Destiny 2 Has Launched a Campaign to Help Victims of Australia’s Bushfires

Destiny 2 has launched a campaign to help victims of Australia’s Bushfires. These fires have been going on for 3 months now and estimates say that it will take another 3 months before they are under control. In that time over a billion animals have been lost, 25 human lives and at least 2,000 homes have been lost.

Now Destiny 2 is joining EVE Online and countless other groups and websites online who have started raising funds to help Australia heal. For their part, Bungie is developing a limited edition T-Shirt to raise funds for both the Australian firefighters and animal rescue efforts. Pre-order for the shirt will be available January 16th through to February 18th in the Bungie Store and the Bungie Store EU. Christine Edwards, the Senior Foundation Manager for the Bungie Foundation had this to say about the fundraiser.

Over the past two decades, the Bungie community has been an amazing force for good in our world by raising millions of dollars to assist those in distress. In addition to supporting thousands of children through our iPads for Kids Program, you have helped victims of hurricanes Katrina and Harvey and have donated to those affected by earthquakes in Haiti, Japan, and Nepal. Time and time again, you have been Guardians to others in their greatest time of need.

The bush fires currently ravaging Australia have been devastating. Many people have lost their homes, firefighters are risking their lives daily, and an estimated hundreds of millions of wild animals have fallen victim to the fires.

We are developing a limited-edition T-shirt fundraising campaign to support both Australia’s firefighting efforts and the country’s animal rescue and conservation efforts. The T-shirt, which comes with an exclusive Destiny 2 “Star Light, Star Bright” emblem redemption code with purchase, will be available for pre-order on the Bungie Store and Bungie Store EU between Thursday, January 16 and Tuesday, February 18 at 9 a.m. Pacific, ending with the weekly reset and the end of Crimson Days. The team is currently hard at work on the T-shirt design and we’ll share a preview early next week.

The first half of all profits generated by these T-shirt sales will be donated to WIRES, Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization. The other half will be donated to NSW Rural Fire Service, which services the state of New South Wales, where the fires have been especially devastating and are in dire need of containment.

Be sure to check out next week’s edition of This Week at Bungie for more details on how you can support Australia through this fundraiser. In the meantime, our hearts go out to all that are impacted and we are wishing for clearer skies ahead.


Source: Bungie Blog Post

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World of Warships is Raising Money to Save Real Life Submarine

World of Warships is raising money to save real life submarine, the USS Batfish. The submarine played an integral role in naval warfare during World War 2. It sank 15 Japanese ships, including 3 Japanese submarines in just 76 hours. That makes it the most successful submarine killing sub in history.

Unfortunately, in May the Muskogee War Memorial Park in Oklahoma experienced terrible, record-breaking floods. This flood nearly claimed the USS Batfish, but there is a campaign to save it. The Friends of the Muskogee War Memorial Park are looking to raise $150,000 to move the submarine to a safer location and get it restored so that people can tour it and even have overnight experiences.

Before the Flood

“To those who do not see it, the Batfish represents a weird roadside attraction dedicated to crazy sailors who wanted to honor their lost friends. To the inquisitive mind with an eye for history, a visitor can learn about the value of service, the impact that the United States Submarine Force had on the war in the pacific,” explained Brent Trout, Executive Director of the Muskogee War Memorial Park. “Simply put, our World War II submarine museums are in danger. Some of them are well funded and in the right place, but others are in jeopardy of being scrapped. Protecting the USS Batfish means saving history and protecting the sacrifice of every sailor who called a submarine home.”

This is where Wargaming and World of Warships comes in. They are running a campaign to Save the Batfish with an in-game package. Players will have the opportunity to donate $10 to restore the historic submarine and in return, they will receive a wonderful in-game token of appreciation that includes eight Dragon Flags and a combat patch similar to the patch worn by those who served on the USS Batfish. 100% of the bundle sales will go to the Muskogee War Memorial Park.

After the Flood

On November 22nd World of Warships will host a charity stream on Twitch where those watching will have the opportunity to learn more about the history of the USS Batfish.

This isn’t the first time Wargaming has done something like this either. Two years ago they raised $300,000 to restore the USS Texas.

If you don’t play World of Warships or you want to donate more than $10 you can do so on the official GoFundMe Campaign for the USS Batfish.


Source: Press Release

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GoFundMe Setup in Memory of John “TotalBiscuit” Bain

As many of you have probably heard already, video game critic and internet personality John “TotalBiscuit” Bain passed away yesterday after years of battling bowel cancer. In order to help ease the financial stress for his wife and son during this difficult transition, family friend David Sievers has created a GoFundMe page.

John totalbiscuit Bain

Bain was highly outspoken in his commentary, and managed to ruffle more than a few feathers, but at the end of the day his goal was always to improve the video game industry. He was mainly known for his ‘WTF is…’ series where he gave a quick overview of newly released games, the Co-Optional Podcast where he discussed games with other influences, such as Jesse Cox and Dodger (PressHeartToContinue), and his World of Warcraft radio station.

Some would argue that the most significant impact he had on the gaming industry involved his criticism of unethical behavior, such as deals between publishers and media, loot boxes, and preferential treatment for positive reviews. However, he was also a major proponent for indie developers and often had the power to influence a game’s success (that might not have otherwise found its way to the masses).

In 2014, a precancerous mass was found in TotalBiscuit’s colon and chemotherapy treatments began soon after. The next year, the cancer had seemingly gone into remissions, but later it was discovered that the cancer had instead metastasized into his liver. On May 24, 2018, Genna Bain announced the death of her husband.

Family friend, David Sievers, has since setup a GoFunMe to help alleviate some of the financial burden on the family. For those who might not be aware, medical insurance, retirement plans and pensions are a rarity in the game journalism industry, and even with TotalBiscuit’s fame, fighting cancer is a costly endeavor. If you’re uncomfortable with donating, you can still support the family through the TotalBiscuit merchandise store or by simply watching old content on the official YouTube channel.


Our Thoughts

The loss of John Bain is very personal for me. He was, and still is, one of the very few YouTube personalities I ever truly connected with. His videos gave me something to look forward to during my deployment to Afghanistan, and he inspired me to get involved with the video game industry. I’ve tried to mirror his push for ethics in my own career, but I feel his standards are something I could only hope to live up to.

The industry is far worse off without you, and you will be sorely missed. My condolences go out to Genna and Orion.

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