Deleting TF2 Golden Wrenches for Charity

August 6, 2010 -

One recipient of a rare and controversial item granted last month to 100 players of Valve’s Team Fortress 2, is turning a negative into a positive and has organized a charity drive that will see owners of the items delete them in order to benefit the Child’s Play charity.

The item in question is the Golden Wrench, used by the game’s Engineer class. John Tran, the man behind the charity drive, received one of the items, but claimed, in talking with Bitmob, that they were not randomly distributed, as Valve had earlier stated.

Tran started contacting possessors of the Golden Wrenches and eventually rounded up enough owners to begin the Golden Charity Drive. He hopes to eventually reach 1,000 donors, that will donate at least $10 apiece, and appears to be very near his goal. So far, eleven Golden Wrenches will be destroyed on D-Day, August 31 (once they are deleted from a player’s inventory, they cannot be retrieved).

Valve has even endorsed the charity drive and wrote:

The TF2 team knew that the Golden Wrench event would be controversial -- an experiment in the distribution of an ultra-rare item. We never imagined that it would empower a small group of players to benefit a much vaster group of children in need. We are constantly shocked and impressed by the creativity of the Team Fortress 2 community, but today we are humbled.


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Re: Deleting TF2 Golden Wrenches for Charity

They were given at random-ish, they set some times at random where you could get the wrench if you crafted at that time. The people that got banned was because the exact times of wrench drop were leaked and those people didnt bother to report the leak and just take advantage from it.

Re: Deleting TF2 Golden Wrenches for Charity

eh, all the golden wrench thing meant to me was more account phishing attempts.

Re: Deleting TF2 Golden Wrenches for Charity

See, something people always forget about Valve in the rush to point out that they are awesome game designers is that they are also masters of trolling.

That said, the whole Golden Wrench thing is, IIRC, the first time they have outright lied to their players, and their reasons for manually permabanning seven people are... suspect.

Regardless, good on Wingspann for taking this and running with it, and props to Valve for posting it on the blog. Word is, their money raised doubled overnight that day.

 
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Wonderkarpthats better, though I'd prefer something a little more than a simple tweet, I'll take it.11/22/2014 - 6:37pm
Andrew EisenKate Edwards' Twitter: "like people, tools are imperfect; we've removed it for now."11/22/2014 - 6:35pm
Andrew EisenHard to say with any certainty but it appears it at least understands the tool didn't do what it thought it did.11/22/2014 - 6:34pm
WonderkarpI've yet to find the IGDA responding too the situation other than deleting a link.11/22/2014 - 6:34pm
Matthew WilsonI hope the IGDA understands why its a mistake, that's all I want.11/22/2014 - 6:33pm
Andrew EisenHeh, lawyering up would be grossly overracting! And really silly. Well, if what the IGDA did say was not enough for you, try contacting them and letting them know how you feel.11/22/2014 - 6:31pm
Wonderkarpall I want is an apology from the IGDA. nothing fancy, not even addressed to me. Just something that says, "We messed up. We're Sorry" thats it. Not exactly those words except Sorry. If I was overreacting, I'd be lawyering up.11/22/2014 - 6:29pm
Andrew EisenI get it, I just think you're taking it the wrong way and overreacting.11/22/2014 - 6:27pm
Wonderkarpatleast Matthew understands why I am miffed at that list11/22/2014 - 6:26pm
Andrew EisenMatthew - That I agree with. Linking to that list was silly. Hopefully IGDA will more carefully vet the resources it links to make sure they do what they're supposed to.11/22/2014 - 6:25pm
Andrew EisenNope. No insults.11/22/2014 - 6:21pm
WonderkarpAnd here come the insults. Wanna throw some more?11/22/2014 - 6:18pm
Andrew EisenYou're an English major? Wow.11/22/2014 - 6:16pm
Matthew Wilsonno I am glad they did, but I want this talked about so it does not happen again.11/22/2014 - 6:15pm
Wonderkarpdude, I'm an english major. It means everybody on that list is a harasser but they couldnt get all the harassers in the list.11/22/2014 - 6:14pm
Andrew EisenPerhaps so, and again, the IGDA took it down. Does that mean nothing to you guys? Are mistakes eternal? Can we never atone? Never make amends? Are we forever damned?11/22/2014 - 6:14pm
Andrew Eisen1. No, that's not what that means. 2. Yeah, I'll be interested to see if there is any tangible damage whatsoever. But hey, I'm not on the list (or maybe I am, I don't know) so maybe I just couldn't understand.11/22/2014 - 6:13pm
Matthew Wilsonthe implacation is that everyone on that list harassed people. that being said I would not be surprised if their lawyer told them to take it down to be safe.11/22/2014 - 6:12pm
Wonderkarpthen I want a public apology from IGDA. I want the IGDA to get on twitter and say "we were wrong, and everybody on that list isnt a harasser".11/22/2014 - 6:11pm
Andrew EisenAs for the person who made the list, I don't see where it says this is a list of people who harass others. Although, feel free to point me in the right direction if it does.11/22/2014 - 6:10pm
 

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