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Hellblade Developer Donates $50,000 to Mental Health America

Ninja Theory made a big splash last year with the launch of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, a so-called “independent AAA” game. The gameplay and story of Hellblade explore the theme of struggling with mental illness, and NinjaTheory worked closely with experts in order to present an accurate picture of psychosis.

This decision is more than just an artistic choice. Ninja Theory hopes to raise awareness and support for people struggling with mental illnesses, and they’ve been putting their money where their mouth is. When the game made its Xbox One debut, Ninja Theory pledged to donate $50,000 to Mental Health America when sales reached 100,000 on that platform. A week after launch, Ninja Theory donated $25,000 of that despite the goal not being met. Months later, Xbox One has finally hit the magic number, and Ninja Theory has responded by donating the remaining $25,000 left on their pledge.

Video games bring joy to millions, but it’s always fantastic to see developers taking that extra step to try to make a positive impact on the world beyond just creating fun adventures. It would be wonderful to see more developers take similar steps going forward.

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Overwatch’s Pink Mercy Raised Over $12 Million for Charity

Back in May, Blizzard introduced a new charity skin for Mercy in Overwatch. This special Pink Mercy skin came at a hefty price ($15 for the single cosmetic item), but for a good reason. Blizzard donated all of the money generated from the limited time skin to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Now that the event is all wrapped up, Blizzard has released a video to thank fans for contributing to this wonderful cause.

The total amount raised from the event was a whopping $12,703,828.87. That includes money from the skin itself as well as the sales of T-shirts and money raised during charity streams. This is the largest donation by a corporate partner within one year in the Foundation’s 25-year history. You can check out more info on the event (including a gallery of fan art Blizzard collected) on the official website.

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SGDQ 2018’s Schedule is Packed With Amazing Games

Games Done Quick is one of my favorite events in the gaming industry. Held twice a year (Awesome Games Done Quick in January and Summer Games Done Quick in June), these events brings the world’s best speedrunners together to compete and show off their skills while raising millions for charity. The next Games Done Quick is just two months away, and the event organizers have just released the complete schedule.

The show kicks off with a rock-solid day one, including mega hits like
Banjo-Tooie, Spyro the Dragon, Majora’s Mask 3D, DOOM (2016), and Resident Evil 4. As the week rolls on, you’ll get to see pros take on a myriad of games in great franchises like Zelda, Metroid, Mega Man, and so much more. It’s one of the best line-ups of games I’ve ever seen at a GDQ event. Summer Games Done Quick 2018 lasts from June 24th through July 1st, and the money raised will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.

If you want to peruse the complete schedule, you can check it out
by clicking here.

Source: Games Done Quick

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Awesome Games Done Quick Raised Over $2 Million for Charity for the Second Year in a Row

One of the world’s premier speedrunning events, Awesome Games Done Quick, just wrapped up another week of fundraising for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. There were some really great runs over the week, and I highly recommend checking out some of the videos as they go up on YouTube. But as brilliant as all the runners were, the real stars of the show were all the donators and channel subscribers, who collectively raised a whopping $2.26 million, breaking last year’s already astounding record by $30,000!

If you’re sad about AGDQ ending, you can rest assured knowing that its counterpart, Summer Games Done Quick, is just over five months away. SGDQ 2018 will take place in Bloomington, Minnesota from June 24th to July 1st.

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Humble Bundle has Raised Over $100 Million for Charity

Humble Bundle launched in 2010, and ever since gamers have become quite fond of the group and the ability it grants to let them both save on awesome games and give money to various charities. After seven years of operation, that fondness is more apparent than ever, as Humble Bundle has now announced that it has raised over $100 million for charity in its lifetime.

Despite the system’s pay-what-you-want style of purchasing games, it looks like gamers have been all too happy to provide monetary compensation for the many bundles they’ve offered over the years. Part of this is, no doubt, due to how Humble Bundle is structured to give you more games if you pay for higher tiers—sometimes saving the real gems of the sale for those upper pay levels—but I’d bet that it often has more to do with the charities being supported with these sales. It’s an outstanding example of the good that gamers can do for the world.

