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2012-11-08 01:51:43 PM
good. As I suspect from Blizzard.

Thier previous "Adoptions" - one with a little-seen to that point lore character, one for a reprint of a rare CCG pet, netted more then a million each for Make-a-Wish and Tsunami relief respectfully. I expect nothing less from this one. I just hope it doesn't have any annoying sounds like the Pandaren Monk did...
 
2012-11-08 01:52:05 PM
So, other than a few hours from a couple modelers and texture artists and credit card processing fees, Blizz Acclaim is getting a huge tax-rebate funded by their players.

I'm glad I haven't given them any more money for almost 2 years now.
 
2012-11-08 02:00:40 PM
Charity or not, it absolutely amazes me that some people are willing to spend $10 on a digital tchotchke in a game they have to pay a subscription fee to get into in the first place....
 
2012-11-08 02:01:58 PM

Witty_Retort: So, other than a few hours from a couple modelers and texture artists and credit card processing fees, Blizz Acclaim is getting a huge tax-rebate funded by their players.


debbie_downer.jpg
 
2012-11-08 02:03:04 PM
But how do you pet the kitteh?
 
2012-11-08 02:04:50 PM

Fark Reddit or bust: But how do you pet the kitteh?


www.apptrav.com?
 
2012-11-08 02:05:04 PM

Witty_Retort: So, other than a few hours from a couple modelers and texture artists and credit card processing fees, Blizz Acclaim is getting a huge tax-rebate funded by their players.

I'm glad I haven't given them any more money for almost 2 years now.


What have you done for the relief effort ?
 
2012-11-08 02:05:13 PM
How can I get that adorable thing to come over and play Guild Wars 2 with me? For free? Right now? With sprinkles?
 
2012-11-08 02:06:14 PM

Witty_Retort: So, other than a few hours from a couple modelers and texture artists and credit card processing fees, Blizz Acclaim is getting a huge tax-rebate funded by their players.

I'm glad I haven't given them any more money for almost 2 years now.


It's not like Blizz is alone in this, considering Valve jumped in with their $100 hats in TF2 for Japan, but that's Valve, they can't be held to the same standard as Blizzard! Only an asshole would see anything bad about charity.

/Bought the last minipet, will buy this one
/Acclaim hasn't existed for nearly a decade, by the way.
 
2012-11-08 02:08:09 PM

Witty_Retort: So, other than a few hours from a couple modelers and texture artists and credit card processing fees, Blizz Acclaim is getting a huge tax-rebate funded by their players.

I'm glad I haven't given them any more money for almost 2 years now.


Oh fark off - Tax Deductions be damned. Do you have to spin things? 

I hope the money goes to some place good, specifically, making sure that we have a future coming out of areas that were hardest hit.
 
2012-11-08 02:11:00 PM

UrCa: Witty_Retort: So, other than a few hours from a couple modelers and texture artists and credit card processing fees, Blizz Acclaim is getting a huge tax-rebate funded by their players.

I'm glad I haven't given them any more money for almost 2 years now.

It's not like Blizz is alone in this, considering Valve jumped in with their $100 hats in TF2 for Japan, but that's Valve, they can't be held to the same standard as Blizzard! Only an asshole would see anything bad about charity.

/Bought the last minipet, will buy this one
/Acclaim hasn't existed for nearly a decade, by the way.


I think he meant Activision.
 
2012-11-08 02:20:49 PM

UrCa: Only an asshole would see anything bad about charity.


That's not really the point. The vast majority of their digital toys aren't for charitable purposes. What I don't understand is how they've convinced so many people to pay a subscription fee AND what is largely a useless digital knick knack. Especially at such a steep price considering that, realistically, it's just a small animated graphic and a database UPDATE operation.

I get it in a free to play game where you get the persistent world for nothing and then they're trying to sell you upgrades or toys to go with it. I just don't get the people whoare paying a subscription fee AND buying useless knick knacks. I mean, think about it... at ten bucks that little animated graphic is 1/6 the cost of an entire typical game. That just seems nuts to me.
 
2012-11-08 02:21:43 PM

Vegan Meat Popsicle: Fark Reddit or bust: But how do you pet the kitteh?

[www.apptrav.com image 500x292]?


+3 Fire resistance
+2 defense
+4 Cooking abilities
 
2012-11-08 02:29:19 PM

saintstryfe: good. As I suspect from Blizzard.

