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Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Gamers Raised More Than $2 Million in 2010

(Press Release) – Strong support from the community vaulted Child’s Play past its annual record in 2010. Gamers raised $2,294,317 million, bringing the lifetime total to $8,998,564 million in donations of toys, games, movies and books for sick children in hospitals worldwide.

“I could not be happier with the record shattering results of our incredible Charity,” said Mike Krahulik, Storm Wizard.

“I hardly know how to respond to it,” exclaimed Jerry Holkins. “The world may be a better place than I previously thought.”

“Jerry’s comment is better,” remarked Mike Krahulik, Storm Wizard.

Thousands of gamers made individual contributions while dozens of groups organized their own fundraising events to support Child’s Play. Stand out events this year include the Humble Indie Bundle donating $300,000, LoadingReadyRun’s Desert Bus for Hope marathon raising $207,000 and Gear’s of War The Fate of Carmine campaign bringing in $150,000.

“Just because we’ve surpassed our goal this year doesn’t mean we’re going to slow down, in fact we are planning to expand so we can help even more children next year,” explains Kristin Lindsay, Foundation Coordinator, Child’s Play.

While the focus of Child’s Play is to deliver gifts for the holidays, the charity recognizes the need for year round support. The hospital wish lists remain online at Amazon and the foundation will continue to accept donations through PayPal during the course of the year. In addition to hospitals in the U.S. , gamers contributing to Child’s Play serve hospitals in the U.K, Canada , Australia , New Zealand and Egypt .

CHILD’S PLAY LAUNCHES 2010 charity season

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

New Text Donation Campaign Makes Giving Easier

(Press Release) – Child’s Play Charity officially commenced its 2010 fundraising drive with more than $175,000 already received. Since 2003, the charity has raised more than $7 million in donations for sick children while giving the community an outlet to counter negative stereotypes about gamers.

People that wish to participate can directly purchase toys, games and books off hospitals’ Amazon wish lists or by donating cash. In addition to contributing cash via PayPal, donors in the U.S. can text the keyword GAMERS to 50555 to make a $5 donation. $5.00 will be added to their mobile phone bill or deducted from their prepaid account. Message and Data Rates May Apply. For Full Terms:

Child’s Play Gala and Auction is also returning on Tuesday, Dec 7, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle . Attendees to this black tie affair will meet Gabe and Tycho as well as bid on rare and unique items including studio tours, concept art, games and consoles and original artwork to raise money for the charity.

“With the strong start this year, we’re really excited about the prospect of breaking the $1.78 million we were able to raise in 2009,” said Kristin Lindsay, Foundation Coordinator for Child’s Play. “There are lots of ways to get involved even if you can’t attend our gala or donate directly. Thousands of people get involved at a local level organizing fundraising events. Even just being an evangelist by letting your network of friends know about Child’s Play is fantastic.”

This year the charity welcomed new partners in Los Angeles , Salt Lake City , Fort Lauderdale , Pittsburg and Manchester , England to its network of more than 70 hospitals worldwide.

Penny Arcade makes 2010′s top most influential!

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins of Penny Arcade

( – The voting has ended and Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins have officially join Lady Gaga, Robert Pattinson, and Ashton Kutcher in Time magazine’s 2010 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Sure, the annual Time 100 isn’t much more than a popularity contest, but it’s good to see a couple champions of video game culture make a list dominated by movie stars, television actors, and recording artists. Mike and Jerry are rightly listed under the ‘Artist’ category in Time’s feature, where they mingle with the likes of Elton John, Prince, and of course, Lady Gaga.

As ridiculous as that all sounds, Time did manage to successfully nail down one of the main reason fans love the dynamic duo of webcomics.

“Krahulik and Holkins have become the tastemakers, and conscience, of an industry the size of Hollywood. But for all their success, they are almost compulsively self-deprecating, and they give all the credit to their fans. You can’t put a label on them. Labels smack of hype, and Penny Arcade doesn’t do hype. “We don’t think about it,” Holkins says. “We specifically don’t try to figure out what we are.” Krahulik adds, deadpan: “Except rad.”"


All I got from PAX09 was this t-shirt, I mean 10 t-shirts.

Thursday, September 17th, 2009
K, who do I have to do to get a weapon upgrade?

K, who do I have to do to get a weapon upgrade?

