I spend a lot of money of video games. Too much money. I never even finish the vast majority of the games I buy. So saying that I throw a lot of money away on this hobby wouldn’t be that far from the truth. Occasionally, when I find a really good game, I’ll make an extra effort to finish it and unlock every little secret. The most recent game I finished to 100% completion was Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga. I had a great time with the game – so much so that tonight I bought a second copy.
I bought a copy of Lego Star Wars from Amazon and donated it to Child’s Play. Established by the folks over at Penny Arcade, Child’s Play is a worldwide charitable organization that donates toys and video games to children in hospitals. I’ve never donated before, but I figured that if I were going to donate to any charity, Child’s Play would be the ideal cause for a medical student who grew up playing video games. And unlike most charities where you’re unsure of exactly how your donation will be spent, Child’s Play uses your money exactly how you want. You go to Amazon, you buy whatever game you choose off of a predetermined wish list that’s specific to the hospital you want to donate to, and Amazon ships the game to kids at that hospital. Best video game purchase I’ve made in a long time.