The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has released five new games as part of its ongoing initiative to crowd-source bug detection via its Verigames portal. DARPA launched the portal in 2013 and is pleased with the results - it claims the program has helped it over hundreds of thousands of annotations from regular everyday non-coding users.
Military focused gaming charity Warfighter Engaged is looking to raise funds to make gaming accessible to injured war veterans through a new GoFundMe campaign called #GivingEngaged.
Earlier today we reported that the upcoming retail consoles versions (Playstation 4, Xbox One) of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited would use a one-time activation code making it so that the game could not be resold. Our report was based on comments made by a Bethesda employee last night.
Dominos, GameStop and many others are teaming up with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for the second annual PLAY LIVE video game charity. Employees from Domino's Ann Arbor, Michigan headquarters will play games in a 48-hour marathon (to be streamed live at www.twitch.tv/DominosGames) to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
On its very first day of existence, the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee - a platformer game being developed by former Rare employees who worked on the Donkey Kong Country games and Banjo-Kazooie - earned an additional $1 million. The last time we reported on the game's fundraising progress it was inching towards $1 million. As of this very moment, the Kickstarter for Yooka-Laylee is at right around $2,015,658.
Only two more screenings remain at the Tribeca Film Festival for THANK YOU FOR PLAYING, the documentary that tells the bittersweet story of game developers Ryan and Amy Green and their young son Joel. THANK YOU FOR PLAYING will premiere at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas (Theater 5) on April 21 (today) and Regal Battery Park Stadium 11 (Theater 10) on April 23.
Geek & Sundry will celebrate the third annual International TableTop Day on April 11 by giving away board games to worthy charities. Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton and Geek & Sundry are teaming up with board game publishers such as Looney Labs, AEG, Calliope Games, and Steve Jackson Games, Geek & Sundry to donate thousands of board games to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and their national associates.
Military-focused video game charity Operation Supply Drop announced that its fourth-annual 8-Bit Salute gaming marathon will take place May 16 & 17. The 8-Bit Salute event is an annual 24-hour gaming marathon. Donations raised during this year's charity event will fund video game care packages for U.S. military personal deployed in combat zones such as Afghanistan and those recovering in military hospitals.
Live in Denmark? Can't afford to pay for Bloodborne for PS4? Then give some blood instead of your hard-earned cash. An event being hosted by PlayStation Denmark and GiveBlod will let participants donate blood in exchange for a copy of the upcoming game for PS4.
There are other games donors can choose from if they like, but the organization doesn't list them in the promotional material.
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Game-related mental health awareness charity Take This will be hosting a panel discussion on knowing when to take a break from things on the Internet and in other parts of your life when they get too overwhelming.
Military focused gaming charity Operation Supply Drop has teamed up with Bionik Monkey for a major charity event for the entire month of March called Gamers March 4 Troops. Running until March 31st, and available exclusively through gmft.bionikmonkey.com, supporters can help the Operation Supply Drop cause by purchasing a Limited Edition Flex-Fit Operation Supply Drop Tactical Hat.
SpecialEffect's GameBlast charity gaming marathon weekend now has garnered £80,000 in pledged donations, according to Games Industry International. That is a substantial improvement from the money raised at last year's event - £70,000. In case you didn't know, the UK-based charity helps people with physical disabilities by providing support and special equipment to enable them to play games.
Today marks the official launch of the Life.Love. Game Design Challenge. The first event was created and launched in 2008 by Jennifer Ann's Group, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and finding ways to prevent teen dating violence. The Life.Love. Game Design Challenge is open to everyone in the world and coincides with the month of February being National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
Reddit announced today that it will donate ten percent of its income from 2014 to charity and it is letting the community choose which ten charities deserve to get the money. Reddit earned around $8,276,594.93 in 2014, which means that it will donate $827,659.49 to ten charities, or $82,765.95 each.
