Charity drive / prize giveaway

James / November 15th, 2010

My wife is helping run a charity drive for Autism Speaks, an organization to help people affected by autism. In addition to this, we’re giving away Cinemassacre/AVGN prizes to 4 random donators as a way to give back to the fans. We will announce the winners on Thanksgiving. An American holiday, yes, but the theme of giving thanks is universal.

Donate anytime during this week, November 15th to 20th

1.     Go to http://givenow.autismspeaks.org/cinemassacre
2.     Click on “Join Our Team” at the top under the Welcome Message
3.     Fill in the info.  Must fill in your email address to be eligible for prizes.
4.     Donate
5.     You should be able to see your name as a team member and the amount you donated.

This is a separate website from Cinemassacre. The money goes directly to the Autism Speaks organization. The only information we will have is your email address, so we can send the prizes.

If you want to donate anonymously and NOT be eligible for the prizes, simply…

1.     Go to http://givenow.autismspeaks.org/cinemassacre
2.     Click the “General Team Donation” Tab
3.     Enter amount and donate.
4.     You will be listed as a “General Team Donation”

Donations after November 20th won’t be eligible for prizes.

The minimum donation is $10 USD. That’s all you need to be eligible for the prizes. Your name will be entered and drawn at pure random on Thanksgiving Day. You have the option of donating more. For every $10, you will receive another entry in the raffle. For example, $20 counts as 2 entries, $30 counts as 3 entries, and so on. But obviously, don’t donate more than you’re willing.

Grand Prize –
* Original title card artwork for the AVGN: Lester the Unlikely (framed and signed by myself and Mike)
* 2 shirts worn by AVGN
* Autographed Zelda NES game
* Cinemassacre T-shirt
* Autographed Postcard

1st Prize –
* Woody Woodpecker mask signed by myself and Mike
* Autographed Fester NES game
* Cinemassacre T-shirt
* Autographed Postcard

2nd Prize –
* Autographed Rambo NES game
* Cinemassacre T-shirt
* Autographed Postcard

3rd Prize –
* Cinemassacre T-shirt
* Autographed Postcard

We will ship internationally.

This is my first time trying something like this. We thought it would be a nice idea.

Comments

  • Funkbuffalo

    November 15, 2010 at 4:03 am

    It’s a great idea James!
    Good luck with everything!

  • crycis

    November 15, 2010 at 4:14 am

    sounds cool im down.

  • jasekho

    November 15, 2010 at 4:54 am

    my 19 year old brother has autism. i’m glad finally someone decided to do a fundraiser for his type of people. people have to know that the cancer patients aren’t the only people who need the money.

  • Ronin

    November 15, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Great cause, and great idea James! You have my support. (Not trying to sound like April from TMNT here, I mean it.) Best of luck with everything!

  • xdeathknightx

    November 15, 2010 at 6:18 am

    I have autism so I will be awaiting my money 😉

  • Tyron

    November 15, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Are people outside the US eligible to participate?

  • Ronin

    November 15, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Tyron, he mentioned in the post that he will ship internationally. Also, I’m in Canada and i had no trouble donating 🙂 Just select Not in USA when choosing a state in the dropdown on the donation site.

  • November 15, 2010 at 7:36 am

    That is really beautiful of you and your wife to do, James. I hope the foundation makes a ton of money from this. Unfortunately I can’t make a donation because I don’t have any money to give, but I will let others know and try to drum up money for the cause. I would highly recommend promoting this on other sites like Face Book & MySpace. Autism is such a horrible thing for children to go through. I really hope they find a cure for autism one day. Good luck with the contest everyone and thank you James for giving back to the world. : )

  • Peteroski

    November 15, 2010 at 8:34 am

    I was wondering if there is a way to donate without a credit card. I would love to donate, so I hope it’s possible!

  • Snoofalah

    November 15, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Whoa, what, you have a wife?

  • Shane88

    November 15, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Damn, I actually wanted to donate, but I don’t have a credit card. :/ It would be great if a donation with Paypal is also possible.

  • Sheeyah

    November 15, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I matched Mrs. Nerd, though I swear it wasn’t for more entries. My own wife and I have been looking for places to donate; the prizes are just a bonus. Actually, I hope a lot more people consider trying to match – even if they have to get together with several friends to do it.

    And for those wondering, you can donate without a credit card (though DEBIT cards do work as well). I saw a link for a donation form so you can send a check/money order and note specifics on there I’m sure.

