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Kotaku's Child's Play Fundraiser lets gamers rock out for a cause -- and goodies

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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.

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,

Calling all guitar heroes: Show us what you're made of.

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