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“You Can Donate to Japan’s Relief Efforts!” or “Why That Pisses Me Off!”

May 3, 2011 4 comments

Via GamePolitics (and later via MMO-Champion and WoW.com) I came across a news item today that stated that Blizzard is offering a non-combat pet, the Cenarion Hatchling for $10 in the Blizzard Store. The nice thing, apart from having a cute little pet follow you around, is that 100% of the profits will be used to help victims in the wake of the recent earthquakes that resulted and tsunamis in the Pacific region as well as devastating flooding in Japan.

And that pisses me off.

Too often I see giant conglomerates starting a venture to ‘help out’ in a cause, all of the cost associated is forked over to the end-user. In this case if we want to help through this option, we must spend $10 and that money goes straight to the relief efforts. Blizzard practically mints money. Why couldn’t it be that they donate cent for cent, dime for dime, and dollar for dollar? Or better yet, donate directly without ‘donating’ a digital pet in a video game?

If you make the argument that some players are pet-collectors and they would be grateful to know their money was actually helping someone, then bear in mind that those people aren’t your primary donors to begin with. As someone who has sunk significant capital into the flood relief work in Pakistan, earthquake relief work in Haiti, and tsunami relief work in Japan, it irks me to no end that a massive money-minting company like Blizzard can’t be bothered to spend any of its own money for the cause.

Maybe I am overreacting, and you can hate me for the argument, but I am sticking to my guns. I love Blizzard and the fantastic worlds that they create, but the above really pisses me off.

Categories: World of Warcraft

“Glados Extreme Makeover” or “Makani is my New Hero”

Makani over at Deviant Art has come up with what I consider to be the most impressive Portal 2 illustration. In the words of one of the commenters below the illustration on Deviant Art, “you won the Internet”!

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Categories: Portal 2