I first saw this on Gaming Steve and followed the links to find the original thread on Cheapassgamer.com. I think it’s worth another mention on another blog to get the information out there. A soldier stationed in Iraq is asking people to donate their used games for the soldiers stationed there. He will re-distribute them among his fellow troops so they have something to enjoy. They’ll also take pictures of the games when they get there. The postage for shipping overseas is the same as shipping around the country, it’s not that expensive. He gave a list of what game consoles they have available:
You can send the games to:
SK1 Shane Neuhaus
30 NCR DET 1
FPO AP 09381-1702
Update: Since this was posted, Shane Neuhaus has been sent home from Iraq and no one has taken over the donations. He thanks everyone who sent games and helped out the soldiers. 3/17/08 Â
If you want to see whats already been donated, they made a list here: Game List
If you think it’s not a big deal to these guys then read this, all donations are appreciated:
“Damn Nitro…In the military we call that “going above and beyond”. Way to look out and your efforts are more than appreciated. It is guys like this and like everyone else here on CAG that are always willing to help out without question that make helping such a good feeling. It might seem small to you but it is a big deal to us. Just like when we (the Seabees) build schools, homes or even water wells for countries that would not even have fresh water for their kids to drink. We complete projects like that all the time so it does not seem like a big deal but it truly is when your on the outside looking in. Thank you.”
Update: I wrote to Shane, the guy who started the thread and asked if they needed consoles and controllers and told him I’ll be getting some things together. Here is is reply, please note the number of troops sharing these games:
“Thank you for the email and the blog on your site. Everything looks accurate and thanks for mentioning the fact that originated at CAG. It just started out as an idea but I brought that idea to CheapyD (with support from fellow forum members) and he said to run with it. I have been emailed recently about consoles. It was never my intention to go that far but whatever we received will definitely be used. I know one gentleman is sending out an original Xbox and another is sending out a PS2. Some rooms already have some systems installed and they get passed around from service member to service member. The consoles themselves belong to the base MWR committee and I am talking about 20-30 PS2s only being distributed for 5,000-8,000 troops. Pretty small ratio. Most people bring or mail their systems. I personally carried my Xbox 360 with me over 6,000 miles. It was a pain but well worth it because I knew what I was getting into J. So consoles would be great if readily available. Please do not go out of your way for one though. As far as requests, I try not to take them. I do not want it to get taking the wrong way with making requests. You know, do not send XXXX, send XXXX instead. But the majority of the gamers I have talked to enjoy shooters, sports, and the occasional RPG titles. Not too many people have an original Xbox out here because of the size/weight of the system. Most have the Xbox 360 and PS2. If you will send out any Xbox games, it would be best to check backward capabilities. If they are not, they still can be played by the few original Xbox owners or the MWR consoles. That is why a lot of people like Gamecube games, because of the Wii and the backward capabilities. Controllers I have not heard anything about. That is a new one believe it or not, and I have been flooded with emails since the donation thread made it outside of CAG.
Thank you again for your efforts in getting this recognized. I appreciate all the effort that everyone is putting in. Like I said, I never intended for it to get this large but I know how much people want to find a way to contribute. I am just glad I can put a smile on some faces in my own way.
I hope Shane doesn’t mind that I shared his email but I think the word needs to get out there. As fellow gamers, we can help alot of service men in a small way.