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Sony: Donate to the Japan tsunami effort with PSN wallet

Friday, 18 March 2011 21:12 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Sony has posted on both the US and EU PS Blogs that folks can now make donations to the Japanese tsunami effort through their PlayStation wallets.

So far, Sony has contributed batteries, radios, and other equipment to the relief efforts, but wants you to help out as well, if you can.

“You can make donations in the amount of $2, $5, $10, $25 and $50 from your wallet in the PlayStation Store,” wrote SCEA president and CEO Jack Tretton. “With your donation, you’ll get a free theme for your PlayStation 3. In order to make a donation, go to the “Aid Japan” area under the New Releases category on the PlayStation Store.

“It’s important to note that your contributions will go directly to the American Red Cross – Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund. Every penny donated will go to the fund, which supports emergency relief and recovery efforts, including deploying personnel, sending relief supplies and providing financial resources.

“Many gamers in particular feel a special bond with Japan, even if they’ve never traveled there personally. Its ingenuity and innovation have shaped our industry, and its culture and style have brought a sense of community across the world.”

You can get more information through the links.

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24 Comments

  1. Peetry

    Donated £20, feeling very self-righteous.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. NeoSquall

    I’m not sure. Wouldn’t it be better to donate directly to Japanese Red Cross, instead of the American one?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. FrankieDF

    I was going to donate, but then I read it went to Red Cross. No thanks, I would rather my money actually went to the people who need it.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. KAP

    like me.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. NeoSquall

    Note that EU gamers’ donations go to British Red Cross.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. xino

    just donate directly to them!
    what the hell do you want to do with a garbage theme for!?

    i don’t know why people just constantly waste space and money over junk!
    how many themes do you have? a week later you would change the theme and the sun rise would be there eating electronic dust, you would never use the theme again.

    http://www.redcross.org.uk/Donate-Now/Make-a-single-donation/Japan-Tsunami-Appeal

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Crysis

    I don’t understand the criticism for Sony making an easy alternative to donate.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. DeathJynx

    @7 maybe xino just doesn’t understand that maybe someone like me with no money, but has a few funds in his psn wallet, would like to be offered an alternative way for me to share what little I have. Not to mention, it is Sony’s home country, and Sony as a company was not unaffected by the disaster. So when hundreds of people post on the playstation blog, asking for a way to contribute through psn, why should Sony be expected by ANYONE to turn a blind eye to those requests. We all need to stop worrying about how to do things and just be grateful for the options.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. neon6

    What will Microsoft do in regards to the tsunami and earthquake victims?

    #9 4 years ago
  10. DeathJynx

    I don’t think anything through X box. But I am positive microsoft as a corporation will contribute A LOT.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. xino

    @8
    Or maybe someone like you should understand that when you help someone, you help out of the goodness of your heart but not to get anything in return!

    So if Sony were doing the same idea for New Orleans, Chile, ChristChurch, Sri Lanka etc. I bet you would do the same thing right? but did you even donated to charity when those geography location got wrecked by earth quakes and tsunami without getting anything back?

    But because Sony are offering something in return, you think “ok I’ll donate, i’ll be helping people but will get something back in return”.
    Sorry but that is lame and really not helping, it goes back to the theory of ‘exchanging for goods’!

    Donating without getting anything in return is the right way and shows the goodness from your heart.
    When you give money to homeless…do you get anything in return?
    but if he offered people for a shine shoe…I’m sure people would happy to pay him.

    It’s just like in underground tube stations. Ignorants would happily and confidentially give money to people playing music in underground station with their guitar, piano, flute whatever; but will surely turn a blindeye to an homeless person begging.

    So now people think that the only way to help people is to get something back in return? what as this f**ing world come to?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Crysis

    @9, They’re donating $150’000, they were criticized for this on twitter because they said they’ll donate $1 for every retweet up to $150’000 instead of simply donating the money.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. DeathJynx

    Xino, you have quite the pessimistic view on the world don’t you? I always offer to buy homeless people lunch if find them outside a restaurant, and I promise I didn’t spend $20 inorder to get an extremely girly theme from playstation. I like my current wallpaper thank you. And I have been on the phone with playstation support enough times to make an educated assumption that due to the restrictions of both the psn store structure, and playstations payment system. They cannot accept money without a transaction. So in order to donate through the system they have to give you something in return. The theme uses default icons, so it is pretty much a wallpaper. Wallpapers are normally free. It isn’t like anyone is looking for a great deal out of this ordeal.

