Operation Supply Drop’s 8-Bit Salute Year Two

It's time to game for a good cause. We're going to host a livestream for Operation Supply Drop's 8-Bit Salute again this year.

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UPDATE: TOP THREE DONORS

It was an incredible weekend and thank you to everyone who watched our Twitch stream. Most importantly, a huge thank you to everyone who donated to our 8-bit Salute with Operation Supply Drop. We raised nearly $12,500. That’s a testament to how awesome our community is. Two donors contributed over $1,000 apiece. Tremendously cool of Dominic Jay DeStefano and John Knowles to do this. Dominic was our top donor and John donated the second most. Jesus Patino also pitched in 1K. Prizing was only available to our top three U.S. residents and Heather Currie-Martinez came in third. A hearty thank you to our top donors and everyone who contributed! The prizing is over but you can still donate to this worthy cause. Top donors will contacted today, May 18, via email.

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We're going to host a livestream for Operation Supply Drop's 8-Bit Salute again this year. It's not our anniversary or anything like that. Why are we doing it again? Well...


From: Jeff Bullock
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2015 2:29 PM
To: ndi-dog
Subject: Uncharted and how it helped me in Iraq

To the wonderful people who made the Uncharted games,

My name is Jeff Bullock. I am a veteran of the war in Iraq and I just wanted to take a few minutes to let you know what your games have meant to me over the years. The newest Uncharted game is on its way, so I started replaying 1-3 today. This inspired me to write this email.

I was in Iraq from December of 2010 to October of 2011 at FOB Warrior in Kirkuk, Iraq. I brought my PS3 over there with me and set up a projector so I could play my games in my CHU (compartmentalized housing unit), basically a glorified trailer, on a big screen.

While not conducting missions outside the base, I spent most of my time in my CHU trying to relax and forget for a moment that I was in Iraq. We constantly had indirect fire, specifically rockets, lobbed our way. It was a multiple times a day sort of thing. To this day, I still have problems when I hear sounds similar to the incoming alarm or to the sound the rockets themselves made. It was usually the first thing we talked about in the mornings. "Hey, did you hear those rockets last night? Sounded like it landed pretty close." That sort of thing.

So, there are two things I would like to let you know your games did for me. The first is the most obvious. They allowed me an escape into another world, even if that world also had explosions, they were not real and also controllable. Nothing at all like getting caught out in the open when the incoming alarm went off and just laying down to take cover and hoping that today wasn't your day to die. It was an escape, one I desperately needed every day.

The second benefit to your games is a little less straight forward. There were many of those morning conversations about rockets the previous night that I was happy to have nothing to contribute. I would play Uncharted on my big projector screen and turn the volume up. As it happens, many times this blocked out the sound of real rockets. So instead of hearing the alarm or the explosions, I would continue playing, blissfully unaware of the potential dangers around me. I should mention that even if I had heard the alarm or explosions, there really isn't anything that I could do but sit and wait and hope. Much better to be happy and distracted.

Your games helped to eliminate some measure of the stress of everyday life in a war zone. I just felt this was something I should share, and I hope that it brings all of you some measure of happiness to know what your games meant to me, and I'm sure to many others in similar situations.

Thank you, and I wish you and your families the best life can offer. Keep doing what you're doing, you never know how much it can mean to someone.

With great sincerity,

Jeff Bullock

A Grateful Veteran


Team Naughty Dog starts live streaming our support of Operation Supply Drop's 8-Bit Salute on Saturday May 16. Tune in from noon PST until 9pm PST to our official Twitch channel to watch and game with us.

To make this event even more fun, we've teamed up with the LA Chapter of Operation Supply Drop and we'll have some very special guests coming to the studio. Our good friends Brandon Laatsch and SanchoWest will be hanging out and hosting the live stream for us.

Here's the schedule:

Saturday May 16NameTitleGuest
12noon-1pmEric MonacelliCommunity StrategistBryan Parent (vet)
1pm-2pmTal Peleg & Ricardo FloresAnimatorsKat Quinn
2pm-3pmRichard Lyons & Andrew MaximovConcept Artist & Environmental ArtistDerrik Ford (vet)
3pm-4pmVinit Agarwal & Anthony NewmanGame Designer & Lead Game DesignerCarlos Paredes (vet)
4pm-5pmTrevor Stevens & Jack ColemanQA Lead & Studio Recruiting CoordinatorLemar Harris
6pm-7pmSam Johnston & Arne MeyerProgrammer & Community StrategistBrian Chung (vet)
7pm-8pmRobert Krekel Sound DesignerJeff Bullock (vet)

Other Naughty Dogs will be available at various times during our 8-bit salute:

Play with the DogsPSN ID
Jordan EspinosaPeptoTheGreat
Joshua McCormickTheRealBobMan
Nicholas MazurvVvEnmity
Hunter AdamsFissionSt
Arthur ChenAChenSensation
William CranmerKillStuff101
Trevor Stevensrekliss
Emily Beattyvor_vor
Tyler HeldFatality4420
James ElrickMrBlue0307
Joel YoukhannaSapphirePaladinX

As we did last year, we'll be rewarding top donors with special prizes.

