Japan is home to some of the biggest gaming companies in the world. And with reports that last week’s earthquake killed thousands of people in the country, the gaming community has begun to respond with some big donations.
Nintendo, which is headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, has announced it will donate 300 million yen ($3.6 million) to the relief effort.
Sony Corporation also has announced that it will be giving 300 million yen in earthquake relief along with 30,000 radios to help those working in the recovery effort.
Sega is giving 200 million yen while Tecmo Koei will be donating 10 million yen. Namco Bandai is donating 100 million yen and has announced it is suspending operation of some Japanese arcades to help with power conservation needs.
But it isn’t just Japanese game-related companies that are donating to the effort. Microsoft has announced that it’s giving an initial $2 million to help with relief efforts. Meanwhile, social gaming community Gaia Online has designed a series of virtual goods and will send the proceeds from those goods to the Red Cross.
And the “EVE Online” community has begun a PLEX for Good: Japan fundraising effort. PLEX for Good is a charitable program started by the game’s players which allows them to donate in-game currency to be “reverse redeemed” into real-world currency. Each donation through this program will be converted into cash currency and donated to the Red Cross.
Past drives have assisted the victims of the Haiti earthquake and flooding in Pakistan and, to date, “EVE Online” players have donated over $63,000 using this program. “EVE” players can follow this link for more information on how to give.
Had a few matches take place last night mainly involving Wilko. He did not a bad return of 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss.
I’m watching a few PvP video’s atm, and it quite nice to see a lot of people have put a lot of effort in. Some of which resemble the introduction of a typical movie. I’m hoping to collate some of the best vids around, mainly focusing on the tutorial aspect of the game. For example, I’ve seen a few good video’s that utilise remote reps very well, one that teaches you how to use probes and the like.