Charity game "Chime" launched for PC, featuring guest vocals by GLaDOS
September 5, 2010 7:44 AM Subscribe
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While controversy erupts again
over the corrupting influence of video games, some developers are working on projects it is very hard to get angry about. Chime
, an XBox game to be released for PC tomorrow, is one such project.OneBigGame
is a charity set up by game developers committed to releasing and developing games for charitable causes. The profits from OneBigGame games go to the Starlight Children's Foundation
and Save the Children
, two UK children's charities.
, known primarily for their music games, developed Chime
for the XBox as a OneBigGame game. Essentially a block-combining puzzle game, Chime stood out for the simplicity of its gameplay but also the quality of the music accompanying play, which can be altered on the fly by drawing patterns across the screen. Moby, Philip Glass and others donated music to accompany the levels (YouTube video of gameplay accompanied by Paul Hartnoll's "For Silence"
The PC version of Chime
is scheduled for release tomorrow through Steam
, with a bonus level featuring Ellen McLain's
rendition of Jonathon Coulton's "Still Alive" (McClain version here
, Coulton here
- both YT). The extra-geeky thrill possibly being the mention in the Portal
Easter eggs of Aperture Science's Take-A-Wish Foundation ("a charitable organization that will purchase wishes from the parents of terminally ill children and redistribute them to wish-deprived but otherwise healthy adults"). Cave Johnson would not, presumably, be a happy man.