After the recent magnitude 9 earthquake/tsunami tragedy that struck Japan, the country needs every bit of help it can get. Fortunately, the gaming industry's doing its best to chip in and aid the relief effort. Absolutely key, however, is this fact: you – right this very moment – can help.
If you're a gamer looking to give the relief effort a boost, you actually have quite a few options. First up,
is taking donations of its in-game “PLEX” currency, converting them into real money, and passing every last cent off to the Red Cross.
's planted a veritable money tree in its franchises' incredibly fertile soils, and any profits it reaps from select microtransactions will go to Save the Children and its relief operations. Not so evil now, huh,
Game Informer's Meagan Marie
is auctioning off her precious fire red Nintendo DS, which has been autographed by gaming industry legends like Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, composer Koji Kondo, Zelda director Eiji Aonuma, Mario voice actor Charles Martinet, and more. All proceeds will – somewhat fittingly – go to the Red Cross.
And, of course, you can always cut out the middleman and
donate to the Red Cross directly
If you come across any gaming-oriented charities that we've missed, post them in the comments and we'll be happy to report them.