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Child's Play Collect Almost Half a Million Dollars

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the tis-the-season dept.

Christmas Cheer 32

Gamasutra reports on good news from the annual Penny Arcade-sponsored Child's Play charity drive. The organization has announced they've already reached $495,000 in donations this year, with several days left to go in the drive. Almost $230,000 came in last week alone. Next Wednesday, they'll be hosting the annual Charity Dinner, which last year netted the organization $82,000 and (this year) is certain to put them over their goal of $500,000. From the article: "Among those items up for bid at the event will be a new Wii console autographed by the Nintendo of America's president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime, a speaking line in the upcoming hotly anticipated Halo 3 for the Xbox 360, a PlayStation 3 console, and an appearance in a Penny Arcade comic strip. Additional items expected to be part of the sold out auction include original Penny Arcade artwork, tickets to the Halo 3 launch party, an Xbox 360, a Microsoft Zune ultra pack, Alien Hominid skateboards, ATI Radeon X1900XTX video cards, and Pirates of the Burning Sea treasure packs."

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Merry Christmas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17178066)

Congratulations to all who participated, I hope this keeps getting bigger and better every year.

I hope they do well enough that they can spread out to many more hospitals next year.

I may be cynical but... (1)

LazyEmc2 (844702) | more than 7 years ago | (#17178100)

What do you think the odds are of an AC decrying this as "Slash-vertisement?" Anyway... Just a petition for those who actually can spare funds this season... give to this charity. I love the setup, and it makes you feel good. The feelings "warm" and "fuzzy" come to mind.

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children...to leave the world a better place...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." -Emerson

Re:I may be cynical but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17178290)


This is SUCH a blatant slash-vertisment!

sorry, I had to. I do think this is great though.

the odds are very good (1)

Eric Coleman (833730) | more than 7 years ago | (#17179168)

ThinkGeek is one of the "silver sponsors" linked at the bottom. ThinkGeek and Slashdot.org are both owned by OSTG.

Re:I may be cynical but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17182214)

GRR!! RARR!!! THIS SUCKS!! ADVERTIESMENTS BAD!! BLARGH! -AC Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted! Reason: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING. uh.. duh..

Blurb left out the best part (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17178178)

All of the money raised will be donated in Jack Thompson's name.

Go Penny Arcade. (1)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 7 years ago | (#17178214)

Even though I am banned on their forums, I think this is great. I have dreams myself of opening a warehouse of games, where kids can come in and play all sorts of video games in a social setting(non profit). Basically I have to get my act together to accomplish it though.

Re:Go Penny Arcade. (1)

Durrok (912509) | more than 7 years ago | (#17178924)

What the heck did you do to get banned from their forums?

Re:Go Penny Arcade. (1)

Senjutsu (614542) | more than 7 years ago | (#17180344)

If his nick on PA was CrazyJim, he was banned for spamming links to some batshit crazy jesus-freak site.

Re:Go Penny Arcade. (1)

HAKdragon (193605) | more than 7 years ago | (#17191258)

Also for talking about ROMs.

For anybody who doesn't visit the PA forums, the rules (which are quite clearly posted at the top of each sub-forum) state that we aren't supposed to talk about ROMs or emulation unless otherwise OKed by a Mod. Also, anytime somebody is banned, it's publicaly documented in a "Who was Banned and Why" thread.

Re:Go Penny Arcade. (1)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 7 years ago | (#17180606)

I got banned for posting a link to a joke about Pluto the website: Asteroid 14340 or something. I called it Laeao or something. It was just a joke, but they have rules about posting links to websites that I forgot. Really the admins had it out for me for a while.

Re:Go Penny Arcade. (0, Flamebait)

NineNine (235196) | more than 7 years ago | (#17179140)

Basically I have to get my act together to accomplish it though.

Your first step needs to quit with all of that silly Jesus shit.

Re:Go Penny Arcade. (1)

Dutch Gun (899105) | more than 7 years ago | (#17187104)

There are probably lots of local Boys and Girls clubs or other such organizations that would love anything you can give them. It seems like it would be a lot more practical to work inside an existing structure than to try to create something from scratch. Go to a place where kids like to hang out and see what you can do to collect old video games. In general, the trade-in value for used games is horrible at places like EBGames, so it seems like you could find some people willing to do this. Also, most children's hospitals can only accept new games.

Tubes (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17178458)

let me explain, when the gamers start to play games the tubes get filled with n00bs (which gives a hight PING), this piece of advance equipment is called the killer NIC because it *kills* n00bs in the tubes which will give you low PINGS. Ofcourse this is very dangerous and expensive and only for *PRO* gamers.

My French is not great but.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17178796)

Among those items up for bid at the event will be a new Wii console autographed by the Nintendo of America's president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime

Doesn't Fils-Aime mean 'loves boys' or 'boy lover'?

Re:My French is not great but.. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17179134)

You're right. Your French is not that good.

