It is a tough time to be online right now. We are watching as a whole race rises up against the systematic oppression they have experienced for years. It is hard not to be upset and the urge to help is strong. If you are in Australia you may feel like helping is too hard, the distance too great. Player 2 would like to remind you all though that Australia is by no means innocent. Indigenous Australians have been victimised and silenced by ingrained systemic racism and police brutality for generations. We, as a nation, have treated them in such a bad way for so long their voice is no longer even acknowledged let alone heard. So helping starts at home. Write to your local state or federal MP. Donate or assist a charity that works with the Aboriginal community. Educate yourself about the traditional owners of the land you are now sitting on. These are just some of the small but important steps each and every one of us needs to take to make Australia and, by extension, the world a better place. Player 2 would also like to say it is important to recognise all marginalised voices in this country, from the LGQBT+ community to disabled Australians to other minority ethnic and refugee groups, and work together to make this a truly equal place to live.
Humble Bundle Supporting Black Lives Matter
Humble Bundle has launched a new charity bundle and it is a doozy. The Fight for Racial Justice charity bundle comes with a massive collection of video games and books (of both the regular and graphical novel persuasion) and is currently live through to June 23 at 11 am PT. For those of us in Australia that works out to 4 am on the 24th, but trust me you want to get in on this bundle before then.
For a minimum donation of AU$51, you will have access to fifty games from various developers, including gems like Spelunky, System Shock Enhanced Edition, Bioshock Remastered, NBA2K20, Neo Cab and so many more awesome games. Not only that but there are a number of cool books and graphic novels in there as well, such as the Attack on Titan anthology.
All up there is over $1200 USD worth of games and books for people, and 100% of the proceeds will go to supporting the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Race Forward and The Bail Project to help assist with efforts in the fight for racial justice. If you want to get in on this sweet deal or have a look at all of the games and books available just go to https://www.humblebundle.com/fight-for-racial-justice-bundle.
In other news, Humble Bundle is making efforts to leverage the power of its platform to help in the push for racial equality with the opening of applications for the Black Game Developer Fund. This fund will be an annual $1 million USD commitment to help publish games through the Humble Bundle label and provide support with funding, publishing and marketing their games. More details on the Black Developer Fund can be found at http://www.humblegames.com/blackgamedevfund.
Shaun has been playing consoles since the days of the NES. He was fortunate enough to find a wife who not only supported his gaming habits, but has also encouraged his eldest daughter to join in as well.
When not playing games, working, or just being a dad in general, Shaun
is hitting the gym in his own personal quest to have a crack at Ninja