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During the week of January 5th to January 12th, speedrunners at the annual Awesome Games Done Quick event raised over $1,000,000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The marathon, streamed live on Twitch and organised by Speed Demos Archive, featured over 500 attendees and participants playing an eclectic selection of over 150 games from several eras, all in a blissful marriage of gaming cred and good cause.

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I've watched several of these charity events, and they are EXCELLENT!!! The amount of money they raise for charities is commendable, and the fact that they are having fun while doing it only adds to their greatness.

I hope events like this continue, and more importantly, I hope popular media starts to notice. People need to know that not all gamers are CoD kiddies. Many are genuinely good people.
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So.... The real question is... How do games even help impoverished children? Do they get to watch too?
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So.... The real question is... How do games even help impoverished children? Do they get to watch too?

They help by funding cancer research.
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They help by funding cancer research.

So does that mean Folding helps impoverished children too?
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So does that mean Folding helps impoverished children too?

youre going to be "that guy" arent you? lol
and if you want to get technical. yea. folding would count as at least attempting to help with research.

its the same concept as any charity run or anything event. just because the people being funded for arent necessarily taking part, it doesnt mean theyre some how not benefiting from it.
    
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youre going to be "that guy" arent you? lol
and if you want to get technical. yea. folding would count as at least attempting to help with research.

its the same concept as any charity run or anything event. just because the people being funded for arent necessarily taking part, it doesnt mean theyre some how not benefiting from it.

Well, it's not just a simpel charity, in my mind. I mean, well-to-do people watch other well-to-do people playing games, and having fun, who then donate money to help impoverished children. You would think that it would be a better charity if the children you were donating to were playing those games and having fun instead...
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I'm considering donating to one of these groups, but I have a question: what steps can I take to make sure the money goes to where they claim its going? "Following the money" so to speak.
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I'm considering donating to one of these groups, but I have a question: what steps can I take to make sure the money goes to where they claim its going? "Following the money" so to speak.

Reliable charities provide such information. If one doesn't, that's a reason not to put your money towards them.
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Well, it's not just a simpel charity, in my mind. I mean, well-to-do people watch other well-to-do people playing games, and having fun, who then donate money to help impoverished children. You would think that it would be a better charity if the children you were donating to were playing those games and having fun instead...

have you heard of charity galas? its literally rich people sitting around doing rich people things then pitching money to a charity. or should they line up a bunch of kids and throw money at them so it gives the kids something to do?

people are doing something they like while donating money to a cause. why are you berating them? do you think those kids dont have any other opportunities to play video games just because they have cancer? also, where in that article does it ever state that all those charities were only for children? child splay is mentioned, but so is humble bundle, prevent cancer foundation, the big origin event and some others.
    
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