Google Pledges $20 Million To Support Disability Technologies

Technology is a great thing, it can be used to help people all over achieve and complete tasks that they previously considered difficult or even impossible. Science and technology have enabled those who couldn’t walk to walk again, those who would lose their eyesight to keep it and even those who might die to survive. In their latest support, Google.org has pledged $20 to support disability technologies.

Spread over 29 programs, each receiving $750,000, with six grant winners getting more than $1m each. The programs that the money will support can be contained within five categories, hearing, mobility, cognitive, vision and communication. The projects include My Human Kit, a provision to provide people low-cost 3D printed prosthetics and The Center for Discover which looks to turn everyday manual wheelchairs into powered chairs.

Perkins School for the Blind looks to enable the creation of GPS instructions to help those with visual impairments navigate around the world while the Dan Marino Foundation looks to provide a tool for people with autism to train for job interviews.

As part of their Impact Challenge, Google.org (Google’s philanthropic division) looks to help the millions of people who live with disabilities, and if technology can do anything to help people’s lives I’m all up for supporting it.

What Happens When Batman Meets A Imperial Scout?

We’ve all wondered about the what if’s, what if your favourite superhero teamed up with someone from a different series, what if someone hadn’t been killed off so early in a series. The questions tend to plague us, but there is now one you don’t need to worry about. What happens when Batman meets an imperial scout from Star Wars, the answer is he creates an awesome looking helmet!

As part of a charity auction, artists are creating unique pieces of art based on the iconic Imperial Scout Helmet from the Star wars franchise. One of the first results was inspired by none other than the caped vigilante Batman. Creator Julian Checkley calls it the “Wayne Industries (Applied Sciences Division) Advanced Pursuit Helmet” and the design does nothing but pay tribute and honour both franchises.

With the piece set to be one of forty auctioned off in July this year, the proceeds of which will go towards the charity Star Wars: Forces Of Change. The charity is a global project to help groups like Unicef and supplying food to countries in need and should be recognised for the support and work they do.

For a full 360 tour of the helmet, you can check out the video below.

If that wasn’t enough awesomeness for one day, you can watch Batman fight off against Darth Vader in the Super Power Beatdown below and the alternative ending here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj23dwWHukY

The Music of David Bowie to be Streamed via Skype

Earlier this year David Bowie passed away. In tribute to the legend, Michael Dorf has created a tribute show, “The Music of David Bowie”. Due to interest in the project, you could now enjoy the show via Skype for a small charitable donation.

Teaming up with both Skype and ammado, the show at Radio City Music Hall on April 1st will be streamed online across the world for all the share in the memory. With a suggested minimal donation of $20 or £15, the show will feature 18 different artists paying tribute to the man himself.

The confirmed artists for the show include:

  • MUMFORD & SONS
  • BLONDIE
  • PIXIES
  • MICHAEL STIPE
  • J MASCIS
  • RICKIE LEE JONES
  • ESPERANZA SPALDING
  • RON POPE
  • JHEREK BISCHOFF, AMANDA PALMER & ANNA CALVI W/KRONOS QUARTET
  • ANN WILSON OF HEART
  • THE ROOTS
  • THE POLYPHONIC SPREE
  • PERRY FARRELL
  • JAKOB DYLAN
  • HOLY HOLY
  • DONNY MCCASLIN GROUP W/ MARK GUILIANA, JASON LINDNER, AND TONY VISCONTI

The donations will go to a range of charities such as the Melodic Caring Project (MCP)Grammy in the SchoolsFor Music & Art named as just a few. With 100% of the proceeds going to charity, you get a great show and help an amazing cause all in the memory of a historic figure. You can find out more and contribute to the show here.

Conquer The Past and Future In Humble Sega Strategy Bundle

Another month another bundle, and this time, you will be conquering time itself with the Sega Strategy Bundle.

