The Penny-Arcade guys are awesome. They started out as a couple of dudes with a web-comic. They’ve taken that web-comic and their fame and channeled it for something much bigger. Yes, they run conventions, but more impressively, they started an awesome charity called Childs Play.
This charity, aimed at showing that video games are not evil incarnate, and that gamers can do good, connects children’s hospitals with games, books, toys, and other resources to help sick children keep their minds off their illnesses. Donations started small– one hospital and the PA guys’ garages as storage facilities, and they made deliveries themselves. Now they’ve ratcheted up into a large non-profit that connects with and ships directly to hospitals.
You can donate here.
And now for some negative griping.
Compare the PA guys to the onanistic navel-gazing you see from other movements. The minimalists. The travel the world folks. The motivationalists. [Note: we are not saying that all minimalists, world-travelers, self-helpers etc. are onanistic con-artists, but you know they exist.]
The Penny Arcade dudes are real. They have authenticity.
So much of that motivational crap seems so hollow and insincere, aimed just at making money off other people.
For the most part, they’re not actually doing anything.
The P-A guys, OTOH, are teh awesome.
And that, perhaps, is why I don’t expect them to get mid-life crises. When you’re busy doing things that are real, you don’t have time to feel like life is meaningless.
also: I like the word onanistic