Which is worth more, a $US15 trade-in credit or getting your used games into the hands of children who would never get a chance to play them otherwise?
This is a question raised by Pixel Equity, a new non-profit organisation dedicated to getting video games and consoles into the hands of children at youth centres who might not be able to play games any other way. I know it's hard for some of us to imagine that such children exist, but it's true, and Pixel Equity wants to help.
"Video gaming is a fun activity, but with consoles costing hundreds of dollars, many children just can't afford to play," according to Matthew Badalucco, the founder and Executive Director of Pixel Equity Inc. "As a lifelong gamer, I want to address this aspect of the digital divide."
I particularly like the reasons that Pixel Equity gives for wanting to share games with underprivileged children, citing that our hobby helps develop understanding of other cultures, teaches children to think scientifically, and helps develop social and communication skills. It's a wonder we ever did any other things before video games came along!
How can we help? For one, Pixel Equity has just launched their official website, where gamers can donate specifically requested consoles and games, or simply donate a little bit of cash towards purchase.
Alternatively, Pixel Equity will also take used games and consoles not specifically requested, adding them to a library that youth centres will be able to draw upon when needed.
It sounds like a lovely cause, and even games that retailers wouldn't give you five cents for are new, exciting experiences for those who have never played. Check it out, unless you are one of the folks think they've suddenly discovered a way to finally offload those Burger King Xbox 360 games you've got gathering dust on your shelf. There's a special ring of hell reserved for you people.
PIXEL EQUITY : THE COMMUNITY GAMING INITIATIVE [Official Website]