    Also, you can get a pre-paid VISA to use as a credit card. I know there’s usually a fee with those, but maybe if you plead your case you could get them to waive it. Well, maybe not, but you could always try.

    Or just contact the organization and ask them about it. If you want to donate money they’ll be happy to help you get it to them.

  • AssassinJordi

    November 15, 2010 at 10:34 am

    My sister has autism. I aswell think it’s very good you try to help people with a handicap and such, James! (and of course Motherf***er Mike too!)

  • November 15, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Three of my best friends have autism! 🙂 Thanks James that you care about them.

    They say of me that I CAN have it too be it isn’t proven…

  • November 15, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I would have understood if you supported stuff like Greenpeace or Unicef.
    But Autism Speaks?
    More worthy of a rant.
    That scum doesn’t deserve your support or your money, nor that of your wife, and frankly they should be kept away from civilised society.
    I’m disappointed.
    However, I guess I can hardly blame you; they hardly acknowledge their own mistakes and wouldn’t even dare to let anyone know about them.
    Do please check some of this, can’t really bring it into words myself:
    http://www.notautismspeaks.tk/

  • Jimbo

    November 15, 2010 at 11:08 am

    That’s great James. I happen to be autistic. It’s very minor autism but I still have it. Actually it used to be a lot worse. Yes everyone was AMAZED!

  • OkWhoStoleMyOreos

    November 15, 2010 at 11:38 am

    To: Snoofalah
    …He’s been married for years…

  • November 15, 2010 at 11:43 am

    To: Eli Dirkx
    You are such an idiot you know that.

  • November 15, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    To: MasterIronSnake
    Thanks a lot, but what is your ground for saying this?
    I’m just about the only one speaking against it, so naturally I MUST be the idiot speaking.

    What is the message of Autism Speaks? ‘Autism is the worst thing that can happen to a family.’
    What do they do? One could assume they actually put some money they get into supporting the people they claim they do, but no. That’s too much of an effort for them.
    Instead they prefer to put that money into fear mongering and bullshit about ‘curing autism’, censoring criticism against them, all while doing their best to maintain the image of a silent kid that cannot speak, screams and hits its own head (not that there aren’t those cases) and parents being unable to deal with anything related to their kid.
    Of course it’s difficult for those heavy cases, but for ‘Autism Speaks’ that seemed to be the only case that actually existed.
    Naturally, they wouldn’t even want to acknowledge the existence of ‘autistic’ people who are a bit more civilised than that.

    Thanks for helping them oppress us while making money off of it, asshole.
    I’ll bet they appreciate it.

  • nanokav

    November 15, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Great idea James – much respect to you, your wife and Mike.

    But – Autism Speaks really isn’t the best choice when it comes to help people affected by autism. Just research / google a little bit and you will find out that most people affected by autism are very sceptical about this organization

  • Bick Benedict

    November 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    You and your wife are good people.

  • Gonzalo_vm

    November 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    great james!! u r wife is awesome like u!! I had a laugh when i saw mrs nerd as one of the donators LOL

  • November 15, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    The only thing that would make this even better is if everyone got SOMETHING 🙂 (Besided gratification of course). My nephew has autism, so I will definately be helping with the cause.

  • Senter

    November 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Dear James,

    I have watched every single episode of your AVGN video’s. I have watched all the Board James, You know what’s bullshit and two cinemasscre’s monster madness runs. I am a great fan, and I’ve mailed you once to say: Thank you.

    Personally I have Aspergers -> Autism. It falls into the Autism Spectrum Syndrome.

    I know the Autism Speaks organization and it’s a really bad organization. I created an account just to write this. Autism speaks basically tells you, your life is ruined if your child has Autism and autistic (children) are a failure of society. That they will break marriages and bankrupt you. That autistic children can’t speak and other bullshit. And yes, that’s bullshit. I’m autistic, I’m moving to live on my own without any help, I have a girlfriend and I’m doing well in college. It aggrivates me that Autism Speaks spreads lies about Autistic Children. It’s because of that, that people still think Autistic children are dumb and can’t speak. Which is far from true.

    This is a video they made for propoganda: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU2paLv1MGE

    of course edited by the uploader, but it’s the exact same message.

    Autism is not a disease that can be cured. It’s a different state of mind. My brain functions different than other people. How my brain functions is not accepted by society. If they find a cure, which is impossible, but if they do, my brain would have to shrink/grow or whatever. Basically I wouldn’t be who I am today, and that, sir, is a terrifying thought.