Starting at $1 you can grab the Company of Heroes Complete Edition and The Dawn Of War Master Collection. If playing as the USA, Germany or England wasn’t enough for you in the past, then maybe taking to the 41st century and deploying the undying living metal of the Necron or the righteous fury of the Sisters of Battle could tempt you. With the complete Medieval 2: Total War and Rome Total War collections included the distant past isn’t far from being conquered either. Rounding off the $1 collection is a bundle of classic Sega games such as Shining Force and Columns.

The pay more than average tier features the highly anticipated sequel to the Dawn Of War series, in its complete Grand Master collection none the less. Take to Japan in the Total War: Shogun 2 Fall of the Samurai Collection or take on an alternative world in Valkyria Chronicles, with tanks and special powers fueling and fighting conflicts. If you are one for a slower pace then why not try the Eastside Hockey Manager or enjoy the 66% off Football Manager 2016 code you can grab from the Humble Store.

Finally at $12 or more you unlock Company of Heroes 2 Master Collection, bringing a whole new light to the series with new gameplay mechanics focused on the war on the eastern front. Joining Company of Heroes 2 is Total War Attila, with enhanced graphics, AI and gameplay mechanics bringing you to the internal and external conflicts that helped shape the name of Attila the Hun.

Gamers For Giving Halo Tournament Cancelled

Contrary to popular belief many gamers enjoy getting out and about, nothing more so than when it comes to a charity tournament. Gamers For Giving Halo Tournament has been running for years now letting gamers play their favourite games with the event raising money for charity. Sadly this year though that may not be so as the Gamers for giving halo tournament has been cancelled.

The tournament has been running for years but “due to encountering an unrecognizable error in the custom games matchmaking platform” the tournament has had to be cancelled as the event couldn’t create the games in a “reliable tournament environment”.

They tried, with everything from testing different network configurations and swapping the hardware itself and even talking with talking with 343 Industries (the creators of the latest halo game), the decision was reluctantly made.

The organisation will be issuing full pass refunds for those who request one by the 21st March, but if you feel like giving that money to charity still they will be offering Sky loft passes to teams who don’t request a refund. Offering passes for teams to come enjoy the event, even though they can’t take part in the Halo tournament part of it, is a great move on their part and a great way for the community to show just how strongly they want to help charity more than show off their skills.

The cause of the cancellation is still under speculation but all signs point to a recent patch in the game. In a blog post on the gamers for giving page its stated that the patch notes contain “improved stability when joining custom game lobbies”, something which alongside the “resolved issues surrounding multiple Xbox ones playing on the same network” would point to changes that may not have been best suited just before a big tournament.

Bill Gates is the Richest Person in the World Again!

There are many names these days which we can associate wealth with. They use it for various reasons, such as Mark Zuckerburg donating it to charity. One of the biggest names in the technological world is Bill Gates, one of the founders of Microsoft. Seems like that company is still going strong as Gates is named as the richest person alive.

Gates is recorded to have a net worth, that is the total value of everything he owns, of around $87.4 billion. This was calculated by Wealth-X who provided Business insider with their figures from the start of 2016.

Let’s put that in perspective. Second place went to Amancio Ortega, the founder chairman of Inditex, who has a net wealth of $66.8 billion, $26 billion less than Gates. If you were looking at buying the new Titan X that released in March 2015 at $999, you could buy 28 million of them (with change) from the difference alone.

Mark Zuckerburg appears on the list with a net worth of $42.8 billion, just under half of Gate’s estimated worth.

With the top 50 starting at just $14.3 billion even winning the lottery won’t put you near it. While having so much money, Gates is known to give a lot to charity and support projects like the Hour of Code initiative, so you can be sure that the money is being used to support others as well.

Feeling Those Gamer Blues? Check out Humble Store’s Winter Sale

Christmas is over, the new year is gone. That doesn’t mean your gaming sales have to end, the Humble Store is the latest to start a winter sale with your bank accounts begging for a visit.

