Op Ed

  • Kotaku - Major Video Game Companies Could Be Doing More For Covid-19 Relief.
    "The covid-19 pandemic is the biggest crisis many of us have seen in our lifetimes. Infection numbers continue to grow, coronavirus-related deaths are all too common, and millions have found themselves without income. It’s only natural to look fondly at big-looking checks in a time of need, no matter the source. But the numbers show just how trivial recent donations from massive video game companies really are in the grand scheme of things. If the situation’s gotten so bad that these leftovers are worthy of celebration, we’re in deeper shit than I thought."
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Re: Op Ed
Apr 29, 2020, 16:24
Beamer
 
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Re: Op Ed Apr 29, 2020, 16:24
Apr 29, 2020, 16:24
 Beamer
 
MrBone wrote on Apr 29, 2020, 16:13:
What is Kotaku doing to help save the world from Covid19? Perhaps they mentioned it somewhere in the article or on their site. If not, it's hypocritical. Cheers.

Beamer wrote on Apr 29, 2020, 09:28:
I'm with Slick.

If Cutter or JDreyer were to say "man, these game companies could be doing more," people would say "yeah, greedy asshole game companies."
Kotaku does it, and the same people rush in to say "Kotaku, you suck, they need to protect their shareholders!"

Fuck shareholders.

Given that you seem to have a bone to pick with them, you should probably know that they do not have the resources to do much. Their organization has been traded between PE firms quite a bit lately, and is not in a position to do much, as opposed to, say, Activision Blizzard or EA. They do not have a back catalog they can offer out free. They do not have sales they can run. They do not have billions of dollars of profit they can mobilize against.

And we have people here complaining about things all the time. If we institute a rule that you can't complain about what someone isn't doing unless you're doing it yourself, well, that's going to be rough.
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Re: Op Ed
Apr 29, 2020, 16:13
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Re: Op Ed Apr 29, 2020, 16:13
Apr 29, 2020, 16:13
 
What is Kotaku doing to help save the world from Covid19? Perhaps they mentioned it somewhere in the article or on their site. If not, it's hypocritical. Cheers.

Beamer wrote on Apr 29, 2020, 09:28:
I'm with Slick.

If Cutter or JDreyer were to say "man, these game companies could be doing more," people would say "yeah, greedy asshole game companies."
Kotaku does it, and the same people rush in to say "Kotaku, you suck, they need to protect their shareholders!"

Fuck shareholders.
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Re: Op Ed
Apr 29, 2020, 09:28
Beamer
 
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Re: Op Ed Apr 29, 2020, 09:28
Apr 29, 2020, 09:28
 Beamer
 
I'm with Slick.

If Cutter or JDreyer were to say "man, these game companies could be doing more," people would say "yeah, greedy asshole game companies."
Kotaku does it, and the same people rush in to say "Kotaku, you suck, they need to protect their shareholders!"

Fuck shareholders.
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Re: Op Ed
Apr 29, 2020, 09:12
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Re: Op Ed Apr 29, 2020, 09:12
Apr 29, 2020, 09:12
 
Even by Kotaku standards, this article is bad. It's an opinion piece incorrectly marked as news and purposefully distorts financial facts to paint a narrative. Two examples are equating publisher revenue with profit and equating personal net worth with liquidity. Also, the assumption by the writer that anyone is entitled to expect and demand any financial donations from anyone for any cause and stating that these companies aren't doing enough without actually defining what enough is.

This is just rage bait written by someone who has a daily quota of articles to hit and needs SEO keywords in the title (which yes, is well known to be how sites like Kotaku operate.)
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Re: Op Ed
Apr 29, 2020, 07:08
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Re: Op Ed Apr 29, 2020, 07:08
Apr 29, 2020, 07:08
 
These selfish dongs all get in line to suck on the benefits of tax supported security, fire control, infrastructure, roads, railways, airports, sanitation, but hell if they pay for any of it thanks to the tax code written in their favor.

