S.O.E. Rewards Online Gamers Who Help Japan

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S.O.E. Rewards Online Gamers Who Help Japan



Sony Online Entertainment is providing exclusive in-game items to players who donate to Japanese relief funds.

A lot of game companies have been pitching in to help Japan recover from the devastating Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that occurred on March 11th. Sony has been one of the biggest contributors to relief funds, having put in 300 million yen (~$3.6 million U.S. dollars), but it turns out that the company isn't done helping out. Sony Online Entertainment is now working to raise some more cash, and it's doing so by appealing to its players.

It turns out that S.O.E. is now encouraging its players to contribute to relief funds, too. If players decide to donate to recovery efforts via Station Cash, they'll be rewarded with special in-game items in EverQuest, Free Realms and Clone Wars Adventures players can earn a cherry blossom tree if they donate 500 Station Cash ($5). The same amount will earn a Memory of Spring statue in EverQuest II. Finally, Star Wars Galaxies players can buy a $5 <a href=http://swg.wikia.com/wiki/A_Stuffed_Tauntaun_Toy>stuffed Tauntaun toy loot card.

S.O.E. will match each player's purchase with a $10 donation to the American Red Cross relief efforts in Japan. Today is the last day that these in-game items will be for sale, so if you play any of these games and haven't done your part to support relief efforts, this would be a great way to help out.

Source: Massively


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zahr

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SOE... those are the guys who killed Star Wars Galaxies with their horrible japanese ideas of what makes a good game, aye?
 

Bags159

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I still hate Sony Online Entertainment despite the fact that they run my favorite shooter (Planetside). Oh well, good on them.
 

Snake Plissken

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Does anybody even still play the games that they're giving stuff away for? Not much of an incentive to donate, if you ask me. Perhaps people should donate out of, you know, the goodness of their heart and respect for their fellow man.
 

Lucane

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Oh I thought this meant retro active rewarding people who bought the Theme background from various prices at 1st not that there we're other means to donate. (Still cool though)

Though I hope they release a statement on how much was raised by their various donation options.
 

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Stuffed Tauntaun toy loot card looks almost as ugly as the real thing.
They aren't going to making a lot of donations on this.
 

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these things make me sad.
so many developers do their part to aid japan, yet i've not once heard anything along the lines of "videogame developers aid japan" on tv or in newspapers.
 

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these things make me sad.
so many developers do their part to aid japan, yet i've not once heard anything along the lines of "videogame developers aid japan" on tv or in newspapers.
Blame the media all hating video games -_- I mean where all rapists and murderers in there eyes -_-
 

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ZahrDalsk said:
SOE... those are the guys who killed Star Wars Galaxies with their horrible japanese ideas of what makes a good game, aye?
Agreed I loved SWG, but even more interesting is that there are people who apparently still play it enough to be donated this tauntaun toy. God I can remember the good ole day of getting lost on Tatooines desert....sigh =(
 

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Snake Plissken said:
Does anybody even still play the games that they're giving stuff away for? Not much of an incentive to donate, if you ask me. Perhaps people should donate out of, you know, the goodness of their heart and respect for their fellow man.
I think that's the general idea.
Sony is doing the same thing on psn: I bought some theme for $25. It's ugly as sin, way too busy for my taste, and I'll probably never use it but I bought it just to make a quick easy donation to a country that has given me so much entertainment.
 

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You guys don't pay attention to Valve, do you? The TF2 Mann Co. Store has been selling hats for $7.50, $19.99 and $99.99 for a few days now, and says that all the proceeds are going to the Red Cross for helping Japan. Seems like the same sort of thing going on with SOE.