    I support you all the way james, and I think it’s good that you are donating to charities. (I didn’t know you had a wife) However Autism Speaks is a very corrupt organization. I hope you reconsider the charity.

    Greetings,

    Marin

  • TehJedicake

    November 15, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Sweet!

  • Samurai

    November 15, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Fantastic idea. I’m throwing down a Jackson.

  • Arouth

    November 15, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    The fact that is a American holiday should not change a thing. Come on, people in the world should be more tolerant. Celebration is universal, so stop judging and start enjoying.

  • ulmuchiha

    November 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I would make sure whoever gets the grand prize chooses which thing he wants because the games and mask seems better than the artwork

  • BunchProductions.com

    November 15, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Are you married?

  • Gmanster64

    November 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Good intentions, bad Charity. Do something for Child’s Play like Pat the NES Punk. 24 hour marathon anyone?

  • Cory Power

    November 15, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Child’s Play is such a joke. There’s a million better causes than giving kids more video games to play.

  • November 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    woah woah woah…..you have a wife!?!? man that shatters my life, because i wanted your baby james, i wanted little angry video game babies running around saying FUCK BALLS!!!!

  • Jackred

    November 15, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Hi James,
    I am happy to see your wife is running a charity for autism because I have it and you wouldn’t know it meeting me in person unless I told you otherwise.

    I wish her the best of luck and the fact more people are getting this disorder is making me happy because the world won’t be so harsh with them.

    I got a lot in common with you and I am a long time fan of yours that I used to make videos inspired by your show.

    You are awesome man and I can’t wait to see what happens next on the show because you are really going all out for us which is a damn good thing.

    You are also one of the best movie critics I ever seen especially a few years ago you reviewed all the Godzilla movies.

  • Radelta

    November 15, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Hey james, please delete this “Senter” guy’s comment.
    What a nice way to show he supports the amazing thing you are doing by helping raise money for charity by basically putting down that said charity.

    I dont think you have autism or aspergers at all, guy. You sound more like a self-diagnosed sperglord to me, especially the way you preach about how bad autism speaks is.

    Oh, and one of my very good friends, her son has autism, and he infact does not speak. So your claim that autistic children are “just fine” and that the charity makes up things about them seems like bullshit to me.

  • SodamYat

    November 15, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Also, you’re an amazing guy. I’ m a full-time college student, but I’m currently putting in a lot of my free time working on some AVGN fan art!

    I can relate heavily to your videos, your frustrations with shitty games, and your childhood background. I also like the fact that when you aren’t being tortured by shitty games, you seem like a really down to earth, cool guy.

  • christburner

    November 15, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    …I just clicked Senter’s link….and there is no way that video is real..in fact i scrolled down the comments and CleverGenevieve states that the video is “a parody of the corporations evil views”…so basically more hearsay….gonna need actual proof that this organization is bogus..you know what fuck it….ITS 10 BUCKS AND YOU GET A SHOT AT SOME COOL AVGN SHIT….. james is involving cinemassacre in some cool charity deal with the chance for some fans to walk away with some swag..and some fuckin dude shows up, tryin to harsh everyone’s mellow (haha) and THATS bullshit.

  • November 15, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    We seemed to have sparked some controversy over the charity organization that we chose. I really had no idea this would happen. My wife and I have both worked with people affected by autism and wanted to do a good thing. For those not in favor of the choice of charity organization, we apologize.

  • SodamYat

    November 16, 2010 at 12:12 am

    No apologies necessary. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to do something good. In fact, I find it highly commendable, and so far no one has produced any real evidence indicating that this charity is anything but legitimate.

    Besides which, I think anyone showing you any personal disrespect should think about the fact that we all owe you a lot for the countless hours of entertainment and laughter you’ve provided.

  • SodamYat

    November 16, 2010 at 12:14 am

    I really don’t want any of the criticism to deter you from doing something like this in the future. This shows a lot of character on your part, and I’d love to see similar fundraising events in the future for various causes.

  • November 16, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Hey James+all

    OK, Im really not gonna get into this bc if I did itd be 10 pages long. BUT, I will say this, first off Ive watched Cinemassacre since 2006, every video, and I LOVE your stuff and you, James:)

    I have Cerebral Palsy and Im an advocate for persons with disabilities and inclusion, I made this film back in 06 for my Eagle Scout project & thought this is a good time to share it. Im gonna let it speak for itself

    You can watch it at

    http://www.imtyler.org

  • November 16, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Much appreciated, James. No matter how we all may disagree about Autism Speaks, your generosity in wanting to help autistic people is clear to see. Best of luck.

