Games press, developers rally for Japan

GameSpot and more than 25 other media outlets collaborate on video special "Gamers Heart Japan," which will air on April 3; Raymond, Zeschuk, Muzyka, Schafer, Bleszinski, Price on board.

Though the beginning of April is usually associated with pranks and jokes, the games press is coming together early next month for a much more serious project. More than 25 media outlets, including GameSpot, will collaborate on a 60-minute video project called Gamers Heart Japan. The special will premiere on a variety of outlets on April 3 and will both highlight the rich history of game development in Japan and raise awareness for the Red Cross relief effort in the earthquake-, tsunami-, and nuclear-disaster-stricken nation.

The video will feature many leading game journalists, as well as a host of developers. The latter group will include Jade Raymond (Ubisoft Toronto), Dr. Greg Zeschuk (BioWare), Dr. Ray Muzyka (BioWare), Tim Schafer (Double Fine), Cliff Bleszinski (Epic Games), Ted Price (Insomniac Games), Siobhan Reddy (Media Molecule), Todd Howard (Bethesda), Peter Molyneux (Lionhead), Alex Rigopulos (Harmonix), Jenova Chen (thatgamecompany), Evan Wells (Naughty Dog), Ed Boon (Netherrealm), Sid Meier (Firaxis), and more.

Gamers really do love Japan.

A full list of participating media outlets is below. For more information on scheduling or to donate to the Red Cross' relief fund for Japan, visit the official GamersHeartJapan.com website.

G4 (US & Canada)
SCI FI Australia
SPACE (Canada)
Musique Plus (Canada)
Gametrailers.com
IGN.com
Gamespot.com
GameInformer.com
Joystiq.com
Kotaku.com
Destructoid.com
Elecplay.com
G4tv.com
Reviewsontherun.com
MTV.com
TheEscapist.com
Wired.com
Games.Yahoo.com
Wired.com/gaming/
TheECA.com
TotallyRadShow.com
Shacknews.com
EGMNow.com
USAToday.com (GameHunters)
Bitmob.com
TheTorontoSun.com
UGO.com
Metacafe.com
Youtube.com
Facebook.com

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gbrading
gbrading moderator

This is a really good cause: I hope it is a success. :)

Big_Dre_D
Big_Dre_D

I think this is great I don't see how it's patting themselves on their back like some think. They're jus getting the word out marketing 101. But I hope the all the money and prayers flowing there makes for those affected by it.

kakashi6666
kakashi6666

heh isnt it strange about 60-70 years ago the us and almost everyone else were ready to kill each other and now its good to know that when a natural dissaster like this happens that things have changed and everyones willing to help however way they can

killlo
killlo

@monson21502 If little kids can donate there piggy bank money so can you! Just relax and unclench your ass and pull the money out you tight ass! If you think that they are not going to need money to reconstruct I got two words for you hurricane katrina now kick yourself in the balls. ps. I donated

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

@monson21502 Well just donate 10 dollars to the red cross. Believe me that will mean everything to the victims of that horror disaster.

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

By the way Prayers DONT feed people Food and Money DO!!!!!!!!!!!

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

With everything Japan has given to the gaming community we owe them some donations. DONATE to the RED CROSS they really need it!!

monson21502
monson21502

wish i could help them. but i can do is put them in my prayers

edwise18
edwise18

Hope they make a speedy recovery. Like others have said though, money isn't an issue for them. If you really want to help someone out, send your money to haiti. They could really use it, even after more than a year since their devestating earthquake.

AceCometh
AceCometh

The Japanese are a resourceful bunch. They will bounce back. It's just a matter of time... and money. My money goes to the Red Cross to at least help with the financial aspect.

fadersdream
fadersdream

boots on the ground mean a lot more than money in someones pocket. even if it is to buy food.

NickyWithATicky
NickyWithATicky

@fadersdream Don't worry, you're no monster. I read somewhere that it would cost them about 2% of their GDP to fix this. Putting their lives back together will take more than money but whatever money they will need isn't a problem. Haiti needs our money more, even after all this time. However what they do need is physical support from these charities, in clearing, re-building and searching for the dead. If our money helps get this done then I consider it money well spent.

hyksiu
hyksiu

i hope Japan recovers from the crisis!

