Activision's Call of Duty Endowment

Activision Blizzard announces its Call of Duty Endowment (CODE), a foundation they are forming with a $1 million grant to support groups that assist veterans with their careers, reports Washingtonpost.com. In spite of recruitment ads promising the military leads to great careers, word is: "Other government and private studies show that the percentage of unemployed veterans has been historically higher than the percentage among civilians. Eighteen percent of veterans who left the military in the past one to three years were unemployed, according to a 2008 Department of Veterans Affairs employment survey." The foundation's first donation of $125,000 is to the Paralyzed Veterans of America to help open a vocational rehabilitation center. "The joblessness rate that [veterans] should have should be far less than the national average, not more," says Activision Blizzard chief executive Bobby Kotick. "How do you expect people to actually join the military if when they leave the military they can't integrate back into the free market they're supposed to be protecting?"
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Re: CoD Endowment
Nov 11, 2009, 14:51
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Re: CoD Endowment Nov 11, 2009, 14:51
Nov 11, 2009, 14:51
 
Sorry about the anger, I just tend to get frustrated when it comes to narrow-minded aggression.

I take back what I said about foolishness. We need people to make the sacrifice of taking the chance when it comes to the military.

Sorry about offending you.

You'd think that the government would perhaps get more opportunistic about funding specific things and perhaps start a government-run international corporation.

Then they could fund improvements to veteran programs and medical care.
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Nov 10, 2009, 20:39
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Re: CoD Endowment Nov 10, 2009, 20:39
Nov 10, 2009, 20:39
 
You may choose to continue calling anyone a fool who chooses to join the military and put themselves in harms way. I however prefer a different word... PATRIOT. The word may hold no meaning for you except as a symbol of brain washing. But it is what made the US what it is today. I can sympathize with people who may say "and look what we have become". But the harsh reality is that is because we have become too weak and unaccepting of responsibility (I aim the last at parents, not all of course)

Having said that I would personally have never gone in as an infantry or any other front line combat sort. That is why I chose to be in the Navy submarine service. I still refuse to call anyone foolish for making the choice to join the military in a combat role. Whether anyone likes it or not, war has always been, and will continue to be a FACT of life (in some dreamed golden age it might not be so). If you prefer that our country did not have anyone available to defend it... well what more needs be said? And having such a vile animosity towards those who do put their life in jeopardy is absolutely reprehensible to anyone who has lost their life doing so...

Back to the original point though, helping vets is good. I personally know of FAR too many people that come back from the war and need help and are either too prideful to ask or are unable to receive proper help when they do ask.

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Re: CoD Endowment
Nov 10, 2009, 17:50
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Re: CoD Endowment Nov 10, 2009, 17:50
Nov 10, 2009, 17:50
 
While I respect your ability to join the military and benefit professionally, there are some people out there who lack the intelligence to just play the game for professional purposes and end up doing things like joining the Marines and ending up with life-threatening injuries (Try the Navy sometime if you want to "deploy" safely).

These people want to kill shit and be Rambo. They join the military to kill these "sand niggers" and expect Uncle Sam to have been realistic in its sales pitch about true opportunity (see the recent commercials about weekend warriors in the reserve) and safety.

Only a fool believes that Uncle Sam wants to protect you, help you succeed, that you stand a good chance of avoiding dismemberment/death/permanent injury in frontline combat, that you will find work after being discharged, etc.

Careful with the anger, I'm sure there's plenty of people working for the military who want to help but simply can't.

These promises of career opportunity and liklihood of survival are the same type of words that drive unsuspecting open-minded people into problems like Satanism. The words in the Satanic bible sound like a philosophical breakthrough of existential, liberated thinking and freedom of existence.

When really all it is a sucker punch to your intellectual respect and sympathy to indoctrinate you into Satanic practices.

Unfortunately the military IS all about the shiny guns... Minus much of the shine, that is.

I'm sure that it's a tragically low IQ that lures people into these messes. Only a fool or a fool who has nothing left to lose (such as a lifer in prison) would ever engage in such foolish choices.

You have to feel sorry for some poor kid who thought his best bet was to play Rambo and ended up getting mortared by the bloodthirsty freedom fighter who has ZERO moral qualms about ANNIHILATING the enemy who has set foot in HIS country potentially without warrant to murder him and take his home.

Remember, our hatred over here is just as much "sand nigger" as they think "sand nigger" about us
(Death to America vs. Let God Sort Them <All> Out).

And don't think that I sympathise so much for the average Arab person. Assassin's Creed was full of shit when they tried to say that our meddling with the morality of execution methods was the equivalent of critisizing the clothing of indigenous people (see the intro with the intruding, trespassing bald eagle biding its time while watching the alleged day-in-day-out normalcy of Arab life.).


You cannot tell that kid that he deserves nothing in life. You also cannot criticize Uncle Sam for giving him what he needs at the expense of the national/military budget in order to live a life with some semblance of normalcy.

Especially after his hands have been stained by so much blood, what with manipulating the impressionable open young minds of the young. 18 year olds are kids. You can even check physiologically, as developmental growth seems to halt in males at about 24 or so, perhaps implying that true mental "adulthood" may take place someplace after 20.

