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Posted: Jan 17th 2010 10:17AM Mad Dog said

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Hey Ive got a better idea why dont you just give some cash straight to them instead of SOE taking a cut >

Posted: Jan 17th 2010 10:32AM (Unverified) said

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While I think they should just straight up donate the money (and blizzard should have done the same with that stupid overpriced pandaren pet, which I think they took a cut of), SOE are donating double the price of the pet, so how is that taking a cut?
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Posted: Jan 17th 2010 5:36PM (Unverified) said

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Reading is FUNdamental.
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Posted: Jan 17th 2010 10:36AM aurickle said

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There is no cut here. This is a matching donation. Basically, Sony has decided to donate $12,500. That's generous. But by doing it this way, they turn that $12,500 into $25,000. Sony gets no profit at all here. What they're doing is creating a vehicle for people to donate and then matching those donations with their own money.

This is the way a charity drive SHOULD be done. Totally unlike that other one by another company last month that charged $40 for an item and donated $5.

Posted: Jan 17th 2010 10:40AM (Unverified) said

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For once i see someone actually doing some charity work and not just selling their dung while tossing some measly amount from the sales into charity while making bucks themselves. The later i kinda see as exploitation of others misfortune as long as someone is making profit of said event. Score for SOE

Posted: Jan 17th 2010 11:09AM TheJackman said

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straight up donate the money please do not use this damn Cash store in everquest!!! Boycut this one at all cost!!

Posted: Jan 17th 2010 11:18AM (Unverified) said

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Someone donates $5 = $5 goes to Haiti
Someone spends $5 at the SOE store = $10 goes to Haiti + person get an item
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Posted: Jan 17th 2010 11:28AM Sireangelus said

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Man some people get upset over anything.

"How dare you take my five dollars and add five dollars of your own and donate the entire 10 dollars to this charity!"

Really?

Sony has made some dumb choices in the past, but this is a really great idea in my opinion.

Posted: Jan 17th 2010 11:29AM Strumiker said

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Wife and I both bought the outfits in EQ2. I'm glad they made this easily available to help out, and the armor looks nice too :) So if the lesser mmo giant can do it, why don't the others? Here's hoping they do!

Posted: Jan 17th 2010 12:44PM (Unverified) said

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Here is the way I understand it from this article:

So you buy a virtual item for $5 and SOE kicks in another $5 plus gives you a virtual item. To that I say kudos to SOE.

They cap it so the most they give is $12,500. They have to have a limit since it comes out of their pocket. That's no small amount and again I say kudos to SOE.

But they also cap the amount that the users can give. Once the users have given $12,500 the rest goes right into SOE's pocket. And a person doesn't know if the cap has been hit or not.

What I don't understand is why not say the proceeds from the item go to the Haitian effort and they'll match the first $12,500? That way if they sell more than $12,500 the additional amount goes to it like the user was hoping?

After all, it is a virtual item. It costs next to nothing at this point for SOE to provide.

Overall though, kudos to SOE for giving. They are no different than most companies that use such things as marketing leverage as well. And if that is what it takes to get companies to give, so be it. A lesser evil.

Posted: Jan 17th 2010 8:18PM tenfootgoatman said

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I did nt support Blizzard with their micropayment pets even though part of the proceeds went to charity because in thier case it felt a very cynical ploy .This however seams to a genuine attempt to help the people of Haiti . Good for SOE .

Posted: Jan 17th 2010 6:52PM CCon99 said

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I can't stand SOE as much as the next person. But there is nothing wrong with them donating to a much needed cause and using a promotion to try and get their community involved in the giving.

From what I read all proceeds from the players will be going to the relief effort despite SOE's cap, SOE will only match up to $25,000. Meaning if they sold $50,000 worth of the selected items, they would donate up to the $25,000, where the donation would be $75,000. That's how I'm reading it.

Posted: Jan 17th 2010 9:26PM wjowski said

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Bitchers sure love bitching.

Posted: Jan 17th 2010 9:26PM Joshua Przygocki said

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With that other offer going on where they are giving out free station cash for facebook fans, this essentially could work for some like, SOE gives you the cash to give to Haiti THEN doubles it, so for some of these they are donating $10 and getting no money to begin with.

Posted: Jan 18th 2010 7:49AM BaronJuJu said

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Nice to see MMO companies thinking outside of the box when it comes to charity opportunities. With the success of the Childs Play charity drive at Christmas, more companies could use the game as a tool to get folks to donate to worthy causes such as this. Its strange that no other MMO company is doing anything similar to this, could you magine if WOW did a similar charity drive?

Well done SOE.

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