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@warhawk-geeby - huzzah! someone who sees through the mire, and @fadersdream, couldn't have put it much better myself... Japan doesn't need cash thrown at them, they have plenty. They need manpower and real, physical help - both to clear the mess and to help better understand the event geologically so it can build better defenses and plan it's infrastructure better to avoid major problems like that with the nuclear station again. There are so many helping without a banner that has an underlying self-preserving message.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@SicklySunStorm I'm with you buddy, it's nice to see folks helping, but the coverage behind it seems like they're patting thier own backs.

fadersdream
fadersdream

not to sound like a monster but this is the third wealthiest nation in the world and one of the primary competitors for the U.S. and most developed nations. Japan has more than enough money and infrastructure to help itself that it doesn't need all that much help. I may I sound evil but it's a natural disaster, most of that money will go into programs to help, and then it will too late to be used and will go back into an emergency fund account held by whatever non-profit you support. If you want to do some good take whatever money you want to donate and go pay the little bit extra it costs to shop at locally owned places around you instead of at wal-mart. thanks for listening, sincerely yours, The Devil (apparently)

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Am I the only one who sees the bandwagon being jumped on here? Those same people could offer support silently without fanfaring the industry and their companies. Celebrities do the same with Comic Relief, Children in Need etc etc and it just makes me yawn. Not saying there isn't a great and real cause here - what's happened is awful - I'm just saying that there are plenty out there who just go and help without feeling the need to shout about who they are and the fact they're doing it.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

With all this support from everywhere, a strong nation with strong people like Japan is sure to overcome any obstacle the destiny trows at then. Our best hope for you, Land of the Rising Sun!

Kenshiro_Kenoh
Kenshiro_Kenoh

japan will recover i know it these japanese guys work harder than any one in the world just see how advanced they were even though japan was a bunch of islands yet they amazed everyone with cutting edge technology truly inspirational get better soon japan

gogetaz9
gogetaz9

kudos to the parties involved. prays and hopes to japan

Rocker6
Rocker6

Really great,Japan is a great nation,they make a lot of awesome stuff.Hope they recover fast,and I hope this will help them.

RussianMeatClob
RussianMeatClob

I could have sworn I heard Todd Howard talking crap about Jrpgs a long time ago but I could be wrong. Anyway I wonder what everyones gonna say.

Ronnie_Rim
Ronnie_Rim

Good to see so many Canadian companies on board! Proud to be Canadian.

ferrarimanf355
ferrarimanf355

It actually would have been awesome if Giant Bomb was on board, too. Someone get Jeff Gerstmann on the phone.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

I find it extremely humorous that Activision, or more specifically Robert Kotick, has nothing on this matter. Corporate bastards, they represent everything wrong with todays gaming market. Business is fine, but what they do is unacceptable. That being said, I fully support Japan, my prayers go out to all suffering world wide, and so do my donations.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Will it be posted on the net as well? I don't watch TV anymore, I haven't for about ten years now....

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Well I most definitely will watch, as if wasn't for the Japanese--I wouldn't be the gamer I am now (NES, Mario, Pac-Man--to name a few). Wonderful thing all you guys/gals from the western-side of the industry & media are doing! Hey, just goes to show all those lame-ass politicians that us gamers are more than bloody-thirsty crazies.....most of us actually have/show a lot of heart. :)

Goyoshi12
Goyoshi12

Here's an idea, get EA and Activision to donate to the cause. :idea: Those guys have got more money than what they make for games. :?

CyberKlown28
CyberKlown28

Show Japan some love by reviewing the 3DS games and praising their work. In the video :) Because IGN is already doing so!

Zloth2
Zloth2

Todd Howard will be the one to watch.

6h05tly
6h05tly

Will definitely be looking forward to this come April 3. @Flint247: I hope it doesn't get worse either, sigh.

Flint247
Flint247

It's always good to see people care for others. Selfishness is a bad habit. I hope Japan makes a speedy recovery and I hope the radiation does not get worst.

BasilVZero
BasilVZero

This will be good press for Japan, hope it helps Japan in any way.