Team Fortress 2 Gamers Raise $300,000 For Japan

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Team Fortress 2 Gamers Raise $300,000 For Japan

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Valve's Team Fortress 2 "Hats For Japan" relief effort is a huge success, raising $300,000 from the community so far.

Valve unveiled a very cool program to raise funds for disaster relief efforts in Japan last week: a series of three unique, expensive Team Fortress 2 hats, available for two weeks only, that cannot be traded. In other words, the only way to get one is to pony up a few bucks for Japan and that's exactly what TF2 gamers are doing, in a big way.

"Wow. Seriously, people, WOW. We knew you had it in you, but we're still amazed you've raised over $300,000 so far," the TF2 Team wrote on the Team Fortress blog. "Take a BOW, TF2 community -- because that is an incredible, frankly astounding, amount of money from a dedicated number of gamers, to one heck of a lot of people in some real need right now. Anytime someone gives you guff about something negative in gaming, you go ahead and point them to this post, because here's some late-breaking damn news: they are wrong and gamers are generous and awesome."

The three hats - the "Humanitarian Hackimaki" for $7.99, the "Benefactor's Kanmuri" for $19.99 and the "Magnanimous Monarch" for $99.99 - will be on sale until April 6 so there's still plenty of time to pick one up if you haven't already made the move. Good hat, great cause - what more could you ask for?

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Ya, read this yesterday on TF2 website, pretty awesome.

Only wish I could contribute aswell, but can't afford it. ;_;

I wish I could donate, but I actually have NO money of my own right now :/

These people amaze me.

I'm surprised by the price of the hats, but yeah, it makes sense. Overall, this is very impressive, and I think it would be awesome if more game studios did this. What else is there to say?

$99:99? Really? It is for a great cause but you think the average guy can throw that kind of cash around?

I'd never pay a hundred bucks for a hat in real life (I prefer hoodies) but dam, if I had that kind of money.
Actually, I already gave to the red cross but I think I could afford "Humanitarian Hackimaki" for $7.99. I just can't get to my account at the moment.

PixelKing:
$99:99? Really? It is for a great cause but you think the average guy can throw that kind of cash around?

Average, nope. But the 8$ Hackimaki is a good start.

Yay, I helped.

I feel all fuzzy inside.

Great achievement for Valve and gaming community.

Azaraxzealot:
i think this shows how much TF2 fanboys love useless in-game accessories, not how much they care about dying children in japan

Seriously?

A hat for $99.99!? Am I reading a typo? I am proud of what Valve did, either cater to the hat collectors or reward people for donating, it kind of doesn't matter in the end. Japan gets the money.

PixelKing:
$99:99? Really? It is for a great cause but you think the average guy can throw that kind of cash around?

Perhaps not, that's why they give you the $8 and $20 options. I'm sure the average guy can afford the equivalent of £4 or £10. Not really sure what issue you have with it.

Azaraxzealot:
i think this shows how much TF2 fanboys love useless in-game accessories, not how much they care about dying children in japan

The money still went there, so what does it matter either way?

Azaraxzealot:
i think this shows how much TF2 fanboys love useless in-game accessories, not how much they care about dying children in japan

in case it's not sarcasm, do you seriously think they all did it for the hats?

Woodsey:

PixelKing:
$99:99? Really? It is for a great cause but you think the average guy can throw that kind of cash around?

Perhaps not, that's why they give you the $8 and $20 options. I'm sure the average guy can afford the equivalent of £4 or £10. Not really sure what issue you have with it.

Azaraxzealot:
i think this shows how much TF2 fanboys love useless in-game accessories, not how much they care about dying children in japan

The money still went there, so what does it matter either way?

i only give props to valve, not the community.

theriddlen:
Great achievement for Valve and gaming community.

Azaraxzealot:
i think this shows how much TF2 fanboys love useless in-game accessories, not how much they care about dying children in japan

Seriously?

Yea, actually, I agree with him. While I'm willing to bet some spent more then they would have normally, the truth of the matter is that the majority were just spending anything to get the hats more then out of worry for Japan. Especially when they're exclusive, will quickly become rare and some sort of status symbol, and just look pretty cool.

But, to be fair, I do applaude Valve for doing it in the first place. Valve did raise a lot of money for the relief effort, and I do think that it helps put a positive light on the gaming community as a whole (even if nobody who we'd be trying to impress would care that much, given we already have a video game charity raising so much every year). It's a lot of money for a good cause, and the reason why they bought it isn't the issue.

Go TF2 :)

I think I could spare some cash. I should check the blog more often.

Azaraxzealot:

Woodsey:

PixelKing:
$99:99? Really? It is for a great cause but you think the average guy can throw that kind of cash around?

Perhaps not, that's why they give you the $8 and $20 options. I'm sure the average guy can afford the equivalent of £4 or £10. Not really sure what issue you have with it.

Azaraxzealot:
i think this shows how much TF2 fanboys love useless in-game accessories, not how much they care about dying children in japan

The money still went there, so what does it matter either way?

i only give props to valve, not the community.

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... The community donated the money.

teh_Canape:

Azaraxzealot:
i think this shows how much TF2 fanboys love useless in-game accessories, not how much they care about dying children in japan

in case it's not sarcasm, do you seriously think they all did it for the hats?

gamers have done more for less (example: paying 15 dollars just to have multiplayer maps and nothing else)

Woodsey:

Azaraxzealot:

Woodsey:

Perhaps not, that's why they give you the $8 and $20 options. I'm sure the average guy can afford the equivalent of £4 or £10. Not really sure what issue you have with it.

The money still went there, so what does it matter either way?

i only give props to valve, not the community.

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... The community donated the money.

for hats. they may as well be buying them from the store. people shouldn't need incentive to donate.

