Gamers Once Helped Needy People

Some of our readers may consider this old news. Give us a break, we’re new. Plus, no one else heard about it. We might not be some massive network, but we have a certain reach and that’s why we encourage you to keep reading.

There are hoards of hardcore gamers residing all over the world, some of which use their passion to become wealthy, while others use it to bring joy to the needy. One particular group, called PDXLAN, adores both gaming and humanity.

Here’s what they say about themselves:

PDXLAN is a mega-LAN Party event where up to 550 PC gamers bring their computers for up to four days to play video games. Gamers come from all over the United States and Canada to participate in fun contests, competitive tournaments, and sponsor presentations. Typical PDXLAN events also include up to $100,000 in sponsor prizes for the attendees.

They have raised over $120,000 for charity to date. Unfortunately, we inhabit a world where mainstream media loves to trash talk gaming communities, as proven time and time again when any act of violence or vulgarity takes place anywhere. Someone just feels the need to say something rude and out of place.

Can we talk about some of the good things gamers achieve? My theory is that it’s not a moneymaker “newsworthy.” The case could be anything, but here’s what PDXLAN did a couple years back, evidenced by the photograph below.


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Courtesy of havoc9000 via imgur

If the photograph above isn’t loading, it states:

“A group of 400 video gamers gathered in Portland, Oregon to play video games and raise food for those in need. This resulted in 37,500 pounds of food donated to the homeless in 48 hours. – PDXLAN November 2013 Food Drive.”

“We asked the news stations to come show how video gamers are good people doing good things. They weren’t interested.”

LIKE and SHARE if you think these gamers deserve a round of applause.”

It’s a great accomplishment that lacked applause. When people make tremendous efforts to do right by many, it should not be expected to receive notoriety or reward. This, however, is a special case begging everyone to recognize and openly share the undeniably commendable work by hundreds of men and women who happen to use their hobby (or profession) for charity.

I guess it’s not always in the best interest of larger outlets to make a big deal out of philanthropy. The next time someone tries to tell you gamers are demonic in nature, point them to this article or the source.

PDXLAN 22 – a summary from Walk Off Stage Productions on Vimeo.

SOURCE: pdxlan

Daniel Mihailescu
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