Published on November 6th, 2006 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder3
Child's Play 2006 has started!
With the media having a field day about gaming, nowadays, it’s always good to see gamers lifting above the pack. Well, Mike “Gabe” Krahulik and Jerry “Tycho” Holkins of Penny Arcade have been doing so over the last three years. In 2003, the team created the “Child’s Play” charity. It’s a charity that teams up with children’s hospitals around the globe to provide donations of toys, games, books and money to children in need. Last year alone, they recieved more than $605,000 in donations from gamers around the world. This year? They plan to smash that record.
If you take a trip over to the Child’s Play website, among other information, you’ll find this:
Last year’s drive raised over $605,000 for sick children, and we’re hoping to smash that record total this winter. Check out the wish lists, read up on the local events and let’s show the world what the gaming community is all about!
Think about that for a second. Gamers helped raise over half a million dollars. That thought alone boggles my mind, because according to the news, we’re all relentless savages hell-bent on destroying society (hopefully you caught the sarcasm there).
To be honest, I have yet to donate to Child’s Play, but this year that’s going to have to change. Since it’s one of my favorite webcomics, I’ve been reading Penny Arcade regularly for a couple of years now, and it’s the least I could do to repay them for these years of laughter I get from reading their comic and semi-daily posts. Previously, I was incapable of doing so (being a student living off of student loans is no fun), but now that i’m gainfully employed, I have to give it a shot.
In my opinion, any gamer that hates the spin the news plays on gamer culture should donate at something. I’d like to see them try to generate bad news about gamers giving away their hard-earned money to help out children. Alright, no I wouldn’t, but you get the idea!
If you would like to offer support, click the link below.
Once you get there, you can select the closest hospital to you to view that hospital’s Amazon Wish List. Once you purchase the selected gifts, they will be shipped directly to the hospital. Alternatively, you can click the PayPal link in the middle of the page to send funds directly to the Child’s Play account. None of these funds are kept by the charity. At the end of the drive, the money sent to the PayPal account will be divided among all hospitals and dispersed evenly.
If you’d like to support Penny Arcade, try picking up either of their books: Attack of the Bacon Robots! and Epic Legends of the Magic Sword Kings!. I own both, and not only are they a good read, they show how much the comic has evolved over the years. And they’re pretty funny, to boot.
Since I already own both books, all that’s left to do is donate. The way society views gamers is a problem, and I happen to think that Child’s Play just may be a part of the solution.