It is once again that special time of the year when we give you the chance to do good. That's right – it's time for the 2020 edition of our annual Charity Drive.
Every year since 2007, we've actively encouraged readers to support Penny Arcades charity Child & # 39; s Play, which provides toys and games to children being treated in hospitals around the world. In the past few years, we've added the Electronic Frontier Foundation to our annual charity program to support their efforts to defend Internet freedom. This year, as always, we're offering an additional incentive for these donations by giving donors the opportunity to win parts of our large pile of seller-provided loot. We can't keep it (ethically) and we don't want it to clog our offices anyway. Now you can win.
This year's loot pile is full of high quality geek goodies. We have 50 prizes worth nearly $ 5,000 in totalThis includes game consoles, computer accessories, collectibles, smartwatches and more. In 2019, Ars readers raised over $ 33,000 for charity, adding up to a grand total more than $ 330,000 since 2007. We want to increase even more this year, and we can do it if readers dig really deep.
How it works
Donating is easy. Simply donate to Child & # 39; s Play with PayPal or to EFF with PayPal, credit card or Bitcoin. You can also support Child & # 39; s Play directly by selecting an item from a specific hospital's Amazon wish list on its donation page. Donate as much or as little as you want – every little bit helps.
We will then contact the winners and let them choose their prize by January 31st (the selection will be in the order in which the winners are drawn).
Here is a brief description of some of the biggest and most coveted prizes in this year's competition. See the next page for a full list of available rates.
HP Elite G1 Dragonfly Laptop
Ars' review called this laptop "an impressively portable and powerful machine, but it's also expensive." But it doesn't get expensive for one lucky winner of our competition who receives this easily used test device for free! Oh, and it's a great Linux machine too.
Pro-level flight simulator control
Our own Sam Machkovech used the Honeycomb Alpha Flight Control Yoke, Logitech G PRO Flight Yoke System with Throttle Quadrants, and the Thrustmaster Pendular Rudder while spending some extensive hands-on time with Microsoft Flight Simulator this year. Now these easily used pro-level controls can be yours!
Evercade Retro portable with ten cartridges
When we reviewed this retro-focused portable gaming hardware earlier this year, we found that reliance on plug-and-play interchangeable cartridges was a concept that was best preserved in the past. Even so, the device itself is a powerful emulation machine, and this collection of cassettes offers a good selection of classic toys.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2
This Samsung Smartwatch stands out from the competition with a nifty blood pressure monitoring function, in addition to the usual functions of the Galaxy Watch.
Doom Eternal Collectors Edition (Windows)
Back in March, we called the newest game in the legendary Doom series a "masterful jerk shooter" who is "almost uniformly excellent". This Collector & # 39; s Edition version of the game includes an 11 x 17 inch lithograph, wearable Doom Slayer helmet, lore book, steelbook case and digital goodies.
Command & Conquer Remastered Collection: Special edition for limited run games
Celebrate like 1995 with this massive physical collector & # 39; s edition of this classic real-time strategy series. Comes complete with patches, a reversible hat, official soundtrack on USB and six CDs, over 100-page art book, stickers, replica figures and much more!
None of the big prizes that grab your attention? On the next page is a list of dozens of additional prizes that you can win by participating!