The New York Videogame Critics Circle (the multicultural organization comprised of the finest videogame critics, writers, reporters and bloggers in the city), announced an essential new initiative, a seven-part podcast and fundraiser with Reggie Fils-Aimé and Harold Goldberg via GoFundMe (see it here) to raise funds to ensure the education, mentoring and scholarships at the heart of the organization’s mission won’t be derailed by the city’s current shutdown. While everyone is impacted by the COVID-19 virus in some way, the hardest hit are students in homeless shelters, who live in complex situations in the best of times and are having significant trouble right now.
“The core work of the NYVGCC is to use the combination of games and journalism to provide educational opportunities, mentoring, internships and scholarships to underserved communities in the NYC area,” said New York Videogame Critics Circle founder and board president, Harold Goldberg. “In particular, we are raising funds for a new initiative to bring games and games writing courses to high school students in homeless shelters in New York City.”
The “Talking Games with Reggie and Harold,” podcast kicks off in mid-May on Soundcloud, iTunes, Google, Spotify and elsewhere, with new podcasts dropping every week for seven weeks, with topics including games, entertainment, education and pop culture. In addition to top gaming executives, game developers and stars from beyond the world of games, special guests include gaming industry veteran and creator of The Game Awards, Geoff Keighley, and even some of the high school student interns who are direct beneficiaries of the Circle's efforts.
The main podcast, including the special guest content, will be available for free. Extras available exclusively for donors who contribute at any level include:
Opportunities to submit questions for Reggie.
Bonus podcast content, including longer versions of interviews in the podcast and some audio that wasn't available in the podcast that's new.
Access to an exclusive private auction with various video gaming memorabilia up for bidding from the vaults of NYVGCC members, such as a Nintendo Power magazine signed by Shigeru Miyamoto.
The first chapter of Harold Goldberg’s novel (on audiobook) that is somewhat inspired by Rockstar Games' L.A. Noire and Grand Theft Auto IV.
“Harold and I are joining forces to create a fun, entertaining and informative podcast to benefit the mission of the nonprofit organization,” said Reggie Fils-Aimé, gaming industry icon and NYVGCC board member. “Maybe I’ll be coaxed to share some of my untold tales from MTV Networks and Nintendo.”
With the goal of raising at least $15,000, all funds raised will go toward continuing the NYVGCC’s mission of education, mentoring, paid internships and scholarships through games and journalism. The New York Videogame Critics Circle is moving their journalism courses online, and once completed, the organization will make these courses available to educators around the country for free.
New York Videogame Critics Circle Programs Include:
DreamYard Project in the Bronx: Offering mentoring, internships, workshops, job information and college scholarships for intelligent, but underserved students.
Journalism classes at The Henry Street Settlement: The New York Videogame Critics Circle brings games education to community events as well.
Mentoring at, and consulting for, Older Adult Technology Services (O.A.T.S.), at their Senior Planet tech center in Manhattan's Chelsea-area.
The New York Public Library system and American Museum of Natural History panels: Talks and discussions about jobs in games, games history and how games bring people together.
NYVGCC members are a culturally diverse and passionate group of videogame journalists from media outlets including Tom’s Guide, CNET, Time and The Washington Post.