What Really Matters
Attention all tournament organizers. At EVO2K8, a project was devised where gamers can do more than just play to win. This does nothing for us and the greater gaming community at large. When society takes a look at what we’ve done for the community at large it isn’t much. In a time where even Mayor Mike Bloomberg of New York City goes beyond his job description to do what he can to make a real difference in the lives of the people of New York and also contribute ideals to give back to mother nature, (See: New York Post) Can members of greater gamer community go beyond the call of duty to make a real difference in society?
Gamers lending aid to the world has two specific positive results; (1.) First and foremost it shows that no matter how miniscule people believe gaming is it can be used for good to constructively help others in need. (2.) It shows that gamers are aware of the worlds issues and will do what it can to help, legitimizing the culture of gaming much like many other cultures in the world.
Food Drive and How you can help:
Each event i.e. Tournaments, Conventions and special event should have a mandatory minimum of one can food goods along with entry fee to the venue or event.
Each event organizer and or administration should collect all can goods and pack them up in card board boxes and store them in a safe location.
Then each organizer and or administration should ?Google? their local City Food Bank; contact them and make preparations to deliver all can goods. Example (NYC Food Bank)
Finally in a letter, inform your local Food Bank, Soup Kitchen and or local charity and for Financial Donations the American Red Cross of the community in which you represent and a list of all the gamers that contributed. NOTE: Please send a copy of the list to GivingBack@EmpireArcadia.com so it can be complied for a post article called ?The Gamers Thanksgiving? in November.
This simple plan is not exclusive to video game tournaments, events and conventions or anyone in the United States. Any gamer in the world whether professional or amateur, work in the video game industry such as Nintendo, Microsoft or Sony, can all get involved in this food drive. The mission is to gather 1 Million cans of food before Thanksgiving, so that we as people not just gamers can help to feed as many unfortunate people in the World as possible. Financial contributions are also accepted by the American Red Cross. This project is a humble approach for the gaming community to take responsibility and get involved in the world using our skill, time and dedication to contribute to the world in what really matters.