  • christburner

    November 16, 2010 at 2:22 am

    What SodamYat said……

  • Senter

    November 16, 2010 at 2:39 am

    I would like to reply to Radelta,

    I’ve been undiagnosed for 20 years. in the end I got a diagnose because I had issues with internship. I got fired for a couple of things which can be linked to autism. I went to a doctor, he sent me to a psychologist. This psychologist had been diagnosing autism in adolescents for 40 years. She diagnosed Aspergers. If you do not believe it, I can send the documents. Anyway, For your information, there are 3 main streams of autism. Classic Autism, which is the autism your friend’s son most likely has, Aspergers, a milder form of autism, and PDD-NOS: Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified. Where there are symptoms definately linked to autism, but can’t be placed into any of the categories. Now I do have to make an apology to James’ good intentions of supporting the organization. It has never been my intention to insult anyone on this subject. I hope the money raised, will be spend well, though I do have my doubts.

    Oh and to be honest, I never self diagnosed. During the diangose I started reading about it and came to the conclusion that all the questions and things that made me be a complete nut to other school kids, had been answered. I am aware that not every child with autism, especially classic autism, is able to speak their mind. But it is thát image that makes me afraid to tell at a job interview I have autism, as many, many people still have the bad image of autism in their mind.

    That’s truly all I’m going to say about this. I support your hard work and if I offended anyone. I’d like to apologise for that.

  • November 16, 2010 at 2:48 am

    James, you help out anyone you want ANYWAY you want.Help is ALWAYS needed in this world..
    I just did some work myself donating games to be sold for Autism Speaks. I own a video game store in North East PA, not to far from you bout an hour. I wasn’t even aware of his involement with AS and to the poster above james got married in the same week I did lol, amazingly we’re born a few months apart too. Kinda weird, I’ve been a fan of James since 2006 myself, first video i saw of his was TMNT Review.

    If you really are a true fan of all of James’s work, please help him out with donating to Autism Speaks — > http://givenow.autismspeaks.org/cinemassacre

    and james if you need donations to help with that AVGN movie let us help you with that too 😉 I bet every single poster on here would donate toward anything you put out there man. we got your back bro.

  • November 16, 2010 at 4:22 am

    To support Senter: Ronald Jenkees is assumed to have mild autism, though he’s denied it but people still believe he does.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smE-uIljiGo

    Check his older ones to get a judgement.

  • ajgenard

    November 16, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Charities can be a really fickle topic. People who are afflicted with medical conditions and have dealt with them directly can have vastly different viewpoints. Personally, I have epilepsy and am thankful for the Epilepsy Foundation. I have nothing but positive feedback for them but I have heard other epileptics having some issues with them.

    It really doesn’t matter what charity organization, some people are going to be opposed. It wouldn’t be any different if this were another cause. So if James and his wife have worked with autistic people and this is their charity I find it hard to fault them for that.

  • Jackred

    November 16, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I do question why would anyone have a problem with this charity.

    I mean you and your wife are going to help families who have autistic children which is very kind of you both.

    I actually wanted to meet you James for a few years now and I do want to prove to the world sometimes that people with my disorder are just like everyone else in the world.

    I really wish I could donate money for it but the problem is we are going to go get my girl friend who lives three hours away.

    She is a lot like me despite she has a different disorder and I used to make a ton of videos inspired by your work.

    I do have a request for a game you could review on your show now you did do an episode on Metal Gear yet not go into Snake’s Revenge so that’s my request .

    By the way James I know you have a lot on you these days and I wish you the best of luck.

  • November 16, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Dont mean to sound like a dick, but if you dont like the charity…..dont donate. Simple as that. James your doing an awesome thing. Dont let anyones comments phase you.

  • Sherpa

    November 16, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    What a great idea. Props.

  • Robochar

    November 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Okay, so I saw this and I also saw the comments. I’m in pretty much the same position as Senter, I have aspergers (though mild compared to others I know with the same condition), yet don’t feel I’ve lived a bad life because of it, simply come at the world from a slightly different angle.

    That said I don’t have some great knowledge of the other forms of autism, I’m sure there are people with various forms of it who could have lived happier lives. I don’t begrudge anyone donating to a cause interested in helping those with it. I have however previously heard of this charity.

