In 2009, Pittsburgh made its first foray into the world of video games with The Pitt, a sequel to the popular Fallout 3 that takes place in the Steel City. In reality, however, the connection between Pittsburgh and the video game industry runs deeper than a digitized screen as a number of companies—including Schell Games on the South Side and Jetbolt Games—have found success in the region. The Steel City likewise has an impressive, as well as growing, video game community, as evidenced by Pittsburgh continually ranking amongst the top cities in the annual Global Game Jam, a 48-hour marathon for game creation. Then there’s Anthony “Chachi” Walker, a local video game enthusiast whose annual Chachi Plays for Kids charity event raises funds for various local organizations in the area. It may still be considered up-and-coming, but the Steel City’s video game community is impressive nonetheless.
Video Games and Pittsburgh
Gamers Raise Funds for Children's Miracle Network James South, 2013 coordinator for the Pittsburgh region, discusses Extra Life, the gaming fundraiser that benefits Children’s Hospitals across the country.
Global Game Jam Unites Gaming Community The 48-hour video game creation marathon has found success in Pittsburgh since its inception in 2009, and serves an important role within the local community.
Chachi Plays for Kids and Pittsburgh Charities Anthony “Chachi” Walker discusses Chachi Plays for Kids, an annual 24-hour video game playing marathon that has raised money for local charities since 2011.
Jesse Schell and the Closing of Toontown Shortly after Disney announced it was closing the popular online community, rumors began circulating that one of its original architects might purchase the website.
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