A collection of game industry professionals announced today the launch of Play for Japan, an online charity outlet designed to raise awareness and funds for the recent disaster overseas. The worldwide campaign will support the work of the American Red Cross, Global Giving, International Medical Corps, Save the Children, and UNICEF through the promotion of rare gaming goods at auction.
“The goal of Play For Japan is to aggregate and promote online auctions of items culled from the resources of its members – videogame rarities, art, signed games, etc. – in order to generate donations for disaster relief.”
Check out handful of items currently up for auction below.
More items are being added to the roster by the hour, the majority of which offer an exclusive opportunity to own a piece of gaming history. Several auctions are drawing to a close today, including GameZone’s THQ, Square Enix, and THQ bundles. The latter of the three includes a a real-life Parrot AR Drone. Game Informer’s own offerings are counting down, too. To reiterate, all proceeds from any Play for Japan auction are donated to one of the aforementioned charities.
You may have astutely noticed that I am involved at the ground level of Play for Japan, making this a bizarre bit of news for me to write up. Being a part of the project is exciting and humbling, however, as the industry-wide effort is growing exponentially and poised to make a very real contribution to the cause.
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I know I haven’t posted on here in a while, guys — between PAX East last weekend and the insane amount of work before and afterward, I kinda forgot about Tumblr. (Still been tweeting, though!)
In any case, I remembered about my Tumblr when I decided I wanted to get the word out about this to as many people as possible. The title of this post pretty much says it all: until 1 PM EDT tomorrow (Saturday), LivingSocial will match each $5 donation through their site to the Red Cross.
The current total (including LivingSocial’s doubling) is approaching $1.85 million as I type this. Let’s get it to $2 million and beyond! Please reblog, if you’re so inclined, so we can do that.
This past weekend, Boston played host to PAX East, a video game convention. An incredibly large video game convention that most major publishers and developers, and a lot of smaller ones exhibited at. It was very fun and I enjoyed a lot of what I saw, even if I didn’t get to everything.
Probably the most gratifying part of the experience was that I got to play reporter for a little bit in two separate instances. The first was during a press presentation for LA Noire and the second was during a writing workshop/panel.
The LA Noire press showing was enlightening for a number of reasons. Firstly, because the game looks very interesting. But secondly, and more importantly, because holy shit who on earth was I in that room with?
In 1972, four years after playing his last game for the team, the legendary Mickey Mantle was sent a letter by then-Vice-President of the New York Yankees, Bob Fishel, and asked to contribute to the Yankee Stadium’s forthcoming 50th anniversary celebrations. All Mickey had to do was fill in the enclosed survey and share details of his “outstanding experience at Yankee Stadium.”
Below is the letter, and Mantle’s surprising response.
I consider the following my outstanding experience at Yankee Stadium:
— I got a blow-job under the right field Bleachers, by the Yankee Bull pen.
This event occurred on or about: (Give as much detail as you can)
— It was about the third or fourth inning. I had a pulled groin and couldn’t fuck at the time. She was a very nice girl and asked me what to do with the cum after I came in her mouth. I said don’t ask me, I’m no cock-sucker.
“In fact viewership of al Jazeera is going up in the United States because it’s real news. You may not agree with it, but you feel like you’re getting real news around the clock instead of a million commercials and, you know, arguments between talking heads and the kind of stuff that we do on our news which, you know, is not particularly informative to us, let alone foreigners.”—Sec. of State Hillary Clinton (via davewiner)