Changing perceptions…

Let’s face it, gaming gets pretty bad press. We’re constantly accused of being anti social, having short attention spans, a taste for violence and leading kids into a life of crime. Never was that more evident than the slanderous story by the Daily Star last week that a Grand Theft Auto game based on the killings in Rothebury was in development.

Thankfully the Daily Star has ‘unreservedly’ apologised to Rockstar, admitting that there had been no attempts to ‘check the accuracy’ of the story. (i.e they made it up.). GTA has been the centre of controversy before, with people calling for the game to be banned despite the quite clear bbcf rating on the box. Rockstar have always maintained that they ‘make games for adults’.

It seems incredible that in the same week as the Daily Star allegations, Rockstar North were quietly showing their true colours by giving substantial support to a local children’s charity, and lending its backing to Sick Kids Save Point…
– Together we can show that gamers care about society, about the welfare of kids, that we are a community with a community spirit, and that we have an impressive attention span!

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Last October I listened to a podcast of guys taking part in the american game-a-thon Extra Life, which raises money for the cancer unit at Texas children’s hospital. The podcast is called Welcome to the Goo, and it was hilarious as the two hosts updated every hour of their marathon, getting increasingly exhausted…

The podcast inspired Sick Kids Save Point. I wanted to do something similar for the Sick Kids here in Edinburgh.

Listen to the ExtraLife episodes for yourself, you might pick up some handy tipsfor your marathon…!

Welcome to the Goo Extra Life 2008
Welcome to the Goo Extra Life 2009

and I’ve since become a community writer for their website. You can read my latest article here. Guess what it’s about…