If you have a favorite charity you'd like to see get this money, then we urge you to hit the Reddit blog for more details on how you can participate.
While the former staff members of Massively attempt to band together under a whole new banner (see our story earlier today), another popular Joystiq affiliate website shut down by AOL earlier in the week is finding great alternative funding success on Patreon.
Jennifer Ann's Group will be hosting a session at the Game Developers Conference next month about how video games are one of the most effective ways about raising awareness about teen dating violence and teaching prevention skills to teens and adults. The session will be led by Jennifer Ann's Group executive director Drew Crecente, whose daughter Jennifer Ann Crecente was murdered by her ex-boyfriend on February 15, 2006. Since then Crecente has been using his group - named after his daughter - to raise awareness about the deadly consequences of teen dating violence.
Players of the popular global pandemic game Plague Inc. have helped raise around $76,000 for organizations fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Back in November developer Ndemic Creations launched a campaign to raise money for charity organizations such as the Red Cross, Disaster Emergency Committee and MSF. Today, Ndemic founder James Vaughan revealed details on the money raised through the campaign by fans.
Ultima super site Ultima Codex details the passing of Justin Eckblad, better known to the Ultima internet community as one of the first Ultima Dragons - Black Dragon. According to Internet lore, Black Dragon was the third person to join the iconic group that celebrates all things related to Richard Garriott's popular Ultima series of classic role-playing games.
Speed-running specialists and gaming charity Games Done Quick held a 160-hour speed-running marathon (Awesome Games Done Quick, or AGDQ) all last week in the hopes of raising at least $1 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The annual marathon gaming session ran from January 4 - 10 at the Hilton Dulles Airport Hotel in Herndon, Virginia and was broadcast live on Twitch as well.
In the inaugural episode of the Take This Podcast - the official podcast for the mental health awareness organization that serves the gaming community - executive director and co-founder Russ Pitts shares the story of his realization that he was suffering from an anxiety disorder and what he finally decided to do about it.
Gamers with disabilities charity AbleGamers has announced its 2014 Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year Award winner. The annual AbleGamers' Accessible Mainstream Game of the Year award aims to highlight excellence in accessible game design and is awarded to developers that make intentional choices to include accessibility in their games. This year the organization dedicated to helping gamers with disabilities find tools and hardware to allow them to play their favorite games chose one game above all others: Bayonetta 2.
Mental health awareness charity Take This announced today that Pete Hines, VP of Marketing and PR at Bethesda Softworks, has joined the organization's board of directors. Hines, who has been working in his current role at Bethesda Softworks (a wholly owned subsidiary of Zenimax Media) for the past 16 years, will provide input on how the organization can raise awareness of mental health issues and inform the video games industry about mental wellness preparedness training and solutions.
Last week the first event from The Porn Charity took place, with the goal of raising funds for a merit-based STEM scholarship. The event held by the charity organization founded by adult entertainment star Mercedes Carrera - a three hour live adult web cam show featuring Carrera and fellow adult film stars Paisley Parker, Holly Heart, Mia Austin, Selma Sins, and Nadia Styles - had a modest showing, raising $1,550 in tips. That figure was matched by event host webcams.com, bringing the total amount raised to $3,100.
Humble Bundle has teamed up with speed running specialists Games Done Quick to launch a bundle celebrating its annual fundraising event Awesome Games Done Quick 2015. Awesome Games Done Quick 2015 officially kicked off this weekend and will continue all this week. The Humble AGDQ Bundle lets you pay what you want for Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition, Shadow Warrior Classic Redux, Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, and Volgarr the Viking.
Speed-running specialists and gaming charity Games Done Quick will kick off its 160-hour AGDQ (Awesome Games Done Quick) event this Sunday, January 4. The annual marathon gaming session runs from January 4 - 10 at the Hilton Dulles Airport Hotel in Herndon, Virginia. The event will be broadcast live on Twitch as well. Once again this year the speed running group will be playing to raise money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.