In a very rare moment of spirit that extends beyond our class, I am going to suggest take a moment to support druids. Not feral druids, of course.
Actually, we’re talking about supporting research into helping adolescents with autism via video games. Lissanna, well-known druid of Restokin.com, happens to also be a researcher in the psychology department at Penn State. She is working to raise funds to use video games to help kids with autism better recognize faces, and help develop social skills.
This is a big deal.
They have already done some research with this that is showing positive results, but the educational video game they’re using is not really a game — it’s an educational activity. Their goal is to develop an actual game, so that it engages the teenagers. And to do this, they need our support. More specifically, our money.
So this weekend before you run out for the hottest black friday deals and geeky goodness, first consider tossing a few bucks to a WoW community member working to improve the real world in a meaningful way.
Toss a token ten bucks their way, and lets show what the WoW community can do to. You’ll be supporting good research that does good things, and research that shows how video games can be a force for good in the world.
You can donate to the project at this crowdfunding site, and you can also help by spreading the word. But seriously, how hard is it to cough up ten bucks? And for the record, I’m chipping in for this cause as well.