Thier previous "Adoptions" - one with a little-seen to that point lore character, one for a reprint of a rare CCG pet, netted more then a million each for Make-a-Wish and Tsunami relief respectfully. I expect nothing less from this one. I just hope it doesn't have any annoying sounds like the Pandaren Monk did...


the baby cats cub w/e are the worst ones n the game soundwise.... also there is an addon called annoying sounds i think that mutes all the annoying pet sounds
 
2012-11-08 02:30:00 PM

Witty_Retort: So, other than a few hours from a couple modelers and texture artists and credit card processing fees, Blizz Acclaim is getting a huge tax-rebate funded by their players.

I'm glad I haven't given them any more money for almost 2 years now.


in before the haters.... ohhh wait......
 
2012-11-08 02:35:31 PM
I'm buyin' one. Of course, I was buying one, anyway.
 
2012-11-08 02:43:31 PM

Fark Reddit or bust: But how do you pet the kitteh?


Good point. Ladies, please explain in detail, photographs & video would be handy. EIP.
 
2012-11-08 02:46:32 PM

Vegan Meat Popsicle: That's not really the point. The vast majority of their digital toys aren't for charitable purposes. What I don't understand is how they've convinced so many people to pay a subscription fee AND what is largely a useless digital knick knack. Especially at such a steep price considering that, realistically, it's just a small animated graphic and a database UPDATE operation.

I get it in a free to play game where you get the persistent world for nothing and then they're trying to sell you upgrades or toys to go with it. I just don't get the people whoare paying a subscription fee AND buying useless knick knacks. I mean, think about it... at ten bucks that little animated graphic is 1/6 the cost of an entire typical game. That just seems nuts to me.


Some people just want to have a collection of all the pets, some want to have a cool little bugger to use for pet battles, some only buy it because it has the charity caveat. The sub is practically peanuts, its basically lunch for 2 days and having it makes me think twice about picking up other games because I've always got WoW sitting on my desktop. You can't really quantify people's enjoyment in dollars, whether its for this frankly useless little thing or the digital stock exchange that is TF2 (where rarer hats go for upwards of $500... and people actually BUY them).
 
2012-11-08 02:53:15 PM

Vegan Meat Popsicle: UrCa: Only an asshole would see anything bad about charity.

That's not really the point. The vast majority of their digital toys aren't for charitable purposes. What I don't understand is how they've convinced so many people to pay a subscription fee AND what is largely a useless digital knick knack. Especially at such a steep price considering that, realistically, it's just a small animated graphic and a database UPDATE operation.

I get it in a free to play game where you get the persistent world for nothing and then they're trying to sell you upgrades or toys to go with it. I just don't get the people whoare paying a subscription fee AND buying useless knick knacks. I mean, think about it... at ten bucks that little animated graphic is 1/6 the cost of an entire typical game. That just seems nuts to me.


You sound poor.

I bet you can't even afford the proper logos on your clothes.
 
2012-11-08 02:58:35 PM

UrCa: (where rarer hats go for upwards of $500... and people actually BUY them).


They can spend their money however they want, but I'm going to go ahead and just call those people outright stupid.
 
2012-11-08 03:08:04 PM

Witty_Retort: So, other than a few hours from a couple modelers and texture artists and credit card processing fees, Blizz Acclaim is getting a huge tax-rebate funded by their players.

I'm glad I haven't given them any more money for almost 2 years now.


Ya, those rancid farkers, donating to charity. How DARE they.
 
2012-11-08 03:10:33 PM

braedan: Fark Reddit or bust: But how do you pet the kitteh?

Good point. Ladies, please explain in detail, photographs & video would be handy. EIP.


24.media.tumblr.com
See what you did there
/Next stop:Cleveland 
//Man, Geoff's creepy in stills
 
2012-11-08 03:17:11 PM

kroonermanblack: Witty_Retort: So, other than a few hours from a couple modelers and texture artists and credit card processing fees, Blizz Acclaim is getting a huge tax-rebate funded by their players.

I'm glad I haven't given them any more money for almost 2 years now.

Ya, those rancid farkers, donating to charity. How DARE they.


Well if you're going to hold these people up as models of virtue then I have to ask - why are they not then just donating directly, instead of waiting for some personal incentive to do so? That's an awfully fine line you're dancing on there.
 
