Activision Donates $1M on Game's Launch Day To Help Vets

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Activision plans to unveil a $1 million backed non-profit corporation tomorrow designed to help soldiers transition to civilian careers tomorrow.

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The Call of Duty Endowment (CODE) unveiling comes on Veterans Day and the official launch day for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

The morning press conference will take place at the Newseum in Washington D.C. and will be hosted by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick.

The CODE advisory council members include MG Matthew P. Caulfield (USMC-Ret.), COL Roger Dimsdale (USA-Ret.), RADM Ronne Froman (USN-Ret.), CPT Gordon H. Mansfield (USA-Ret.), BG James A. "Spider" Marks (USA-Ret.), GEN Montgomery C. Meigs (USA-Ret.), SFC Steve Robinson (USA-Ret.), BG Harry A. Sieben, Jr. (USANG-Ret.), MG Craig Whelden (USA-Ret.) and MCPO Maurice Wilson (USN-Ret.)

Kotick told the Washington Post that "The joblessness rate that [veterans] should have should be far less than the national average, not more. How do you expect people to actually join the military if when they leave the military they can't integrate back into the free market they're supposed to be protecting?"

Eighteen percent of veterans who left the military in the past one to three years were unemployed, according to a 2008 Department of Veterans Affairs employment survey, the Post reports.

The endowment will support other groups that assist veterans with their careers. A noble effort with suspicious timing.

DISCUSSION

I'm studying ethics and we already covered moral situations and choices.

There is doing the right thing for the right cause, doing the right thing by accident, and doing the right thing for the wrong reasons. In the end, the action is right, but 2 cases don't deserve praise.

While I'll never say giving to veterans is a bad thing, this is not by accident and given Activision's public track record, I doubt this was for "the right reason,".

I haven't seen ANYONE comment on how this ties into a game where you can play a terrorist and kill innocents. Do you think the men and women who served in a war would be happy to know that this money came from a game that gave one the ability to kill innocents? I doubt most would approve. Add in the fact that whether its rated M or not, this is still going into the 14~18 male demographic of gamers who sit there and laugh and go "OH COOL!". I'm not saying its going to condition them to be murders, but rather, any moral meaning of the action or situation will fall upon deaf ears.

I feel this is the right action for the wrong reason. It's a tainted good, one that I'm not sure I like. If they would have done this AFTER the release of MW2 and given some buffer period, I think it would be less suspect. For this news to come out on the eve of their major retail release? Disappointing to me.

You did one good commendable thing; kudos Activision. Now, when you start treating me like a customer instead of a consumer, I'll have real respect for your company and products. #callofdutymodernwarfare