Former president of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aimé has launched a gaming podcast alongside journalist Harold Goldberg, with donations helping to bring mentorship and technology to disadvantaged youths in New York City.
Talking Games with Reggie and Harold is a seven-episode podcast featuring Reggie and Goldberg, the latter of whom is the founder of the New York Videogame Critics Circle, a non-profit organization that mentors those less fortunate in journalism and game development. You can learn more about what the NYVGCC does over on its website.
— Reggie Fils-Aime (@Reggie) April 29, 2020
According to The Washington Post, the first guest on Talking Games will be Geoff Keighley, head honcho of The Game Awards. As for Fils-Aimé’s intentions with the podcast, he told The Post, “Our vision is to create a fun, entertaining, informative podcast with its goal to benefit the nonprofit.” As for his connection to the NYVGCC, Fils-Aimé grew up in the New York neighbourhood of The Bronx, where he’s returned following his retirement to mentor local students.
As well as the podcast announcement, Fils-Aimé and Goldberg have launched a funding campaign with plans to raise $15,000. If your wallet is ready, donations are being gathered via GoFundMe and will help fund the NYVGCC’s mentoring work, as well as providing gaming technology and education to homeless youths in New York City. The NYVGCC is also moving its journalism courses online free of charge so they can be accessed by educators and prospecting students.
Those who wish to donate will receive “extra content” from Fils-Aimé and the forthcoming podcast guests, as well as a means to bid for special gaming memorabilia held by the NYVGCC. Reggie Fils-Aimé recently joined GameStop’s Board of Directors to help save the struggling retailer.
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.