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Published on March 14th, 2011 | by Bryant Kazmerzak, Contributor

The Gaming Community Gives Back To Japan

Today, information has come out that a lot of industry giants are donating a lot of money to Japanese earthquake relief organizations, something completely unheard of up until now.

The numbers are actually really impressive – Not that there’s a threshold on which donations are judged, from, “Awwww, isn’t that sweet??” to, “… Really, cheap-ass? That’s it?” – But hopefully the money being gathered up by gaming companies can go toward a good cause.

Companies include:

Nintendo – 300M (JPY) / 3.6M (USD)

Sony Corporation – 300M (JPY) / 3.6M (USD)

Sega – 200M (JPY) / 2.4M (USD)

Tecmo Koei – 10M (JPY) / 121K (USD)

Namco Bandai* – 100M (JPY) / 1.2M (USD)

Microsoft – 2M (USD) / 164M (JPY)

Gaia Online is also releasing in-game items, purchaseable with real-life money, with proceeds going to the Red Cross.

EVE Online is also instating the “PLEX For Good” campaign, where players can buy in-game pilot license extensions (“PLEX”, allows 30 days of gametime) with proceeds going toward the Red Cross as well.

In the past, EVE Online players have donated over 63,000 dollars using the PLEX for Good program to the Haiti earthquake and the Pakistan flooding relief efforts.

And, not to be outdone by the bourgeois pigs of the mainstream, Apple is hopping aboard the bandwagon and making an iTunes donation app, proving once and for all that there is, always and forever, an app for that. Whether that app is free or not, I don’t know, because I am a PC.

We here at GAMINGtruth would like to express our deepest condolences to our friends over in Japan. Without Japan, the gaming industry wouldn’t be where it is today, and we recognize this. While we don’t have a “GAMINGtruth for Earthquake Survivors” fundraiser, we would like to invite you, our readers, to donate to the Red Cross and help out those less fortunate than us. This has been a tragic disaster, and it will take decades for Japan and the Japanese people to completely rebuild what has been destroyed, and that’s not even counting the emotional distress of losing loved ones. Please, if you have a few dollars to spare, donate to a good cause.

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