The Great Crate Bonfire - 300 crates deleted
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Uploaded on Jan 11, 2011
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I gathered and deleted 300 crates to protest the crate-key system introduced to Team Fortress 2 in the Mann-Conomy update.
According to the Random House Dictionary, the word "gamble" means "to stake or risk money, or anything of value, on the outcome of something involving chance." Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/brows...
The crate-key system introduces real gambling to people who would not purchase lottery tickets, visit gambling establishments such as casinos, or gamble otherwise.
I am calling for players to do the following:
- Refrain from purchasing keys from the Mann Co. item store
- Delete all crates
- Post similar "crate bonfire" videos as video responses
- Post "before" crate deletion and "after" TF2 Backpack Examiner links to http://forums.steampowered.com/forums... (See below for example links)
- Send an e-mail to Robin Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to this video and a request to remove gambling from Team Fortress 2
- Share the link to this video with friends
- Post the link to this video on forums
- Digg this video at http://digg.com/news/gaming/the_great...
- Re-tweet http://twitter.com/gummyzergling/stat...
I am asking Valve to do the following:
- Allow players to craft scrap metal using crates
- Add keys as random drops with a reasonable drop rate
- Allow players to craft keys
I would like to see Valve phase out the crate-key system entirely, but I understand this is highly unlikely. The changes listed above are what I feel to be a fair compromise for both players and Valve.
Note that I am not protesting the introduction of an item store. I understand it takes time, effort, and money to continue creating and publishing updates for Team Fortress 2.
An item store is a valid method of making continued updates a financially viable strategy; however, I take issue with Valve introducing gambling via the crate-key system.
Before (Jan. 5, 2011) http://www.tf2items.com/profiles/7656...
After (Jan. 11, 2011) http://www.tf2items.com/profiles/7656...
The following people helped gather crates for the creation of this video:
The Mighty Gerbil: Donated 13 crates
Patriot: Donated 15 crates
GeneralSaudi: Donated 1 crate
Whon: Donated 10 crates
Grey: Donated 5 crates
Keero: Donated 12 crates
pliskin: Donated 23 crates
Bird of PrAy donated 69 crates and gathered additional crates. I had originally planned to record a video where I deleted 100 crates. Bird of PrAy's assistance helped me expand the scope of this project and delete 300 crates.
Thanks also go out to everyone who donated crates via Bird of PrAy. Your support was essential to this project.
The Mighty Gerbil, GeneralSaudi, Whon, Grey, Keero, Bird of PrAy, and I are all members of Tribe of Judah, a Christian gaming group with a Team Fortress 2 chapter and server. You can learn more about Tribe of Judah at http://www.toj.cc
Total cost for 300 keys: $747.00.
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