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by James Marchese
Philanthropy is a necessity to what is better known as charity. With the internet being such a powerful utility presently, it is important to promote donating to causes that want to make the future of Earth better for all. People often forget the need of philanthropy in every day life, the true philanthropists are the ones starting charitable organizations, donating to them, or helping promote them.
There are many known philanthropists in the gaming industry, some more so than others. Read more to find out some of the less known charitable people in the world of online gaming. It is easy to hear about the big names like Bill Gates of Microsoft, but there are many more that are worth knowing.
One example of philanthropy in the gaming industry is Gamingforgood.net, a website that dedicates money to the Save the Children fund. On this website, you earn points by donating money for charity. With those points, you can then in turn purchase games on the website. The site also allows you to start your own charity and ask for donations to earn points. This website offers gamers a chance to help the world by donating money plus the added perk of purchasing the games they enjoy.
The developers of popular games like Farmville and Mafia Wars, Zynga is a major contributor to charities and nonprofit organizations. After Japan’s last major earthquake Zynga began selling virtual products at low prices to donate to Save the Children Earthquake Emergency fund. Within two weeks, this developer raised and contributed over 2.5 million dollars.
Nonprofit ogranization OneBigGame publishes games for well known web game developers. Revenues made from these titles are then in turn donated to OneBigGame’s connected charity and nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping the future of the world. One of its published games, Chime, raised more than 100,000 dollars mostly by donation which was then given to the Save the Children’s Fund.
There are also organizations of developers and gamers who have come together to make charities. Child’s Play is a world organization of over 100,000 gamers that are dedicated to doing long term philanthropic work. This charity provides games, toys, books, and money to sick children in several countries across the world including Australia, Europe, Egypt, and North America.
Remember the importance of philanthropy as the world moves into the future. Losing this innate want to give will lead to a more rapid deterioration of society. It is time now to recognize the gaming companies that are working towards the betterment of the world. As gaming websites such as Wildstarclasses.com serving as the meeting place of gamers become more popular, it is important to realize their major role in reaching broad demographics of people. There has never been an easier way to reach people than what you would know now as the click of a button, literally.
About the Author
James Marchese is an active participant in charity work. He donates his time to the Norwalk Seaport Aasociation in Connecticut. Also an avid gamer, James spent much of his childhood playing console games and now has moved into the online world of gaming.
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This is my everything. I don’t believe in any gods; I don’t believe in morals or justice or souls or heaven or superstition; I don’t believe in nobility or democracy or the value of manmade laws. But I believe in them. Everything I do, I do for them. Every pushup. Every joke to a customer at work. Every friend I try to make even if only to keep my sanity. Every rally. Even when I brush my teeth in the morning. I want to do great things. I might fail, but I’d rather my kids see me crash and burn aiming for the moon, rather than make it to the fence, knowing their father was a man who chased his dreams and didn’t live his life as a coward or a slave to the common way or common fear. I want my kids to be proud of me, from the deepest pits of their natural humanity, to know their father was a man who woke up every morning in this crazy world and took it on with the strength of love. This is my everything, my kids.
How could my kids hold me up with the truest pride if they saw me walk callously past a homeless family on the street? If they saw me cruelly unconcerned with the thousands of other children who starve to death every day? If I showed no huge sympathy for the millions of Americans suffering so terribly in prison mostly for consensual crimes like marijuana or prostitution? If they saw hate for some in their father’s eyes or actions rather than love for all?
Even at 4 years old and under, my kids don’t want to see people crying. They don’t want to see people hurt each other, and so needlessly at that. They don’t want to see people suffer. They don’t need to be taught that. You don’t learn compassion by growing up. My little kids have big hearts.
There’s so much darkness in this world. We’re born with such love and compassion and life, but are battered into jealousy and anger, hate and loneliness, fear and desperation, deception and cutthroat plotting. Children’s attachment to their parent is the most fundamental way they learn, to become the person they will be. Abused children spend their lifetime confused, born with this natural goodness and kindness that contradicts with their natural admiration for their mean parent. We rightfully identify the few worst, the child molesters and whatnot, but fail to see how all the darkness in the world comes from this same pattern, passed from parent to child, caretaker to young heart. If I taught my children hate for even one man or to disregard the pain of any person, when my children can’t help but admire me as a role model and try to synthesize that with their huge hearts bursting with love and compassion, what terrible life sentence I’d be giving them! I’m not perfect, but I want to be their light.
And hey I probably won’t save the world, but if I do right by my kids well enough–if I’m the inspiration I want to be–maybe they will.