When trying to convince yourself, or a loved one, that it's worth spending the money to get the game you want, your reasoning of "because I want it" and "but it's so cool" won't always cut it. But, if you added that your purchase will help kids in need (your inner-kid doesn't count), your argument couldn't be better!
An indie Xbox game has recently appeared, using artwork from over 70 kids across the world, to raise funds for Beyond the Orphanage, a not-for-profit organization that provides education, immediate safety, health, and other benefits to needy children and their communities. Using character and level designs, as well as animations, done by kids aged 6-16 (from Ethiopia, Australia and Canada), Bibz combines art, education, and fun in a youthful party brawler that anyone can pick up and play.
At the beginning of every round players are asked about topics ranging from geography, millennium development goals, and even gender equality, earning power-ups and unlockables (such as more levels and new characters) when answered correctly.
With every cent of the proceeds going directly to Beyond the Orphanage, you can be sure that when you purchase your own copy of Bibz, you're making a difference in the world. Bibz is available to purchase for Xbox 360 and PC, and for those who want to try before they buy (not that helping a not-for-profit isn't reason enough), a web version of the game has recently been launched as well.