Independent digital store Itch.io has launched a new support package Palestinian aid which includes over 1,000 games, soundtracks, books and more for a minimum price of $ 5. All funds raised from the sale of the package will go to United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which will provide food support and health services to the people of Gaza.
"Independent games are unique in that they can tell stories that are not seen in AAA or other games. We pour our life experiences into our games and share a piece of ourselves with the world," wrote the organizer of the Alanna Linayre package. "Palestinian game developers are no different in this regard, but they have the added challenges of limited access to basic services such as clean water, electricity, health care and food security. They live under Israeli authority. which discriminates and subjugates Palestinians to the point of persecution and apartheid, simply because they are Palestinians. In addition, they develop games without all the resources involved in being in a Western center for game development.
In May, UNRWA issued a "attractive flash"for $ 38 million in funding to support" immediate food, non-food, health, psychosocial, WASH and emergency response needs "arising from Israeli airstrikes that killed more than 250 Palestinians in Gaza, including 66 children, according to the UN and local health officials. The UN says nine hospitals and 19 clinics in Gaza were damaged, along with 1,026 houses and commercial buildings. 13 people in Israel, including two children, were killed by rocket attacks, according to the Time of Israel. A ceasefire was declared on May 21.
The centerpiece of the package is Liyla and the Shadows of War, a 2016 narrative platform game based on the 2014 Gaza war by Palestinian developer Rasheed Abueideh. But overall, the package covers a lot of ground: Other highlights include The Church in the Darkness, The Stillness of the Wind, Gnog, Sokobond, Pikuniku, Minit, Anodyne, Nuclear Throne, Signs of the Sojourner, VVVVVV and Super Win . the game, to begin with. The package also includes soundtracks, development tools, comics and digital books, and asset packages.
He Independent package for Palestinian aid is priced at a minimum of $ 5 and is available until June 11th.