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11-29-2010 @ 10:18PM
Personally, I have never understood why people get so offensive about the charity aspect of these sorts of things. Assuming Blizzard handed over a big fat check with out any sort of promotional item, they would STILL be using money you provided them to make their donation (since that is where their profits come from). What is more, Blizzard is not obligated in any way to give any part of proceeds gained from any of their products, but they choose to do so. So what if it is a publicity stunt? The children that receive the benefits are helped regardless of Blizzard's intent whether it be genuine or insidious. And honestly, what would make Blizzard seem worse? Not helping any one at all or at least trying to help those in need, what ever their agenda?Another thing to point out is that most people are not motivated to donate to charity. Either they think "oh, I will do that later" or they simply don't care enough to do it. Considering the huge player base of WoW, this will undoubtedly raise money from those people who would not have helped otherwise. If you feel your own contributions should be greater than five bucks, by all means, fork over your paycheck but how can getting un-intersted people involved be a bad thing? All in all, I can only see a win-win-win scenario here. Blizzard gets good press, people feel warm and fuzzy that their purchase of their shiny new pet helped some one, and some kid is now the benefactor of this charity drive. Trying to slam Blizzard for an event like this in the name of some grand holier than thou crusade is naive at best, and hypocritical at worst.
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