Public perceptions (5, Insightful)

EzraSj (993720) | more than 7 years ago | (#17178978)

Gee, I wonder if this will make mainstream news? Maybe it will be noted right beside that new study that says we're all murderous bastards [msn.com].

Re:Public perceptions (1)

GodInHell (258915) | more than 7 years ago | (#17182226)

I don't know about that.. but as soon as I'm done playing this super-fun game, I will KILL you!


Yikes (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17179970)

On the next "Ask Slashdot":

"How do I start a children's hospital?"

Ha ha ha...zo'o (0, Flamebait)

Cybert4 (994278) | more than 7 years ago | (#17180160)

Ha ha ha ha. Children's hospitals are the designated target of donations from LAZY people. What about Lojban? What about the Singularity? What about mathematical prizes? None of these little runts with cancer are going to advance technology. They are a waste of resources. These physicians could be engineers creating the latest in transhuman stuff. BULLSHIT to this.

Re:Ha ha ha...zo'o (1)

mattxmayhem (961548) | more than 7 years ago | (#17189524)

seriously? I mean, really, you're serious about this? I just, you know, I just want to find out, you know, how serious you are.

I'm doing this for Christmas this year (4, Interesting)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 7 years ago | (#17180188)

I'm using this site to do my Christmas shopping this year. Sounds a little funny, I suppose. But the truth is I spent several years trying to find presents that were meaninful to them. After the fifth or sixth year, I just wasn't able to find anything they needed or wanted.

One Christmas I hit upon an interesting idea. I took my entire Christmas budget for them and focused it in a different direction. The company I was working at had a Christmas tree with cards from needy children describing what they wanted most for Christmas. I plucked a number of the cards off the tree, went down to Toys R Us, and bought up a bunch of stuff. I then wrote a letter to each member of my family, described the charity to them, and told them why I thought of them when I got that gift. Each 'gift' was chosen in the context of a particular family member attached to a good memory from the past. For example, I found a 'wish' for a bicycle. I told my dad that I remembered when he bought a bike for me as a child and that I wanted to pass that happiness on to somebody else.

I recieved the most heartfelt phone call from my uncle that year. The entire family was really touched by the gesture and the phone was passed around so everybody could let me know. That was the most successful Christmas shopping I had ever had. Surprisingly, it was also the most stress free. I put more time into writing the cards than I did searching for and purchasing the gifts. Plus... well darnit, it just felt good.

This year, I'm more or less following the same theme, only I'm using Child's Play this time. What makes this a little different from what I did the last time is that the games you purchase for this site go into a hospital library. All year round those games will get a lot of use from a lot of kids. In other words, a gift from here will likely benefit a child recovering from a broken leg or something 6 months from now. I think my family will appreciate that. I think they'll also appreciate the letters that'll come along with this round. I couldn't really find a suitable game-related gift for my aunt and uncle. So I'm doing something different for them. I think they'll appreciate the extra consideration.

I can imagine there's lots of people here on Slashdot that have the same Christmas trouble I do and I wanted to suggest this as an alternative gift. It's far easier, far more meaningful, and goes a longer way.

Kudos to Child's Play.

Mod interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17181448)

Come on, give the man some karma ;)

Re:I'm doing this for Christmas this year (1)

KIondike (614282) | more than 7 years ago | (#17185106)

Reading this was just awesome. Excellent story, and what an excellent gift for your family.

Re:I'm doing this for Christmas this year (2, Interesting)

carnifex0 (120168) | more than 7 years ago | (#17195278)

Child's Play has become a Christmas Ritual for my daughter and I - both last year and this (she's 5 now) we have sat down at the computer with the Wish List for our hospital, and I let her choose what we want to send. This year we sent a Barbie Princess DVD, a My Little Pony DVD, a board book, and Five dozen D-cell batteries.

I'm not sure why she chose batteries, but she has recently learned that some of her toys don't work when they run out, and she's very concerned about having enough to go around...

Re:I'm doing this for Christmas this year (0, Troll)

MBraynard (653724) | more than 7 years ago | (#17198038)

That's pretty obnoxious to give people a gift of giving to a charity of YOUR choice.

let the hospitals decide what they want (1)

thermal_7 (929308) | more than 7 years ago | (#17189476)

Giving games to a hospital is a bad idea. It ultimately rests on the principle that the hospitals need games more than equipment or additional staff. I am sure some hospitals do, but it takes away the hospitals power to choose what resources they most need and spend donations accordingly.

Re:let the hospitals decide what they want (1)

njfuzzy (734116) | more than 7 years ago | (#17190434)

The items bought directly for the hospitals are via Amazon Wishlists created by hospital staff. The hospitals are choosing what they want, and it appears to be toys and games to help make the kids happier.

Re:let the hospitals decide what they want (1)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 7 years ago | (#17202304)

Enjoyment helps hasten and improve the odds of recovery, but is also a very easy thing to cut out of the budget.

Toys and games are exactly the type of thing hospitals need to be donated, since otherwise they may end of with none (of course I don't recomend just giving them whatever, but the wish list should help).
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