TorrentFreak details at great length how Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom did his best to get hacking group Lizard Squad to stop DDoSing PlaySation Network and Xbox Live on Christmas. While it's debatable if the peace offering made by Dotcom really did stop all the Lizard Squad attacks, it shows that he at least made a strong effort to do something on behalf of gamers.
This weekend TakeThis.org will be hosting a stream to spread awareness about the charity, have some fun, talk about mental health issues, and raise some cash so it can continue to do its work.
Video-game themed military charity Operation Supply Drop, and veteran-owned gaming event organizer UMG Gaming announced today that Operation Supply Drop has been named the official and exclusive charity of all future UMG Events. Operation Supply Drop and UMG Gaming are both veteran-founded organizations, so the long-term partnership makes perfect sense.
Speed-running specialists and gaming charity Games Done Quick has announced that its 160-hour AGDQ (Awesome Games Done Quick) event will take place 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 it will be playing to raise money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
The folks at Humble Bundle have sent out a note to bundle purchasers thanking them for helping to raise over $50 million for charity since the very first bundle launched in May 2010. Humble Bundle has also released a video celebrating this milestone (which you can watch to your left), and a special message, which we have pasted below:
Update: GameSpot reports that the patch is being released today on Xbox One and PS4 and weighs a whopping 6.7 GB.
It was a strange and troubling weekend for gaming and disabilities charity AbleGamers. After agreeing to accept funds from a charity put on by porn star Mercedes Carrera and then declining because of disclosure issue with the stream promoting the funding drive, AbleGamers found itself the target of a DDoS attack.
RuneScape maker Jagex Games Studio announced today that the long-running MMORPG's community has helped the 2014 Well of Goodwill charity drive beat the record set during last year's campaign. The month-long initiative, which encourages players to use in-game gold pieces and bonds (which have a real-world value) into real-world donations. Last year's charitable effort raised $90,000 for a number of American and British-based charitable organizations. This year's event has raised more than $120,000 to-date - with 7 days still to go.
The crowd-funding campaign for BasedGamer has raised $11,163 of its $50,000 goal (around 22 percent) with 40 days left to go in the campaign. The campaign for this project started on November 13 and will close on December 28.
BasedGamer, a gaming reviews and "other features" aggregation site being put together by Jennie Bharaj is seeking $50,000 to become a reality. Its Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign has raised $7,892 (or roughly 16 percent), of its goal as of this writing, with 45 more days to go.
YouTube personality and (dare I say it?) musical genius Jonathan Mann has done what a lot of us in the media have not accurately conveyed about feminists critique of video games: that it's okay to criticize the current state of gaming - it doesn't mean that those voices want to censor them. In his new song, "We Are Not Jack Thompson," Mann explains it step-by-step better than anyone else has since GamerGate started nearly three months ago.
The makers of That Dragon, Cancer have turned to Kickstarter to fund the rest of the game's development. If successful, the game will be released in 2015 on multiple platforms including Ouya, Windows, Mac, and Linux.
That Dragon, Cancer is a game created by Ryan and Amy Green (with the help of Josh Larson), whose 4-year-old son Joel was diagnosed with cancer. During the ongoing development of the game, Joel lost that fight with cancer.
Games accessibility charity AbleGamers has launched YouTube video series called #AskAbleGamers that answers questions about the work the group does, accessibility questions, and more. The first video can be found here on YouTube to your left. Those interested in submitting a question to AbleGamers can do so using the Twitter hashtag #AskAbleGamers.
Games accessibility charity AbleGamers announced over the weekend that, starting on Nov. 6, the AbleGamers laboratory will be open for one-on-one consultation and will continue to operate on the first Thursday of every month moving forward.
Gamers with disabilities can visit the AbleGamers laboratory to try out numerous assistive technology options at the lab to find a solution that works for them with the help of the facility's expert staff.
There will be no Super Podcast Action Committee this weekend as I'll be busy with the Extra-Life charity event. From noon PST until noon tomorrow I'll be playing video games to raise money for the Rady Children's Hospital here in San Diego.
You can watch and chat with me below and if you'd like to make a donation, you can do so here.
On Saturday, October 25 the Nerdist team will be participating in the Extra Life marathon to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. They will start streaming at 9am on Oct. 25 until 9am Oct. 26, with the goal of raising at least $20,000 by the end of the marathon. If you like The Nerdist and the fine work that they do, then you should check out the group's Extra Life page for more information.
A fundraiser for fallen FGC member and pro Killer Instinct player Terrance “PushaTee88” Moore has raised over $9,000 to pay for his funeral expenses and help his family. Killer Instinct player and Fighting Game Community (FGC) member Terrance “PushaTee88” Moore collapsed on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 16 while participating in Super Arcade’s The Runback weekly tournament.
Killer Instinct player and Fighting Game Community (FGC) member Terrance “PushaTee88” Moore collapsed on Thursday evening while participating in Super Arcade’s The Runback weekly tournament.
Tommy Refenes, one of the co-creators of the indie hit Super Meat Boy, is hosting a fundraising event on the evenings of October 9, 10, and 11th to raise money for his sick mother. Specifically, Refenes says that he is trying to raise enough money to buy his mother a diabetic alert dog because she is having a difficult time with her type 1 diabetes.
Military-focused video games charity Operation Supply Drop has announced a new partnership with UMG Gaming, a veteran-owned provider of LAN events, eSports infrastructure, and hosted competitive gaming tournaments. The first fruits of this new partnership will come to fruition at UMG Nashville, an eSports event to be held on October 10-12 in the Nashville Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN.
Our very own Andrew Eisen details what he'll be doing to support the Extra Life charity this year in a brand new video. This year, leading up to a big 24-hour gaming marathon, Andrew plans to stream gaming sessions every Wednesday at 8pm PST (that's 11pm EST on the East Coast) beginning tonight.
His 24-hour marathon will officially begin on Saturday, Oct. 25 at noon PST.
The Witcher series developer CD Projekt is reiterating its long-held position on the use of digital rights management software in its games. In a new interview with IGN discussing DRM and DLC related to its upcoming RPG sequel The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt Red 's Michal Platkow-Gilewski said it is as vehemently against using DRM in its products as when it first started making games.
The GoFundMe funding campaign for writer Tom Chick, founder of the popular gaming site and forum Quarter To Three, who has a rare form of stage 4 cancer, has managed to raise $22,211 from 338 people in five days. The campaign has another five days to go if you are interested in helping Tom out.
In a recent update to the GoFundMe page for Tom, PR ninja Stephanie Schopp (who works for Tinsley PR) expressed her surprise and joy that so many in the video games industry, press, and gaming community have helped Tom out in his hour of need:
Last year, with the help of the gaming community and companies like Sony Online Entertainment, game-related charity Extra-Life raised more than $4 million dollars to help battle serious ailments affecting children like cancer and cystic fibrosis. This year SOE has renewed its commitment to the cause with the goal of making 2014 a banner fundraising year for the charity.
The city of Frisco, Texas plans to invest $1 million to bring the Videogame History Museum to town. Founded as a non-profit in 2009 by John Hardie, Sean Kelly, and Joe Santulli, the Videogame History Museum has spent years collecting vintage game software, consoles, and memorabilia to build what some call the "most comprehensive collection of video game memorabilia" ever assembled and share it with the world. The group often loans out parts of its collection to museums and traveling exhibits, but organizers have been hoping to give it a home of its own for a long time.