Activision is doing something right!

Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

I just stumbled across this and I would just like to say, that is fucking fantastic. 
I don't know if everyones seen it yet, or how old the news is. 
But that's fucking great in my eyes. Kudos to the people at Activision 
 
So they apparantly can do something right. 
You you disagree, that's fine. You heartless bastards 
 
Now what I would like to hear is your opinion on game companies doing stuff like this? 
Do you think more of them should do this? And if you do, why? 
And also if you don't think so, then why not?

#1 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

I just stumbled across this and I would just like to say, that is fucking fantastic. 
I don't know if everyones seen it yet, or how old the news is. 
But that's fucking great in my eyes. Kudos to the people at Activision 
 
So they apparantly can do something right. 
You you disagree, that's fine. You heartless bastards 
 
Now what I would like to hear is your opinion on game companies doing stuff like this? 
Do you think more of them should do this? And if you do, why? 
And also if you don't think so, then why not?

#2 Posted by torus (1097 posts) -

A little philanthropy doesn't seem that out of the ordinary for a corporation of Activision's size. A good cause though, without a doubt.

#3 Posted by Suicrat (3764 posts) -

Considering they're deriving profits from the glorification (and in some segments of the story, the questioning) of war, there is no reason not to be in support of this. Though the issue of veterans' health is far larger than 1 million dollars of donated money, to be perfectly honest.

#4 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -
@Suicrat: Far larger than 1 million dollars indeed.  
But it states that the 1 million dollars is just to set this thing up.  
So down the line we might be talking a hell of a lot more than "just" 1 million, at least that's my understanding, feel free to prove me wrong on that though.
#5 Posted by Maxszy (2064 posts) -

Its a good cause and any bit of money going to the cause is a good thing. Hopefully in time, they will do even more since as we all know, they certainly can afford it.

#6 Edited by Ujio (565 posts) -
@Suicrat said:

" Considering they're deriving profits from the glorification (and in some segments of the story, the questioning) of war, there is no reason not to be in support of this."

That's a bit of jump, don't you think? Whenever I play any war game I'm certainly not saying to myself, "Geez! That's so cool! I wish I were there!" Quite the opposite, games like this should serve to dissuade any sort of glorification. True, it's a game meant for entertainment purposes, but approached with the correct mindset you can see how these games should be construed as anything but glorious. Schindler's List was a movie for entertainment purposes but does that mean Spielberg was glorifying the Nazi atrocities or the Jews' suffering? No. The only thing glorious is the real sacrifice soldiers make every day as they serve their country. Other than that there's not much to celebrate about war or the ramifications of it.
#7 Edited by Brunchies (2484 posts) -

It's good that Activision is donating money to a good cause, I hope they donate more in the future. 

#8 Edited by Suicrat (3764 posts) -
@Ujio said:

" @Suicrat said:

" Considering they're deriving profits from the glorification (and in some segments of the story, the questioning) of war, there is no reason not to be in support of this."

That's a bit of jump, don't you think? Whenever I play any war game I'm certainly not saying to myself, "Geez! That's so cool! I wish I were there!" Quite the opposite, games like this should serve to dissuade any sort of glorification. True, it's a game meant for entertainment purposes, but approached with the correct mindset you can see how these games should be construed as anything but glorious. Schindler's List was a movie for entertainment purposes but does that mean Spielberg was glorifying the Nazi atrocities or the Jews' suffering? No. The only thing glorious is the real sacrifice soldiers make every day as they serve their country. Other than that there's not much to celebrate about war or the ramifications of it. "
I would argue that every global citizen who promotes the underlined idea is tacitly admitting responsibility for the horrors of war.
 
Unlike Schindler's List, which is a movie depicting the horror of subjugating individual will for the good of a country, Call of Duty is a video game, which makes it seem like dying for your country can either be "fun" if you're a sociopath or "glorious" if you're a sycophant.
 
But maybe I'm reading too much into things....
#9 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

To play the devil's advocate, it doesn't exactly make up for their less-than-reputable business practices. Kind donation, but it doesn't exactly relate to the way they make games.

#10 Posted by CowMuffins (1760 posts) -

Activision can write it up on their taxes as a charitable donation and get a deduction of 2 million. Or something, I don't know how taxes work, I havn't done them.

#11 Posted by Bucketdeth (8012 posts) -

Bobby Kotick is going to be angry when he hears they did this behind his back.

#12 Edited by Famov (768 posts) -

So, who has done more good? A rich man who gives lots of money, which is a small fraction of his total worth, or the poor man who gives mere change to charity, though it was all he had to his name? 
 
To this butchered version of the original parable, Jesus would choose the poor man. 
 
However I disagree. I will not judge something by various dumb conditions. I do not care about Activision's greater intent as a soulless corporation that makes money off the glorification of war. One million dollars to our esteemed veterens is far more than I will ever give, and so I really do appreciate what they've done. The way this country treats its veterens is criminal.

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