Buy and Donate Games for Orphan Disease Research

Buy and Donate Games for Orphan Disease Research


Buff your karma stat by buying or trading in used games for charity at

Donate Games, an accredited charity, now has many used titles up for sale at The charity began accepting donations of used games in February 2009. All of the profit from each transaction is given to fund research into so-called "orphan diseases": rare debilitating diseases, usually genetic, which are underfunded or under researched because of they only affect under .05% of the population.

Donate Games was inspired by charities like Child's Play. Founder Jim Carol saw the good that games did in the Seattle Children's Hospital where his son, Taylor was battling Philadelphia Chromosome, a rare form of Leukemia. He also heard that many gamers wanted to donate used games or consoles but were unable to due to hospital restrictions. Jim decided to create Donate Games to allow gamers to contribute to a good cause simply by enjoying the games they love.

I have to say, the two-pronged system is genius. You can send in games to the charity, and they will send you back a tax-deductible receipt, in case you want to include the donation on your tax return. If you want, you can then buy used games at The gamer benefits in both transactions, as does the charity.

Browsing over their inventory, it looks like many popular titles go fast with many of them "sold out" right now. All the more reason to donate that copy of GTA4 that's been sitting on your shelf since June.

This time of year is typically known for making a difference and donating to a good cause. Why give your games back to Gamestop for a piddling sum of "credit," when you can make difference with that old game and score some huge karma points?

Source: via Kotaku


So that'd help with stuff like sickle cell aneamia right?

I'm game for that, it's a pathetic, hideous little genetic condition.

Heheh, sick orphans.

Not much of a donater myself, although I suppose it's good that fund raisers are actually selling something people like.

looks cool

If I had the cash i would buy some of those games

Wow, that's great!
Ill defiantly haft to check out the website!
I'm pretty sure ill find something i want to get rid of or buy.
This is really cool and i hope it does well!

Too bad, they only sell NTSC-U games. I'm a PAL user. Well, I could still donate cash, so not all is lost...

And what the hell OP?! This isn't Fallout 3, you know!

This is a really excellent idea, I'll definitely tell my friends about this. That tax credit actually translates into saving spendable money as well, instead of that asinine store credit system.

I guess I could use a few extra light side points to get the final level for force heal.

I will see what I can do

Hm, is there any way for us dirty Europeans to join the fun? I don't suppose they can use PAL format games over there...


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