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Rare Nintendo DS Being Auctioned Off For Earthquake Relief Fund

EQcharityDS.jpgWhile some folks are given to the impression that just folding your hands and hoping Japan will get better is a help, the rest of us know that the way to help a disaster-stricken area is by helping them rebuild and acquire supplies. And that requires actual funds.

The long history of the Child's Play charity has already made it clear that for all the faults and petty foibles in the gaming community, we gamers still have a willingness to dig deep when it comes to donating to help those in need. Or, in the case of Game Informer editor Meagan Marie, a willingness to offer one's most prized and rare gaming collectible as a charity auction.

In the interest of raising money to help Japan get back on its feet, this auction features an original Nintendo DS in 'Mario Kart red,' sporting the signatures of Nintendo visionary Shigeru Miyamoto, the bilingual voice of Mario Charles Martinet, Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma, classic composer Koji Kondo, and "Video Games Live" piano star Martin Leung.

Marie notes that while the unit is fully functional, she advises the auction winner to keep it under glass and handle it as little as possible to retain its value. While Miyamoto in particular isn't a fan of people profiting off of his signature, I imagine that this time philanthropy wins out over the stress of stardom.

4 Comments

cb said:

The opening comment was uncalled for.

Scizzy said:

^ But oh so true.

Atma said:

IT WAS uncalled for. Gaygamer, what the hell? You're the last gay site I expected to make a "all religion r dumb" jab.

Not everyone has money. Some can only offer moral support and sympathy and hope and prayer. Sometimes, to some people, knowing someone cares beyond their wallet helps more.

I'm religious. I'm a lesbian. I'm actually Shinto, the religion of Japan, and it's not a damn thing against GLBT. I highly recommend you look at this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexuality_in_Japan#Monastic_same-sex_love

Basing all faith and offer of prayer and hope to be against you or dumb and needless based of Western fundies is despicable and I'm sick of it. I'm donating as well as praying. You're acting as shortsighted as the fundies and now is not the fucking time for a religious debate.

What matters is helping. This article would have been a billion times better without that. In the future, please, stay away from this. This is one of the few gay sites I can go to now without it and I don't want to abandon it as well.

I already feel very ostracized by the GLBT community at large for having any faith without them studying it, I don't need it further. NOBODY does.

I am angry. I don't mean to sound so nasty about it but I'm near breaking point on the issue in general. Please, stop. Just get along.

faePuck said:

Firstly, let me say that GayGamer isn't a place that has a set stance against religion... or even a set stance on anything other than 'games are awesome,' and 'bigotry is bad.' Everything past that--whether it's fluffy comments about GaGa videos or a personal bitch about religious chain letters--is purely the whimsy of a particular writer.

In my case, my little word-tantrum up top was a bit too personal. You see, the people who're sending me these 'Pray for Japan' missives are the same people who ostensibly love me and would like nothing more than to ship me off to a week at Ex-Gay Camp, because hating myself for life would be better than being damned to an unjust Hell.

That said, I hate the fact that I may have caused more alienation by sharing my own feelings of the same. It was short-sighted of me to make fun of prayer in general, when it's surely not just the Christian fundamentalists trying to help. I apologize to anyone I overzealously lumped in with the religious Right.

Atma, you've been one of my favorite commenters since I first started writing here years ago. I know Shinto is a religion with a far less troubled and violent history than the one I grew up with, and the one I had in mind when I made the dig about prayer.

I can hardly change my own mind until we stop seeing powerful Christians fund huge campaigns against our civil rights, but I'll definitely stay away from this topic when writing about games in the future. Thanks to all of you for sharing your feelings with me! :)

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