Then they smugly and very publicly make a drop in the bucket donation to some hard up organization just for the photo op of handing the check over to the kneeling recipient.

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Re: Op Ed
Apr 28, 2020, 17:50
Slick
 
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Re: Op Ed Apr 28, 2020, 17:50
Apr 28, 2020, 17:50
 Slick
 
Do they "have" to do more? No. Is Kotaku doing anything? Probably not. Should every other multi-billion dollar company think of chipping in more then they are? probably.

The sentiment in the article isn't wrong. All corporations should probably be doing more to keep the society afloat that they rely on to make all their profits. It's actually in their best interests. Kotaku reports on videogames, so yeah they're going after videogame corporations.
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Re: Op Ed
Apr 28, 2020, 13:51
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Re: Op Ed Apr 28, 2020, 13:51
Apr 28, 2020, 13:51
 
These guys are so desperate to be relevant. Pathetic.
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Re: Op Ed
Apr 28, 2020, 13:46
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Re: Op Ed Apr 28, 2020, 13:46
Apr 28, 2020, 13:46
 
How much has Kotaku donated lately, anything?
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Re: Op Ed
Apr 28, 2020, 12:26
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Re: Op Ed Apr 28, 2020, 12:26
Apr 28, 2020, 12:26
 
Of course...

Because what is human life in the face of profits and the next Call of Duty/Fortnite smash hit? Nothing I say! Nothing!
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Re: Op Ed
Apr 28, 2020, 12:25
Verno
 
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Re: Op Ed Apr 28, 2020, 12:25
Apr 28, 2020, 12:25
 Verno
 
They're for profit corporations, many of them publicly held. They're not registered charities or not-for profit organizations. Anything they do in terms of charity outside of their own organization is just a bonus is the way I see it and I reward companies who do so to the best of my ability. The author also seems to conflate how an organization treats its employees and the amount of charity it's doing when to me they are two separate issues. I don't think we want to send the message to Bobby Kotick that it's OK to crunch his employees so long as he hits a certain charitable donation threshold.

Could corporations in general do more for their employees, the general public and so on? Sure. Unfortunately the nature of modern capitalism and their obligation to their shareholders makes this really rare and that's a systemic problem that will take a long time to address and has little to do with COVID-19.
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Re: Op Ed
Apr 28, 2020, 12:10
Cutter
 
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Re: Op Ed Apr 28, 2020, 12:10
Apr 28, 2020, 12:10
 Cutter
 
How about govt's stop giving them subsidies they don't need and they start paying their fair share of taxes like everyone else, instead? I'd be happy with just that.
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Re: Op Ed
Apr 28, 2020, 12:00
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Re: Op Ed Apr 28, 2020, 12:00
Apr 28, 2020, 12:00
 
Kotaku playing the bandwagon SJW role again? Naturally.
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Re: Kotaku - Major Video Game Companies Could Be Doing More For Covid-19 Relief
Apr 28, 2020, 10:38
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Re: Kotaku - Major Video Game Companies Could Be Doing More For Covid-19 Relief Apr 28, 2020, 10:38
Apr 28, 2020, 10:38
 
Ahhh, just like Kotaku and it's ilk. So concerned about what others could be doing, but never once do their minds turn to themselves and what they could be doing. So quick to demand other people spend their money. Reason number 4521 why no one should pay the slightest bit of attention to these whiny, entitled, nobodies who write for these sites...
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Re: Op Ed
Apr 28, 2020, 10:15
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Re: Op Ed Apr 28, 2020, 10:15
Apr 28, 2020, 10:15
 
Companies act like nickels weigh as much as manhole covers. To expect them to donate more during a global pandemic is folly.

Pay upper management first.
Shareholders second.
And thirdly employees.
When convenient toss some change at a good cause or for good will, especially if the company has been involved in a scandal.
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