Shroud of the Avatar sells toilets and wheelchairs for charity

    
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While it still continues on that long road to launch, Shroud of the Avatar is using some of its development time and resources to help those in need outside of the game studio. In this past weekend’s newsletter, Portalarium mentioned a few new store items that it’s created for the purposes of raising money for charity. One of these? A toilet.

Yes, if you buy SOTA’s steampunk toilet (“an ingenious contraption that brings bodily evacuations indoors through the clever use of Kobold technology”), you’ll be pitching in to help with Water.org’s World Toilet Day effort to address a sanitation crisis in impoverished nations. Other charity-related items include a wheelchair for children’s hospitals and Doctors Without Borders.

The team also showed off some new Halloween-themed rewards, new houses for SeedInvest backers, and Oktoberfest cosmetics for postmortem rewards. Shroud of the Avatar recently raised an additional $80,000 through an October 12th telethon and is working toward Release 47 on October 26th.

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Ket Viliano

Says it all, really.

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agemyth 😩

I dig this steampunk toilet.

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Armsbend

It’s shroud so of course it is only a portion. Man I wish you guys would stop promoting this rip off.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

“Up to 50 %” but that’s better than nothing, right? And lack of toilets is a big issue, a billion people have no kind of toilet at all and that helps spread of diseases like cholera.

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Armsbend

No it isn’t better than nothing. It’s an attempt to boost sales through feel good actions of donating. Nothing would be taking your cash and donating it directly to a charity if so inclined – on both sides. Because this is shroud – we can be assured this is simply a thinly veiled cash grab – using a charity to accomplish their goals.

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shibby523

It’s exactly what it is. Why not do a charity after the hurricane hit Texas and donate all proceeds to helping with that. They are in Texas as well.

You will never see Port donate 100% to a charity because they are only out for themselves. It would be better to just post links for people to donate directly. Port just uses it as an excuse to take advantage of those that need their pixel crack.

Warner Brothers was just hit by tons of hate for the exact same thing. Only giving a portion of sales from DLC to charity. They finally caved and did the right thing. Gave the DLC out for free and donated instead.

Raimo will argue with the statement that everyone else does it so why is it an issue. It’s an issue because these companies do in fact do it. People are getting tired of being gouged.

SotA has a terrible reputation and that is mainly from the cash shop and RMT, and that’s before even getting to the game itself, a mish mash of horrible concepts.

Official forums where legitimate criticism gets stifled and mostly deleted by a community manager that is not qualified (or just is too lazy to do what CMs do) for the position.

A Technical Director that opening calls out/insults players and sees no repercussions from the company. If he worked anywhere else, he would have been held accountable for his actions and fired or forced to apologize. Not Portalarium, their employees are allowed to do as they please.

This is a cash grab and it’s all it is. Garriots prior game Ultimate Collector failed big time and you can see the same concepts implemented here in SotA.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

So you have a personal axe to grind?

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Pepperzine

Personal axe or not, he’s right. Why not donate all the money raised to the charity? If they truly care about the charities that is what they would do. Instead, they’re driving up sales by donating a portion and profiting off of the remainder.

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Vagabond Sam

Other games set the standard by donating all proceeds. WoW’s yearly pet for example.

SOTA have a reputation for a gaudy, overpriced cash shop and so releasing charity items where all proceeds go to a good cause is a missed opportunity for them to repair their ‘Forsaken Virtues’

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shibby523

Why wouldn’t I. Here are a company that was asking for pledges ranging from (whatever the lowest was) to thousands of dollars.

For many people this wasn’t a normal $60 game purchase and if the game is crap, move on. Many people put in hundreds/thousands of dollars based on how the game was described and because Garriot was involved. Instead they gave everyone Ultimate Collector of the Avatar.

This is a company that has supposedly put in placeholder story. Who does that? Not a single other developer with a brain is going to waste time creating a placeholder story and put in their game. I personally tend to believe it was meant to be final all along but since people complained it was so bad they just came up with the excuse it was placeholder. That is the only thing that makes sense and not that they just love redundant work.

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Gadgets-4G

And your motivation?

Just curious.

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TotalCowage .

You clearly have a “personal axe to grind” and a “pathological” need to constantly attack people who are rightly concerned about the considerable ethical, moral, and financial issues involved with this company and its product.

You don’t even have the personal decency to admit that there is no reason why Portalarium should ask to keep 50% of the profits from this “charity” auction. Instead you just look for another excuse to have a passive aggressive whine that people are mean about it.

This remember whilst the article states, they’ve also simultaneously taken another $80,000 in this months Begathon.

And whilst the Kickstarter promised the game in 2014 for a total of $1m; They’ve had over $20m now, it’s 3 years late, and they’re still using charity as an excuse to yet again double dip their backers.

I suggest your own inability to handle people even asking why this isn’t questioned more closely says far more about your own “pathologies” than anyone else exhibiting a working moral and “personal” compass and saying “WTF”. Some situations require rudeness not servile gatekeeping like yours….

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Raimo Kangasniemi

No, we ‘can’t be assured’.

What we can be assured is of over-the-top criticism that has long time ago become pathological in nature.

At the minimum this brings awareness to people who follow the game of those charities.