April 30, 2011

Gamer Charities… Changing the Lives of Children Forever

When we turn on the TV, Radio or even read arti­cles on the web all we see are adver­tise­ments for the lat­est and great­est, news or hor­rors befalling some poor coun­try or state, or any oth­er num­ber of atroc­i­ties that fall upon the liv­ing.  The news only seems to rec­og­nize the rich and pow­er­ful or bad news.  I think it’s time to rec­og­nize the peo­ple who go out and try to make a dif­fer­ence  in the world and change it for the bet­ter.  While I may not have the mass resources of a major broad­cast­ing com­pa­ny or an Oil exec I think the recog­ni­tion is impor­tant.
Many of you prob­a­bly have nev­er heard of Child­sPlay­Char­i­ty or The­Hum­ble­Bun­dle as they are not adver­tised across the net and lets face it many of us, espe­cial­ly in the Unit­ed States tend to for­get how easy we have it  com­pared to many oth­er places across the Globe.  We see so much death, violence,destruction and dev­as­ta­tion that we’ve almost become detached and don’t think of it any­more as any­thing but white noise on the evening news.   I myself had nev­er heard of either of these two char­i­ties until one of them got some ‘lime light’ on EvE onlines front page.  I’m not an emo­tion­al­ly dri­ven per­son, I nev­er have been and I nev­er will be but for some rea­son Childs Play Char­i­ty touched my heart and it was at this point that I told myself “I’m going to stop say­ing I’m going to try and help and actu­al­ly go do it”.  I then pro­ceed­ed to Child’s Play and anony­mous­ly donat­ed.  While my dona­tion was noth­ing major, under $100 as I had very lit­tle mon­ey at the time, that small amount of mon­ey might give some child dying in a hos­pice some final moments of joy before they exit this world far too ear­ly.  If my small dona­tion can put a smile on a suf­fer­ing child’s face for even two hours is it not worth it?  Ever since first read­ing about Child’s Play Char­i­ty I’ve made it a per­son­al mis­sion of mine to donate when­ev­er a CPC or Hum­ble Bun­dle  has a dona­tion dri­ve.
Short­ly after donat­ing to Child’s Play I ran into a group of Inde­pen­dent devel­op­ers who threw togeth­er a prod­uct called “The Hum­ble Bun­dle” .  To diverge a lit­tle bit I think “The Hum­ble Bun­dle” is the most inno­v­a­tive prod­uct mar­ket­ing of the new mil­len­ni­um.  What they do is give you a set of say 5 games that they want to sell.  All of these games are DRM free and they can be acti­vat­ed on GoLive and Steam or you can just down­load them from their site with the cd keys they pro­vide to you.  They then, and here is the amaz­ing part, let you set your own price for the games and in addi­tion to that you can choose to donate a por­tion of the amount your pay­ing to Child’s Play Char­i­ty.  You can split the mon­ey between the devel­op­ers any­way you like.  You can give 100% of the mon­ey to the Devs or 100% to char­i­ty or split it even­ly across the board.  You can set the amount by mov­ing the slid­ers as shown below.

While it’s true that many peo­ple will only pay $0.99 for the whole pack­age (and yes I con­sid­er this to be  ‘cheap’) there many peo­ple donate in amounts far greater.  Dur­ing the last dri­ve some­one paid over $2500.00 for ‘The Hum­ble Bun­dle’.  I’ve found that even though I might not like all the games, which I did­n’t in some cas­es, that it goes to a great cause such as CPC, sup­port Indie devel­op­ers who pro­mote DRM free games and I get to grab sev­er­al great games for a crazy low price which if you’ve looked at the aver­age release price of a new games these days is quite a bar­gain and I feel good about myself too and lets be hon­est we can all use an ego boost from time to time.
I under­stand that not all of us can afford to donate to a Char­i­ty or like Indie Devs who do the same thing but we all  prob­a­bly know some­one who does and lets face it most of us could skip one of our morn­ing Star­bucks runs or evening beer run once a year and donate $5 dol­lars to a deserv­ing char­i­ty.
In the end I just want to give some recog­ni­tion, albeit small, to the men and women at Childs Play Char­i­ty and Hum­ble Bun­dle who are try­ing to make the world a bet­ter place, and from me and the staff at TGB we thank you for all that you do.
I would encour­age any­one who has been look­ing for a qui­et way to help out a good cause to go check out “The Hum­ble Bun­dle” and “Child’s Play Char­i­ty”.  You can check them out at the links below:
Child’s Play Char­i­ty
The Hum­ble Bun­dle
Here is Hum­ble Bun­dles last dri­ve:


  1. oureax - April 30, 2011 6:02 pm

    Have seen a lot of JTV and Ustream gamers orga­nize 24 hour marathons for child’s play char­i­ty. Real­ly great way to help peo­ple via gam­ing. 🙂

  2. eveboo - April 30, 2011 9:42 pm

    This is a great arti­cle!

  3. Kamiki - April 30, 2011 10:39 pm

    I actu­al­ly just did this recent­ly! Total­ly awe­some way to raise mon­ey, espe­cial­ly if you’re a gamer!

  4. CharcoalCoyote - May 1, 2011 7:30 am

    Once again prov­ing that gamers are not cru­el, heart­less sociopaths who kill peo­ple because of GTA.

  5. ScrotusKilmystr - May 1, 2011 2:58 pm

    thats only in game..CC but this is why I read this site you guys don’t just give your opin­ion about the game of the week you throw in some intrest­ing info from accross the gam­ing com­mu­ni­ty and bey­ound!
    great sto­ry I’ll have to give the char­i­ties a look

  6. rodzhek - May 2, 2011 1:24 am

    Amaz­ing arti­cle! I saw yogscast stream in Minecraft for Childs Play. It’s a great way to help peo­ple!


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