2012-11-08 03:20:10 PM

braedan: Fark Reddit or bust: But how do you pet the kitteh?

Good point. Ladies, please explain in detail, photographs & video would be handy. EIP.


Step 1: Put on glove
Step 2: Find cat
Step 3: Extend hand to cat (where doesn't matter)
Step 4: Move hand over cat, preferably in direction of fur. Best if you actually touch cat, but not necessary
Step 5: If cat turns and bites/scratches you, it just means he or she loves you. Continue from Step 4
Step 6: If cat runs away, repeat Steps 2-5 until you are satisfied

Congratulations, you have mastered the art of petting the kitty.
 
2012-11-08 03:23:53 PM

bemis23: kroonermanblack: Witty_Retort: So, other than a few hours from a couple modelers and texture artists and credit card processing fees, Blizz Acclaim is getting a huge tax-rebate funded by their players.

I'm glad I haven't given them any more money for almost 2 years now.

Ya, those rancid farkers, donating to charity. How DARE they.

Well if you're going to hold these people up as models of virtue then I have to ask - why are they not then just donating directly, instead of waiting for some personal incentive to do so? That's an awfully fine line you're dancing on there.


Uh-huh. They're donating, you're splitting hairs, and he's the one dancing. Uh-huh.
 
2012-11-08 03:24:17 PM

bemis23: kroonermanblack: Witty_Retort: So, other than a few hours from a couple modelers and texture artists and credit card processing fees, Blizz Acclaim is getting a huge tax-rebate funded by their players.

I'm glad I haven't given them any more money for almost 2 years now.

Ya, those rancid farkers, donating to charity. How DARE they.

Well if you're going to hold these people up as models of virtue then I have to ask - why are they not then just donating directly, instead of waiting for some personal incentive to do so? That's an awfully fine line you're dancing on there.


Because they're smart capitalists. They know the only way to motivate people to donate to charity is if they receive something for their trouble: a bauble, a free ice cream sundae, a calendar, entry into the kingdom of Heaven. The buyer gets a pretty shiny that they will never look at again or will throw out, and Blizzard gets 2 things: more money, and a tax write-off.
 
2012-11-08 03:36:36 PM

Duck_of_Doom: bemis23: kroonermanblack: Witty_Retort: So, other than a few hours from a couple modelers and texture artists and credit card processing fees, Blizz Acclaim is getting a huge tax-rebate funded by their players.

I'm glad I haven't given them any more money for almost 2 years now.

Ya, those rancid farkers, donating to charity. How DARE they.

Well if you're going to hold these people up as models of virtue then I have to ask - why are they not then just donating directly, instead of waiting for some personal incentive to do so? That's an awfully fine line you're dancing on there.

Because they're smart capitalists. They know the only way to motivate peopleself-absorbed asswipes to donate to charity is if they receive something for their trouble: a bauble, a free ice cream sundae, a calendar, entry into the kingdom of Heaven. The buyer gets a pretty shiny that they will never look at again or will throw out, and Blizzard gets 2 things: more money, and a tax write-off.


FTFY

LowbrowDeluxe: bemis23: kroonermanblack: Witty_Retort: So, other than a few hours from a couple modelers and texture artists and credit card processing fees, Blizz Acclaim is getting a huge tax-rebate funded by their players.

I'm glad I haven't given them any more money for almost 2 years now.

Ya, those rancid farkers, donating to charity. How DARE they.

Well if you're going to hold these people up as models of virtue then I have to ask - why are they not then just donating directly, instead of waiting for some personal incentive to do so? That's an awfully fine line you're dancing on there.

Uh-huh. They're donating, you're splitting hairs, and he's the one dancing. Uh-huh.


Splitting hairs? No, not really just pointing out that some people are so self-obsessed they can't conceive that it might be worthwhile to donate to a good cause without having to receive some shiny bauble (digital or not) in return. Also, your thinly veiled accusation of "Well, what have YOU done?" is pretty farking stupid.
 
2012-11-08 03:39:18 PM
Oh, and I don't really care how people spend their money. If they want to spend it all on shiny digital baubles - then go for it. I just think it's stupid that people are trying to pretend like buying some shiny digital bauble is an example of virtue for all to follow because some of the proceeds are donated to a charity.
 
