MechWarrior Online dev selling in-game mech for cancer research

Piranha Games launches "Sarah's Jenner" in memory of 5-year-old fan who died from inoperable brain cancer in May.

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MechWarrior Online developer Piranha Games is currently raising money for cancer research by selling a special mech, "Sarah's Jenner," a unique character based on the model enjoyed by five-year-old Sarah Marie Alida Parries, who died from inoperable brain cancer in May.

One hundred percent of proceeds from sales of the $10 mech will go to the Canadian Cancer Society. At press time, more than $40,000 had been collected.

"The loss of Sarah was tragic: A young girl with such a bright future cut short, and her father who has faced the ultimate fear of every parent on earth," the developer wrote (via The Escapist). "It is difficult for us to withhold emotion and pretend that cancer is not a constant threat to all those we hold dearest."

Those interested in purchasing the mech can do so at a special landing page for the offer. The promotion ends on August 20. Due to the special nature of the mech, it cannot be sold for C-Bills and can be purchased only once. In terms of gameplay, the mech will be treated as a regular JR7-D, but also includes a 10 percent XP boost per match played.

"Again, I can never thank all of you enough for all the time and effort you at MWO have provided," Sarah's father said in a statement. "It has helped a lot knowing that people out there legitimately care."

Discussion

120 comments
videogamevet
videogamevet

This game has taken over my gaming time on pc, as well as that of my best friend.  We no longer have enough time to spend on the former MMO we were playing daily, as well as the other racers we love so much. 

MWO is a fantastic game.  From the lovingly designed mech's to the evil playgrounds you fight in, every aspect of the game is done with tons of attention to detail.  There are few errors in the terrain, but as the game is still in beta, this is to be expected. 

The proceeds of the Jenner go towards a great cause, and I am glad that Piranha games has decided to do something new inside of the gaming community.  To my knowledge, this hasn't been done before, and I feel it's a great idea.  Both the players benefit as well as the cancer Society, a great match to be sure.  Giving the extra in game credits gives good incentive to donate for a great cause, go Piranha.  I just hope that eventually more money goes to this cause than the current 40k. 

firedrakes
firedrakes

very cool and never been done before

poromenos
poromenos

You donate and get one of the best light mechs in the game , with full gear and the best engine for the jenner model(very fast and light) , i strongly suggest you give it a shot not just for the donation but also for the fun you can have.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Much, much respect for this. I don't even play the game, and hell, it's made me want to go along and play it and buy that mech, even if I spend 10 minutes with it and never play it again. My own little girl is just turned 2 and I don't even know what i'd if the same happened to me. Very humbling.

Killermonkey97
Killermonkey97

Crazy to see that a five year-old would have any opinion about Mechwarrior Online, but very cool nevertheless. A sweet tribute that the developers made; hope it's a rousing success.

GermanBomber
GermanBomber

My condolences to her family and friends. I've never played this game but I hope Sarah's Mech will kick some ass. :)

frozenux
frozenux

Another classic "in the name of social interest" move from "socially conscious" company PR's handy book...

Since the Bottom line is the Canadian Cancer Society will be getting all the cash, i can get behind this.

Caldrin
Caldrin

I dont play much anymore but Ill make sure to log in and buy this mech..

banana23man
banana23man

1 death is a tragedy, a million death is statistic.

deathknight107
deathknight107

A good onto the the developers for this and a plague onto those who turn this into their ****fest

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

I'll be buying even though I don't play anymore. If a 5 year old could get in to mechwarrior, then the battletech franchise has still got it after 30 years. I started when I was 8 so that's pretty awesome.

blackbetty1974
blackbetty1974

Remember when loudmouthed douchebags couldn't hide behind their keyboards and just had to take their ass whoopin? I'd compare Redsyrup and Downloadthefile to the shitpiles at the Westboro Baptist Church, but those assholes at least have the balls to use their real names, and spew their shit to peoples faces.

jon867
jon867

Sigh... I feel for the little girl and her family... 


But damn, dude! A Jenner? 