Why not start by surviving dinosaurs on a tropical island to overcome the cold in Ark Survival for %40 off, settling at an acceptable £13.79. Boost around the pitch and score goals in a rocket powered car in Rocket league for only £10.49. Still too much? Why not try games like Dishonored Game of the Year Edition for only £6.79, or the latest in the Trine series, Trine 3, for only £3.99. Go retro with Pacman for £2.99 or Audiosurf for £0.69.

With discounts on entire series like the Call of Duty franchise, you can enjoy Advanced Warefare Gold Edition for only £19.99 or the complete Zombie Experiance for £67.49, at 50% off.

Sales are all over the place all year around but with 10% of your purchase going to the one of the many charities they support, please think about checking out the store and doing a little good with your games. They even have a bundle for mobile courtesy of Bandai Namco, featuring everything from Pac-man to Pac-man, with a little bit of Flight Control and Ridge Racer joining.

Penn and Teller’s Desert Bus To Receive Sequel

If you ever study video games (it’s something you can do and I highly recommend) you will come across this game. Desert Bus is known across the board for many reasons, more commonly though due to the long and rather bland gameplay. This won’t stop the release of a new one as one of the original founders of the game have hinted that they are working on a new Desert Bus.

Desert Bus is the brainchild of Penn and Teller. Yes that Penn and Teller, the famous magical double act, were the creators of the original game all the way back in 1992. Designed as a game for when the “violence caused by video game” argument was at a high, the game features you driving a bus for eight hours on a straight road at 45mph between Tucson, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada.

While not the most enticing game at first glance they aren’t looking to develop a game to make people suffer, instead its quite the opposite. The game will be developed to support Desert Bus for Hope, a charity event that see’s people play Desert Bus as part of a charity marathon (it’s even streamed online) in order to raise money for Child’s Play, a charity for domestic violence and children in hospitals.

Working alongside Randy Pitchford (Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Duke Nukem Forever), who is currently at Gearbox, the game will “probably be for the Oculus Rift and for the PlayStation VR”.

Not all games have to be action packed and full of explosions, Desert Bus 2.0 will be there to help others in a way to bring together gamers and people all over the world.

Conquer the World And The Past In Latest Humble Bundle

We try to keep you informed with the latest humble bundles, so let me make a solid argument for why you should invest a whopping $8.99 (around £6.08) into the latest Square Enix Humble Bundle.

First off let’s start with the $1 tier. Featuring four games, such as the Last Remnant and Episode 1 of Life is Strange,  you’ve already some good titles with action and emotion pumping through your keys while the next two (or rather) five titles in this price bracket will only inspire you more. Murdered: Soul Suspect sees you face the supernatural and your own death as you play a ghostly detective who is trying to solve their own murder from the afterlife. Oh did I forget to mention that you also get Tomb Raider 1, 2 and 3? If I have to explain these games, you should probably grab this bundle just for those alone.

At the average price bracket, you will only pay $5.45 (at the time of writing) to get a further 8 games featuring not one but three different Tomb Raider games, including Anniversary, Legend and Underworld. Climbing through the past a little too slow for you? Why not try just cause collection featuring both just cause one and two? Helicopters and explosions fill your screen as you hijack cars and planes alike with a grapple, and a voucher for 20% off Just Cause 3 means you can get that series for a small fraction of its price.

Front Mission Evolved sees you pilot giant robotic tanks while Gyromancer and Yosumin give your mind a challenge in matching shape games with Final Fantasy XIV A realm reborn rounding off this bracket with an online role-playing adventure for friends and enemies alike.

Last but not least is the higher price tier, costing a whole $8.99, for this you receive Lara Croft & the Temple Of Osiris, a top-down adventure fighting game with puzzles and traps for up to four players. Following up this is the latest Tomb Raider game, in all its glory as the Game of the Year version., with 21 DLC’s rounding off the latest adventure in the Tomb Raiders Past. If you feel up for a little more direct solution to problems, Hitman: Absolution is the last game and the Elite edition comes with a variety of weapons and disguises to enhance your contracts.