2012-11-08 03:52:19 PM
I clicked on this thread hoping to pictures of cute cats! Whar art the cute kittehs!
 
2012-11-08 03:59:28 PM

Vegan Meat Popsicle: That's not really the point. The vast majority of their digital toys aren't for charitable purposes. What I don't understand is how they've convinced so many people to pay a subscription fee AND what is largely a useless digital knick knack. Especially at such a steep price considering that, realistically, it's just a small animated graphic and a database UPDATE operation.


Remember pogs?

There's no point in worrying about why people buy dumb things.
 
2012-11-08 04:11:54 PM

Action Seal: How can I get that adorable thing to come over and play Guild Wars 2 with me? For free? Right now? With sprinkles?


You can get this one:

static.guildhead.com

Not are fiery, but will still eat your soul when you are asleep.
 
2012-11-08 04:35:32 PM
For those downselling this.. keep in mind.. Blizzard was going to sell this anyway... so instead of just selling it.. they are donating 100% of the proceeds to charity... still a very nice gesture on their part.
 
2012-11-08 05:29:49 PM

mitEj: Witty_Retort: So, other than a few hours from a couple modelers and texture artists and credit card processing fees, Blizz Acclaim is getting a huge tax-rebate funded by their players.

I'm glad I haven't given them any more money for almost 2 years now.

What have you done for the relief effort ?


The point is that they aren't doing it for the relief effort. They're doing it for the positive PR and the tax right-off.
 
2012-11-08 05:44:23 PM

Honest Bender: mitEj: Witty_Retort: So, other than a few hours from a couple modelers and texture artists and credit card processing fees, Blizz Acclaim is getting a huge tax-rebate funded by their players.

I'm glad I haven't given them any more money for almost 2 years now.

What have you done for the relief effort ?

The point is that they aren't doing it for the relief effort. They're doing it for the positive PR and the tax right-off.


Yeah cause they certainly couldn't be doing it for all those reasons. I mean who would ever think of helping people, getting a benefit from helping people and doing something for their customers all at the same time. That would be unpossible!!!
 
2012-11-08 05:44:30 PM
No good deed goes unpunished shiat upon by Fark basement-dwellers.

Seriously guys, relax. A good thing is being done, and money is going to people who need it. Deep breaths.
 
2012-11-08 06:00:21 PM

Lothar IB: That would be unpossible!!!


It's a giant corporation... it's silly to think they care about anything other than money.
 
2012-11-08 06:20:46 PM
How can people be complaining about the 'tax writeoff'? Aren't they only avoiding the taxes they'd pay on the income from selling this item? Since they're not netting anything from selling this (100% proceeds donation), how can this be a greedy thing?

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2012-11-08 06:21:33 PM

Honest Bender: It's a giant corporation... it's silly to think they care about anything other than money.


And that's why they took something they were originally going to sell for profit and decide to donate 100% of collected funds to charity instead, right? PR or not, they're giving an incentive to people who otherwise wouldn't to donate money at no benefit to themselves but word of mouth which no one seems to care about anyway because BLIZZ R EVIL!
 
2012-11-08 06:26:50 PM

UrCa: And that's why they took something they were originally going to sell for profit and decide to donate 100% of collected funds to charity instead, right?


You do understand that they get to deduct that donation from their taxes, right? So it makes literally no difference, right?

PR or not, they're giving an incentive to people who otherwise wouldn't to donate money at no benefit to themselves but word of mouth which no one seems to care about anyway because BLIZZ R EVIL!


Giving people an incentive to do what? Buy a kittah and play their game? So they get to advertise their game, draw in slightly more interest, AND get positive PR? All for donating money that they'd otherwise have to pay to the government? Well, you convinced me. They definitely aren't taking advantage of a natural disaster to pander their service.
 
2012-11-08 06:32:12 PM

Detinwolf: There's no point in worrying about why people buy dumb things.


At least pogs don't disappear when the company flips a light switch.
 
2012-11-08 06:35:25 PM

Honest Bender: You do understand that they get to deduct that donation from their taxes, right? So it makes literally no difference, right?


That's not how taxes work. If I donate $500 to charity, I deduct $500 from my taxable income, not from the taxes I owe. If I make $10,000 and get taxed at 20%, I'd normally pay $2000 in taxes. Accounting for the donation, I'd pay 20% of $9500, or $1900. That's a difference of $100, not the $500 donation.

