Now here's something I'd be wondering about for awhile now: why aren't there any game companies working with charities? The industry is doing pretty well, after all. Well, what am I saying, for all I know they're all donating. In any case, in a more public sense, company Legacy Interactive (Emergency Room series, Law and Order series, Vet Emergency, etc.) is helping a good cause, having just shipped their PC/Mac game Tuttles Madcap Misadventures: Starlight Charity Challenge to retail, and for just $20.
A nice, bright looking adventure game with a colorful story, the title is the first to do something like this, donating 50 percent of its profits to the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation which will help children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.
Flash, widget and Facebook application versions of The Tuttles have been released too, as well as a Facebook "Friends" promotional contest made to help spread the word.
The organization helps families and the children cope with the process of experiencing serious illnesses with entertainment, education and family activities, such as mobile entertainment units and laptop computers for hospitalized children and a social network for teens with serious medical problems.
On a somewhat personal note, this cause could sound silly to some, but it is an important part of the process, especially if the child has a chance of surviving. A doctor in my family who works with cancer patients all the time (which this organization will be helping) says the ones who make it are the ones who are supported and loved, and don't give up. It can get pretty hard to keep spirits up at all, going in and out of sometimes painful treatments constantly without any relief.
The downloadable version of the PC game can be downloaded at www.tuttlesfamilygame.com, while the downloadable version of the Mac title can be found at www.gametreeonline.com. Portions of the revenues from these versions will go to Starlight as well. Many more details are available through the source article for those interested.