Check out the bundle here which is in support of GamesAid and Make a Wish, both charities designed to help young people, either disabled, disadvantaged or those with life-threatening conditions.

Annual Speedrun Marathon for Charity AGDQ 2016 Starts Today

An event for the calendars for the many speedrunning and video game fans out there, Awesome Games Done Quick, or AGDQ as it is often known is kicking off its 2016 event today at 4:30 PM GMT or 11:30 AM EST. AGDQ 2016 will be kicking off with Splatoon and continue to run, non-stop until next Sunday, when the marathon will wind down with Super Metroid and Final Fantasy IV runs. All money received during the marathon (as well as through Twitch subscriptions) will be donated to the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and will be hoping to break last year’s record of over 1.5 million dollars raised.

For those not in the loop, “Games Done Quick” are a number of collaboration events run by Speed Demos Archive, which have been running since 2010. Since then, Games Done Quick has grown to run at least two events annually, Awesome Games Done Quick in January and Summer Games Done Quick in August, each event focusing on the Prevent Cancer Foundation and Doctors Without Borders respectively.

These are also great community events, bringing together over 100 speedrunners and countless more watchers and staff to celebrate the breaking of games old and new for the sake of charity. Additionally, the GDQ events are streamed live on twitch through the gamesdonequick channel. This also gives publicity to the many speedrunners that make up the event and entertains thousands of fans worldwide (while also ruining their sleep schedule and work productivity).

If you’re not the kind of person who wants to commit to watching speedruns 24/7, the schedule for AGDQ 2016 can be found here. Whether you’re a long-time fan of speedrunning and the GDQ events or this is your first time watching, please let us know what runs you’re most hyped for in the comments below. I’m personally looking forward to the Punch Out games, after AGDQ 2014, where Sinister1 got a personal best time live, while blindfolded.

Zuckerberg and Chan Giving 99% of Their Facebook Shares to Charity

Mark Zuckerberg is not one to shy away from the public spotlight with his charitable activities. Facebook is part group providing refugee camps with internet and recently joined with another billionaire, Bill Gates, to help fund renewable energy. Today though he has shocked the world with two major announcements.

The first announcement was the birth of Zuckerberg’s daughter, Max, to wife Priscilla Chan. Alongside this announcement came one that has surprised many, the creation of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. This will be done by their latest pledge to give away 99 percent of their Facebook shared to charity throughout their lives.

At this moment in time, that 99% is valued at a staggering $45 billion, one of the highest charitable donations in history, obviously! The announcement was made in a note to their daughter on Facebook. Working to promote the values of equal value and “pushing the boundaries on how great a human life can be”, the note continues to state that they love Max and “feel a great responsibility to leave the world a better place for you and all children”.

We’ve seen how Facebook can be used to reunite families, and even lost pets, now we could see it take a step to making the entire world a better place.

Congratulations Mark and Chan and thank you.

2K Games Developer Sale at Humble Store

The Humble Bundle is a well-known thing to PC gamers. The concept is that a selection of games will become available for as little as $1, with additional games being unlocked when you pay a little more. With you able to define how much you give to Humble Bundle’s creators, the game owners and from a selection of charities, you are able to decide just where your money goes. More recently they began the humble weekly bundle, a smaller time offer (at the moment the weekly bundle is titled “Japan Edition All-Stars”) and then the Humble store, offering games with a confirmed percentage going to charity. If you’re a fan of 2K’s games then it may be worth checking the site out as they are currently having a sale which will intrigue even the most reserved gamers.

Xcom Enemy Unknown for £6.24 (75% off), Bioshock Infinite for £4.99 (75% off), Civilization 5 £4.99 (75% off) and the expansions are both £4.99 each (Brave New World and Gods and Kinds).

