A good friend of ours that we met at PAX 2008 – Gil Ruta – recently brought another charity to my attention. Gil is an interesting person – he works for Nintendo USA. We met him in line to play Rock Band 2 before it was released to the public. We played a lot of RB2 over XBL with him and his friends for months afterwards. I’ve played a few games with him here and there. He’ s one of my more active Facebook friends. His group is the Northwest Classic Games Enthusiasts, and their Seattle Retro Gaming Expo (or SRGE) happened over the weekend.
Gil does a LOT of gaming. So their charity was no surprise to me. What was a surprise to me was that they played a large scale Steel Battalion game at the Expo. That’s impressive – I remember playing a million years ago on the older XBox platform at a friend’s house. The controller was a massive thing and really brought you into the game. Nothing like today’s Kinect version of Steel Battalion, which has a bazillion bugs and doesn’t track your movements very well at all. He’s trying to act as Champion of the Wii-U. I don’t know if I’m going to buy another Wii just for the special controller dealie (although it keeps looking cooler and cooler with every developer who shows their game on it).
Kudos to Gil, though. His charity is for Camp Kesem. Summer kid camp for cancer families and survivors.