Local gamers going all out for Child’s Play

December is the traditional drive to raise money for the Child’s Play charity, which raises money and toys for children’s hospitals around the world, including the BC Children’s Hospital, and as usual, BC gamers are stepping up and taking some big swings.

Victoria’s DesertBus.org is on their fifth day of playing the worst video game ever – conceived as part of a giant, video game joke by magicians Penn and Teller, Desert Bus is a “game” where you steer a bus, in real-time, between Tuscon and Las Vegas – a trip that takes 8 hours. And just to be mean, the bus lists slightly, so you can’t just start the drive and walk away, even though the road is straight. You have to stay and steer. Started last year, the charity drive went for a couple of days and raised $20,000. This year they’re onto their fifth day and they’re about to crack $60,000.

And this Saturday, Dec. 6th, Vancouver’s The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets are headlining Cthulhupalooza, a whole day event for Child’s Play at The Rio Theatre at Broadway and Commercial – tickets are $16 in advance, and the doors open at 5PM, when a Rock Band game contest starts. At 8PM there will be a movie program, including the modern silent horror film The Call of Cthulhu, and at 10, The Thickets take the stage. And along the way the event will be handing out nearly $2000 in prizes.

And just in case you’re thinking to yourself, “Well, charity events are all well and good, but after all that fund raising, I wish I could sit back and watch unique double-bill”, well, you’re in luck – at Midnight, The Rio will be showing a double-bill of Josh Gilbert’s documentary, AKA Tommy Chong and Cheech and Chong’s Up In Smoke. While not part of The Child’s Play event, The Rio is taking $5 off the double-bill’s $15 ticket, to anyone attending Child’s Play.

My apologies to Jeff, as I’m involved in organizing this event, and it has consumed a lot of my free time lately, but it’s for a great cause and I hope to see everyone there!

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  1. Christmas Socialism - Think of the kids, won’t you? | Vancouver Metblogs (pingback) on December 10th, 2008 @ 2:52 pm

    […] just had a successful time helping organize Cthulhupalooza*, I thought it might be time to keep the good will rolling, and started looking for a toy drive. […]

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