Get the latest Sid Meier’s Civilization, Beyond Earth, for 50% at only £14.99, or if you feel like a great shooter with an interesting story and characters then why not grab some of the Borderlands series. The original Borderlands (GOTY edition with all the DLC’s) is only £4.99 (75% off) while Borderlands 2 (GOTY edition) is £8.74  (75% off). The latest in the borderlands series, Borderlands the pre-sequel, is also included at £11.99 (60% off).

See a few games you like? Spend over £10 and add Darkness II to your cart to receive it for free. Good games, good deals, and great causes, what isn’t there to like about that!?

Check out the deals here.

Humble Jumbo Bundle 5 Is Here and It’s Another Great One

It is that wonderful time again, that time where Humble Bundle is ready with yet another Jumbo Bundle. This is the fifth of this sort of bundle, as the name already suggests, and it looks to be another great one. Not only do you get a lot of great games and soundtracks for cheap money while you support charity along with the developers, you  even get multiple version of some of these games to give to your friends and get rocking with that multiplayer action right away. If that’s what you want.

The main three games in the Humble Jumbo Bundle 5 are Insurgency, including the Conquer update, Men of War Assault Squad, and a double pack of Abyss Odyssey. If you pay more than the average, at the time of writing that was $5.44, you will unlock three more games: Blackguards one and two and a four-pack of Contagion. Even more games will be added to the bundle on Tuesday, but which ones have not been disclosed yet.

Those who want to give even more and pay over $9 for the bundle, which still is an amazing deal for the bundle that has a normal value of over $250, will get another two games to add to their library: Spintires and Divinity: Dragon Commander.

Men of War: Assault Squad, Blackguards 2, Contagion, and Divinity Dragon Commander all come with their respective soundtrack as audio files too. All of these games are on Steam for Windows. Insurgency and Blackguards 1 & 2 are also available on Mac. Divinity: Dragon Commander is available both on Steam and DRM-free.

I’ve just purchased this bundle, simply for the great deal on Spintires compared to its normal price, and that doesn’t even include all the other games. Will you be getting this bundle?

Humble Announces Monthly Subscription Service

Humble Bundle originally offered DRM-Free indie titles and progressively worked towards adding mainstream Steam games and launching its own digital distribution store. This resulted in a huge amount of money being raised for charity and demonstrated how generous the gaming community is. Today marks the company’s boldest move so far and entry into the subscription service arena. Humble Monthly requires a payment of $12 per month in exchange for Steam codes.

The codes received are permanent and won’t stop working if you decide to cancel the subscription. However, there’s no information whatsoever regarding how many games are included, and the quality. It’s possible for Humble to include excess keys from previous bundles. This lack of information might appeal to some, but I feel consumers are taking a big risk when signing up to the service.

On another note, only 5% of your money goes towards charity which might be a shocking statistic to some. Even more ridiculously, gamers in Japan cannot access the service due to a region lock. This seems to contravene the open roots which Humble became so idolized for.

While there is the possibility of acquiring highly lauded games in a surprising package, I’m not convinced about the subscription’s business model and complete lack of transparency. I’ve commended Humble in the past for updating their list of supported charities, but this really does leave me feeling disappointed.

Do you believe the Humble Monthly service is a terrible idea?

The GIGABYTE Charity Raffle at I55 Raised £2417 for Zoё’s Place

Gigabyte’s charity raffle for Zoë’s Place, held during Insomnia 55, was a big success and made it possible to hand over a check worth £2417. This isn’t the first time Gigabyte is holding a raffle at the Insomnia event and last time they made £1700, so €2417 is a good step up and a great sign that gamers want to give something back. All the proceeds of the raffle go to Zoë’s Place, a baby hospice providing palliative, respite and end of life care for babies and infants aged from birth to five years and suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

That is all great news and there were also some great prizes up for grab as part of the raffle. The ones entering the raffle had the chance to win AMD processors, AOC monitors, Coolermaster power supplies and cases, Crucial memory, Fractal Design power supplies and cases, Kingston memory and HyperX SSDs, Tesoro gaming keyboards, mice, headsets and mousepads, as well as Netgear NAS and cameras. GIGABYTE themselves sponsored a gaming laptop, motherboards, a graphics card, keyboards, and headsets for the raffle. All in all, prizes worth over £5000.

