Developer Traveller’s Tales have announced that they will be supporting British charity Comic Relief with a special game code which adds red noses to the characters in the company’s hit licensed game Lego Star Wars II
Comic Relief began in 1985 as a reaction to Bob Geldof’s Live Aid and has quickly become a British institution, with a bi-annual telethon being widely celebrated by schools and business, with significant support from a variety of brand name companies and famous celebrities. The 2007 telethon occurs tonight on BBC1.
The day of the telethon is referred to as “Red Nose Day”, from the comedy clown’s noses sold to support the original event. The exact nature of the noses changes each year, to discourage people reusing the old ones, with this year's being an oversized red sphere. It is this which has been replicated in Lego Star Wars II
, which is already know for a number of humorous cheats such as fake Groucho Marx style glasses for all the characters.
To unlock the noses in the PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox 360 and PC versions of the game owners of the game are asked to donate any sum of money to Comic Relief, via the Traveller’s Tales website
, although technically the code is provided without any donation being necessary.
Comic Relief has also been supported by online virtual community Second Life
, which allows users to buy virtual red noses and T-shirts
using the game’s virtual currency. Further information on the Comic Relief charity, including information on how to make a direct donation, are available at the official website