Skip to Content
11-04-2009 @ 3:26PM
11-04-2009 @ 3:46PM
"Half of the proceeds will be donated to the make a wish Foundation"You know what Blizzard? Want my respect? Make it 100% of the proceeds.
11-04-2009 @ 3:56PM
Also note that only 1 of the pets available will contribute to the charity. The rest are all for profit.
11-04-2009 @ 4:04PM
I also just noticed that it won't continue sending proceeds to charity after the start of next year.That seems very manipulative of the playerbase. Definitely not in the spirit of what charity is supposed to be about. Now I'm quite upset about it, not for the vanity microtransactions part, because that doesn't harm the game in any way.No, I'm upset because of how uncharitable it's turning out that this charity-giving aspect actually is. It's kinda insulting.
11-04-2009 @ 4:06PM
Its the new Blizzard, Activision Blizzard ;). Give some money to make even more money.
11-04-2009 @ 4:10PM
Businesses look for ways to make money? Shocking!
11-04-2009 @ 4:11PM
If you think it's manipulative, just don't buy one. Nothing about this new policy in any way forces you to spend money.For that matter, how is this different than buying a Collector's Edition of WoW to get the special pet, extra art, etc. In that case you always spend extra money for no tangible in-game benefits.I have no intention of buying most of these pets (I may buy the monk, the charity idea is excellent), but I certainly don't care if other people buy them. I personally draw the line at real money conferring true advantages in the game. Up to that point, I really couldn't care less what people choose to spend their money on.
11-04-2009 @ 4:20PM
The difference is that they are putting heavy emphasis on the charity aspect.Oh wait, fine print: It's only 50%Oh wait, more fine print: It's only for 2 monthsOh wait, even more fine print: It's only 1 of the petsIt ends up coming off as very tacky once you realize that it isn't actually very charitable at all. Honestly, if Blizzard wants to donate to charity, they should do it privately, or hold a proper 100% fundraiser (even if only for one pet). This in-between thing they are doing; it is not in good taste.
11-04-2009 @ 4:22PM
K,Wanna earn my respect? Get of your damned high horse and write a $10.00 check to MAW your damned self.
11-04-2009 @ 4:45PM
Karilyn, It would be all a mute point if they didn't offer it for any charity at all. No one is forcing them to offer any percentage to charity for any length of time. They're making the decision to. There may be ulterior motives, but you're forgetting the one fact: It's still for charity. I'd rather 50% go to Make a Wish Foundation for two months then 100% to Blizzard's (or Activision's) pockets forever.
11-04-2009 @ 7:55PM
So Blizzard is now run by goblins?
11-04-2009 @ 4:56PM
For those complaining about only 50% going to charity and only for the first two months, look at it this way:If only 1% of the 12 million players buy a Monk before the end of the year, the $600,000 for charity. Seems pretty good to me. And I wouldn't be surprised if way more than 1% of the player base buys one of the Monks.
11-04-2009 @ 4:57PM
And so it begins.Seriously though, this was already happening now at least its safer for the users since they get them from blizzard itself.Blizz love money.What will be next? Mounts,Weapons,Characters? Who cares it was all on sale online already.I do believe that the pets are all overall very mediocre and its overdue for blizzard to revamp them. No more summoning after a taxi or zone in, maybe a nintendogish thing.
11-04-2009 @ 5:00PM
Complaining that it's only 50% of the proceeds? Seriously, do you have any idea how measly most of these "charity" donations are? Check the next time you think you're doing good by buying something with a pink ribbon on it... Most of those corporate "partners" only donate 10% or less of the purchase price!And the fact that it ends at precisely midnight at the end of this year is almost certainly due to some contractual agreement.Why does everybody always assume Blizzard is out to screw you? For your money and time, this is by far the best value for your entertainment dollar out there.
11-04-2009 @ 5:43PM
Sorry, but I think a potential $60 million donation is pretty dang spectacular.
11-05-2009 @ 4:46AM
To me, it seems that people struggle to realize that Activision Blizzard, inc is a public company (therefore in their best interests to keep investors happy) with the purpose to *insert shock and horror* MAKE MONEY. I would not be surprised that not every one of the people criticizing Blizzard for 'only' donating 50% of the proceeds of one of the pets to the Make-A-Wish Foundation do not make full donations themselves to such organizations.It is none of my business whether or not people do make contributions to charities. But, it is none of their business to pass judgment to Blizzard, or any staff member that donates portions of their salary and/or time that is or is not done with public knowledge. Has it been so long that people don't remember what Blizzard did for Ezra Chatterton when they worked with the Make-A-Wish foundation some time ago?If you want to be a internet super hero on a crusader against the big, mean corporations of the world. Criticizing a company for actually doing some good in the world isn't the right approach.Also, no one is forcing you to use these 'micro-transactions' or faction changes, or race changes, or server transfers, or... etc. These are services provided for your convenience while also priced to make sure people don't use these services all willy-nilly. The system of 'micro-transactions' (if you call $10 micro) has been out for almost 2 years now in the form of the TCG game and have made minimal impact on the game itself beyond cosmetic changes./EndRantTL;DR - It's a video game company making a contribution to the world. The issue is getting more attention then it should.
First time? A confirmation email will be sent to you after submitting.
Members enter your username and password.
Enter your AOL or AIM screenname and password.
Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments.
When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password.
To create a live link, simply type the URL (including http://) or email address and we will make it a live link for you. You can put up to 3 URLs in your comments. Line breaks and paragraphs are automatically converted — no need to use <p> or <br /> tags.