The Team Fortress 2 blog points out
the awesome news that Valve and Team Fortress 2 players have managed to raise USD$430,543.65 in a recent charity drive. The money will be going to a Japanese disaster relief flood to help recovery from the earthquake and tsunami.
Hopefully the mainstream media will pick up on this; there's so many incredibly positive stories about video gaming it seems bizarre that the only ones they seem to hear about are the ones in which violence can somehow be related to it. Last time I checked, Team Fortress 2 still had people exploding in bloody chunks of flesh after getting hit by a rocket, so maybe playing violent video games also encourages dangerous levels of philanthropy?