Thursday, July 5, 2012

Gaming for good

Posted By on Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Evidence that video games are worthwhile.
  • Evidence that video games are worthwhile.

Even as a casual gamer, I've been lectured to about how video games are a complete waste of time and money. I plan to send all the haters the following news: BlazeJam 2012 is now using them to raise $5,000 for those affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire. What now?

BlazeJam 2012, which got its start via Dave Calabrese, president and CEO of Cerulean Games, Inc., will launch a 48-hour game-making spree at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Uncubed in Denver. Sos Sosowski, Glass Bottom Games, Synaptic Switch and more will develop games with a firefighting theme. They will be submitted on Sunday night and combined into a package. Copies will be given to anyone who donates at least $5 on the event's website.

There will also be a video game memorabilia auction, the details of which will be announced on BlazeJam 2012's Facebook and Twitter account, from July 7 to July 14. All funds will be donated to the Pikes Peak American Red Cross and Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado.

“You’ll get a set of awesome games developed over a weekend by some really talented people, including some indies of particular note,” says Megan Fox, co-founder and CEO of Glass Bottom Games, “and you’ll know you did your part to help the victims of one of the worst wildfire seasons Colorado has ever seen. All for just $5, or about the price of an ‘extra value’ meal.”

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