SEGA has formally kicked off a weekend of streams to raise money for the UK’s annual GameBlast charity event. A group consisting of SEGA reps and fan streamers have come together to collectively support, in aid of games accessibility charity Special Effect.Continue reading SEGA Launches Charity Stream Series for GameBlast 22
With all that’s going on in the world right now, it’s understandable that some might just want to retreat into video games and/or watch their favourite streamers do their thing. This month, a couple of British Sonic fans are turning this into an opportunity to raise money for charity! Continue reading British Community Streamers ‘Race For Good’ on Sonic’s Birthday
Recently, there was a charity racing event in which several game studios took part, including Sumo Digital and Sega’s HARDlight studio. Each studio brought a special customised car, and HARDlight’s car was themed on Sonic Dash.
Well the event is over, and most (if not all) of the cars are now up for sale!
Yes, you can now own an official Sonic car!
Currently, the vehicle is at £360, which is a lot cheaper than some other pieces of Sonic merch! The vehicles are local pickup only, but all the money raised will go to Special Effect, so check out those bus times if you happen to put in the winning bid.
Sumo Digital are also selling their vehicle too, a Sumo Digital branded Subaru Impreza Turbo.
Remember how I wrote a month ago about what exactly do we do with all these epic promotional items? Well, now is your chance to save something quite epic and a genuine one off! The links to both auctions can be found at the end of this article. We wish Special Effect all the best with their auctions.
It’s always great to see the Sonic community come together to raise money for charity – we often see blue blur fans livestream their gameplay for fundraising purposes. This weekend, a couple of Brits made the effort to help support UK-based charity Special Effect, and ended up smashing their target by raising over $650. Continue reading UK Community Streamers Raise Over $650 for Special Effect
SEGA HARDlight will be revving their engines this weekend!
A team from the company behind the mobile app Sonic Dash will be taking part in the Twin Town Challenge 2018 using their Sonic Dash car, a refurbished 1999 BMW 528i.
The race sees 100 cars, comprised entirely from suped-up “bangers” purchased for £500 or less, drive from Oxfordshire in the UK to Le Touquet, France, all the way taking part in challenges.
All competitors raise money for SpecialEffect, a charity who specialise in developing gaming technologies for disabled children.
More details of the race can be found on the Twin Town Challenge website.
You can support the team by making a donation via their Just Giving donation link…and if you’d love to own the “Dash-mobile”, the car will be auctioned after the race with the proceeds also going to charity!
Check out the gallery below for some images of the car and the team before they set off on this wacky race!
For its fourth year running, our friends at RadioSEGA are holding their annual weekend-long WinterFest event, with fans all over the SEGA community coming together to celebrate good music, raise money for Special Effect, and walk away with some sweet prizes!
Just like last year, RadioSEGA hosts and guests from across the community will be hosting the festivities over the next three days, including yours truly. Read on after the jump for the complete schedule and on how to win a coveted limited edition pressing of the Sonic Mania soundtrack!
As some of you know, between posting updates here on TSS and feeding my cat, I also do stuff for this little event called Summer of Sonic. You might have heard of it, we hire out a place and invite a bunch of people, sit back, talk about whats the best Eggman robot and have a jolly good time.
Well at this years event, we had a space for the charity Special Effect to show off the amazing work they do in order to make gaming accessible to everyone. As well as informing everyone as to who they are and what they do, they held a few fund raising events on the day such as an auction, and a raffle.
I was fortnate enough to help out Nick (Special Effect staff member) on the day. At around 3PM we retreated to the VIP’s room and started the task of counting up the donations. We were both blown away by how much Sonic fans had donated, would you like to know how much money was raised?
You guys are incredible!
But, the donations didn’t just come in the form of money, Special Effect also recieved a rather nice donation from Sonic the Hedgehog Merchandise, in the form of a very special book. It was a copy of the Collectors Edition of The History of Sonic the Hedgehog book. The english version.
Nick asked me what I thought of it and being under the paw of Merch Kitty, I told him what it was and gave him some insight into it. So Nick had an idea, and I thought it was brilliant. You see, the room we were in, also contained three other people…
- Takashi Iizuka: The Head of Sonic Team.
- Kazuyuki Hoshino: The Creator of Metal Sonic & Amy Rose.
- Jun Senoue: Composer & Crush 40 guitarist.
So we asked them all if they would sign the book, and they did. The book, is now up for auction. All the money raised will go to Special Effect and help make gaming more accessible to people with life changing disabilities.
Please dig deep for this one, it’s an absolute must have, but more importantly, it’s going to a very good cause.
A few details on the book.
- Language: English.
- Edition: Collectors Edition.
- Number: 589 out of 1,000
You can find the auction here. It ends in just over 9 days.
Nick/Special Effect would like to give thanks to: Sega, Sonic the Hedgehog Merchandise, everyone involved with Summer of Sonic and the attendees of Summer of Sonic for their amazing donations so far.
For more information on Special Effect and the work they do, please visit their website.
This might possibly be one of the most important announcements with regards to SOS this year. To quote the Summer of Sonic Website…
“SpecialEffect is a charity that targets something that often gets overlooked – that people with disabilities have lives beyond simply ‘being disabled’ and want to enjoy themselves. The charity, the only one of its kind in the UK, provides the specialist technology, advice and support for everyone to benefit from the fun, friendship and inclusion of video games.
Praised by Prime Minister David Cameron as “providing magic moments all the time“, SpecialEffect been making a profoundly positive impact on the quality of life for children and adults of all ages since 2007. At any one time the charity is working with and helping up to 500 people on an intensive basis in hospitals, hospices and at home. They also influence the lives of thousands of people each year with support, advice and hands-on demonstrations at their award-winning games roadshows.
Their doors are open to everyone, including accident victims, service personnel with combat injuries, people with congenital and progressive conditions and stroke patients. You can see several examples at http://www.specialeffect.org.uk/who-we-helped
Their help includes the loan and support of mainstream and adapted access equipment for online and offline games. Some of the specialist equipment, like eye-control technology, is expensive, so the loans enable people to make sure it’s suitable before they commit to a purchase. The charity doesn’t sell any equipment, so their advice is always impartial.
We will be raising money for Special Effect throughout the day, and we hope you will all help us fund this very good cause.”
So there you have it. As well as having some fun and some laughs, we’ve got a really good chance to do something awesome at this years convention.
For more information about Special Effect and the work they do, please visit their website: http://www.specialeffect.org.uk/
Source: SOS Website.
Looking for a real piece of Sonic the Hedgehog history to add to your collection? Then look no further! Currently up for auction on ebay are a couple of really unique items that will make any Sonic merch-mad fanatic salivate!