The Bake Sale's been going delightfully well, and it has such a good goal - who can argue with charity? It's going towards Child's Play, but something I've noticed is that this decision has roused a bit of inexplicable bile from people ("WHY IS IT ALWAYS CHILD'S PLAY RARGH RARGH I HATE KIDS IN HOSPITALS RARGH") on websites like RPS. This led me to think - what if there were other gamer-focused charities? So, my question is essentially this: what kind of charity would you, as gamers,
a) agree to support
b) feel is sufficiently in line with your position as a gamer?
so, here are a few ideas.
i) Political advocacy - a lobbying organisation aimed at putting the voices and opinions of gamers into the ears of politicians around the world (SOPA, age rating systems, etc). Or, providing legal advocacy and assistance to people in trouble over games/internet related matters (people brought up on bogus piracy charges, opposing whoever the new Jack Thompson turns out to be, etc). Maybe even issues like freedom of information/communication, goodness knows that's topical right now!
ii) War Relief - For a group with so many activities revolving around casual destruction, from a direct or a strategic perspective, we know that war is a ghastly affliction upon society. So, the aim of this charity would be the general relief of symptoms, working with other groups like the UN, Red Cross, Refugee organisations and such to show that gamers understand the impact these things have on the real world.
iii) Developing Countries - Many parts of the developing world, from South America to Asia to Africa, are unable to sustain themselves currently, and have problems with even finding basics like water and power. These development groups work toward constructing infrastructure like pumps and generators, enabling poor rural communities to reach a better standard of living.
iv) There are many people with the ideas and skills to make the next big things in independent gaming, but unable to without starving to death in the short terms, or need funding grants for their education in game development. A grants charity would provide funding to those who can demonstrate that they have something worthwhile to pursue, and would lead to an increased quality of independent games being produced.
v) Animals. Everyone loves animals, whether it's Dogmeat, or ponies. This concept would strive for various animal-related goals, such as vetinary assistance, care, prevention of cruelty and rehoming.
vi) Got a better idea for a gamer charity? TELL US NOW