Undertale to be the focus of Gamers for Good next fanart campaign
Gamers for Good (G4G) announced that their next charity fanart book will be based on Undertale. The theme this time around is mental health. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to three separate charities that are working to help people cope with stress, depression, and other mental illness related issues.
The book is being created with the blessing and support of Undertale creator, Toby Fox. The book will feature fan contributed art pieces based on the game for which G4G is currently accepting submissions on the campaign's webpage. An official name for the book has not yet been announced.
"Gamers for Good wants to challenge how the world thinks about mental health, remove the stigma."
Undertale is an adventure RPG released in 2015 that garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews. The game wasn't just genre defining -- it was genre defying. It touched on themes that really hadn't been done in games up to that point. It has a dedicated fan following, so we should see some pretty amazing artwork in the book when it releases.
The proceeds from the book will support these three charity organizations:
- Child's Play
Child’s Play is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity founded in 2003 by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins of the online comic strip Penny Arcade, which concerns itself with video games and gamer culture.
Since 2003, we’ve set up and organized Child’s Play, a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in our network of over 220 facilities worldwide, including hospitals and domestic abuse shelters.
- Take This
Take This is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity founded in 2013 by veteran journalists Russ Pitts and Susan Arendt and clinical psychologist Dr. Mark Kline, Psy.D. in response to the tragic suicide of a colleague.
TakeThis, Inc. seeks to inform our community about mental health issues, to provide education about mental disorders and mental illness prevention, and to reduce the stigma of mental illness.
- Anxiety Gaming
Anxiety Gaming is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing mental health resources for the gaming community.
From donating video game consoles to foster homes, to matching gamers with the perfect therapist, to completely covering the cost of mental health care for those that couldn’t otherwise afford it.
The Gamer for Life campaign was G4G's first fanart project and was a huge success. It was initiated to help Blizzard game developer, Kevin Kenai Griffith (KKG) who had been diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer. Unfortunately Kevin passed away before the book was finished, but the proceeds went to cancer related charities in his name.
Mental Illness affects so many people. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year. That's 43.8 million people! Raising awareness and helping charities that are dedicated to helping those faced with mental illness is the goal of this campaign. If you are interested in helping or would just like to know more, please check out G4G's official website.