mellotronrules's forum posts

#1 Edited by mellotronrules (1192 posts) -

@Nephrahim said:

MAN.

Like, I know not everyone loves Dota or LoL, and that's cool, nobody's saying you do. But this is so crazy that I don't even.

a few things to bear in mind before we all take this too seriously:

1) pog tournaments

2) he's constantly making ridiculous statements to get a rise out of people (see: every bombcast he's sat in on)

3) he's making fun of what are arguably the most popular games on the planet- clearly he's poking at the bees' nest intentionally

4) pog tournaments

#2 Edited by mellotronrules (1192 posts) -

@jimbo said:

Personally, I think if you want to accept financial help from friends after something like this then that's great; if you go accept financial help from people who desperately want to be your friend, believe they are your friend, but never will be your friend, then it starts to look a little questionable.

That's just my two cents. Which I'm also not going to donate.

you must have a real axe to grind with the mailbag posts then- people routinely gift the staff items that WELL exceed the typical $10 we're seeing on indiegogo. $10 doesn't even cover postage.

ultimately i think you're doing a lot of armchair psychology, friend. i threw $10 at dan because he was robbed, not because i expect him to call me on friday nights. i mean fuck- $10 is a coffee and a sandwich at starbucks- not a bloodoath that binds dan's fate to mine.

#3 Posted by mellotronrules (1192 posts) -

also relevant:

#4 Posted by mellotronrules (1192 posts) -

agreed- i'll support anything tangentially glam-rock. and besides- this dude seems legitimately witty.

#thanksstardust

#5 Posted by mellotronrules (1192 posts) -

@demokk said:

He is getting stuff handed on a silver platter just because he is famous, despite being able to stand on his own feet.

well- that says it all i suppose.

@demokk said:

He actually forgot the most crucial fact that is getting people riled up in the first place. The only reason people are crowd-funding this is because he happens to be famous on the internet because of his job.

no- people are donating because he was robbed.

side question: how do you possibly deal with political campaign financing? or more appropriately- someone like brad muir running a kickstarter? and neither of those involve personal misfortune, and yet people willingly give in far greater amounts all the time.

#6 Edited by mellotronrules (1192 posts) -

this is pretty hard to beat, at least to me (dan ryckert story):

#7 Posted by mellotronrules (1192 posts) -

Hey! How about you all give me that money for a $30,000 surgery that insurance only covers half of!

I'm being serious here. I have a $30,000 surgery I need soon to keep me alive and people are giving money to a guy to buy consoles.

if that's the case, first of all good luck!, and secondly maybe you should reach out the staff and see if you can organize a fundraiser? the only reason dan's getting the attention is because he, a public figure, announced the robbery. maybe you should let other duders know? you'd probably be surprised at the generosity of the community.

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@face15 said:

I really like Dan and think he probably has the moral compass to realise that there are far more deserving causes to direct this generosity

i'd wholeheartedly agree that there are people out there in a much tougher spot than dan- but i think you should recognize the implicit test of "[dan's] moral compass" you're imposing is pretty shitty- not to mention presumptive. it's like showing up to a birthday party and then asking, "yeah- but do you really deserve those gifts?" how do we know what people do and don't deserve?

besides- if you follow that line of reasoning to it's conclusion, essentially anyone born in a first-world country should be morally obligated to deny unsolicited and 'undeserved' gifts of kindness.

that's a fine ideological stance to take- but i think you'll find it impossible to adhere to in any meaningful way.

#9 Edited by mellotronrules (1192 posts) -

the sheer volume of individuals checking in to moralise on what's essentially an unsolicited passing around of a hat is legitimately confounding me.

haven't you ever participated in a non-charitable fundraiser (like a filmmaker soliciting $$ for a project)?

just the other week a coworker's mother suddenly died. this coworker has a good job, and most likely doesn't 'need' a hand. but because she's such a integral piece of our lives, we had an unsolicited collection to help with the funeral costs.

does that make us morally reprehensible? if so- when did the giantbomb community get so god damned puritanical?

a bad thing happened- some have chosen to help. that's a problem? you must be a delight at dinner conversation.

#10 Edited by mellotronrules (1192 posts) -

i understand your perspective, and it's admirable to try and represent the underprivileged- but i think you'll find an ideological stance that pure and unrelenting will be impossible to maintain. i mean- based on your avatar, you're a subscriber- why didn't you feed the starving with that excess money?

also- you might want to choose your battles with a higher degree of scrutiny- drawing attention to the excess of western wealth is fine. but in a thread where a dude just got all his shit jacked? poor taste, and almost definitely inappropriate. not to mention the message will probably fall on unreceptive ears.