    Again I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject, but from what I understand (and do feel free to correct me on this), while their intentions are good, they don’t put their money to the best possible use, determinedly pouring alot of it into finding a link between it and inoculation, despite having already seemingly proven to themselves it cannot be related. Also, as previously stated, while perhaps some people feel autism is a curse, I’m another who feels quite happy as I am, and that perhaps this charity dosent quite understand that.

    Simply put I have nothing against the intentions of this charity, but If I were to make a donation to such a cause, it would not be through someone else. Regardless, it is good to see you and your fans willing to make this effort to do something positive in the world, and for that I congratulate you.

    Oh, and I’m also massive fan who’s watched all of your work 😉

  • BunchProductions.com

    November 16, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Why did you delete my post in which I was asking about you being married?

  • November 17, 2010 at 9:32 am

    @BunchProductions.com

    Probably because it was stupid.

  • Connley

    November 17, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Great stuff as always James.

  • cptsrg

    November 17, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Id love to give but im not sure if my parents would let me theyd think it was a scam or something

  • Tyron

    November 17, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Just donated $10 James, your doing good in this world.

  • Tyron

    November 17, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    By the way James, if it’s something your wife believes in then your a good man for supporting her.

    You’ve got well over $1000, that’s going to do a world of good for some people.

    Perhaps you should have a Cinemassacre Charity Drive every year?

  • Makeda

    November 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    just wanted to make a donation, but i’m only getting a credit-card … which i don’t have 🙁

  • November 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    @Tyron: I agree. But maybe it should be once a month with a new charity. Like next month should be Toys For Tots since Xmas is next month. Course the Food Drive for the people who go without really needs a lot of help. I just heard today that nearly 15% of America goes with out food. That’s scary.

  • Aeffles

    November 18, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    James,

    I made a donation previously for $100.00 and I wanted to do a little more so I tried making other donations, but they seemed to not go toward the team for some reason?

    I made two more donations, which totaled my summary of donations to $200.00. I’ll be able to forward you information / receipts for them in hopes that it would be able to be forwarded toward the team’s tally. I emailed the site to the best of my ability to see if they could somehow redirect the donations toward the team.

    If you, or someone, could possibly get in touch with me somehow, I would really appreciate it. I hope that I could somehow get the donations your way and hopefully work something out with you guys so that it can get to the team.

    Thanks in advance, and please keep up the amazing work with the movie reviews, AVGN, side projects and generosity.

    Mark Ilkiw

  • Matamane

    November 19, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Nice to see you reaching out James, and hats off to you too Mrs. Nerd.

    I suffer from PDD myself, and have met many others on all sides of the spectrum. Some are non functioning, some like myself are very high functioning, but autism definitely comes in many colors. Needless to sa there are many misconceptions about the condition, and I’m glad to see good people supporting awareness.

  • Jigglysaint

    November 21, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    You know it’s ironic that the charity is called “Autism Speaks” when I’ve been trying to find a way to get one of my autistic friends to stop talking so much. All he ever talks about is movies and TV.

    Unfortuantly I don’t have money to spare to donate, but I compensate by hanging out with lots of disabled people. Helping the disabled, specifically the intellectually challenged, is a bit of a passion of mine, and I’ve realized that sometimes the best help you can give anybody is friendship. That and my ADHD makes it hard to go out and get a freaking education and make it a job. Also I got a big crush on this one disabled girl, but my disabled girlfriend(who I fight with constantly) is jealous.

  • kdowg123

    November 24, 2010 at 9:24 am

    James,
    my sister is one out of many affected by autism. i apreciate what you and your wife are doing to help support this cause.

  • Josh

    November 26, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    you and your wife are saints i have autism and i’ve donated $15 anonymously because what your doing now is the prize to me thanks alot

    – josh

  • November 29, 2010 at 8:10 am

    We all love you JAmes, and thinkg you are wonderful, its amazing how generous you are , a beautiful and amazing man http://www.vizzed.com/vizzedboard/vizzedindex.php?ref=65348

  • Axel_87

    December 1, 2010 at 4:21 am

    Your married…well didnt know that. Not being rude or anything but i thought a woman would just get in the way of your games. You should get her in as a guest star one of your videos. Really curious to what she looks like. Good job any way keep those videos coming.

  • December 4, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    How could comment 69 possibly fail so hard?

    “Your married” says it all. It’s YOU’RE, and he’s been married for years, smart one.

    Anyway, back on topic. I have Asperger’s and I really appreciate the fact that you and your wife care about the autistic. I’m very glad to be a fan :3

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