I’m finally helping sick children.
I’ve been waiting for this day, ah.
The background story is that when I was 13, I wanted to become pediatric oncologist. Why so morbid, you ask? I was addicted to a series written by a lady whose son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Her purpose in becoming an author was sharing all the horrors of terminal illnesses with teen readers. It made me want to spend my life trying to make better the lives of sick children, however long they had to live. Then I started high school and was too busy to read.
Anyways, despite my change of career, I haven’t had a change of heart. Today, I’ve officially made my first donation to The Get-Well Gamers Foundation, one of the only charities that will take even the oldest video games to distribute to hospitals all over the country.
The charity believes video games are great for pain management. From a personal experience, I’d add that they are extremely therapeutic. 300 hours of Pokemon is exactly what cured my arm injury from May of last year, after months and months of futile exercise and pondering whether or not I’d have to give up my computer-heavy career. I don’t think one year ago I was so serious about playing video games that I’d change my entire blog into video-game-inspired posts.
To start things off, I donated four Gamecube games from my teen years when gaming wasn’t anything serious but just a casual pastime with my friends. Two of them were Naruto fighting games from my Sasuke-obsessing years, and the other two were Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings that were given to me as gifts but never ever played. I have outgrown these games but there are kids out there who would appreciate beating up Orochimaru to fend off any anger or sadness that came along with their illnesses.
More significantly, I also donated my copy of Mario Kart for Wii. It was actually a birthday present for me not too long ago, but I decided that it will show more of my sincerity and seriousness about this charity. Giving is so much more meaningful than selling games to Gamestop for about 10% of the original price so they can resell it for 90%. Ripoffs.
To celebrate the moment, I bought myself Mario Kart 8. I am quite surprised at how much I am enjoying it. The graphics are beautiful and the navigating is much easier than on Wii, and you can even drive on walls or in water.
The only problem now is that I have too many games. It does not help that I am clashing with the Steam Summer Sale.
I’ve started to count and collect all my games in one place so I’ll know when to stop buying (yeah right) and how many games I am currently playing (apparently seven!). It’s a little less complex than Cat’s inventory and a bit more detailed than my friend’s pure text list. The idea to use imagery instead of box cover art came from my senior thesis. But more on that later!