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23
Nov
10

Holiday Cheer with the GSO and Child’s Play Charity

Gamers have much to be thankful for this holiday season. Not only have we witnessed the next step in motion control technology, but we’ve also seen a handful of games and hardware ┬áthat, well, are pretty damn cool.

Lets do a quick recap:

Best game on store shelves: NBA 2K11

Biggest blockbuster game: Call of Duty: Black Ops

Most affordable stocking stuffer: OnLive Gaming system

Best new hardware: Microsoft Kinect for the Xbox 360

Before I let my thirst for holiday gaming take over this post, I’ll shift gears a bit to talk about two major events that have my jingle bells bouncing off the ceiling: University of Maryland’s Gamer Symphony Orchestra performance on December 11, and the 2010 Child’s Play Charity.

UMD’s Gamer Symphony Orchestra is the first collegiate orchestral ensemble dedicated to playing video game music. The student-run organization, founded in 2003, will be hosting its fifth annual show on December 11th in Dekelbouom Hall of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. This year, 12o musicians and 40 singers will take the stage to perform songs from Mega Man, Donkey Kong Country, Final Fantasy VI and more.

And here’s the kicker–it’s totally free.

Check out the GSO’s bone-chilling performance of Halo during last year’s Spring performance

Now on to some awesome charitable doings. The Child’s Play Charity, also founded in 2003, is a foundation where gamers raise money to help over 70 children’s hospitals across the world with new and old gaming systems. Participants can either donate money directly to the site, or take part in a gaming marathon that is streamed online to raise money. So far, the charity has donated more than $7 million.

Here’s a video to one of the many gaming marathons hosted across the country.

This year, Child’s Play has already received close to $450,000 in donations and is hoping to achieve $1.2 million. This holiday season, make a difference to many children’s lives by giving them the gift of gaming.