Gamers can be a nostalgic bunch, and they can also be quite generous. Both of these qualities were exhibited in a recent auction held to benefit a children's hospital.
Last fall, Blizzard
announced that it would auction off a number of retired server blades
(hardware that used to hold different player servers) from its popular fantasy game World of Warcraft
and donate the proceeds to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
. That auction recently took place on eBay, and the 2,000 blades raised a total of $330,000 for the hospital. Each auction winner now owns a monument of the collective experiences of the game's community and has the satisfaction of knowing that the funds will help children around the world.