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I would have jumped on regging B2 if that were the case.
Personally, I really don't mind how you go about helping, just so long as you do what you feel you can: http://www.google.com/tsunami_relief.html
I'm not going to drop into an argument about which product, or whether it was 100% of one title or a slice of many, since that would be very much missing the point. This was simply our team's genuine way of doing something as a group that might make a difference, in addition to our individual efforts.
If you don't feel this is a worthwhile effort, you don't like the title, or you can find a more efficient way of helping, then move right along.
Speaking with some other developers, I think there might be more of these kinds of offers over the next couple of days. Please do look on these in the spirit in which they are intended - a genuine attempt to do something reasonable to help. If every developer who offers something gets flamed for their trouble, it might not go very far!
Howard. ( CEO / Astraware - firstname.lastname@example.org )
THere's still the Hogmanay sale similar to the Holiday Countdown Sale going on till jan 15th. Bej was on sale for only $10. Good deal. Maybe it'll crop up again. Even if u have to buy it at $20, some ppl may instead to opt for 5 games for $30 (Popcap Games pack #1 - bej, seven seas, mummy maze, alchemy, atomica)... which brings up another question, do any part or whole of the popcap games pack #1 sales goes towareds the relief?[signature0]the secret to enjoying your job is to have a hobby that's even worse[/signature0][signature1]My PDAs: Visor --> Visor Neo (blue) --> Zire 71.... so ends the "marathon", for now[/signature1]
i think the original poster was more outlining the point that astraware can use all "donations" as a tax offset. for example, if $10,000 USD is raised from this effort, astraware can offset $10,000 USD of other income as a taxable deduction.
in reality, giving away a freebie doesn't cost anything to astraware; unless - for ever copy sold popcap games is paid a royalty (regardless where the final money does go).
while i've donated to red cross directly - i recommend people do the same; leveraging the disaster for economic/advertising profit is shameful. while travelling back from australia on vacation i was seated next to a lot of swedish victims from the disaster; most people dont want money, they want their families back.---Aaron ArdiriPalmOS Certified Developeraaron_ardiri@mobilewizardry.comhttp://www.mobilewizardry.com/members/aaron_ardiri.php
why should the smaller guys take the cost? for every copy you purchase to make a donation - remember, some fat guy in a suit is making 40% of every transaction. www.esd-union.com - if you dont know, its time to read up on it.---Aaron ArdiriPalmOS Certified Developeraaron_ardiri@mobilewizardry.comhttp://www.mobilewizardry.com/members/aaron_ardiri.php
Both Handango and PalmGear agreed without hesitation to also donate their usual commissions from the Bejeweled sales.
I'm sure the trolls, cynics, and assorted tin-foil-hatters will be finding a way to twist this, but I expect the majority see this in the way it is intended.
U look different w/o your South Park jesus avatar :D