    And for the record, most good hearted people in a down situation like endin up homeless, do not enjoy hand outs. People are prideful & enjoy feeling like they can still do something of meaning in this world to earn their way. I understand your coming from a good place in your comments, and I think I traditionally agree with you in almost all you posts on here. But try to see the broader spectrum of a situation like this and be more optimistic. The world is so corrupt yet. I think most of the worry some comments come from ignorant, underage trolls and I wouldn’t like them get to you.

    If you disagree still, then out of respect for the situation, let’s agree to disagree and drop it.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. DeathJynx

    I mean the donations are between you and who your are donating too anyway, right? Who cares how the money gets to where it is needed as long as it gets there.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. DrDamn

    @11
    ‘Sorry but that is lame and really not helping’

    Except for the full amount of money they donated of course, that helped. The free theme is irrelevant. People are donating because they want to help. Making it easier for people to do this is only a good thing. If some people end up donating just because of the free theme then again, it’s money they wouldn’t have had so again, only a good thing.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. xino

    @deathjinx
    yea…where the money comes from is not important.
    But if people are going to be donating for something in return then we have a problem here! Which means if crisis occurs and charities need people to donate, they would have to offer people something in return. And if they offer something in return…how much are the charity really going to get back in return?

    Like that ridiculous Live 8 garbage. That people would go to concert, the money used to get in would be paid to the charity to help people in poverty. Also famous celebrity would perform. Utter garbage! So if there were no concerts in the first place then people would not donate:/

    @Drdamn
    Yea…you have a point. If Sony uses this strategy and someone donated £1000. That is beyond unexpected and great for the donation. But the person is really showing love for Sony or loyalty, if the person really want to donate £1000, he would go straight to RedCross and donate.

    ” If some people end up donating just because of the free theme then again, it’s money they wouldn’t have had so again, only a good thing.”

    Ridiculous! That would mean promotion to donate would involve people gaining something back.

    For an example EuroGamerExpo convention when it was announced, the money used to buy a ticket would go to charity GameAid. That is fine by me but I am buying a ticket to get in the convention because I love games. I shouldn’t use an excuse and say “EGE is here, ticket would go towards charity so I must help and get a ticket in return.”.

    EGE way is to promote that gamers should come to their expo and if they do come, the money used to pay for the ticket would go to the charity. Therefore gamers would feel more like coming because they would get their hands on new games and the money would go to charity without their consent.

    However if EGE are saying: “donate £7 to our sponsor charity and get a ticket to come to our EGE convention”, then surely they are using the Convention as a promotion so gamers should donate and get something in return.

    It really should be the other way round.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. DeathJynx

    You are reading to much into it. Think of it as a bake sale. Problem solved? Nothing wrong with trying to spread the word and getting people excited to donate!

    #17 4 years ago
  18. DrDamn

    @16
    The point is not what way round it is – that matters not one bit. It matters that more money goes to those who need it. In a lovely ideal world sure, but this is the world we live in. Providing more reminders, more convenience and more ways to donate is a good thing. Also think about this, girl gets theme for donating and applies it. Friend sees it and asks where she got it from. Likes it so much she goes to get it herself. Now she may have already donated to the appeal but now she’s donated more.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. xino

    well I guess you are both right…its about trying to get people to donate.

    and anyway if companies don’t use this method, people would not donate.

    this is world f**ked up:/

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Gekidami

    @9
    Receive egg on their face, it would seem:
    http://www.winrumors.com/microsoft-apologizes-after-japan-twitter-backlash/

    Though they’ve directly donated money since.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Stephany Nunneley

    @19 Most people can opt out of receiving gifts for their donation. The majority of charitable or environmental organizations rely on donations to keep afloat, pay lawyers, and provide a salary to lobbyists who pressure government lawmakers, elected officials etc for them.

    Unfortunately, this is the way it is. A lot of people will only donate to get the “cool” backpack or neat sweatshirt that comes as a gift when you send a particular amount. The gift usually gets bigger with the amount donated. It’s sad that you have to bribe people this way, but that is human nature for some and the nature of the beast. The money spent by these companies, unless the product makers are “donating” their merchandise as a write-off, could be spent towards the cause instead.