Well, we have been back from Seattle a bit over a week now and I still haven’t completly landed. It was a great time up there, sure beats Texas weather, but I think we win on alcohol because we brew Shiner beer! And Shiner is one of many, many cool things that come from the Longhorn state. So since I’m talking about things I like, I’d like to talk about some of the highlights of the trip for me. These are totally one sided but that’s what makes them kick ass. Yes, crutch in the ass. Take it.

My top 5 Games at PAX09:

1. Mass Effect 2 by BioWare – This title is fantastic. The graphics and re-skins look even better than its predecessor. The addition of the heavier weapons is a nice boost to your arsenal. The look and feel is dark, very ‘Blade Runner’-esque. It appears there is still a lot of dialogue going on so if that was didn’t catch your fancy before, then maybe skip this one again. I’m not all about tons of lines of boring stuff but the story was great in ME 1 and we want to know what happens to our Shepard now. So let’s go and ruffle some feathers, maybe we get another sexy alien scene, who knows? I’m down.

Star Trek Online - it's whats chillin for dinner!

Star Trek Online - it's whats chillin for dinner!

2. Star Trek Online by Atari – I’m a straight up pre-NGE Star Wars Galaxies fan and that’s what this Star Trek MMO reminded me of. The look of it may heat up your graphics card a bit but if you can run this baby (even on low res settings), I’m sure you will lose a large chunk of your life to it. It’s a hard choice choosing between Star Wars and the Trek but, considering what we have to work with in Sci-Fi MMO’s, I really want to give this one a go. You can combat on your ship (and with your ship), land on planets, team up with other players in co-op play (as with all MMO’s), pretty much all you expect in an online massive multiplayer. Play as a Klingon or other alien species, all in a very polished interface. Now I really couldn’t dig into an MMO in a 20 minute demo but this game is going to pack a solid punch. Sci-Fi nerds will play because of what it is and how it will immerse us in the Trek-Verse. The character design at the beginning is awesome. The screens literally gave me chills.

Brink - My outfit looks way tuffer than yours...Puss.

Brink - My outfit looks way tuffer than yours...Puss.

3. Brink by Bethesda – Guns. Chiseled tough guy soldiers. FPS. And more GUNS. Oh, plus some role-playing levelin’ up action. Bethesda really put on a spectacular demo for this game. Just their presentation had their booth filled and others standing watching from the back. I am such a sucker for stylized art and in depth character creation. And Brink has both. You can take on the role of a freedom fighter archetype or police riot trooper bad ass. Both with a varied assortment of weapons. With several types of classes available on both sides of the law, this game looks tough. You can co-op play online with friends through the missions and actually switch classes during gameplay via a command terminal (depending on what type of carnage the mission requires). My favorite is the unlockables. The outfits and customizing features change as you progress through the game. So online, you won’t look like every other mercenary mofo out there. Individuality and creativity are awesome in this game plus being a first person shooter/co-op make this a unique experience indeed.

Dungeon Fighter Online - Screw casting, I'm shooting!

Dungeon Fighter Online - Screw casting, I'm shooting!

4. Dungeon Fighter Online by Nexon – Arcade. Say it with me, arcade side scroller. Old skool. But let’s add a twist to it, RPG leveling system. You mean I can level up, walk away, come back and my character is still the same level and I can join in some dungeon pillaging with my friends? Yes. Several classes are available from summoner to brawler to priest, to specialty classes that open up as you progress through the game. Tough as iron this game looks and the system requirements look pretty sweet, too. During my demo they said any average laptop will run it fine. Up to four players online can rock this title out (co-op, player vs. player, and all out battle modes) with new dungeons being added, of course, after launch. Oh, and guess what? It’s free to play. Snap!

LNOE - Zombies, Prom Queens, Explosives. Nuff Said.

LNOE - Zombies, Prom Queens, Explosives. Nuff Said.

