Penny Arcade, ESA, Sony get charitable

Third Child's Play donate-a-thon under way from PA; Sony, ESA put together three-pack of games for $20, proceeds go to ESA Foundation.


Sure, there aren't games called Graffiti Cleanup 3 or Operation Read to Orphans, but that doesn't mean that gamers don't know how to give back to the community.

Penny Arcade, a Web-based comic about gaming, is holding its third annual Child's Play charity event to help out children's hospitals across America and Canada (hospitals in the UK will join the list soon). Generous citizens can head to the Child's Play Web site, select one of the participating locations, and order toys and games directly from each location's wish list. Cash can also be donated through PayPal.

The Entertainment Software Association and Sony Computer Entertainment America are teaming up for their own show of good-heartedness. The two companies today announced the ESA Charity Pack, which is a three-pack of PlayStation 2 games for $19.95. Proceeds from the pack will go toward the ESA Foundation to support positive programs for American youth.

The three games in the pack include THQ's Splashdown: Riders Gone Wild, Sony's ATV Offroad Fury 2, and Electronic Arts' Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2. All three are rated E for Everyone. The companies that participated in the deal include American Honda Motor Co., Bombardier, CMB Design, EA, Kawasaki Motors Corp., Rainbow Studios, Shorewood Packaging, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Sony DADC, and THQ.

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