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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post

Or, to be cynical, they're giving them out to get a PR boost and to expand the audience of the Kinect to improve software sales and get more people using it in general to spur more sales of the hardware itself.

This.
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Phaedrus, maybe you consider me idealistic, but I really believe that people are good at heart. I don't think MIcrosoft did this as a PR stunt. I truly think that there's someone in their company who cares about the men and women in uniform.
It's like that story a year or so ago when Apple gave a hundred iPhones to victims of the tornadoes in Joplin. WE should applaud corporations for being generous.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...

Thanks for that man, I needed it.
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You just proved what is wrong with the world.
A company gives away 380 gaming consoles for free and you complain that its not enough and is insulting. Well you sir are insulting. People with your disgusting attitude are the reason why no one gives anything without expecting something back these days. You are the reason why people would rather amass incredible wealth than give a small portion of their earning to charity.
Sure, it may be a small figure for such a big company but I don't see you donating gaming consoles to soldiers and their families. At the end of the day, whether its a PR stunt or not (ofc its for pr), at least they gave something back. People seem to forget that companies like MS are under absolutely no obligation to donate anything. They could have quite easily sold those units at retail for $200 a pop. But at least they donated something, which is far more than most other companies or even people in society do.

For the record, I also think it's disgusting. And I donate to Child's Play every year; $400 in 2008, and I try for at least $50 each year after that, as money's been tighter since then. That's toys and gaming consoles to sick children in hospitals, if you're uninformed. So what were you saying again?
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Bill Gates left Microsoft so he can donate a lot of money without limitations.rolleyes.gif
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Does anyone else think they won't get used that much... After a day of marching etc would you really want to prance around in front of a kinect? wink.gif

I think it's a nice gesture but I think they probably could have done more.
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When I was in Kuwait waiting to fly into Baghdad there was a USO tent there with five or six 360s. Not a lot compared to the number of soldiers, but as always, we made it work. As a Former Soldier who has used USO services in the past, I appreciate what Microsoft is doing.
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Yeah, this is good on them...I think they could have afforded to donate a couple hundred more though. For that matter I think the military could scratch out a bit of money to buy something like this for the troops...then again...I felt lucky to have a shower as that was a rare treat most of the time.
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If I had billions in the bank, I would actually put it to use in a way that would directly benefit society. e.g. creating a no-questions-asked healthcare fund-pool for the poor. The military doesn't need any more money or stuff. Just sayin'.

 

 

Not that I think MS is obligated to do so, that's just what I'd personally do.

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THANK YOU MICROSOFT I APPRECIATE WHAT YOIU ARE DOING smile.gif
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If I had billions in the bank, I would actually put it to use in a way that would directly benefit society. e.g. creating a no-questions-asked healthcare fund-pool for the poor. The military doesn't need any more money or stuff. Just sayin'.


Not that I think MS is obligated to do so, that's just what I'd personally do.

I would agree that the military doesn't need more stuff...but this was for the troops...not the military. You can't comprehend how much time I spent cleaning a weapon because I simply had nothing better to do...or the hurry up and get to a place to sit and wait for a week before the mission started...or at least I hope you can't. It was miserable...It would have been awesome to run into a USO every now and then or a even a military run recreation van of some sort. Though I guess the places I was it would have been very hard to get to.
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