Update: A post over at Penny Arcade explains why Child's Play wanted the charity dis-associated from the movement. Apparently some people donating to it thought they were paying for BioWare to change the ending of the game. This is a pretty good reason for them to be forceful about the campaign being shut down.
Original Story:The "Retake Mass Effect Campaign," a movement to get BioWare to change the ending of its Mass Effect 3, has suspended its Child's Play charity drive via ChipIn after the charity asked them to shut it down. Despite its end, the charity tied to the group complaining about the ending to Mass Effect 3 managed to raise an impressive $80,080.
Even though that happened, the group has a double moral victory after BioWare co-founder Dr. Ray Muzyka acknowledged yesterday that his company has listened to public complaints about the ending and promised to do "something" to appease those fans that were so upset about it.
The campaign's organizer – known only as Robb – said that, while he welcomes BioWare's acknowledgements, the fight isn't over yet.
"Retake Mass Effect is not over by any means; Dr. Myzuka's statement was welcome, but did not directly address our concerns. You have been heard. Now it is time to make sure they get the details right."
Finally, he explains why he decided to end the ChipIn campaign:
"I have been in contact with a manager at Child's Play," says Robb. "First, he wanted to stress how grateful they were for our efforts here, and the huge impact it will have in helping the charity. However, he pointed out that several sources are incorrectly assuming a link between the charity and the petition, or outright support of the petition by the charity. This has been the source of some difficulty for them, and it has been requested that we wind this effort down."
Personally I don't think anyone with a scintilla of common sense would somehow assume that Child's Play supports a cause outside the group's mission statement: to help sick kids by providing them with toys and games to play while they recover in the hospital..
You can read Robb's entire statement here.