Saturday, July 3, 2010

More charity notes -- if I can come up with some XI material, you'll see it later.

*groan* What a week... (RL crap.) Couple of vid-gaming charity notes this "Independence" Day weekend. (More like, in this country, independence from your brains...)

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The Speed Gamers' "Summer of Zelda" effort does not appear to be getting off to a very good start.

Let me explain it for those TTTO-types who didn't see the original post I made.

This is not a donation marathon this time, but streams on most nights of the month of July where the Speed Gamers will be playing Zelda games -- with perhaps some others mixed in -- to raise awareness for ACT Today's participation in the "Pepsi Refresh" program.

The "Pepsi Refresh" program is a grant-fundraiser which Pepsi is doing where, every month, they grant money to worthy organizations.

Those grants are determined by votes from the public, who can go to their website and vote on the ideas they consider the best.

ACT Today is in the top tier, for $250,000. Only the top two get the money per month.

ACT Today stands 15th.

2nd place (in the $250,000 tier) right now is a historical gardens motif for an Ohio charity.

#1?? Hip Hop Academy.

WTF?

People like ACT Today have to try to scrape for money and people are voting for a Hip Hop Academy to get people into the music industry???

Pardon me while I *V O M I T*.

Why not just go all the way and make it a Gangsta Academy?

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Also, Extra Lives is doing another Pokemon marathon. This time, it's for "Free the Children".

UStream stream here.

7 comments:

Volkai said...

"Why not just go all the way and make it a Gangsta Academy?"

Because Hip Hop is not Rap.

Starcade, back on Leviathan said...

The problem is that the two end up, especially in the culture, interchangeable.

It's one of the reasons I can easily be seen as racist. I'm sick and tired of the "ghetto-fication" of this country over the last 20 years or so.

It seems that, with a big enough "piece" and enough "bling" and enough "street cred", you can own the entire fucking neighborhood.

There are far better charities, in my mind, to support than stuff which just is going to perpetuate that garbage.

Volkai said...

"It seems that, with a big enough "piece" and enough "bling" and enough "street cred", you can own the entire fucking neighborhood."

Amazingly, this is not what all rap and hip hop is about.

Just all the rap and hip hop you're ever going to hear on the radio.

Starcade, back on Leviathan said...

Amazingly, this is not what all rap and hip hop is about.

Just all the rap and hip hop you're ever going to hear on the radio.


The two concepts being equivalent, especially as this "Hip Hop Academy" bullshit is trying to get more people into the music business.

*vomit*

Volkai said...

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The two concepts being equivalent, especially as this "Hip Hop Academy" bullshit is trying to get more people into the music business.
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I think this is what they call trying to enact positive change from within the system.

Starcade, back on Leviathan said...

Re: Positive change from within the system...

You are either naive or far too optimistic. I can't tell which.

Volkai said...

"You are either naive or far too optimistic. I can't tell which."

Not really either, I just give people the benefit of the doubt, probably more than I ought to, and usually despite knowing better.


I am a fool, most certainly, but I wouldn't have it any other way.