    I donate to quite a few different organizations and I always check the opt out box on my form. I don’t need any more junk sitting around the house not being used, and I would feel a bit dirty accepting a “gift” in return for the one I am giving. Not tooting my own horn there and trying to make you think I am a “wonderful, magical” human being or anything. It’s just my opinion on the matter. We’re too obsessed with “stuff” enough as it is, imo. (goes and looks at nice boots on Macy’s website – :D )

    #21 4 years ago
  22. FredEffinChopin

    Wow, some people…. Nobody is donating for the purpose of obtaining a theme, anyone who wants to donate already had it in their mind. There is nothing wrong with one more way of doing so.

    And even if one was doing it for a gift, who cares? That makes the offer of incentive a legitimate success, by definition.

    For anyone sitting here criticizing other people’s motives while describing how selfless and pure you are when you give… You aren’t coming off as impressively as you imagine you are. Bragging about altruism makes the act a little less altruistic-seeming, no? If you’re really so much holier than everyone else, then shut up and donate quietly, and let others do so however they choose.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Lounds

    Japan is a rich country, I donated to comic relief which is for african countries

    #23 4 years ago
  24. tatsujin

    Oh fuck … I’m donating just to get that theme! Omg! I love Japan and I’ll donate MOOARR!

    #24 4 years ago

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  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

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  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

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  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

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  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

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  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

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  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

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  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

    In this J-Stars Victory VS+ trailer, we see – uhh. Well. We certainly see some things. Look y’all, I was a massive weaboo in high school, but that was back in the dark ages when we had to take out Manga Entertainment VHS tapes from dingy little specialist rental joints that were literally underground, and […]

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

    In today’s episode of “what will they think of next”, someone’s figured out how to post playable versions of classic games in tweets. For some time now, Twitter has allowed you to embed various forms of media in tweets, most noticeably YouTube videos, simply by pasting a URL into the compose field. Turns out this […]

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

    WWE 2K15 may be the series’ PC debut, but it’s already getting into the spirit of the platform. WWE 2K15 does indeed support mods on PC, 2K’s Marcus Stephenson has confirmed. @ElementGamesTV you can. Now buy. — Marcus Stephenson (@stephensonmc) April 28, 2015 As Destructoid points out, this opens the door to all sorts of […]

  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

    Overkill’s The Walking Dead is one step closer to your grasping little paws. Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, Overkill parent Starbreeze has announced. 505 also published Payday 2, Overkill’s previous title, so the two companies have established a working relationship. In a press release, the publisher said the co-op title […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]

  • Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available

    Official mod tools for Total War: Attila are now available and you can grab the new Assembly Kit as a beta through the tools menu via your Steam library. The Creative Assembly said the tools will be “immediately familiar” to modders of Rome 2 and Shogun 2, but the new version is the most “extensive” […]

  • How to get level 34 Ascended Raid gear in Destiny: House of Wolves

    Watch: two videos showing you how to get level 34 raid gear and a shopping list of what you need. One of the big changes that House of Wolves is bringing to Destiny is the chance to upgrade your weapons and gear to level 34. In these videos Arekkz Gaming shows you how to use […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves puts PvP back in the spotlight

    Destiny PvP players, your time has come to shine. New Crucible maps. New Crucible rewards. And the glorious wonder of Elimination mode. Destiny: House of Wolves puts PvP front and centre. When Destiny was first detailed, one of the things Bungie stressed was that there’d be something for everyone. If you wanted to play solo […]

  • Destiny: Trials of Osiris – everything you need to know in one video

    The Destiny: House of Wolves embargo has lifted, and with so much information floating around pertaining to Trials of Osiris, it can be overwhelming. Thankfully, Arekkz Gaming tells you everything you need to know in one video. In the video above you will be informed of how the 3v3 Team Deathmatch event works, how you […]

  • Destiny: House of Wolves – watch a Trials of Osiris match from start to finish

    With the release of Destiny: House of Wolves looming, players will soon be able to participate in the new 3v3 Team Deathmatch event in The Crucible, Trials of Osiris. Below is a video featuring an uncut, complete match from start to finish. In the video, Arekkz Gaming gives you a breakdown of the mode and […]