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My new hero

Mark Cuban: League of Legends is 'a real sport'

If anyone knows sports, it's him
Nov 22
// Jed Whitaker
If you're like me, you know the name and face of Mark Cuban, but you probably don't know a whole lot about him. I put on my detective coat and hat and did some digging (read: Wikipedia) and found that he is a businessman...
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Extra Life Marathon

[Done] Join me for 24 hours of video games in support of Extra Life

Helping kids get the help they need
Nov 07
// Jed Whitaker
[Update: After 18 hours I finally tapped out at 4am ET after raising an amazing $419 dollars for charity with the help of your donations! Thank you all so much! Donations are being accepted through the end of the  year i...
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Halo 5: Guardians

Who wants a Master Chief helmet covered in crystals?

It's for charidee!
Oct 27
// Vikki Blake
Here's something I never thought I'd see: a Master Chief helmet covered with 25,000 Swarovski crystals. "A one-of-a-kind Master Chief helmet is up for auction for fans who want to own the unique memorabilia," states the eBay listing.
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Humble Store now lets you choose from over 35,000 charities

Buy a game, do a good deed
Aug 28
// Joe Parlock
Way back when Humble Bundle started, there were three things they emphasised: pay what you want, DRM-free, and that part of the proceeds went to charity. Over time, two of those points have been flexed and changed to varying ...

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QuakeCon 2014

QuakeCon 2014's blood donation drive saved 320 lives

Almost as much blood as in DOOM
Jul 24
// Joe Parlock
As QuakeCon 2015 is currently underway in Dallas, Texas, it’s worth looking back to last year’s event. In particular, a blood donation drive that took place over the course of the event has brought us some good ne...
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Be sure to watch Summer Games Done Quick this weekend

A week of live speedruns starts Sunday
Jul 22
// Jordan Devore
Brett and I have gotten way into Games Done Quick. Seeing people excel at beating video games as quickly as possible is such a blast, especially when it's happening live. The next event, Summer Games Done Quick, begins on Su...
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Camp Fangamer

Camp Fangamer celebrates EarthBound's 25th anniversary for charity

PK Livestream!
Jul 18
// Ben Davis
A few years back, the folks at Fangamer and held an EarthBound Bash which raised $23,420 for charity. This year, in celebration of EarthBound's 25th anniversary, they're hosting a similar event known as Camp Fanga...
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For the kids!

Give $6 to help kids, get into the Rainbow Six Siege closed beta

Extra Life for kids!
Jul 03
// Jed Whitaker
I'm a big fan of Extra Life, the gaming-based charity that benefits Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. These hospitals treat injured and ill children regardless of their parents' ability to pay. How great is that? As if do...
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World of Warcraft

Running of the Trolls raises $500 for The Trevor Project

These are the Trolls I like to see!
Jun 29
// Joe Parlock
This weekend Pride marches have been taking place all over the place, from London to Seattle... to Kalimdor. On Saturday, hundreds of World of Warcraft trolls marched across the game to help raise money for The Trevor Project...
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Destiny charity t-shirts raise over $1M for Nepal earthquake relief

Way to go, Guardians
Jun 05
// Vikki Blake
Remember when we told you that Destiny players had raised $400K for the Nepal Earthquake Relief effort? Well, it gets better.  It gets a lot better. Sales of the $30 t-shirt -- of which $15 went to the cause -- have now ...
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Humble Nindie Bundle

Nintendo and Humble team up for first console/handheld Humble Bundle

The Humble Nindie Bundle
May 26
// Brett Makedonski
Humble's spent years packaging collections of video games together and letting players name their price. However, this week's bundle has a twist that we aren't used to seeing. It's the first offering that includes console and...
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There are some real winners on the Summer Games Done Quick schedule

And some real neat constraints
May 18
// Brett Makedonski
Even though watching streams of people playing video games is all the rage, I can never get into it. I have a backlog that never seems to get any smaller, so it feels a bit unproductive to watch other people whittle away at t...
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PLEX for Good

PLEX for Good: EVE Online players can donate to the Nepal earthquake relief fund, too

PLEX writes checks
May 04
// Brett Makedonski
Doing good sometimes has a domino effect. That's the case with contributions to the Nepal earthquake fund. First, the Far Cry devs started matching donations. Then, Bungie sold t-shirts to help the cause. Now, CCP's hype...
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Devs with Baltimore

Devs with Baltimore bundle includes The Yawhg, Sokobond and more

Seven dollars for some games and a good cause
May 03
// Jonathan Holmes
The Devs with Baltimore bundle is a limited time project organized in part by developer and essayist Merritt Kopas, co-orginizer of the Devs with Ferguson bundle from late last year. The bundle includes the award winning adve...
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Bungie is selling T-shirts and in-game goodies for Nepal's earthquake relief

Get a rad T-shirt, help a good cause
May 01
// Joe Parlock
An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale struck Nepal on April 25, resulting in the deaths of over 6,000 people and injuring over 13,000 more. A few days ago we reported that Ubisoft were matching donations for the re...
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Nepal earthquake

