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Posted: Mar 14th 2011 2:54PM Lenn said

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@Anatidae It's not like Japan is cash-strapped. They're an incredibly rich country, with loads of high-educated people. Japan is not a third world nation. They're not in the same situation as Indonesia was when they had their earthquake/tsunami. Japan'll be back on top in no time, quite possibly better than they were before last week. I don't think they need a lot of faux caring from other parts of the world.

The guy/gal in the OP made an admittedly cynical observation without being callous towards the victims of the disaster, but yet everyone and their grandma are coming down on him like a ton of bricks. Nobody cares, guys. It won't make you look good. This is a website about computer games. If you want to show you care, you don't do it by sanctimony; you do it by flying to Japan and clearing rubble and looking for survivors.
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Posted: Mar 14th 2011 7:45PM GrubScrub said

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@Lenn Uhh last time I checked, Japan is in 2nd place when it comes to national debt, at almost 200% of GDP. Now with this disaster, damages are estimated to be at least $180 billion which is 5% of their national annual output. Which is a lot... They may be a developed country, but they are sinking in debt, evenmore so with this disaster. They are very much cash-strapped and could use all the help they can get.
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Posted: Mar 14th 2011 12:41PM Magnux said

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@Addfwyn

"SE is in a part of Tokyo that isn't affected by the rolling blackouts, so they willingly chose to shut down their servers."

Thanks for pointing that out Addfwyn! While it is a good PR decision if as Addfwyn say's with SE not really being affected with this and still shutting down their servers to help out the country which is need I applaud them, even if its to make them look good.

I like to point out one thing about their servers, they are a Japanese company and they have what about 700k at most subscribers to their MMOs? What does this mean? It's simple they want to keep servers in their country so that their people are benefiting from it. Kind of makes sense to me that a company would want their home country to benefit from their efforts. But hey I could be wrong and it could be that they hate all the other nations so much that they wont put servers in their countries which would cost them more and would mean that they are paying people that are not their country men money for a job that could be done in their country. At least they are doing something that keeps the jobs in Japan, unlike most of the other greedy companies around the world that have moved their tech support to China, India and various other Asian countries. And lets not say that Blizzard can do it because that is a stupid excuse since they have 10million+ customers. Because when they started I highly doubt that they had servers in every country at WoW launch.

Posted: Mar 14th 2011 7:55PM Anatidae said

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It has been my experience in life that government aid in just about any form is often sparse in situations like these. Donated funds to organizations have a much higher chance to benefit actual individuals in a more effective and direct way.
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