While this isn't strictly indie gaming news, it is independent music inspired by classic game music, it's firmly embedded in the spirit of gaming and it's for charity, so I'm going to go ahead and plug it anyway.

Oh yeah, it's bloody brilliant too. 8-Bit Christmas is an album of chiptunes based on the classic Christmas songs you've come to know and love (read: hate). Produced, arranged, recorded, and mixed by Shane Barber aka Rush Coil, it's glorious stuff which is definitely worth checking out.

The whole album can be listened to via the 8-bit Christmas site for free. However, if you're feeling charitable, a downloadable version can be purchased for $4, or a CD version for $10. All net proceeds are donated to the Child's Play charity, which 'presents hospitalized children around the globe with games and toys during the holiday season'.