Now there's even more reason to use that holiday cash Aunt Myrtle sent you on something charitable. The ongoing Humble Indie Bundle 7 has just expanded its indie game offerings to include The Basement Collection of Flash games, the action puzzle platformer Offspring Fling, and the retro 2D platformer Cave Story. The original bundle was packed with indie hits Snapshot, Closure, The Binding of Isaac and its Wrath of the Lamb DLC, Shank 2, Dungeon Defenders and its DLC, Legend of Grimrock, and the documentary Indie Game: The Movie. So, for the next six days, you can snatch up nine full games and one movie for a price that's absurdly close to free.
The second Mine-Thon concluded at 11AM PST today, with the weekend-long event earning a total of $10,148 for Child's Play--more than double the amount raised last year. Like old-school telethons, the fundraiser, created by Ethan Smith in 2011, has a simple concept: Six brave volunteers play Minecraft for 72 hours straight and stream their adventures on the Internet to inspire donations. All proceeds, processed by PayPal, go straight to Child's Play, a game industry charity devoted to improving the lives of sick children.
For the benefit of children, TF2 Mixup invited me to play a few rounds of Team Fortress 2 with some Important Internet Individuals. The roster: Notch (Soldier), Freddie Wong (Sniper), Robin Walker (Demo), our pal Brian Brushwood from Scam School (Heavy), and more. The first round of three, on cp_gorge, is watchable inside. Any ad money generated from the video is being donated; and hey, you can still donate yourself.
Look up there! Mojang are making games! For the duration of the weekend they'll be throwing together new ideas and making a game from thin air, like wizards. You'll be able to pay what you want for the end result in the new Mojam Humble Bundle.
Nobody quite knows how the game will come together over the course of the next 60 hours, but the team have run a poll on the Mojang site to try and decide their direction. They're planning to use the most popular and least popular choices from each list, which means they're currently set to make an "ancient Egyptian steampunk real-time strategy racing game." You'll be able to watch their progress live on the video stream above.
Rumble in the Bronze is a charity StarCraft 2 event in which six teams are set to fight for donations to hospitals of their choice. This competition has more going for it than a good name and a good cause, the first match will be fought with an interesting ruleset. It's a 2v2 scrap in which the base building and economy is handled by Diamond players, while all the nitty gritty troop control is done by less experienced Bronze players. The whole event will be broadcast live, and they're taking donations for Child's Play now. Read on for details.
Hi, I'm Jimmy goddamn Wales. You may know me as the founder of Wikipedia or from my reputation as not a spy. These past few weeks, I've been staring at every Wikipedia user through their screens in an attempt to a) distract them while Larry Sanger steals their silverware, and b) mind-trick them into donating to Wikipedia.
I've made a huge mistake.
Wikipedia, while an excellent resource for proving people wrong in pubs or undermining the legitimacy of the Phone A Friend option in Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, is useless at entertaining sick children. Sick Children Weekly called it "boring" and "mama?".
It's been a fine few weeks for charity projects. An indie sock sale recently raised thousands of dollars, and a team of heroic volunteers are even now braving the terrible boredom of the Desert Bus challenge. The latest effort for Child's Play might just top them all. How would you like to own your very own Portal gun?
Last week we mentioned that an ebayer had knitted some socks adorned with images of indie game heroes, and was selling them on the online auction service for charity. When he learned that one pair of socks starred the hero of VVVVVV, captain Veridian, the game's creator offered every bidder free copy of the game. The bid exploded.
An Ebay seller has hand knitted a series of socks based on famous indie game characters, and has started a charity auction to sell them off, with all profits going to Childs Play. For one pair of socks, featuring VVVVVV's heroic Captain Veridian, the game's creator is offering a free giftable Steam copy of the game to anyone who places a bid. Read on for more details.