Keane, Puzzle Agent, King’s Quest Collection, and if they sell 5,000 bundles, Sam & Max Season 2. For two more days.

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Everything Must Go: PC Zone Auctions Office

A Manics reference was probably guessable here.

Mags closings are always a sad thing. I recall walking along a brisk beachfront in Tenby reading the final issue of Amiga Power and discovering I’d had my eyes pecked out by birds. If you’ve been sniffling over the final issue of PC Zone, perhaps you want something to remember this fine organ? Well, they’re auctioning off their office on Ebay. And, in an uncharacteristic move for PC Zone, rather than spending the proceeds on tasty booze, they’re giving the proceeds to charity. Gamesaid, to be precise. You can go and see their fine collecting of gaming malarkies here and if you fancy just giving some money without cluttering your house up with PC Zone’s junk, you can donate here. Go kindness! Go!

And, in case you missed it, here’s ex-Editor Will Porter’s tribute to PC Zone. We will never see its like again.

Golden Wrench Destruction For Charity


This is somewhat inspired. You recall the Golden Wrenches circa the last Team Fortress 2 update? WiNGSPANNT despised his – number 31 – but had a bright idea of how to turn its annihilation into a force for good. In short, he’s using its destruction as an excuse to raise money for Child’s Play. To simplify the whole system, the twenty highest donators will be invited to join him on a server to observe this crushing to powder of a modern day Excalibur. Inspired by this Seven (Count ’em!) other golden-wrench owners are going to follow suit, with the whole ceremony being recorded for posterity. Hurrah! Anyway, go forth and donate, or watch this video which explains what’s going on in further detail…
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Sim City helps Societies

Heard of the One Laptop Per Child initiative? Probably, but just in case here’s a summary. It’s a charitable endeavour to provide computers to children in developing and impoverished nations. The XO Latop is a bespoke and dirt-cheap machine (a donation of just $200 sees one sent out to a child in need on the other side of the world) designed first and foremost for learning, but with the added benefit of being a compelling piece of technology in its own right. Oh, and it plays games.

A while back, Sims developers Maxis revealed they were working on a special version of SimCity to run on the XO. It’s ideal, really – as well as being one of gaming’s bona fide classics, its emphasis on statistics and organisation slots it neatly into the educational category too.

Seems there’s been some progress, as spotted by GamePolitics on the blog of Don Hopkins, one of the programmers on the original SimCity. There’s a ton of information about it on the blog, including its origins, its future (it’ll be open source, which hopefully means some fascinating mods) and how it differs from SimCity. I’ll leave you to read that in your own time, and jump straight to the video of it in action:

Looks pretty sweet, I reckon, and better than poorly-reviewed series newbie SimCity Societies.

Oh, and if you fancy an XO of your own, the recently-opened Give One Get One scheme will have one sent to a child in a developing nation, and one to you for $399. The offer’s only open until November 26th, and to Americans and Canadians only. Which is really annoying, as I’d totally do it – philanthropy and gadgetfuntime for me in one neat package would make me a happy boy. Curse my Britishness.