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Gamely Giving: December 2015 update

There’s only three months to go until GameBlast 2016 for SpecialEffect – plenty of time to get involved. Read on to find out how you can join team Gamely Giving in supporting the charity.



The charity:

SpecialEffect is an awesome charity that aims to put fun and inclusion back into the lives of those with physical disabilities by helping them play video games, using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control systems. It might sound like a small thing but levelling the playing field in this way has a profoundly positive impact on therapy, confidence and rehabilitation – and what’s more, the team do all of this amazing work for free.

That’s why we’re taking part in GameBlast 2016 in February 2016 and this time around, we’re going big. Not only are we aiming to complete a full-on forty-eight hour gaming marathon instead of the usual twenty-four hour period with as big a group as possible, we’re arranging several other events to help spread awareness of the charity’s work. If you like the sound of playing video games, meeting some lovely new people and supporting a worthwhile cause, please read on to find out how you can get involved.



The line-up:

  • GameBlast 2016: 26 to 28 February 2016
  • With team Gamely Giving already boasting eleven members, we’re going to be taking turns to stream to a central Twitch channel in order to cover the entire forty-eight hour marathon period. That therefore means we’ll need to stream a little over four hours each; but with even more members we can look at reducing that time, playing multiplayer titles or introducing some snazzy editing to run multiple streams side by side. We’re in the process of finalising the set-up but there’s still time to sign up: you can join in from the comfort of your own home and have the perfect excuse to play video games, while feeling all warm and fuzzy inside at knowing you’re helping an extremely worthwhile cause.

  • Competitions: 26 to 28 February 2016
  • To increase our chances of hitting our £1,000 fundraising target, we’re organising a number of competitions to take place during the GameBlast event so our lovely viewers get the opportunity to win some excellent video games. Have you received a Steam key for an unwanted title or have a Humble Bundle lying around that you’re willing to donate? Then we’d be really grateful if you’d consider sending them our way using the email address at the bottom of this article, and we can put them to a good use as a prize in one of our contests.

  • Other events
  • It’s not just through video games that we’re looking to support SpecialEffect: several Gamely Giving members are organising other events for them also. This included a pub quiz last month, with £112 raised from the entry fee going straight to the charity. Take a look at our video below to see what we got up to during the night – and well done to The Thirsty Three for winning with 56.5 out of 70 points!

    A couple of Gamely Giving participants organised a small second-hand book sale in their workplace back in October, managing to raise a total of £30.11. They’re now in the process of organising a cake competition in January so good luck to everyone who enters. Every little bit helps and every donation helps us towards our goal of raising £1,000 for SpecialEffect.

    If you’re in the Bristol area on 05 December 2015, then why not come along to the next GeekOut meetup at the Old Market Tavern? Organised by Timlah from GeekOut South-West, we’ll be there with information about GameBlast – we’re a friendly bunch so if you’re interested in finding out more, come and have a chat over a pint.



    The team:

    The following gorgeous people have already signed up to be a part of the Gamely Giving team:

  • Timlah from GeekOut South-West
  • Nathan from The life and times in Nathan’s mind
  • Kevin from The Mental Attic
  • James from Indie-Love.com
  • Jamie from Caiminds
  • Pete, friend and designer
  • Ethan, our Sunday morning streamer
  • Isaac, Ben’s son and partner-in-crime
  • And of course: Ben, Kim and Phil from 1001Up
  • Whether you’re a blogger, YouTuber, streamer, developer or gamer who wants to take part in one awesome weekend from 26 to 28 February 2015, everyone is welcome to become a member of Gamely Giving. If you’re interested in joining, please get in touch with us using the details below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.



    The call:

    The sponsorship raised through the GameBlast event will help SpecialEffect change the lives of many more people by bringing the fun and inclusion of gaming back. It will let them visit individuals to find out exactly what they want to play and then match, modify or create equipment to lend to them at no cost. And the money won’t be wasted: last year around 90% of donations went directly to the charity’s frontline work, while the other 10% kept them running so they could continue doing what they do best.

    If you’re interested in joining our group, please get in touch using the following details. We’ll publish regular updates on Gamely Giving’s progress over the next couple of months – with the next update coming at the beginning of January – so keep an eye out on the site.

  • Email:   GamelyGiving@1001Up.com
  • Twitter:   @GamelyGiving
  • Twitch:   GamelyGiving
  • Just Giving:   Gamely Giving
  • If you’d like to find out more about SpecialEffect, you can take a look at our interview with Mark Saville or head over to their website. You can also get in touch with Mark, Nick and Barry at info@specialeffect.org.uk or on 01608 810 055.

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