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Games For Gaza raises over $200K for Medical Aid For Palestinians

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Here's a chance for you to support Medical Aid For Palestinians (MAP) while also getting a little reward from the Games For Gaza Bundle on itch.io. The bundle has raised at time of writing $238,329.35, with their next goal to hit $300K before the bundle ends.

What MAP do:

MAP's vision is a future where all Palestinians can access an effective, sustainable and locally-led system of healthcare, and the full realisation of their rights to health and dignity.

Through our programmes in the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, and Lebanon, we work with trusted and experienced local partners to achieve this vision. Our programmes, designed and delivered by Palestinians, provide access to essential health services and build local knowledge and skills to address Palestinian health problems. In times of humanitarian emergency, we are ready to respond rapidly with aid and assistance.

MAP is also committed to bearing witness to the injustices caused by occupation, displacement and conflict. We speak out in the UK and internationally, and ensure Palestinian voices are heard at the highest levels, to press for the political and social barriers to Palestinian health and dignity to be addressed.

The bundle has 48 digital games, 197 tabletop games, 5 game assets, 4 soundtracks, and 2 books. The bundle will end November 9th.

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Perkeleen_Vittupää Oct 31, 2023
Please, stop these wars everywhere.. Just put down your weapons. Please.
MercifulBoss Oct 31, 2023
Quoting: Perkeleen_VittupääPlease, stop these wars everywhere.. Just put down your weapons. Please.

Expect more wars in the coming decade. It will get worse
tuubi Oct 31, 2023
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Quoting: MercifulBoss
Quoting: Perkeleen_VittupääPlease, stop these wars everywhere.. Just put down your weapons. Please.

Expect more wars in the coming decade. It will get worse

There's never been a decade without wars. We humans are a miserably warlike bunch. But I guess "worse" is when it affects us personally.
WMan22 Oct 31, 2023
Quoting: tuubi
Quoting: MercifulBoss
Quoting: Perkeleen_VittupääPlease, stop these wars everywhere.. Just put down your weapons. Please.

Expect more wars in the coming decade. It will get worse

There's never been a decade without wars. We humans are a miserably warlike bunch. But I guess "worse" is when it affects us personally.

I've always hated the cynical "we as humans are really bad" rhetoric with a passion, it implies there's collective blame to be had for all of humanity, that we never learn anything when clearly if you have people saying "hey can we stop this war shit" that's not the case, as someone is recognizing an issue that has plagued us and wants to put an end to it, thus making it not the fault of "humans" but individuals.

Where we should really be putting blame is on just a few individuals within humanity in upper echelons inside a military industrial complex who gain capital whenever there's a war thus are financially incentivized to continually send us into them, additionally, in regards to environmentally related things people would all switch to eco friendly options for things like transportation tomorrow if it was genuinely more affordable. You'd have some holdouts who held onto gas guzzlers out of stubborn tradition, but frankly if people are able to live more affordably with an eco friendly option they wouldn't hesitate to do it in a second.

It's like blaming the pawn for a king and queen's poor decisions. It's not really the pawn's fault that they're limited to moving and defeating other chess pieces in the most inefficient ways possible, and the game doesn't end out of empathy and respect for the loss of a pawn, only when the king is gone. That's just the way the game is designed by forces above the pawn's control.

...So how about that Linux gaming, huh? Pretty neat how much progress is being made right?
MercifulBoss Oct 31, 2023
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Quoting: Perkeleen_VittupääPlease, stop these wars everywhere.. Just put down your weapons. Please.

Expect more wars in the coming decade. It will get worse

There's never been a decade without wars. We humans are a miserably warlike bunch. But I guess "worse" is when it affects us personally.

Indeed. The difference is that the world is being drawn into it, unlike last decade. There is far more concerning rhetoric and polarization than ever before. The situation is quite unstable, like a powder keg.
tuubi Oct 31, 2023
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Quoting: WMan22I've always hated the cynical "we as humans are really bad" rhetoric with a passion, it implies there's collective blame to be had for all of humanity, that we never learn anything when clearly if you have people saying "hey can we stop this war shit" that's not the case, as someone is recognizing an issue that has plagued us and wants to put an end to it, thus making it not the fault of "humans" but individuals.

That's not at all what I'm saying though. I can see how it can be read that way and I guess brevity didn't really help my message here.

I'm not blaming human nature for these wars, just opining that the current situation isn't somehow new and unprecedented. Old wars end and new wars start, and innocents die. Usually for the most banal of reasons, just like you said. Someone rich gets richer.