Gigabyte will be back with another Raffle in the future and I hope that even more people will support the cause then. We can do better, we can do more.

Donate To Charity Against Cancer And Get A Copy Of Hitman: Absolution

In recent years, charities are finding more and more ways of advertising and supporting themselves and other causes through events. The Ice Bucket challenge raised millions towards a good cause, humble bundles donate a portion (or if you wish, all of it) to charities every time you purchase one. Now you can support another great cause for only a single dollar.

Gamer Changer Charity are working with Square Enix so that, when you donate a minimum of $1, you can claim a copy of Hitman: Absolution. This is the last day though so if you are interested then please go and donate here. This is not the first time hitman has been used to support Game Changer though, at PAX this year people could offer to have their head shaved in a hitman style, with Square Enix offering up $47 per head.

Game Changer Charity are supporting the research and development of treatments that target cancer, To be more precise it will go towards the development of treatments for pediatric cancer (cancer found in children). If you want to find out more about the cause please watch the video below.

Thank you PCGamesN for the information.

GIGABYTE and Partners Hold Biggest Ever Charity Raffle at I55

UK’s biggest gaming festival, Insomnia, is just around the corner and it will open its doors tomorrow for Multiplay Insomnia 55, UK’s biggest gaming festival at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Following up on the last successful charity raffle, GIGABYTE again partnered with others to create the biggest ever charity raffle at Insomnia. There will be around £5000 worth of hardware prizes to win spread out over the two days.

The prizes that you can win include AMD processors, AOC monitors, Coolermaster power supplies and cases, Crucial memory, Fractal Design power supplies and cases, Kingston memory and HyperX SSDs, Tesoro gaming keyboards, mice, headsets and mousepads, as well as Netgear NAS and cameras. GIGABYTE is sponsoring a gaming laptop, motherboards, a graphics card, keyboards, and headsets themselves. All this can be won and best of all, everything goes to charity.

There will be two raffles, one held on Friday, the 28th of August and the second the day after, on Saturday, the 29th of August.

Like last time, all the proceeds will be donated to the local charity Zoë’s place, a baby hospice providing palliative, respite and end of life care for babies and infants aged from birth to five years and suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. This is truly a worthy cause and I hope a lot of the gamers attending the Insomnia event will be very generous. The added bonus of  having a chance to win amazing hardware and this really is a no-brainer. Participate!

New Trend of Cuddling Graphics Cards for Charity

Jason Evangelho of Forbes started a new trend on twitter by posting a picture of himself cuddling with the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X. Soon after he issued a challenge to another twitter user to do the same and to cuddle with a graphics card. The trend continued where it reached AMD’s Roy Taylor who decided to donate $2 for every photo of this trend posted on twitter.

Unaware to anybody that this trend would soon become and actual thing that people do on twitter; the hashtag  “#GuysCuddlingWithVideoCards” is now trending on twitter. What started out as a silly challenge; has the potential to turn into a world wide phenomenon and it all benefits charity.

Jason Evangelho received a $10.00 donation in support of this movement.

Both Nvidia and AMD fans have jumped onto the bandwagon and the number of tweets is increasing by the minute. If you want to clear out Roy Taylors wallet all you’ve gotta do is post a photo of yourself cuddling your own graphics card(s).

All the donations are going towards the @ExtraLife4Kids charity. You can visit the Extra life website by clicking this link! Manufacturers, enthusiasts and general users coming together for a good cause is always a great thing even if the trend is a tad strange.

