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Child's Play Charity

Posted Nov 17, 2005 by Jon Wood

Child's Play Charity

Valerie "Pann" Massey, the Community Coordinator for NCSoft, has sent along some information about a charity that was founded by Penny Arcade. The charity is based on the healing properties that video games can have, and offers a great counterpoint to a culture that blames video games for violence.

Child’s Play: Put your money where your mouse is!

Dear fellow gamers,

All too frequently, we hear tragic stories of how videogames are allegedly to blame for violence and corruption. Please join me in my crusade to help turn that misconception around and show that games (and the people who play them) have a lot of great things to offer.

An easy way to get started is by supporting Child’s Play,, a children’s charity that was founded in 2003 by the wonderfully creative folks that bring us the Penny Arcade web comic. In just two short years, this amazing project has blossomed into a full-blown phenomenon that gives comfort and joy to patients and their families in hospitals throughout North America.

Research has shown that patients who play videogames require less medication, heal faster and have improved pain management as illustrated in these articles:

Child’s Play isn’t just about games. Through, donations for a wide variety of items that include videos, music, toys and books as well as games and game systems can be purchased and shipped directly to the hospital of choice. This is one of many clever ways the Penny Arcade team has devised to ensure that they make good on their pledge that every cent donated to the charity goes straight to the kids. There’s no wasteful overhead, no mysterious administrative cost.

Even if you’re down to your last few gold pieces, credits or clink, there are still many ways you can help.

  • Post fliers in your favorite game and book stores, office or school. A ready-made PDF version is available at
  • Also at are banners to display on your website.
  • Include a link or banner to Child’s Play in your message board signature.
  • Mention Child’s Play in your online journal or blog.

Please help Tyco and Gabe in their efforts to help bring some gaming goodness and joy into the lives of some very special people who need it. You can make a difference.

Best wishes and happy questing,




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