Seriously, this is genuinely brilliant news. Sony's announced that PlayStation gamers have donated over £1.01 million to the Japanese Earthquake appeal. That's a staggering number.

North American PSN users raised £260,995, while Europe stumped up £538,122, and Asian countries offered £16,673. Japanese gamers themselves coughed up an additional £181,751.

The donated money is being distributed to organisations within the region that are actively working to relieve the devastation caused by the tsunami and earthquake from earlier in the year. Beneficiaries include the American Red Cross, the British Red Cross and the Red Feather Community Chest Movement.

Sony allowed people to donate easily via the PlayStation Store. Any donations were rewarded with an exclusive XMB theme.

Sony itself donated £2.34 million towards the relief effort, a figure matched by Nintendo. Other Japanese publishers such as SEGA, Namco Bandai and Tecmo Koei contributed significant finances towards the appeal.