Funny that you can join the military and kill people with assault rifles at 18 but cannot buy an easily concealed handgun until 21 (at least in California).

You cannot tell someone that you can just join the military without having effectively said "and expect to come home as well". Not to mention the more than implied career opportunities and non-combat "JOBS" available WHILE SERVING DUTY (see "armyjobs.com", yet another marketing campaign.)

All the banners and posters imply explicitly that survival is to be expected. That you can dive into the Persian Gulf in the Army or Marines and expect to survive frontline combat.

I feel partially indoctrinated myself when I think about it. Shit, much more of this and I could sound like a proponent.

Please don't get angry if you are a veteran, ex-marine, patriot, etc. Without people taking these positions we would not be able to defend ourselves.

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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment
Nov 10, 2009, 13:55
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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment Nov 10, 2009, 13:55
Nov 10, 2009, 13:55
 
@TurdFergasun - You sir are just as clearly delusional as the first troll spouting his hatred of the miltary... In your tinfoil hat wearing world I am sure you are not capable of having any apreciation for the military and the GOOD it can bring such as the ability for you to spout your ignorant thoughts on the internet and walk safely (relatively) down the street. Instead you choose to see the BAD such as war started for virtually no reason which has little to do with the armed forces and more to do with the ELECTED officials who point them.

As for your allegations that the military is only staffed with "retarded" "mercenaries" with a "tragically low iq"... I joined the military in order to learn how to operate a nuclear reactor which led to a VERY profitable career in the civilian world. Not all of the military is about "the shiny guns"... From my own personal experience, I can't help but take great offense at this post of utter ignorance.

As for those complaining about this foundation that has been formed, I get a sick feeling in my stomach whenever I go to the local Vetarans Hospital and see young kids (to me) with missing limbs or destroyed psyches as a result of what they have gone through out there. ANY assistance to them is only a GOOD thing. I could care less about the reasons for the foundation or what some blowhard PR guy says about it. I see assistance to people that need it. I also see the same jade gamers posting their typical drivel as if this were another way to bash on a video game company and not an act providing a benefit to some people that are in DIRE need.
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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment
Nov 10, 2009, 04:47
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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment Nov 10, 2009, 04:47
Nov 10, 2009, 04:47
 
Gee, StreetPreacher seem like the best adult ever! I cant wait till I grow up to be just like him, you known, and be able to tell how the contents of a game plays out before playing it and being offended adult themes that i find hard to deal with - I mean look at the world we live in, if only they did not make clockwork orange we would have peace on earth by now (apart from between humans and the penguins, that's to the death.)
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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment
Nov 9, 2009, 23:55
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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment Nov 9, 2009, 23:55
Nov 9, 2009, 23:55
NKD
 
your analogy is a bit off too. where have you seen video games that involved child pornography? ok so they have them in japan but those are not sold outside of that country.

I have not seen them. I was responding to the poster's theoretical child rape simulator game concept.
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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment
Nov 9, 2009, 23:28
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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment Nov 9, 2009, 23:28
Nov 9, 2009, 23:28
 
There is no known causation between shooting innocent people in a video game, and then going and doing it in the real world.

it might not be shooting but there is an effect and it aint positive.

http://www.apa.org/science/psa/sb-anderson.html

your analogy is a bit off too. where have you seen video games that involved child pornography? ok so they have them in japan but those are not sold outside of that country.
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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment
Nov 9, 2009, 22:50
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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment Nov 9, 2009, 22:50
Nov 9, 2009, 22:50
 Cutter
 
If you're such an adult, then why don't you try having an adult conversation? For example, try explaining why you think committing realistically simulated acts of terrorism and mass murder for fun is perfectly acceptable.

Because it's called "let's pretend", retard! Just like cartoons, and movies, and TV shows, and little kids running around in the woods playing cowboys and indians, cops and robbers, etc. It sounds like you're the one having a difficult time seperating reality from fantasy, but for the overwhelmeing majority of us it's not a problem.
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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment
Nov 9, 2009, 21:29
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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment Nov 9, 2009, 21:29
Nov 9, 2009, 21:29
NKD
 
If you're such an adult, then why don't you try having an adult conversation? For example, try explaining why you think committing realistically simulated acts of terrorism and mass murder for fun is perfectly acceptable.

Because I believe everyone's entitled to their own opinion on the subject, and conversations about it traditionally go nowhere except in circles. Part of being an adult is knowing when an opinion is just that, an opinion. There isn't always a right or wrong, especially on this subject.

As a grown adult I'd like to think you wouldn't approve of a game wherein the goal was to graphically rape as many children as possible, even if it was "just a game" or "in the right context." So please explain how this is any different.

There is no known causation between shooting innocent people in a video game, and then going and doing it in the real world. There is, however, a known link between child pornography and actual real life child abuse, so your analogy is a bit off.

