Gifting and giving for gamers

Every Federal worker gets slammed during the holiday season -- not just with shopping, but with charities. The Combined Federal Campaign makes a big push this time of year, and while it’s definitely a worthy cause, gamers just got another great incentive to give (and receive) with this year’s Humble Indie Bumble 2.

Humble Bumble 2 is a joint charity collaboration among a handful of indie game developers, the game-based Child’s Play Charity, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. This year they’re offering five great games: “Cortex Command,” “Machinarium,” “Osmos,” “Revenge of the Titans” and the highly acclaimed “Braid,” for any donation amount of your choice. You can even set how much of your donation goes to each group.


About the Authors

Brian Bowers is Stars and Stripes’ Assistant Managing Editor for Europe and Mideast and one of its video game reviewers. He joined the newspaper in 1992 in Germany, where he worked on the news desk and the city desk. He has a wife and three children, who are always eager to help him test games.

Sam Laney joined Stars and Stripes in 2007 as a copy/layout editor and slowly convinced upper management to support his video game habit. Since then, he’s added game reviews and previews to his list of duties and moved on to the iPad. When he’s not rocking newbies in “Left4Dead2,” he covers PC and Nintendo systems.

Michael S. Darnell joined Stars and Stripes in 2013 as a reporter and quickly annoyed his bosses into allowing him to write about video games in his spare time. He's a PC gamer at heart whose life goals include building the first gaming PC on Mars.