“After the first Humble Indie Bundle, we were overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity. We remember delivering the first check to charity by hand and it was a larger amount of money than anything we had ever seen before. This milestone is more than 500 times bigger than that and is almost too big for me to really comprehend. We’re forever grateful to the Humble community and this huge positive impact they have made on the world.” — John Graham, Humble Bundle Co-Founder and COO

You can see the video Humble Bundle put out announcing this milestone above, which highlights not only the monetary figures but also a number of the charities that all that cash has gone towards over the years. Make sure to give it a watch.

Are you excited to see the Humble Bundle has hit such an amazing milestone? Have you ever taken part in a Humble Bundle sale, and have these sales ever led to you finding a hidden gem you’d have otherwise never played? Let us know in the comments!

Source: PC Gamer

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Games Done Quick is Holding a Hurricane Harvey Relief Marathon This Weekend

Update: Here is the full schedule of events for those of you wanting to tune in.

Original: If you’re looking for something to do this weekend while also helping out a good cause, Games Done Quick is hosting an online speedrunning marathon to benefit Tropical Storm Harvey Relief efforts. The marathon, dubbed “Harvey Relief Done Quick,” will be broadcast starting at 8:00 PM EST on September 1st and will run for a full 48 hours. 100% of the proceeds from this marathon will be used to support the Houston Food Bank.

Tropical Storm Harvey, then classified as a hurricane, hit Texas and Louisiana recently and has caused massive damages, displacing an estimated 30,000 people and killing at least 20 so far. This is a great way to support the victims, and GDQ marathons are always fascinating to watch by themselves, so be sure to tune in over at the Games Done Quick Twitch channel!

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Two Giant LEGO Pikachu Sculptures Just Sold for €3,500 in a Charity Auction

LEGOs and Pokémon are two of my favorite things, and they recently combined to raise money for charity. Dirk Van Haesbroeck is known for making large, detailed LEGO sculptures, and he was recently commissioned by the video game retail chain Game Mania to create a pair of giant Pikachu models. These two models were then auctioned off to raise money for Bednet, an organization that provides online education for sick children. They ultimately raised €3,500, or around $3,671, for the charity.

Each of the Pikachu sculptures is made up of 25,000 bricks and weighs over 60 kilograms (132 pounds). Van Haesbroeck spent “100 hours of pure building time” creating them, in addition to the time it took to plan their design out. You can browse some images of the sculptures in various stages of being built by clicking through the gallery below.

Source: Game Mania, Dirk Van Haesbroeck

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Summer Games Done Quick 2016 Raised Nearly $1.3 Million for Doctors Without Borders

Summer Games Done Quick wrapped up late last night, and the annual speedrunning event was a massive success. For a week straight, some of the most talented players in the world competed against the clock and against each other in popular games like Super Mario Maker, Donkey Kong Country 3, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and Super Metroid.

Thanks to donations from fans and sponsors, SGDQ 2016 was able to raise an incredible $1.295 million for charity, topping the donation totals from
AGDQ 2016 earlier this year and SGDQ 2015 last year. All of the proceeds will be going to Doctors Without Borders. If you missed any of the exciting action, you can watch each and every speedrun right here.

Source: Games Done Quick

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Donate $1 to Charity and Square Enix Will Give You 2013’s Tomb Raider for Free

Update: Unfortunately this promotion has ended early, as they ran out of codes. 

Original article: Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics revived the Tomb Raider franchise in 2013 with impressive results. The self-titled reboot received critical acclaim and broke sales records for the series, putting Lara Croft back in the spotlight. If you still haven’t picked the game up, you can now take advantage of a special deal while also contributing to a good cause.

Square Enix is currently offering PC codes for
Tomb Raider free to anyone who donates at least $1 to Game Changer, a charity that aims to “positively impact the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses through videogames, compassion and innovation.” Game Changer has donated over $200,000 to cancer research, while also providing more than 17,000 video games to hospitals and children centers.

You can also enter yourself into drawings for more prizes by donating more. For $20, you’re eligible to win a Rise of the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition, a Crystal Dynamics swag bag, and an Xbox One, plus games and accessories. If you donate $50, you’ll also receive a “GameChanger Gratitude Package,” a Tomb Raider poster (only 25 are available), and entry into all of the $20 drawings.

Source: Game Changer

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Naughty Dog is Auctioning off a Signed 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 for Charity

Naughty Dog and Sony are collaborating to auction off a special 20th Anniversary Edition of the PlayStation 4, signed by prominent members of Naughty Dog. Their goal is to raise money for YouCan, an Australian youth cancer charity which focuses on funding special cancer centers all around the country. People are now able to use eBay to bid on this extraordinary console, which in addition to being signed, is also one of the 150 special 20th Anniversary Editions in Australia.

