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.

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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.
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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