Thank you WCCFtech for the information

Get Borderlands Games in New Humble Bundle Deal

Humble Bundle has had some awesome deals over the time and with the Steam Summer Sale behind us, people might be looking for other places to pick up a great deal. The newest Humble Bundle is the Borderlands bundle and it looks awesome.

Pay what you want and get Borderlands with three DLCs, The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot, and the Secret Armory of General Knoxx. Paying more than the average will unlock Borderlands two with three add-ons and a coupon. The three DLCs are the Psycho Pack, Mechromance Pack and Creature Slaugherdome and the Coupon in the deal will give 75% discount in the Humble Store for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

As always, there is the possibility that more items get unlocked as people donate money to a good cause and for those who paid more than the average amount. Speaking of good causes, this time the proceeds will go to the National Videogame Museum.

There is also a third tier of rewards, and that is for those who pay $15 or more. The will also get Borderlands 2: Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2, the Headhunter 5: Son of Crawmerax add-on, and the Borderlands 2 season pass add-on. In this tier is another coupon for 25% off Merch in the 2K Store.

If you don’t have these games yet, then now might be the perfect time to get them all.

Gigabyte @ Multiplay i54

It just wouldn’t be an event without the likes of Gigabyte. They were there on the Tesoro booth, but their most notable presence this weekend is the giveaway for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice, raising almost £900 on just the Friday. If you’re at the show, drop by to support this great cause.

We will keep you posted on updates from Gigabyte at the event and we aim to publish more on Gigabyte tech as soon as we can.

Star Wars Superfan Gets a Han Solo in Carbonite-Coffin Coffee Table

On the latest installment of the web show “Super-Fan Builds” a Star Wars superfan gets a special surprise made for him, a coffin coffee table with a sculpted top of him in carbonite. The amazing coffin is what the guy will want to be buried in now, and he jokingly said that he needs to rethink being cremated.

From the footage, the recipient Ray Choi is definitely a certifiable Superfan. He does volunteer with the 501st Legion, the charity organization that does Star Wars cosplay. The series features Tim Baker and his crew at Tim Baker Creations each episode to build something special for a deserving individual. In the past, they’ve built things like a city of Rapture aquarium from Bioshock, a hobbit hole kitty litter box, a Groot swing, and a Final Fantasy kitchen knife set.

Source: c|net

GIGABYTE Is Part of the Big Charity Raffle at Insomnia 54

GIGABYTE, among others, are holding a big charity raffle at the Multiplay Insomnia i54 LAN event at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry this weekend, and it’s for a really worthy cause. There will be two raffles taking place at the Tesoro stand, one on Friday the 3rd of April and the second on the 4th of April, and you can win great prizes including AOC monitors, HyperX SDD’s, Antec cases, Tesoro keyboards and high-end GIGABYTE X99 and Z97 motherboards as well as a BRIX projector.

All proceeds will be donated to the local charity Zoë’s place, a baby hospice providing palliative, respite and end of life care for babies and infants aged from birth to five years suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. This is truly a worthy cause and I hope a lot of the gamers attending the Insomnia event will be very generous. And with the bonus of  having a chance to win amazing hardware, this really is a no-brainer. Participate!

 

2K Humble Bundle Offers up to 83% Discount over the Weekend

2K Games appears to offer big discounts on its titles in the Humble Bundle store, having some titles come with 83% discount. It looks like Spec Ops: The Line comes free with any titles on sale, so users wanting to purchase either Sid Meier’s Civilisation Beyond Earth or Evolve will get a 2-in-1 offer.

The big titles currently on sale are as following:

  • Evolve – £26.24 (or grab the Digital Deluxe version for just £35.24 or even the PC Monster Race Edition for £44.24)
  • Bioshock Triple Pack – £7.99
  • Borderlands The Pre-Sequel! – £14.99
  • Sid Meier’s Civilisation Beyond Earth – £14.99

The above are just a few titles that can be found on the website. Also, deals are also likely to change until the weekend sale ends, so be sure to check the complete updated list here. Another important thing to mention is that each Humble purchase goes to various charities, namely the American Red Cross, Child’s Play, Wikimedia, GamesAid, and charity: water.