If you don't like violent games, that's your opinion and you're welcome to it. But you don't need to spew a bunch of flamebait nonsense with wild rhetoric about putting Jews in gas chambers.


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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment
Nov 9, 2009, 20:54
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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment Nov 9, 2009, 20:54
Nov 9, 2009, 20:54
 
@NKD: 31? Seriously? I'm not so sure that I'd be owning up to that given the quality of your comments. You should've told us you were 16 and you could drive yourself - at least then we'd cut you some slack.

If you're such an adult, then why don't you try having an adult conversation? For example, try explaining why you think committing realistically simulated acts of terrorism and mass murder for fun is perfectly acceptable. And while doing so, please try to avoid any shallow rationalizations like "it's just a game" or "it's OK if done in the proper context." As a grown adult I'd like to think you wouldn't approve of a game wherein the goal was to graphically rape as many children as possible, even if it was "just a game" or "in the right context." So please explain how this is any different.

@Sepharo: Why am I here? Well, initially I came here b/c I thought that people might see this story and think "Gee, what a swell bunch of guys IW must be. Maybe I should buy their game and give them some money." I wanted to remind people that they are in no way swell guys. They are dregs pandering to the lowest common denominator every bit as much as the makers of a Postal game or an Uwe Boll movie. And they don't deserve your money, no matter how high their production values are. I would like to think that most adults would understand this, but apparently I'm wrong. And if I only hung out with like-minded people, then I wouldn't be asking anyone to challenge their beliefs, now would I?

But now I'm mostly just here to see what kind of lame reply you'll post.

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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment
Nov 9, 2009, 19:11
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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment Nov 9, 2009, 19:11
Nov 9, 2009, 19:11
 
Why are you still here?

Go take your condescending attitude elsewhere.

We don't share your moral outrage and therefore we are children.

You're too advanced for us children, go hang out with the adults.

edit: Oops, I forgot adults refer to themselves as "grownups".

This comment was edited on Nov 9, 2009, 19:13.
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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment
Nov 9, 2009, 19:01
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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment Nov 9, 2009, 19:01
Nov 9, 2009, 19:01
NKD
 
Spoken like a spoiled child who just can't wait for their new toy. While I'm busy fucking off, you make sure to go and beg your mommy one more time to drive you to the midnight sale on a school night.

But some of us grownups have serious issues with this game.

Firstly, I am 31 years old. There are virtually no children on this site. Almost all of us are veteran PC gamers from the early 90s or earlier. So my mother has very little to do with my game purchases.

Secondly, I don't like the Call of Duty games, or standard shooters in general. I have no plans to buy Modern Warfare 2 or any other shooter in the near future. I play almost exclusively RPGs and strategy games.

With that in mind, my point stands.

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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment
Nov 9, 2009, 18:58
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Nov 9, 2009, 18:58
 
Yeah, I bet being asked to defend the morality (or lack thereof) of your buying decisions must be really uncomfortable and annoying. It'd be a lot easier if I'd just leave and you could play on in ignorant bliss.

And if you think this is bad, just wait until tomorrow when they can't issue takedown notices anymore and I can send the clips along with complaints to my senetors and congressmen, news outlets, and executives at major retailers that carry the game. That's when it gets REALLY fun.

Might be something less of a blockbuster if we can get it pulled from shelves right in the middle of the holiday season. That's gonna be funny as Hell.
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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment
Nov 9, 2009, 18:29
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Nov 9, 2009, 18:29
 
But some of us grownups have serious issues with this game.

No seriously, you need to leave this forum and not come back.
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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment
Nov 9, 2009, 18:16
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Nov 9, 2009, 18:16
 
Why don't you fuck off, Jack Thompson.
Spoken like a spoiled child who just can't wait for their new toy. While I'm busy fucking off, you make sure to go and beg your mommy one more time to drive you to the midnight sale on a school night.

But some of us grownups have serious issues with this game.
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Nov 9, 2009, 17:58
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Nov 9, 2009, 17:58
 
I like all the "CYA" comments, as if Activision is worried at all about a small sect of PC gamers not buying their massively successful game.
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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment
Nov 9, 2009, 17:57
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Nov 9, 2009, 17:57
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Maybe they should've spent that money on an endowment for victims of violence, like victims of the kind of terrorism and mass murder that they apparently feel is so fun and entertaining in their airport level.

Why don't you fuck off, Jack Thompson.
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Nov 9, 2009, 17:35
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Nov 9, 2009, 17:35
 
Maybe they should've spent that money on an endowment for victims of violence, like victims of the kind of terrorism and mass murder that they apparently feel is so fun and entertaining in their airport level.
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Nov 9, 2009, 17:33
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Nov 9, 2009, 17:33
 
Nothing bad about that, a million bucks spent on charity is a million bucks spent on charity, and it's a very good cause in this case.

Though that 125,000 dollars isn't even going to buy a door for that vocational rehab center.

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Re: Activision's Call of Duty Endowment
Nov 9, 2009, 17:29
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Nov 9, 2009, 17:29
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Judging from the reactions in this thread, they would have been better off spending the million on hookers and blow.
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