Won't somebody think of the children?!
November 26, 2003 9:55 AM   Subscribe

Child's Play - Penny Arcade, the popular gaming web comic, is looking to reverse some of the stigma that comes with playing games, by asking the community to send games to children at the Seattle Children’s Hospital.
posted by Orange Goblin (10 comments total)
Funny how news gets around, then finally gets posted to Metafilter.
posted by Keyser Soze at 10:16 AM on November 26, 2003

Tick tick tick...

...it's a trap!
posted by DaShiv at 10:28 AM on November 26, 2003

Dont send the presents in with wrapping anyways. The hospital doesnt want to throw away a bunch of wrapping. :)
posted by Keyser Soze at 10:40 AM on November 26, 2003

I hadn't heard about it, Keyser. Good for Penny Arcade.

I think there are a lot of people in the thirtyish age bracket who would like to donate more and do so gladly when given the opportunity. Sometimes it's just a matter of getting the means in front of them, and as in this case having the donation relate to something they're personally interested in.

To counter the "faceless corporation" line, I should note that GameSpy donated a whole box of video games to a child with leukemia last year.
posted by Kafkaesque at 10:41 AM on November 26, 2003

That was too easy!
posted by shoepal at 11:43 AM on November 26, 2003

Gabe and Tycho are really great guys. Kudos to them.
posted by riffola at 11:44 AM on November 26, 2003

What is the "stigma that comes with playing games"?
posted by 4easypayments at 11:52 AM on November 26, 2003

As Gabe says:

If you are like me, every time you see an article like this one - where the author claims that video games are training our nations youth to kill - you get angry. The media seems intent on perpetuating the myth that gamers are ticking time bombs just waiting to go off. I know for a fact that gamers are good people. I have had the opportunity on multiple occasions to meet hundreds of you at conventions all over the country. We are just regular people who happen to love video games.
posted by Orange Goblin at 12:09 PM on November 26, 2003

They've collected $30,000 worth in toys, that's a bunch of truckloads.

Congrats Penny Arcade!
posted by riffola at 7:50 PM on December 3, 2003

Penny Arcade estimates that they collected $64,000 worth in toys and cash donations.

Kudos to them and their readers.
posted by riffola at 11:50 AM on December 5, 2003

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