Author Archives: Russ Pitts

On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the founding of Take This

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the founding of Take This. Recently, I spoke with Jerry Holkins about the founding of Child’s Play. He told me a long and hilarious story of how he and Mike Krahulik came up with a terrible idea about sending old games to hospitals. Terrible (and obvious, in hindsight) […]

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A Long Road

This September marked the four-year anniversary of the founding of Take This. An anniversary we allowed to pass with little fanfare, because although our founding marked the beginning of a journey that has taken us from a gathering of concerned citizens to a full-fledged non-profit charity with operations all over the world, the date also […]

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A Post-Election Message From Our Co-Founder

    No matter your politics, the 2016 Presidential election has been a bruising, ugly event for America. I’ve heard from so many people that they felt marginalized, alienated, repulsed, and abused by the candidates, that it’s hard to imagine anyone feeling good about how the political situation is turning out. When we started Take […]

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Why are we streaming?

  This year Take This is running it’s second annual #TakeThisStream. Thirty-six hours, 30+ streamers, and anyone can join in. What is it? Take This will be streaming for the second year this holiday season. Starting December 28th at 12PM Eastern and ending December 29th at 11:59PM Eastern anyone can join Take This’ It’s Dangerous […]

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The Imaginary Orange: My Life with Depression

I feel like I’ve been a little less restrained with my opinions lately, and — at times — this has gotten me in a little bit of trouble with folks who might not be used to that from me, or when I say something genuinely stupid about an issue I don’t fully understand. (Sorry #InternationalMensDay) […]

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When the Bad News Feels Too Much

Following the news of the recent tragic events in Paris and elsewhere, I took a long break away form social media and the internet in general. (After I made sure everyone I know is OK.) Coming back to social media the next day, I saw a lot of frustration and grief. Some of it expressed as […]

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The Story of Take This Soundtrack Now Available

This month, we released the short format documentary film “It’s Dangerous to Go Alone: The Story of Take This”. The film gives an overview of how Take This was founded in the wake of tragedy and now works with conventions like PAX to help prevent tragedies from occurring. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at what we […]

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Sleep Deprivation “As Bad as Smoking”

Prof Russell Foster, a neuroscientist from the University of Oxford, said lack of sleep is damaging the health of the nation, with too many early risers trying to function with brain skills so damaged they could be drunk. The comments follow studies which suggest that working night shifts speeds up the ageing process, and is […]

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We’re Expanding the AFK Room Program

Since we launched the AFK Room program in the spring of 2014 with PAX East, we knew we’d want to eventually expand it to additional conventions. In the year since, we’ve managed to do so, securing a presence at every PAX event worldwide. To four conventions in four cities from one. To two continents, even. Amazing. Our […]

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Watch the trailer for our upcoming documentary!

“It’s Dangerous to Go Alone: The Story of Take This” will premiere in late Summer 2015. Stay tuned for premiere dates and details, and a chance to watch it live with members of Take This.   Producer/Director/Editor: Russ Pitts Photographic Director & Editor: Christian Cicerone Camera and Audio: Paul Goodman

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