The console is signed by Christophe Balestra, the co-president of Naughty Dog; Evan Wells, the other co-president; Neil Druckmann, the creative director of
The Last of Us and Uncharted 4; and Bruce Straley, game director of The Last of Us and Uncharted 4. The auction lasts until 2:00 PM AEST on March 23th, so keep that in mind if you want to bring out a bid yourself.

Source: Analog Addiction

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There’s a New NES Game Launching Called “Germ Squashers,” and its Proceeds Go to Children in Need

A new homebrew game called Germ Squashers is coming to the NES. Proceeds from sales of the one to two player action arcade game are going to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Players must clear all the germs and viruses off the screen in the time limit in order to progress to the next stage. When you defeat a flashing germ, you will get a special power up such as invincibility and a time freeze. The ultimate aim of the game is to get the pixelated flu shot power up.

The listing of the game states that it is also compatible with aftermarket consoles like the Retron5. The cart only is $40 and the cart and box is $60. There is no official release date yet, but you can subscribe for an email alert for when it becomes available.

Will you be buying a copy of Germ Squashers? Let us know in the comments!

Source: 8bit Evolution

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Awesome Games Done Quick Raised Over $1.2 Million This Year

Awesome Games Done Quick, every year’s biggest video game speed-running charity event, managed to bring in $1,213,130.33 USD for the Prevent Cancer Foundation this year. The money was raised by 30,575 donors, with an average donation of just under $40 and a top donation of $18,255. While the total donation is more than impressive, it’s worth noting that this year’s AGDQ, despite lasting a day longer than AGDQ 2015, failed to surpass the previous year’s earnings. In fact, donations fell just a couple thousand dollars below Speed Demos Archive’s traditionally smaller Summer Games Done Quick event. Might we be seeing a shift in viewer focus from AGDQ to SGDQ? Add your thoughts in the comments section.

Source: Games Done Quick

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BioWare is Streaming Mass Effect for Extra Life Charity this Saturday

November has just begun, and Mass Effect fans know what that means. Saturday, November 7th, is just around the corner, and BioWare has recently announced their plans to celebrate this year’s N7 day. Some of the Mass Effect team over at BioWare is holding an Extra Life Marathon Stream, where devs will be playing through the Mass Effect 3: Citadel DLC and viewers can tell them which decisions to make in the chat. Their goal is $10,000 for the stream, and any donations up to that goal will be matched by BioWare. In addition, they will be holding sales on tons of N7 merchandise at their store, having prize giveaways on both the stream and on Twitter, and also giving you the awesome opportunity to chat with the devs of the beloved franchise.

Using the hashtag #N7Day on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, you and all the other fans can share your love of the franchise through all manners of cosplay, art, or anything else you can think of. BioWare will be retweeting and sharing some of their favourites all of Saturday. Come N7 Day, you can also get a look inside the BioWare offices and studio, as they will be sharing pictures all throughout the day on their Twitter page. 

Although nothing about Mass Effect: Andromeda is going to be announced this Saturday, BioWare will have “some surprises that we’re sure you’ll enjoy.” The Extra Life Stream begins at 9:00 AM PST on their Twitch channel.

Source: BioWare

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Nintendo is Participating in This Year’s Extra Life Charity Gaming Marathon

Extra Life is a 24 hour video game marathon that combines the popular world of livestreaming with a great charitable cause. Gaming fans can tune in for lots of fun video game action while pledging money, and the proceeds go to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, with over $14 million raised since 2010. This year, Nintendo has announced that they’ll be fielding a team to join in on Extra Life. The event takes place all day on November 7th, so if you’d like to donate (or even just watch), you can tune in at any time and help make a difference.

Source: Extra Life

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Fan-Made Satoru Iwata Amiibo Auctioned Off, Raises $1,900 for Charity

Two weeks ago we reported on a fan-made Satoru Iwata Amiibo that was being sold for charity. The bidding has ended, and this custom creation has sold for an incredible $1,900. That hefty hunk of cash will be donated to Child’s Play, a non-profit charity that gives game consoles to children in domestic violence shelters and hospitals. It’s great to see Iwata honored in a way that also supports a great cause!

