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Final Fantasy concept art raises money for Phillippines typhoon relief

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

An auction of concept art from Final Fantasy 10 and 10-2, recently exhibited at a Los Angeles-area gallery, has contributed $40,000 to help children's relief efforts in the Phillippines, still recovering from a devastating typhoon in November.

Square Enix announced the donation on Thursday. The art director for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster, which launched in April, noted that the game portrayed a disaster, partly inspiring the decision to sell the art and send the proceeds to the Typhoon Haiyan recovery.

"While we normally write stories that are about saving the world, I wondered if there was anything we could do through our games to share the pain felt by those affected," said Yusuke Naora, the art director for the original Final Fantasy 10.

The art as on display at Gallery Nucleus of Alhambra, Calif. The auction included more than 50 pieces of limited edition concept art, illustrations and sketches from Final Fantasy 10 and Final Fantasy 10-2.

Typhoon Haiyan struck Nov. 8, causing widespread destruction. More than 14 million persons have suffered the aftermath, six million of them children, many of them left homeless or otherwise displaced. Square Enix's contribution is to UNICEF's Typhoon Haiyan Relief, which in addition to providing clean water and emergency kits, also opens shelters and temporary schools for children and hekps reunite them with their families.

More on UNICEF's Typhoon Haiyan Relief fund may be seen here.

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