Quoting: MercifulBossIndeed. The difference is that the world is being drawn into it, unlike last decade. There is far more concerning rhetoric and polarization than ever before. The situation is quite unstable, like a powder keg.

I think about 90% of that is just commercial media and a certain class of politicians milking our fears. I disagree with "ever before". Maybe you've just not been around for the previous "powder kegs", or haven't paid attention if you were.

We heard similarly dire predictions when Russia started their invasion of Ukraine recently, and when they annexed Crimea a few years earlier, and so on. Same with various conflicts in the middle east. Every couple of years there's a crisis that's definitely going to start the next world war. I suppose it might happen some day. I'm just not sure we're actually any closer now than we were 20 years ago, or 40 years ago, or 60 years ago. Granted, we're no closer to world peace either.


As a counter to the both of you, I'd say that these days far more powerful people (and multinational corporations) would suffer from a worldwide conflict than would stand to profit from it.
MercifulBoss Oct 31, 2023
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Quoting: WMan22I've always hated the cynical "we as humans are really bad" rhetoric with a passion, it implies there's collective blame to be had for all of humanity, that we never learn anything when clearly if you have people saying "hey can we stop this war shit" that's not the case, as someone is recognizing an issue that has plagued us and wants to put an end to it, thus making it not the fault of "humans" but individuals.

That's not at all what I'm saying though. I can see how it can be read that way and I guess brevity didn't really help my message here.

I'm not blaming human nature for these wars, just opining that the current situation isn't somehow new and unprecedented. Old wars end and new wars start, and innocents die. Usually for the most banal of reasons, just like you said. Someone rich gets richer.

Quoting: MercifulBossIndeed. The difference is that the world is being drawn into it, unlike last decade. There is far more concerning rhetoric and polarization than ever before. The situation is quite unstable, like a powder keg.

I think about 90% of that is just commercial media and a certain class of politicians milking our fears. I disagree with "ever before". Maybe you've just not been around for the previous "powder kegs", or haven't paid attention if you were.

We heard similarly dire predictions when Russia started their invasion of Ukraine recently, and when they annexed Crimea a few years earlier, and so on. Same with various conflicts in the middle east. Every couple of years there's a crisis that's definitely going to start the next world war. I suppose it might happen some day. I'm just not sure we're actually any closer now than we were 20 years ago, or 40 years ago, or 60 years ago. Granted, we're no closer to world peace either.


As a counter to the both of you, I'd say that these days far more powerful people (and multinational corporations) would suffer from a worldwide conflict than would stand to profit from it.

Oh I dont fear a world war.

The war with Russia and Ukraine brought us closer than ever to world war with all the rhetoric and Western actions in this regard. Next time will be even closer, the more the Western world declines the more severe the conflicts will happen. The Ukraine/Russia - Israel/HAMAS conflicts are the most severe conflicts since WW2
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Quoting: MercifulBosscloser than ever to world war

No, I still disagree. I don't believe we're closer to a world war now than we were at several points in modern history. But I'm not going to get into a pointless argument about this as there's no way for us to objectively measure and compare.

Quoting: MercifulBossThe Ukraine/Russia - Israel/HAMAS conflicts are the most severe conflicts since WW2
To the nations involved, certainly. I'm not sure if everyone else would agree. Some very bloody wars and other atrocities happened in the last ~80 years, and there must be at least a dozen active war zones even now around the world. (I'd find a list but I really need to get to bed. Shouldn't be hard to locate one though.)

Of course, I'm not trying to downplay any of this. Every conflict is important and every single victim is one too many. We should definitely do all we can to help, even if it's small stuff like voting for sane leaders and donating to helpful causes if possible. However, buying into the sensationalist rhetoric isn't very useful, in my opinion.
TheRiddick Oct 31, 2023
Quoting: Perkeleen_VittupääPlease, stop these wars everywhere.. Just put down your weapons. Please.

Why they do that? these wars are making a certain group of people/businesses serious coin!

Money before lives, that is the world we live in. The reality nobody wants to talk about.
TherinS Nov 1, 2023
Quoting: Perkeleen_VittupääPlease, stop these wars everywhere.. Just put down your weapons. Please.

Let's play a little "what if" game:

If HAMAS laid down thier weapons and said "we will fight no more", what would the likely outcome be?

If Israel laid down THIER weapons and said "we will fight no more", what would THAT likely outcome be?
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