As of today, I have set an end goal for our fundraiser at $80,000.
The very idea that we would even be able to reach that goal was a fever dream only a week ago. I don't believe anyone can or should consider this effort to have been anything but spectacularly successful. As evidenced by the statement from Dr. Myzuka yesterday, we have made our voices heard. Those of you here have taken special care to be heard in a polite, positive manner, and I believe that this is a major contributor to that success.
We have shown our sincerity and passion. We have brought positive attention to the Retake Mass Effect movement.
Make no mistake. This effort has been victorious.
I have been in contact with a manager at Child's Play. First, he wanted to stress how grateful they were for our efforts here, and the huge impact it will have in helping the charity. However, he pointed out that several sources are incorrectly assuming a link between the charity and the petition, or outright support of the petition by the charity. This has been a source of difficulty for them, and it has been requested that we wind this effort down. Again, I want to stress that the charity is not unhappy with our work, they are exceptionally pleased with what we have accomplished.
There will be conspiracy theorys regarding this. Many of the public statements by Penny Arcade have been dismissive or outright derogatory of our effort. I believe this is a failure on their part to understand our issues, but they are entitled to their opinion. Regardless, I want to stress that I do not believe for one second that this is an attempt by anyone at Penny Arcade to silence this movement.
I also want you all to know I am acting unilaterally in this decision. I have been provided many eloquent arguments against winding down the drive and I appreciate them. In the end, however, I believe that now is the time for this phase of the process to come to an close.
Retake Mass Effect is not over by any means; Dr. Myzuka's statement was welcome, but did not directly address our concerns. You have been heard. Now it is time to make sure they get the details right
I will be taking a break from BSN for a time. My sincerest thanks to everyone who has supported this effort whether through donations, publicity, or kind words. Special thanks to the core group here who kept this thread polite, positive, and on track.
I hope to soon have an archive of the comments made on the ChipIn page located at www.wewillholdtheline.org.
To everyone here - my thanks, and I salute you.
The donation site is here:
The Facebook page for Retake Mass Effect is here:
Questions that have been brought up that I would like to address here:
When does the donated money go to Child's Play?
Right when you donate. All of the money raised goes directly to Child's Play. You are basically making a direct Paypal transaction with firstname.lastname@example.org. The only thing that ChipIn does is to track how many people have donated and how much. There is no "goal" amount, there is no turning back. Regardless of the outcome of the petition, your donations are going to the charity.
How can I verify that this is legitimate?
Jaime Dillion, project manager at Child's Play, has graciously agreed to answer any concerns you have in terms of donations reaching Child's Play. Contact at email@example.com.
This thread is to discuss a donation drive to the Child's Play charity in order to bring positive attention to our respectful requests for an alternate ending to the Mass Effect series.
Child's Play is a charity which provides game hardware and software to Children's Hospitals around the world. It was created by gamers and for gamers.
We are coordinating donations via the ChipIn service which acts as a neutral party to ensure all donations make it directly to the Child's Play charity. ChipIn is the service officially recognized by Child's Play for coordination of online donation drives. It also ensures that the donations are in the name of the cause and not any other party. Donations can be made via Paypal.
Regardless of the outcome of this petition, we are proud to be fans of Mass Effect, and to support Child's Play.
This has leaped far beyond what I ever thought it might. Thank you all who have supported this thread, regardless of your donation status.
Information about the charity and the donation processor:
Child's Play Charity
Edited by UniqueName001, 22 March 2012 - 08:36 PM.