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Video games have risen far from their first humble incarnations as blips on modified radar stations to the multi-billion dollar industry they are today. Like radio, movies, and television, video games have been unfairly blamed for everything from antisocial behavior to the dumbing down of America. And like these media, women make up about half of those who consume it, and yet by far the vast majority of games are marketed towards males age 18-35. It's time for gamer girls to show they're just as much a force to be reckoned with as the guys. With that in mind, I'd like to introduce the Girls Gaming House. Follow me below the orange squiggle and learn more about this project.

The Girls Gaming House is a project that's been years in the making. While there are other gaming houses that stream, this would be the first one that would also be televised. Taking place on the beautiful Southern California coast, the house would be home to a rotating cast of professional female gamers doing what they do best. Make no mistake, these are real gamers, not eye candy bikini models. While the gaming house would be streamed live 24/7 over the internet, we will also be producing a weekly television show for a major network. By putting the focus on the female side of gaming, we're hoping to help people break out of the stereotypes and prejudices about gaming that they already have. By encouraging a social atmosphere, we're hoping to show that camaraderie and friendship can exist even in the incredibly competitive world of professional gaming.

So what does all this have to do with a political website? Admittedly, the answer is very little. However, DailyKos, in addition to its stated purpose of electing more and better Democrats, has always been an advocate of social awareness and women's issues. While the GGH will be a for-profit endeavor and, at its core, entertainment, its unique presentation also presents an opportunity to become a platform to promote equality. In addition to the fun outings to places like Disneyland, participants will be expected to volunteer time at places like children's hospitals and rescue missions, particularly during those times of the year where greater awareness of these issues is promoted. For example, during February I imagine everyone will be wearing a lot of pink, and during the holiday season we'll be working with a number of charities. We will always be on the lookout for ways to do the right thing.

After a lot of hard work we've successfully pitched the idea and picked up a few potential sponsors. Unfortunately I can't reveal who they are just yet, but rest assured I'll be informing people as soon as I'm released to do so in an update. Before we can turn this concept into reality, however, they have tasked us with proving that we're serious about this by raising $10,000 for the project by November 20.

This brings me to the bottom line. Yes, this is a diary that's requesting donations to the cause. Following the address provided in the link ( http://www.girlsgaminghouse.com ) will take you to a page where you can make donations through PayPal to the general manager of the project, Amanda "Synelyse" Morgan. Since this is the fundraising period for a for-profit project, donations are not tax-deductible. As we are fundraising through PayPal, however, if for some insane reason we don't make our $10,000 goal by the November 20 deadline, all donations will be refunded and prizes given away are yours to keep.

Did I mention prizes? Oh yes, for every $15 the donator will be entered into our frequent donator giveaways. We've already done several of these on our twitch.tv streams (twitch.tv/synelyse and twitch.tv/teagen_the_rogue, both of which can be accessed through the girlsgaminghouse.com main site). The prizes have included digital download codes for AAA games such as Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite, and gaming gear by Razer like the Naga mouse and the Black Widow keyboard. One entry will be posted for every $15 donated, so $30 will get you two entries, $45 will get three, and so on. You'll remain in the pool for as long as we're doing these giveaways, so early donators have more chances to win!

In addition, for every $100 the donator will be entered into a special drawing that will happen at the end of the fundraising period. The winner will receive an all-expense-paid two week trip to the house to meet, greet and game with us! The trip will also include the first planned and televised excursion to the Disneyland resort, just to sweeten the pot. This is a global contest, so all residents of Earth (and the ISS) are eligible to win.

As of this evening we've raised a little over $8100, so we're drawing incredibly close to making this dream a reality. We're very excited, but we're always looking for new ways to get the word out. If you know anyone who might be interested, point them our way.

You can also check out our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/...) and follow us on Twitter (@GGamingHouse) to keep updated on the latest totals and when we're doing our Twitch.tv giveaways.

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