Give Away Your Old Video Games, Help Children in Need

Two inherent problems with purchasing video games for your kids: They’re really expensive, and they have a limited shelf life. New games can run as much as $60, a price no parent happily pays just to give their kids the privilege of sitting in front of the TV, throwing virtual pies at each other’s avatars. And many games -- especially those that are story-based -- are played out within a few weeks or months, just taking up shelf space as the kids move on to the next adventure. Now you can address both problems -- and help out an eminently worthy cause in the process.

Donate Games is a fantastic new charity, built to supply funding and support for research into what are known as “orphan diseases,” diseases that are too rare to get widespread research consideration from the medical community, but which are devastating to the few families they do affect. The funding comes from video games. If you want to buy your kids a game, but only want to spend a fraction of the retail price, head over to DonateGames.org. There are games as cheap as $3.99. But even the more popular games, which might cost you $25 or so, are still far less expensive than the copies you’ll find on the shelves of a regular retail store. Plus, you get the satisfaction of knowing that the money you laid out for your kids to race computer-generated go-karts will also be helping some other unfortunate child.

And when your kids tire of a game, pass it on to Donate Games, so they can re-sell it to someone else and make more money for their noble enterprise. It’s better than having it become a coaster. DonateGames.org is a great idea, but they can’t make it work without constantly replenishing their stock, so please give. And why not? I mean, how many times can you save the Mushroom Kingdom?

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