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Mental Health Charity Take This Partners With Publisher Wired Productions for PAX West AFK Room

Posted on August 16, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Having a safe and quiet space to cool down, de-stress and collect your thoughts while attending a convention packed shoulder to shoulder with other enthusiastic fans is super important.  This is the premise behind mental health non-profit charity Take This’ “AFK Room” which can be found at major industry & public gaming conventions across North America. From PAX West to GDC to  E3 Take This has been providing safe and quiet spaces for convention attendees for years and now they’ve announced a partnership with publisher Wired Productions.

Wired will be donating 25% of all proceeds from their upcoming first person adventure title The Town of Light on Xbox One, PC and PlayStation for sales completed between August 16th and September 6th. In addition to the significant donation of their proceeds, Wired has also discounted their upcoming title by 20% on supporting digital retailers. As of the writing of this post the game is priced at 20.99$ CDN.

I’ve written in the past about the struggles my disability – blindness in one eye – has affected my ability to enjoy VR and other forms of entertainment. What I haven’t written much about is that I’m also on the autism spectrum so large crowds, flashing lights and loud sound usually aren’t my deal and conventions are FULL of them. Last year at PAX West I checked out the Take This AFK Room and found both the safe space and people who ran it to be pleasant and inviting. Time in the AFK Room was a great opportunity to collect myself, regain some stamina and spend some time reading after a sometimes stressful afternoon of convention fun.

More information about Take This! Is available on their website. More on Wired Productions and The Town of Light can be found on its’ Steam product page. I really do believe that Take This! Is providing a vital service for convention attendees and exhibitors with mental health concerns and disabilities.


Singing Games, Thrust Parties and Game Design – Hyper RPG! Twitch Channel Launches with Crazy 48 Hour Charity Drive

Posted on February 27, 2016 by Renee Gittins


If you aren’t currently tuned into Hyper RPG!’s Twitch channel, then you’re missing out on great entertainment and all for a good cause. Hyper Rabbit Power Go! (Hyper RPG!) is a brand new Twitch channel that launched yesterday and is in the middle of a 48-hour charity stream for the HALO Foundation.

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Posted on October 22, 2012 by Daniel Shannon

The tenth IndieGala has started. As with previous iterations, you’ll get to pay what you want. Furthermore, you may choose how to divvy up your donation between the developers, Indie Gala, or Charities. This time the Charities are the Able Gamers foundation and the Italian Red Cross which is raising funds to help Emilia Romagna, a region of Italy that was recently hit by an Earthquake.

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Indie Gala Seven Begins

Posted on July 30, 2012 by Daniel Shannon

Indie Gala has just launched its seventh “pay what you want” game bundle. If you purchase a copy of this bundle, you can choose how to split up your money between the developers, two charities, and Indie Gala. The charities you may donate to in this bundle are the Italian Red Cross (to help in efforts in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy that suffered from a series of earthquakes in May) and AbleGamers, which works to help make video games more accessible for disabled people.

They’ve got a couple of great games in this bundle (each of which will come with a Steam key). People who pay less than the average price (which is about $7.00) will receive Rig’n’Roll, Space Rangers, Reign: Conflict of Nations, and a mystery game. People who pay more that the average will also receive Death to Spies, Death to Spies: Moment of Truth, King’s Bounty: Armored Princess, UFO: Afterlight and another mystery game.

I personally think that King’s Bounty: Armored princess alone is worth over $7.00.

If any of this sounds interesting to you then check out the bundle here. It will be running for another 13 days, so you can afford to tarry a little bit.


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