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Posted: Oct 13th 2011 5:07PM LaughingTarget said

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Why not just auction them off as private servers and perpetually send those proceeds to St. Jude?

Posted: Oct 13th 2011 6:05PM Resurge said

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@LaughingTarget because blizzard is a business ..why would they create a competition for themselves they can't control?
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Posted: Oct 13th 2011 6:55PM Thawedtheorc said

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@LaughingTarget What is wrong with you? Every time Blizz does something for charity, someone has to throw in something critical or find fault.

I lost a child last year to the beast called cancer. Any little thing you do to help a child and their families through the ordeal is a God Send.

Here's the thing- No one owes anyone anything.

So Bless you, Blizz people and the folks at joystiq for promoting this auction,

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Posted: Oct 13th 2011 9:44PM Faction 3 said

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I cannot stand people who hate for really no reason...I know your pain.

I myself, played WoW for 4 1/2 years, I quit in July of 09, roughly when Yogg was nerfed. I have no ill-wishes or hate towards the game. I actually appreciate the enjoyment and entertainment it gave me for several years, and for that, it will always have my respect.

Because it doesn't interest or entertain me, I guess I should begin to kick &^*$ on it, eh?

Makes sense....
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Posted: Oct 14th 2011 5:02PM (Unverified) said

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@Thawedtheorc I really didn't get an impression of criticism from him. He just had an idea. It may not have been a particularly spectacular idea, but I don't think he was hating on Blizz's charity efforts.
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Posted: Oct 14th 2011 5:23PM (Unverified) said

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@LaughingTarget

Perpetually send WHAT proceeds? You think if they auction them as private servers that people will pay subscription fees to play on those, and then they those fees would go to Blizzard, and then to St Judes, and then OH NO I'VE GONE CROSSEYED
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Posted: Oct 15th 2011 9:27PM LaughingTarget said

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@Thawedtheorc

How do you take the leap from renting out a server for a premium and generating a cash flow for charity to hating Blizzard and sick kids? Seriously, try and connect those dots. Ya, I didn't consider the self-competition aspect of it, but to fabricate a non-existent history of anti-charity is bizarre. It sounds like you desperately need therapy since you're fabricating a false reality and attacking people over it. It's only a skip and a jump before you start doing his to real people, not phantoms on the Internet.
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Posted: Oct 13th 2011 5:08PM Crell said

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What would make this interesting is if they held enough data to do private shards.

Posted: Oct 13th 2011 5:15PM BigAndShiny said

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@Crell
somehow i doubt it.
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Posted: Oct 13th 2011 5:12PM Rengar said

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Ya, it'd be nice if the complied server software was installed, but it won't be. I'm sure the Hard drives will be wiped.

Posted: Oct 13th 2011 5:21PM Anatidae said

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Wow, semi-old computers - in server chassis...

I am very pro-charity, but the idea of buying old (and wiped) server hardware is not appealing at all.

How about they auction off some of the artwork they display in their building. Things like that would be worth collecting.

Or even if they made a unique mount in the world and auctioned it off so that there was only ever one of those mounts in WoW - that would likely raise more money.

Recycle the server hardware so that the heavy metals can be reused and auction off something meaningful Blizzard.

Posted: Oct 14th 2011 2:19PM Sukiyaki said

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@Anatidae Its just a reverse way to hype their "new server upgrades" by exploiting some "good will charity" PR bullshit.
Effectively their got rid of their age old server for some cheap new ones because it looks like the hardware would die soon. As usual they wont even think of donating their own money but abuse the "good will" donations of others in exchange for near worthless goods like pets or garbage server as theirs.

Not just are these server dusted old moths.
WoW server have always have been some of the worst (outdated) in the whole genre with barely any upgrades to the server them self since launch. They just make big fuzz that make it sound like massive updates have been done but

Some traffic is limited, so everyone simply gets worse performance more equally -> PR machine spins it into "performance upgrades"

Capacity of instance server is limited/lowered and everyone left out cant enter instances, covered up as some "unkown error". Instead of providing required performance or compensate with higher number of server BLizzard just waits till playeractivity dies down on server after the overyhped expansion -> PR machine hypes it up as "performance upgrades for instance server! lags and crashes have been solved!" excuses limitations as "unknown error"

A few instance server are replaced with a bit less outdated cheap ones, maybe the old ones just broke down -> PR machine hypes it up as"massive server hardware upgrades"

Decade old weak server are replaced with some new, but doubtfully much better server. -> PR machine spins the recycling of old trash into donation event for PR at zero cost. "hey what the topic of forced and artificially overhyped news next week? how about a donation again? but we just released another pet and we never actually donate our own money!? why not just sell some worthless garbage and make big fuzz about it?! we didn't do that for weeks!"
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Posted: Oct 13th 2011 5:23PM nimzy said

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I'd buy one for cheap and then do an Office Space homage for Youtube with the server in a field and several friends with baseball bats and sledgehammers on call. I call dibs on Dragonmaw (Lagonmaw).

Posted: Oct 13th 2011 5:25PM TheAngryIntern said

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Blizz did the same thing last year. They had a couple examples on display at Blizzcon.

Posted: Oct 13th 2011 5:29PM Nibbana said

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"And yes, here is the box I lived in for several years," he said as his guests ROFLMAO'd their eyes in disbelief.

Posted: Oct 13th 2011 6:09PM Resurge said

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@Nibbana they rolled on the floor laughing my ass off their eyes in disbelief? :p
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Posted: Oct 13th 2011 5:31PM TheJackman said

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EA is like yeah low price server units!! Everyone that are the servers that will run SWTOR!!! ;)

Posted: Oct 13th 2011 6:14PM real65rcncom said

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@TheJackman

I'm thinking Trion will be the high bidder on these.

Once they win, they will secretly transport them under heavily armed guard to an undisclosed location in the Pacific Northwest underground.

Once secured under lasers, time locks, pressure floors and pirahna moats under 3 ft of industrial plastic, once a day Scott Hartsmann will take an elevator down to that level and rub it once a day for luck.

Thus, their plan to fully emulate WoW will be complete due to the Holy Relic of Past Success.
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Posted: Oct 13th 2011 6:19PM Graill440 said

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So they are auctioning off scrap metal and people are actually going to pay for it? It must be the signatures because i wouldnt think anyone is so utterly stupid to buy old server junk and say...."hey! looky at what i bought for (several hundred or thousand dollars)".

I must tip my hat to the spinners. A blizzard emloyee could step on a candy wrapper and i am sure they could sell it and make a profit in some way.

The charity thing is really good stuff but the product is so.........

Posted: Oct 13th 2011 6:22PM Poordevil said

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Well, it saves them recycle fees. It cost money to dump old hardware. Recycle stations charge to take stuff off your hands, they don't pay you for it.

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