Math aside, the bottom line is that you and others in this thread are spinning a good thing (money being donated to people who need it) into some sort of moral crime, which is completely absurd.
 
2012-11-08 07:27:03 PM

Fark Reddit or bust: Vegan Meat Popsicle: Fark Reddit or bust: But how do you pet the kitteh?

[www.apptrav.com image 500x292]?

+3 Fire resistance
+2 defense
+4 Cooking abilities


i was wondering if it also doubles for a cooking fire. that'd be sweet.
 
2012-11-08 07:47:58 PM

Butterflew: Fark Reddit or bust: Vegan Meat Popsicle: Fark Reddit or bust: But how do you pet the kitteh?

[www.apptrav.com image 500x292]?

+3 Fire resistance
+2 defense
+4 Cooking abilities

i was wondering if it also doubles for a cooking fire. that'd be sweet.


i think you can cook with the lil ragnaros pet
 
2012-11-08 08:40:14 PM

Vegan Meat Popsicle: UrCa: (where rarer hats go for upwards of $500... and people actually BUY them).

They can spend their money however they want, but I'm going to go ahead and just call those people outright stupid.


I dont disagree, but ive made so much money off TF2 trading...

/not buying this one
//only because i dont have a single store or tcg pet or mount
///because if i got one id have to get them all
 
2012-11-08 08:42:51 PM

Honest Bender: UrCa: And that's why they took something they were originally going to sell for profit and decide to donate 100% of collected funds to charity instead, right?

You do understand that they get to deduct that donation from their taxes, right? So it makes literally no difference, right?

PR or not, they're giving an incentive to people who otherwise wouldn't to donate money at no benefit to themselves but word of mouth which no one seems to care about anyway because BLIZZ R EVIL!

Giving people an incentive to do what? Buy a kittah and play their game? So they get to advertise their game, draw in slightly more interest, AND get positive PR? All for donating money that they'd otherwise have to pay to the government? Well, you convinced me. They definitely aren't taking advantage of a natural disaster to pander their service.


Dude, it's been scientifically proven that people donate more, more readily, and more amount, when they recieve something, even a useless digi-pet or 10 cent soda, for the donation. It's a reimbursement and reward that's tied directly to the human brain. You can call it 'self absorbed' all you want, but these people are donating 10$ to charity and you're not doing shiat but screaming about how evil all that is, when no one is under some misbegotten aprehension that they're super altruists. They're just donating money to charity and getting a stupid digi-pet they won't ever use.
 
2012-11-09 01:08:12 AM
So, I can pay $10 whole bank breaking dollars, which goes to charity, and have my wife squee with cute noises every time she logs into her favorite hobby... and I'm stupid?

Seriously, $10 to get on the wife's good side is a hell of a bargain, and she thinks I'm great because it goes to charity. win/win for me! Man, I feel sorry for the poor guys who have to cough up $60 worth of roses when they piss the wife off.
 
2012-11-09 03:34:07 AM
This is the cost of two lattes and a pastry, guys. Get over yourselves. If you are so damned concerned about charity, donate directly. If you hate Blizzard, don't buy their products.

In the meanwhile, my goblin Newyawk is going to get a very regionally appropriate companion. I suspect my guildmate's goblin, Newjoisey is going to get one, too.
 
2012-11-09 07:37:45 AM

Witty_Retort: So, other than a few hours from a couple modelers and texture artists and credit card processing fees, Blizz Acclaim is getting a huge tax-rebate funded by their players.

I'm glad I haven't given them any more money for almost 2 years now.


For previous efforts in this line, Blizzard has matched the donation value which somewhat bites into the tax rebate value. One would expect them not to treat this one any differently.
/ and you mean Activision, not Acclaim. Acclaim died, various companies bought their IP's.
 
2012-11-09 08:06:47 AM

Contents Under Pressure: This is the cost of two lattes and a pastry, guys


But how much is it in tea and crumpets?
 
2012-11-09 09:06:25 AM

PsyLord: Action Seal: How can I get that adorable thing to come over and play Guild Wars 2 with me? For free? Right now? With sprinkles?

You can get this one:

[static.guildhead.com image 150x118]

Not are fiery, but will still eat your soul when you are asleep.


I wonder how many named it Jonsey. Even though there was a Jonesy spoof in Dalaran, I'd still do it.
 
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