Play games and raise money for veterans

Jake Hughes
August 07, 2018 - 11:26 am

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I’ve talked before about how video games can benefit people. I wrote a story last month about Summer Games Done Quick, a week-long, 24-hour live stream of speedrun games that benefitted Doctors Without Borders. Now, a smaller but no less important charity live stream is happening this weekend, and this time, it’s benefitting wounded vets.

Biohazard TV was started by noted YouTube streamer Lord Rage in September of last year. “I've always wanted to find a way to help benefit others through video games,” he says. “I've been part of marathons before so I figured I ask my friends who I know that are streamers if they would be interested. They all were excited about starting a channel to host marathons so we can come together, play games, have a good time, and the same time for a great cause, raising money for charities.”

The first stream ran for three days and raised over $5,000 for the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Many noted YouTube streamers took part: GamerManJohn, Albert_F’n_Wesker, Geeketiquette, and yours truly. Yes, I’m not just a fan of Biohazard TV, I’m also a client.

The charity stream has run several times since then, each time benefitting a great cause, like Neveah’s Kidz Conquering Cancer Fund, which raises awareness and funding for children’s cancer causes, and Child’s Play, a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in a network of over 100 hospitals worldwide. This month, Biohazard TV will be supporting the Wounded Warrior Project.

WWP almost needs no introduction. They are a charity started by a wounded warrior, John Melia, in 2003. Every year, they support programs for wounded veterans, their families, and caregivers. They also host the Warrior Games, the annual sporting event that pits wounded warrior athletes against each other.

The Biohazard TV marathon this month is headed by a woman by the username of “MamaBear220817.” When asked why she chose the Wounded Warrior Project, she revealed that she had a very personal reason.

“I chose WWP as I was looking for a charity that to support the vets, they do so much for our country and get very little back. Many vets get made homeless due to injuries or PTSD that can't work. WWP are a worldwide charity, they help recovery and reintegration into society. Most members of my family were in the military, my granddad was a rear gunner in Lancaster bombers for RAF and was a lone survivor in a plane crash in WWII, and he suffered lots of injuries. My other granddad was in the army, my uncle was in the army, as was my dad.”

Between this marathon, the bi-annual Games Done Quick live streams, and countless others run for charity, gamers appear to be a very giving community. “Generosity comes in all shapes and forms,” says Lord Rage. “You just need to find the right audience for it. You'll be surprised that gamers are more than motivated to help online. With the right formula, structure, and audience, there is no limit to the power of the internet!”

I asked MamaBear220817 what she hopes to accomplish with this weekend’s stream. “I would love to reach our goal of $2000, but at the same time just raising awareness for this charity is enough for me. We have some first-time streamers not just to the marathon but streaming as well, so for them to get some more subs and experience is awesome, too.”

Biohazard TV will go live at 1:00 AM EST this Friday, August 10th. You can subscribe to the Biohazard TV YouTube page here. Below is the schedule:

(Image courtesy of psycokitten)

(Image courtesy of psycokitten)

(Image courtesy of psycokitten)

For those supremely interested, I will be playing an indie title, Stories: The Path of Destinies, at 5:00 AM EST on Saturday, August 11th. I know it’s early, but I’ll be playing for four hours, so if you happen to be awake, pop in and say hi! If you can’t make my time block, I highly encourage you all to at least visit the channel sometime this weekend. Click on, have some fun, and maybe donate to a worthy cause. See you there!