5. Last Night on Earth by Flying Frog – Did I say they all had to be video games? Well, Last Night on Earth is one helluva board game. Heroes vs Zombies bash it out or really try and outdo one another in this superbly done horror movie styled game. I demoed this game last year, and with the several new expansions that have been released since then, it makes a great way to spend your eve, Xmas or Halloween! Each unique character has its own perks and neat abilities. Whether it’s the Priest faith being able to cancel out a zombie’s effect cards or the Prom Queen’s hiding from all the action while the male characters around her gain pluses to their attack rolls (we all love that). Whatever your role is (ha roll, like dice), there is something for you in this game with cards, awesome sculpted pieces, the ever changing game board and multiple add-ons and game variations. Even being the zombies is great because there is pleasure in foiling the escape plans of the heroes and finishing the night off with a bucket of brains right? Yup.

So there you have it, I really could not go into the depth of what all these titles can offer, it’s just quick blast of my time in Seattle, and with all the alcohol we consumed during the trip (thank you Dead Space Extinction party, Eve Online and Hudson Soft for all the food and drinks we could down), I needed to write them down while I still remembered them.

Crutchboy – Out

Pre PAX Seattle Prelude

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Check out these musings from our first night out in Seattle for the Penny Arcade Expo. Had a great time hanging at Gamewerks, they have great beer and lots of cool arcade games. This video was shot about 2 am Seattle time after wrecking some games of pool at the the Tap House (yes it’s like a 1000 taps). Was good metting up with Gamette StarSlay3r to chat a bit, along with WCG’s Prodigy Robert Paz.

The video pretty much says it all, but we have more updates coming as we experience day 1 of the PAX Gaming Con.

-BG Crew


Thursday, August 13th, 2009


(Press Release) – The organizers of the sixth annual PAX gaming festival today revealed the ultimate in gamer-oriented content: the PAX 2009 schedule of programming. Expected to sell out of attendee badges, the show will be held Sept. 4-6 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in downtown Seattle. PAX 2009 will offer attendees an unbelievable line-up of over 43 hours of content over three days, featuring a plethora of tournaments, freeplay areas, geek movies, nerdcore concerts and panels by industry leaders on gamer lifestyle, challenges, education and careers.

PAX 2009 top draws include:
Keynote address by industry legend Ron Gilbert
The first public US demonstration of LucasArts’ Star Wars: The Old Republic and Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell Conviction and Assassin’s Creed® II
The annual Roosterteeth “Red vs. Blue” panel
The ever-popular “Pitch Your Game Idea” session
“I’ve Just Been F#$%ing Fired: How to Get Back into the Industry on Your Own Terms through Mobile Game Development”
“Wil Wheaton presents: THE AWESOME HOUR!!1″

PAX organizers also reminded procrastinators that “mailed” pre-registration will close this Saturday. Only those attendees who register at by Aug. 15 will receive their pre-printed badges in advance of this year’s show. After that date, pre-registered attendees must pick up their badges at the registration booths beginning the Thursday before PAX, Sept. 3.

About PAX: PAX is a three-day celebration of games and gamer culture. The festival includes an exhibition floor filled with playable builds of upcoming tabletop, console, and computer games; a conference program of game industry speakers; music concerts; freeplay areas; industry parties; game tournaments and more. Since its inception in 2004 the show has doubled in size year-over-year, growing from 4,500 attendees to 58,500 in 2008, making it the largest gaming festival in North America. For more information, visit

About Penny Arcade: Equal parts online comic and commentary, Penny Arcade ( keeps its finger on the pulse of the gaming industry, prompting conversation and controversy alike from community members and industry experts. What started as a hobby in 1998 for Jerry “Tycho” Holkins and Mike “Gabe” Krahulik has grown into an online phenomenon serving over 70 million page views a month to millions of readers worldwide. In addition to the comic strip and PAX, Penny Arcade has expanded its reach to include a growing line of merchandise, a video game and management of Child’s Play (, a gamer-driven charity for children that spans the globe.

Child’s Play gets new high score

Saturday, January 17th, 2009
Keeping hospitals filled with games and toys since 2003

Keeping hospitals filled with games and toys since 2003.

The totals are in the for the charity organization known as ‘Child’s Play’, started by the fellas that run the very well known web comic ‘Penny Arcade’ (Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins). The years tally for 2008-2009 fund raising rose to a whopping $1,434,377, which topped all of the previous years earnings.

Child’s Play was started in 2003 and has donated over 4 million dollars in toys and games to hospitals worldwide. The charity is also seen as a way to refute mainstream media’s perception of gamers as violent and antisocial.

For more info about Child’s Play, or donating to the organization check out their website at

-Crutchboy Out