Wander into any gaming forum thread, chat room or multiplayer-action communications and you rapidly discover that gamers can be an insensible lot. But there are also instances where the hardcore, win-at-all-costs trash talking goes silent and they band together to do well. Such was the case lately when players and game developers turned heartbreak over the death of a young compatriot into cash to fight cancer.
MechWarrior Online is a game that lets players control powerful war machines and fight each other for dominance on the battleground. The amusement is still in beta testing and plans to launch in mid-September but boasts more than 1.1 million registered pilots. Five-year-old Sarah Marie Alida Parries of Vancouver, British Columbia, was one of them. Proceeds from the auction are being kept in a running tally on a particular page on the MechWarrior website.