The Weekend Sale is set to end on March 31st, so be sure to grab a bargain while you can!

Source: Humble Bundle

Apple CEO Tim Cook Donating Fortune to Charity

In a recent interview with FortuneApple CEO Tim Cook revealed that he will be donating his wealth. He currently is worth roughly $112 million, and the restricted stock he holds carries a value of roughly $665 million, and has already been making some donations quietly, but wants to start making bigger splashes. One possible way would be following suit with what Bill Gates did with his wife in starting an entire foundation that will manage his philanthropic endeavors. By being so open about it, Cook is acting differently than Steve Jobs before him. Jobs had gotten criticized for not being known to donate, but after he passed, his wife, Laurene Powell, revealed they had made many donations totaling in the tens of millions in an anonymous fashion.

Source: Engadget

Gameblast 15 Supports SpecialEffect With Weekend Gaming Marathon

Over 50 companies from the gaming industry are working together this weekend to do a 48 hour gaming marathon in aid of Special Effect – a company who transform the lives of gamers with disabilities by supporting them with hardware and software that has been specially tailored to suit their needs. I don’t think anything I can say will do a better job explaining who they are than this video.

The kickoff event is a global RuneScape 24 hour event by Jagex. Last year, this made over £50,000 for SpecialEffect which is amazing, hopefully they will be able to beat that this year with your help. Their stream starts at 12pm GMT on Friday at http://www.twitch.tv/specialeffectteam

Then we will see GameBlastLIVE which is a 24 hr stream that will invilve gamers, giveaways and updates on what other teams around the world are doing to help fundraise. The livestream starts at 10am on Saturday and can be seen here.

And to finish GAME are chipping in, and will be featuring GameBlast in their stores across the UK. They’re also partnering with Ginx for a 24 hour gaming spectacular that you can watch from 6pm Friday at http://gameblast.game.co.uk or www.twitch.tv/GinxTV

Donations are accepted at JustGiving.

Please do put your hands in your pocket for this amazing charity. I have personally seen the work that they do and it is amazing.

TWiT.tv Raises $58,000 for UNICEF in 24 Hour New Year Live Stream

 

The TWiT.tv podcast network, otherwise known as This Week in Tech, has completed its ’24 Hours of 2015′ broadcast, raising over $58,000 for UNICEF.

The broadcast brought in the New Year in every single time zone around the world, connecting to a number of guests in each zone via Skype. Founder and ‘Chief TWiT’ Leo Laporte remained on the air for much of the broadcast, announcing that over 1 million people tuned in.

The broadcast started in 2013 when Leo decided that the network should celebrate its international audience by marking New Year around the world. This year they decided to kick it up a notch and announced that the whole thing would be for the benefit of UNICEF.

Their goal was originally set at $20,000 but it was quickly realised that this would easily be surpassed, with Mr Laporte agreeing to shave his head if they reached $40,000 and to have a tattoo if they reached $50,000. Of course they reached both goals, with Leo sticking to his promises, meaning they quickly sourced a tattoo artist and Leo received his tattoo live on the air.

You can watch the whole thing back at twit.tv.

Source: TWiT

First 20th Anniversary PS4 Model to be Auctioned for Save the Children

The first 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4, numbered #00001, is to be auctioned off by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan (SCEJ), with the proceeds donated to the Save the Children charity. The auction will take place on Yahoo Japan, starting on January 23rd, 5pm Japanese time, until 25th January. Whatever the limited edition PS4sells for, Sony will double the figure before donating it to Save the Children.

In addition, Sony have launched its own hashtag charity campaign: for every tweet that contains #ps_20th_love, Sony will donate 20 yen ($0.17) to Save the Children. The PlayStation Love Tweet campaign is meant to celebrate memories and anecdotes associated with the 20-year-old console.

Source: Dual Shockers