Source: eBay

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This Fan’s Made an Incredible Custom Amiibo of Satoru Iwata to Auction Off for Charity

As we all know, Satoru Iwata, the late CEO and President of Nintendo, tragically passed away earlier this year due to complications from bile duct cancer. In a touching tribute to him, an artist named GandaKris has put up a charity auction on eBay for a custom Amiibo based on Iwata’s Mii character. All proceeds from this auction will go towards Child’s Play, a non-profit charity that gives game consoles to children in domestic violence shelters and hospitals. At the time of writing, the Amiibo is selling for over $355, with eight days left in the auction.

This is the official eBay listing for the auction:

“GandaKris has created what we believe to be the most touching, and inspirational custom amiibo ever created. In Iwata-san’s memory we will be donating 100% of the proceeds directly to Child’s Play, a non-profit charity dedicated to providing children in hospitals with toys and video games.

“Child’s Play works in two ways. With the help of hospital staff, we set up gift wish lists full of video games, toys, books, and other fun stuff for kids. Child’s Play also receives cash donations throughout the year. With those cash donations, we purchase new consoles, peripherals, games, and more for hospitals and therapy facilities. These donations allow for children to enjoy age-appropriate entertainment, interact with their peers, friends, and family, and can provide vital distraction from an otherwise generally unpleasant experience.”

What do you guys think? Personally, I think this is heartwarming; it’s great that people are honoring Satoru Iwata, and it’s beautiful to see how his work has inspired people to donate to charities and help others in his name.

If you want to bid on this auction, you can go do so here. To find out more about Child’s Play, the children’s charity that this auction is supporting, you can visit their website here.

Source: eBay (via My Nintendo News)

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You Can Get Hitman: Absolution For a Dollar if You Donate to This Charity

There has never been a better time to pick up Hitman: Absolution than now. The California based charity GameChanger is currently running a charity that will allow players to buy Hitman: Absolution for only a dollar, though you can donate even more if you choose to. All funds from the event are going towards pediatric cancer research, and your donation gets you a Steam download code for the game. There is also a prize to be won from donating, as the person who donates the most money will win either an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4.

You can also meet up with the people at GameChanger this weekend at PAX Prime or next week at the GameStop Expo, where they will be shaving heads. If you get your head shaved, Square Enix will donate an additional $47 for the event.

Source: GameChanger

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Watch Four Speedrunners Compete in Super Metroid for Charity

Super Metroid is one of the top-rated games of all time and is considered to be the quintessential Metroid experience, but it’s also popular for another reason. The game’s open world and exploitable game mechanics are perfect for speedrunners, and Super Metroid is one of the most popular speedrunning games in the world. As part of the Summer Games Done Quick charity drive (using video games to raise money for Doctors Without Borders), four of the top Super Metroid players in the world raced each other through the game at the same time. You can check it out by clicking above!

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Summer Games Done Quick Raised Over $1.2 Million for Charity This Year

This year’s Summer Games Done Quick speedrun event has come to a close. After a week of streaming, the final donation tally has come out to $1,232,441.90 USD, benefiting Doctors Without Borders. This is the first time that the Summer edition of GDQ has broken the million dollar mark, while the other annual charity event, Awesome Games Done Quick, has hit that mark twice. With a total of 28,466 donors, the mean dollar amount given comes out to around $43 USD, with the highest donation being a whopping $21,498 USD.

Source: Games Done Quick

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You Can Buy a T-Shirt to Support Bile Duct Cancer Research in Honor of Iwata

YouTuber Artsy Omni has put together a Teespring campaign that allows fans to purchase t-shirts featuring a design that reads “Thank You, Mr. Iwata.” Better yet, 50 percent of proceeds will be directed toward Child’s Play (a charity that donates toys and games to hospitalized children), with the remaining 50 percent going toward the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, which researches bile duct cancer—the disease which Nintendo President Satoru Iwata recently passed away from.

The shirts are manufactured by American Apparel and come in two fits: a unisex tee for $17 USD or a women’s tee for $18 USD. While Teespring requires t-shirt designs to reach a specific amount of preorders in a given time in order for them to be put into production, Omni’s design has far surpassed the required amount already. If you wish, you can follow the link in the source to make your purchase.

Source: Teespring

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