A non-profit school in China dedicated to helping underprivileged children has pledged $20,000 to Shenmue 3's Kickstarter to help raise awareness of its organisation.
this is such a amazing thing to do to raise awareness. i hope they get a special treat from shenmue devs.
Are you for cereal? This is so stupid! A school for the underprivileged donating to a kickstarter? What. A. Waste. Of. Money.
Yeah, that money should have gone to the kids. $20,000 could help a lot of underprivileged students. :(
Would you have known about them otherwise? No.
it is about investment. that 20k for exposure can easily bring about alot more money from the public. i want to donate my self to the school. i dont think i would have known about them if they didn't get exposure.
Its the same concept as big charity events. You spend money to make money.
this is what the brothers who donated this money had to say... "My brother and I decided to contribute $20,000 for the making of Shenmue III. We spent many hours thinking about whether this is a good or bad decision. We spent $10,000 in 2012 to get our school off the ground and that went a long way. Because of our initial $10,000 pledge, the school received an amazing amount of attention in China, social media and gaming websites so we hope that continues. We decided to purchase the NPC and hope we can have our teaching assistant from Wuhan be in it since she is actually Chinese and very much deserves it. Though it is hope that she can be a villager and not a fighter!"
I am for cereal, Cheerios are pretty good..
So strange. "Please help us and our poor little school, here have $20,000... now please help us we have no money!!!" ...erm...
Sounds like XBOX faboys are at work again. Complaining and trying to make people feel guilty for the Shenmue 3 kickstarter. It bet if the game was also coming to XBOX One, this would of never turned into such a big issue
"We are also hoping that since we will be listed in the credits as a special sponsor that it can have our school with a logo and a website rather than our names." I get that they want people to recognize them more. And I know that if they are donating 20000$ they expect to get that money back. But it is really risky to do something like this. I mean 20000$ is alot of money just to get your name in the credits, a dinner with Yu and one of your teachers as an NPC in the game (I read the article not just the headline). Before I finish no one is pressuring the school to do this. They did this out of their own free will. And while some people may call Yu evil for accepting this donation just remember that the school wasnt forced to give it. I honestly hope they get the recognition that they deserve and hopefully they will get that money back through donations.
yes... hopefully people will feel sorry for their idiocy and donate some money to the poor kids. Regardless of how honest their motives are, this is a stupid move that others with a conscious will now pay for.
'Sorry kids, there are no desks or pencils this year because we donated to the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter. Look at the bright side though, you can play Shenmue 3 on the PS4 you surely can't afford.'
I think this is an 'all-in' publicity/advertising stunt that is stupid but may pay off.
If this was a move to raise awareness about their school/cause then bravo.... hell of a move because it sure worked. This may in turn get people to donate to their school, It's a calculated risk that may pay off in the long term.
It may work. $20,000 in advertising is barely anything and now they have been able to advertise to the world what they do. Not sure if they are advertising to the right people, but I guess people reading this who have interest in crowdfunding may have interests in donating to small charities. I'm also stupid for hoping this, but hopefully Sony or Ys will refund this charity but still give a special thanks in the games credits/whatever. Would be the moral thing to do, but charity/organisations doesnt work like this.
is chinas game market that strong that they would do something as sill as this instead of supporting the kids with that money?
> "We are not wealthy!" said one of the school's volunteers. > "This was a hard decision. We could have given $20,000 > directly to building the school and it's programs but we > feel that this pledge will lead to more exposure and support > than what we could do through other mediums. Really this was the best way? There's always a chance this game never comes out
Guess its already working, none of us would of heard about this otherwise.
Lemme get this straight. You took $20,000 of school funding... to fund a Kickstarter... and you're already a non-profit organization?!?!?
No. We did not use our school funds. We decided to pledge OUR OWN money. My neighbor just bought a Buick for $28,000. I spent $20,000 to help make Shenmue a better game and get our school's name out there. Please don't loose site of who this will ultimately help.
Dude, there are better ways to get your school noticed... that don't cost $20,000
Stupidity reaches new heights....
I need to clear things up. I'm surprised to read the comments but I can see that the article doesn't explain this. We receive donations and that money always goes directly to rent, books, cafeteria, housekeeping, etc. Some will go to advertsing costs but a majority of advertising comes right out our pocket and it's always about $30,000 a year. Because Shenmue was our inspiration we decided to pledge our own money (not donated money), to Shenmue III. The recognition we received in the last few weeks is more than $30,000 got us last year. In the world of branding It was honestly a no brainer. What's better click-ads online or a dinner with Yu Suzuki?
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