Denverite Brian Crecente is sort of the Rupert Murdoch of video games. As the editor-in-chief of the influential video game blog Kotaku, Crecente, a former Rocky Mountain News scribe, was recently named of the twenty most influential people in the video-game industry by GamePro magazine.
Crecente has decided to put that power to good use. Case in point: Kotaku's holding its annual video-game fundraiser tonight at 6 p.m. at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton Street, to raise money for Child's Play, a game-industry charity that provides toys and games to children in hospitals.
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And in true Kotaku style, the party, which is open to folks sixteen and older who are willing to shell out a minimum $10 donation, will have video games up the wazoo, with the main stage dedicated to attendees rocking out on Rock Band and the brand-new DJ Hero, plus a console arcade on the second floor.
If that's not enough, the shindig will be offering so much free and silent-auction swag -- from a popcorn machine to a giant bottle of video-game-themed wine (mmmm!) -- that it'll put all those gold coins Mario collects to shame,
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