Useful Notes: Child's Play
"It's like they're jousting with money!"
—Jerry Holkins, a.k.a. Tycho, commenting on the ridiculous amounts of money people were bidding on a Penny Arcade one-time guest appearance
Not to be confused with the creepy slasher film series
or the 1980s game show with Bill Cullen
Depending on whom you ask, the charity Child's Play
fits one of two descriptions:
- It is a charity that organizes worldwide toy drives to children's hospitals, distributing toys, games, books, etc. to children going through a difficult period in their lives.
- One of the most epic, if not the most epic, instances of Take That to the entire anti-video game industry.
Video gamers getting decisively negative treatment in the media
seems to go with the territory of being a gamer nowadays. However, after seeing the aforementioned article, Penny Arcade
creators Mike Kraulik and Jerry Holkins collaborated with a local children's hospital to create the first incarnation of "Child's Play": a simple Amazon.com wish list and a desire to let the world know that the way gamers are portrayed is wrong.
They ended up raising $250,000 in the first month, and got a written apology
from the writer of the original article.
With each passing year, more and more hospitals collaborate with the charity, and they raise more and more money that goes straight into helping sick kids. The charity got more exposure thanks to segments airing on X-Play
around the holidays. Starting in 2005, they hosted a charity dinner, with silent auctions of items donated by just about every major video game company on the planet. Then comes a live auction run by Penny Arcade's founders, with the crown jewel being a guest spot
in a Penny Arcade
comic strip. And they were both beside themselves when people started throwing ridiculous amounts of money at the auction, with an exasperated Holkins shouting out, "...it's like they're jousting with money!" The eventual winner, Christian Boggs, dropped $20,000 for the winning bid.
Say what you want about the comic, but you never had to justify making a comic that was worth $20,000
On March 5, 2009, the Washington State Senate officially honoured Penny Arcade creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik for Child's Play and their Penny Arcade Expo
As if you needed any more evidence of how awesome they are, you can start crying right here
dollars were raised for Child's Play in the year 2013, the charity's 10th anniversary. Over $20 million have been raised in the past 10 years for a network of Children's Hospitals that now includes over 90 hospitals around the world.
, [insert your favorite anti-video game critic here]!