The Far Cry team is matching Nepal earthquake relief donations

Up to the first $100k
Apr 29
// Brett Makedonski
Late last week, immeasurable disaster struck in Nepal in the form of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. As a result, the death toll is in the thousands, and thousands more are injured and/or stranded. That's not to mention the devas...
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Five Nights at Freddy's

Five Nights at Freddy's fan charity stream receives huge donation from developer

Developer donated $250,000 to children's hospital
Mar 17
// Laura Kate Dale
Over this past weekend a Twitch streamer named Dawko, a huge fan of Five Nights at Freddy's, set up a twitch stream to raise money for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. His lofty aim was to try and raise $15,000 in do...
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The War of Mine

This War of Mine DLC exists solely to help the kids

Doing good through games
Mar 10
// Brett Makedonski
This War of Mine takes a look at a part of conflict that videogames rarely explore: that of those who aren't fighting for a side, but just fighting to survive. It's a harrowing experience, one of the heaviest of 2014 to...
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AGDQ 2015 recap

Now that Awesome Games Done Quick 2015 is over, which runs should we watch?

Speedrun marathon brought in $1.5 million for charity
Jan 12
// Jordan Devore
Awesome Games Done Quick ended this weekend, and what a show it was! The week-long live-streaming gaming marathon raised more than $1.5 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. We covered several breakouts from the event, i...
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Our new overlord

All hail TASbot: Twitch chat on a Super Nintendo, complete with emotes

'At this point, it's less of a game and more of a program'
Jan 05
// Jordan Devore
"If you've ever wondered what would happen if you pressed your buttons perfectly -- if you pressed them a little bit earlier, a little bit later, or if you had perfect timing, perfect reactions, and you knew exactly what ...
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AGDQ 2015

Awesome Games Done Quick 2015 is underway

Watch some speedruns, donate some money
Jan 05
// Darren Nakamura
If this morning's Humble Bundle didn't already tip you off, this year's Awesome Games Done Quick event is now running. Every year it gathers some of the best speed runners to show their stuff, streaming the event and collecti...
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Mercedes Carrera comments on the charity stream hubbub

Adult Film star discusses her plan for upcoming live stream
Dec 07
// Jonathan Holmes
[Image provided by Mercedes Carrera.] A few hours ago, I wrote a story about how the AbleGamers suffered a DDoS attack after pulling out of a collaboration with adult film star Mercedes Carrera on a charity live stream. Some ...
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Do the right thing
Altruism is better when you get something in return. Contradictory? Sure. Ignoble? Someone will tell you why from their high horse. But wouldn't it be sweet if in paying your internet bill or buying a new blender, all the pro...

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Team Meat

Team Meat dev to walk across videogames for fundraiser

Rare prizes! Red Dead Redemption! A dog!
Oct 09
// Jonathan Holmes
Tommy Refenes' is one half of Team Meat (Super Meat Boy, Mew-Genics, Super Meat Boy Forever). He has Type-1 Diabetes. So does his Mom. She's had it for 32 years, and over that time, she's suffered from progressively worsening...
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Xbox Live

This George Washington Xbox Live skin is available with a charitable donation

Call of Duty Endowment foundation
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
The Xbox 360 is still getting a steady source of menu skins, and this labor day George Washington menu is no exception. Donations to the Call of Duty Endowment are available at $1, $5, $10, and $20 increments, and any am...
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GayStation 4

The GayStation 4 was purchased at a high price

Obligatory 'I'd buy that for a dollar' joke here
Aug 04
// Brittany Vincent
The GayStation 4, as you may remember from last week, has finally been sold for a whopping 28,300kr, or roughly $4,105. That's a lot of money raised in the name of The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgende...
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GayStation 4

Buy this GayStation 4 and support a Swedish LGBT organization

Wish the rainbow was a little less subdued
Jul 28
// Brittany Vincent
No, this isn't a homophobic slur or a slight against PlayStation. This is a customized rainbow console created in support of pride week in Sweden from retailer Webhallen, via CVG. It's being auctioned off to support The Swedi...
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Charity stream

Summer Games Done Quick raised over $700,000 for charity

Doctors go wild
Jun 30
// Steven Hansen
I can only half grasp the interest in watching speed run streams (or any game streams). I can also only half grasp $713,338.96, which to me feels a fortune. That's how much Summer Games Done Quick 2014 raised in donatio...
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Humble Bundle

This Summer Games Done Quick Humble Bundle is great

$25 will get you $90 worth of games
Jun 24
// Alasdair Duncan
Even though most of us are distracted by the Steam Summer sale, you'd be missing out if you passed up on this special Summer Games Done Quick Humble Bundle. Taking its name from the week-long event that's happening right now,...
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People like you helped raise $1M for charity through the Humble Store

That's 10 percent of store proceeds to date
Jun 23
// Jordan Devore
Since its launch last November, the Humble Store has raised $1 million for charity. That's the result of ten percent of all store proceeds going to charities -- the American Red Cross, Child's Play, the Electronic Frontier Fo...

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