This year, TechRaptor will be setting out to raise money for AbleGamers! AbleGamers is a charity organization that promotes accessibility in video games through awareness and providing specialized tools for gamers who might just be missing out on all the lovely things most of us probably take for granted.
The CauseVideo games are one of the most popular pastimes in the world and an industry unto itself, but not everyone gets the opportunity to play the same way that everyone else does. The United States alone has countless gamers who live with a disability, many of them U.S. Veterans. While we might complain about the graphics or the inability to rebind a game's keys, some of our fellow gamers out their struggle with things like missing out on dialogue because of a lack of subtitles, the inability to hold a controller, or something else entirely. AbleGamers sets out to help gamers who face many different challenges have as much fun as the rest of us do.
TechRaptor's own Kevin Parsons will be busting his butt to raise $300 for this noble charity and we humbly ask that our readers and viewers tune in to upcoming live streams, which will serve as our charity drive. There's something in it for you besides a warm fuzzy feeling: we'll be giving away game keys at the end of our streaming efforts to a few lucky gamers!
The GiveawaysWe'll be giving away quite a few games in a bunch of different ways during our charity stream for AbleGamers. The first thing on the docket is to get the word out and we're gonna be doing that with Gleam. For every $50 donated, a game will be added to the overall prize pool at the end of the stream including titles like The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (with bonus vanity pet), the first three games of the Grim Legends series in a bundle, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and more.
In addition to the donation milestones, games will be added to the pool every 26 social media shares. These titles include a pair of Hammerwatch keys, Tower of Guns, Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition, and many others. Enter via Gleam below for a chance to win while we help out a worthy cause:
Of course, we'd like people to tune in to our stream, too! That's why every two hours, Kevin will be giving away a game right then and there live on air. We've got To The Moon, Guns of Icarus Online, Super Meat Boy, and a few other titles up for grabs for everyone who tunes in to our stream!
Giveaway Rules: No purchase necessary. Likes, Subscribes, and Follows count as one entry each, and tweeting is worth one entry once a day. In order to enter, an email must be entered. Email will not be used for anything but entrance into the giveaway. Winners will be contacted via the same entry that was used to win (Facebook/Twitter/YouTube/Email) using a random number generator to determine said winners. TechRaptor reserves the right to pull entries that are seen as exploitative (using multiple accounts, etc.) in order to give the best chances to all participants.
The PunishmentsMr. Parsons has humbly offered up his own body as a proverbial punching bag for penalties of a sort. Donations to the TechRaptor team in the following amounts will result in some shenanigans. (No word on how good the mozzarella sticks are).
- $5 donation - Kevin eats three pickle slices, a food he's rather not fond of.
- $10 donation - Kevin will carry on with the stream with a Jar Jar Binks mask compromising his vision.
- $20 donation - Kevin will play whatever's on-screen with one hand for twenty minutes.
- $25 donation - The mixed drink roulette. Limited to a total of 25 times for health and safety reasons, Kevin will be breaking out the mixers and imbibe some spirits. He might get hard root beer... or he might get mustard & gin.
- $50 donation - Throw your hands in the air like you just don't care! Kevin will play a game with his feet for 20 minutes.
- $75 donation - Kevin will play a game of your choosing to completion. Only two generous people can claim this slot!
- $100 donation - The first person to drop a C-Note for a good cause will see Kevin don a dinosaur costume for the remainder of the stream.
The Last Few DetailsAblegamers is a 501(c)3 charity which means your donations are tax-deductible. More importantly, they help spread the love and joy of vidya to people who face challenges you or I can't even imagine.
There are many noble causes out there in the world, and we gamers have shown ourselves time and time again to be a giving and charitable group of enthusiasts who have a passion for an ever-changing entertainment medium. For some of us, games are a hobby. Some of us consider it an art, a craft, or a career. No matter how you look at video games, I think we can all agree that they are a lot of fun and bring happiness to people the world over.
You can tune in to our charity stream by going to our Tiltify campaign page. Please help the people who'd love to game on right alongside the rest of us that need just a bit of extra help by donating whatever you can.