Here are our prize tiers:

Top Donor

  • The Last of Us Remastered Japan-only PS4 Faceplate signed by Ashley Johnson
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End PS4 Faceplate (one of a kind)
  • The Last of Us Remastered Steelbook signed by Ashley Johnson
  • Limited edition The Art of Naughty Dog Art Book signed by Naughty Dog Team
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End for PS4 (after release to the public)
  • Jak and Daxter Statue Exclusive Edition

Second Place Donor

  • Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary PlayStation 4 Faceplate (one of a kind)
  • The Last of Us Remastered Steelbook signed by Ashley Johnson
  • Limited edition The Art of Naughty Dog Art Book signed by Naughty Dog Team
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End for PS4 (after release to the public)
  • Jak and Daxter Statue

3rd Place Donor

  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End for PS4 (after release to the public)
  • The Last of Us Remastered Steelbook
  • Jak and Daxter Statue
  • Limited edition The Art of Naughty Dog Art Book

Pretty cool stuff, right? If there's a tie for any of the prize tiers, the prize will go to the donor who submits his or her donation the earliest. These prizes are available only to fans who are residents of the United States. So please donate early and often if you're seeking any of these prizes!

If you're watching on any of the livestreams we'll be giving out some codes for DLC and full games to the first people to redeem the codes. The codes are valid for residents of the United States only and cannot be redeemed in other regions. The codes will be redeemable for items such as the Helldivers full game or Uncharted or The Last of Us DLC grab bags. The codes will work in the United States only.

The codes will be posted into the chat thread at random intervals or will be awarded to first correct answers to trivia questions. Residents of the United States only. Here's what you'll be able to potentially win via giveaway just by watching:

- The Last of Us (PS3 Full Game)

- The Last of Us Remastered (Full game)

- The Last of Us Remastered DLC Grab Bag

- The Last of Us Avatars

- UNCHARTED Avatars

- Jak and Daxter Collection (PS3 full game)

- Helldivers (PS4 full game)

Around 9pm PST on Saturday, May 16, our beloved PlayStation MVPs on Team Naughty Dog will take over to support the cause. Donate to 8-bit Salute and game with them!

Saturday May 16PSN IDActivityLivestream Link
9pm-10pmcmdlukeTLOU Remastered Factionstwitch.tv/cmdluke
10pm-11pmcmdlukeTLOU Remastered Factionstwitch.tv/cmdluke
11pm-MidnightSweetPoison13TLOU Remastered Factionshttp://www.twitch.tv/sweet13poison
Sunday May 17PSN IDActivityLivestream Link
12midnight to 1amSweetPoison13TLOU Remastered Factionshttp://www.twitch.tv/sweet13poison
1am to 2amtripleWRECKTLOU Remastered Factions and Unchartedtwitch.tv/tripleWRECKTV
2am to 3ambarryhainsTLOU Remastered Factions and Unchartedtwitch.tv/tripleWRECKTV
3am to 4amRedd_Dragons / sQuiiDxTLOU Remastered Factions and Unchartedtwitch.tv/tripleWRECKTV
4am to 5amRedd_Dragons / sQuiiDxTLOU Remastered Factions and Unchartedtwitch.tv/tripleWRECKTV
5am to 6amSadist-Various Naughty Dog and other gamesTwitch.tv/urgentfury
6am to 7amSadist-Various Naughty Dog and other gamesTwitch.tv/urgentfury
7am to 8amSpider-JewStreaming with Radio PlayStationtwitch.tv/radioplaystation
8am to 9amSpider-JewStreaming with Radio PlayStationtwitch.tv/radioplaystation
9am to 10 amSadist-Various Naughty Dog and other gamesTwitch.tv/urgentfury
10am to 11amSadist-Various Naughty Dog and other gamesTwitch.tv/urgentfury
11am to 12noonSanchoWestWrapup - Recap of the stream earlier and Naughty Dog gamestwitch.tv/sanchowest

Game and DLC codes will be given away to random selected people who watch or play with our PlayStation MVPs as well, so be sure to tune in for your chance to get some really cool giveaways!

Please share our team page, donate if you can, and pledge your support! Hope to see you online!


Operation Supply Drop Inc., 9301 Alvyn Lake Circle, Bristow, VA 20136, (412) 370-3665. Operation Supply Drop is a 501(c)(3) organization, Tax ID: 27-3842517, mission statement: http://www.operationsupplydrop.org/about/


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