Woodsey:

Azaraxzealot:

Woodsey:

Perhaps not, that's why they give you the $8 and $20 options. I'm sure the average guy can afford the equivalent of £4 or £10. Not really sure what issue you have with it.

The money still went there, so what does it matter either way?

i only give props to valve, not the community.

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... The community donated the money.

I can kinda see where hes going with this. while the community donated the money, Valve is sending it in their name. Beside i doubt that Japan cares if -=-FreemanisGod-=- (just an example, dunno if this is a real name) donated money, they just need it. Also Valve can mark this down as a tax write-off next year too.

Azaraxzealot:

teh_Canape:

Azaraxzealot:
i think this shows how much TF2 fanboys love useless in-game accessories, not how much they care about dying children in japan

in case it's not sarcasm, do you seriously think they all did it for the hats?

gamers have done more for less (example: paying 15 dollars just to have multiplayer maps and nothing else)

come on, don't bring Call of Duty here

let's not compare milking gamers with giving gamers an actual purpose to do something

in case you may be wondering, I'm not criticizing you or your opinion

Azaraxzealot:
i think this shows how much TF2 fanboys love useless in-game accessories, not how much they care about dying children in japan

If Valve had released hats for $99 that were unrelated to anything,
I'm pretty sure almost no one would have bought them.

It's easy to be cynical on the internet, where people are generally jerks,
But if you travel a bit, you may find that there are more genuinely *good* people in the world than you expected. That's been my experience.

Azaraxzealot:

teh_Canape:

Azaraxzealot:
i think this shows how much TF2 fanboys love useless in-game accessories, not how much they care about dying children in japan

in case it's not sarcasm, do you seriously think they all did it for the hats?

gamers have done more for less (example: paying 15 dollars just to have multiplayer maps and nothing else)

The hats cost far more than people would pay if it wasn't for a good cause. I imagine some just wanted bragging rights, but this is mostly an act of charity. Having said that, it does speaks volumes about Valve that even though they are a business they understand the responsibly that comes with wealth.

Jeez, where did all my misanthropy go for a second there? Never mind I am sure it'll mend the next time I see somebody do something utterly stupid, probably in about 5 mins.

teh_Canape:

Azaraxzealot:

teh_Canape:

in case it's not sarcasm, do you seriously think they all did it for the hats?

gamers have done more for less (example: paying 15 dollars just to have multiplayer maps and nothing else)

come on, don't bring Call of Duty here

let's not compare milking gamers with giving gamers an actual purpose to do something

in case you may be wondering, I'm not criticizing you or your opinion

well i'm only criticizing the majority of the community, not company or the cause, because the donations are great, but the motivations behind them are selfish (referring to the community)

HankMan:
I'd never pay a hundred bucks for a hat in real life (I prefer hoodies) but dam, if I had that kind of money.
Actually, I already gave to the red cross but I think I could afford "Humanitarian Hackimaki" for $7.99. I just can't get to my account at the moment.

Send Heavay to, I bet radiation couldnt fight him and win.

Azaraxzealot:

Woodsey:

Azaraxzealot:

i only give props to valve, not the community.

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... The community donated the money.

for hats. they may as well be buying them from the store. people shouldn't need incentive to donate.

Oh please, are you shitting me? You get a red nose on Red Nose day, a poppy for Rememberance Day, cakes at school fetes. Hundreds of appeals use token incentives, and they're a little way to help encourage people, often by giving them something that will let them show that they have donated. This is the exact same thing, you can't just simply discount all of the people who donated because you have a narrow-minded view of a specific community.

Azaraxzealot:
well i'm only criticizing the majority of the community, not company or the cause, because the donations are great, but the motivations behind them are selfish (referring to the community)

or maybe it was a little reward to show your contribution?

my point is, if it was just for the hats, I don't think the community would be stupid enough pay US$100 for a nicely shaped bunch of polygons when they could just head to FPSBanana and download them

Aand the haters come out of the woodwork.

I know seven people who bought a HH purely to donate to Japan - including myself - and another two that halved a Benefactors Kanmuri.

I am suddenly completely sure that the guys who hate on Valve in every thread are doing it because they want to hate on Valve. Prog-rockers have a name for that: a Floyd, something everyone pretends to hate because it somehow got popular while still being awesome.

Thing I don't get is that Valve do this which is effectively having other people donate money and get a little reward for it so Valve aren't really spending anything yet a little company does a facebook thing to raise some awareness for themselves whilst donating money out of their own pocket and they get slammed for it, where is the fairness in that?

Not saying Valve did a bad thing but still annoys me.

I brought the eight dollar hat because it's what I could afford, and every little bit counts.

But three hundred thousand raised towards the $309 billion in damages is hardly a 'huge success'.

Now just watch as someone tries to explain how this means Valve and their fans are evil and/or greedy.

EDIT: Oh look, someone already has. How cute.

Just.. how much money have been donated by now from every charity and gaming stuff possible?
It's all really impressive actually.

Azaraxzealot:
i think this shows how much TF2 fanboys love useless in-game accessories, not how much they care about dying children in japan

"All proceeds (net of applicable taxes) will go directly towards the Japanese disaster relief fund that the American Red Cross has set up."

I guess you and all the Valve haters missed this part from the TF2 Blog that announced the idea in the first place.. That was the whole point. Charities do little incentives for you when you donate. Thats all Valve did. Buy this hat and we'll donate the money to charity. What's so fanboyish about that?

"i think this shows how much TF2 fanboys love useless in-game accessories, not how much they care about dying children in japan"

I've never bought a hat from TF2 before because I thought it was a waste of potential college tuition, but I decided to buy some of these just because it was a charity.

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