She deserves a Daishi released with her name on it! Only the best for a little one who is gone much too soon!

vadagar1
vadagar1

things like this restore my faith in humanity, then some random idiot makes a stupid comment and I find my hands on the death star firing lever again.

nothing is more horrible than losing a loved one, I can't even Fathom the pain of such a lose.

kingnothing47
kingnothing47

Pretty pathetic that such an uplifting article about the loss of life but the hope that springs from it turns into a religious/atheistic flame war. I spend my time training my body for war to defend an individual's right to disagree with my religious doctrine, but a few members treat that privilege with unbelievable immaturity. Live and let live, this kind of hubris makes me question whether or not my sacrifice is worth it. Best wishes and prayers to the family, and semper fi piranha

filemaster4
filemaster4

This article really makes me sad.  Because my daughter also suffered from an inoperable rare brain tumor called DIPG and she passed away just June of last month . She was only five.  So hearing that another five-year-old girl had this brain tumor which doctors cannot operate bring this information closer to home. Even though I am donating towards another foundation, I will also donate towards this to. I also knows how it feels as a parent losing a child. No parent should not be seeing their child with full of life, being robbed of all  their mobilities right in front of them. 

Lambchopzin
Lambchopzin

Good guy Piranha. Always nice to see stuff like this come from the industry. Gamers and developers are people just like anybody else, always nice to see more of the human side of them.

Never good to see somebody die that young, feel bad for the father. I'm sure it's gut wrenching being able to do nothing for your terminally ill child, not to mention the pain of the girl herself.

TalesOfGod
TalesOfGod

To be frank, I'm disgusted by downloadthefile's behaviour and it is absolutely embarassing that he would attack a person that was just wishing well on the poor child. My gosh, talk about bigoted and intolerant trash. Then again, most anti-theists are like that but I disgress.

Anyways, I'll buy the Sarah Mech to support cancer research and I don't have much time to always play this game so the XP boost will help me in enjoying it much more! ^.^

Miriani
Miriani

I can always use a good scout 'mech, and it's great to see this going to a good cause.

Cochleadoc
Cochleadoc

Nice article considering how sad it is. 

Too bad a lot of people are using the corpse of a child as a soapbox for their own beliefs. 


Canon100
Canon100

I will donate $20 (so JR7-D for me and another JR7-D for my friend). :D

PacoTaco
PacoTaco

I wish we could curbstomp cancer the way the Jade Falcons crush everything.

fredwv
fredwv

that's pretty awesome

MrStygian
MrStygian

Didn't realize this was YouTube. Christians getting bashed for giving their blessings and Atheists are being intolerant as always. This is why we can't have nice things or nice articles, apparently. 

Kyokamaru
Kyokamaru

i feel sorry for the little girl but i just smell game marketing in this....

jon867
jon867

@blackbetty1974 Cries for attention. They are sad sacks that just have no respect for life. F em.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@jon867 They aren't going to add in a Dire Wolf for multiple reasons, for example the fact that Clan Level 2 tech isn't in the game and probably wont be for a year - if ever. 

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

@jon867  

I think it was here favorite mech according to her father. Plus I don't think the Daishi is in the timeline of MWO yet. 

Edit: It is in the timeline but the Daishi is a clan mech and they're not implemented yet.

KratosHump3R
KratosHump3R

@vadagar1 at the same time it is attention grabber. doing this act of charity brings attention to the game and can be viewed a distasteful publicity act,  Like those celebrities that donate for a cause or adopt children for attention as doing good moral things to make themselves look good. Two sides of the coin.


I guess in the end its for a good cause anyways.

blackothh
blackothh

@filemaster4My girlfriend passed away this xmas from an inoperable brain tumor as well and reading this article and others like it and hearing more peoples stories, it saddens me to the core that so many people have to be subjected to such extreme stresses of watching a loved one slowly pass away =( I know ill never be the same again. Keep your head up and I wish you all the best on the road ahead.

Stiler
Stiler

@filemaster4 Sorry to hear about that, best wishes for you and your family. 

Cochleadoc
Cochleadoc

@filemaster4 I'm so terrible sorry for your loss.  I can't imagine what that must be like.  I hope all the best for you and your family. 

star-stratus
star-stratus

@TalesOfGod

"Then again, most anti-theists are like that but I disgress. "

Really? Check out of the most philatropic people of 2012 and you'll see atheists at the top. Check out the commitment to development index of 2012 and the first 9 countries on top is predominantly atheist(including my home country Denmark, which is at #1).

As an atheist, that has donated considerable sums of money towards cancer charity, whose tax money goes towards development of third world countries, your bigotry towards atheism annoys me. 

I wish all the best to Sarah's family, and I'll be sure to purchase that Mech.


TalesOfGod
TalesOfGod

@Cochleadoc  If you're talking about Download The File and his intolerant anti-religious beliefs then I agree with you 100%.

Azghouls
Azghouls

There's always a yin and yang for any scenario however by donating to the cancer society, I say it's more of a yang than a yin. Yin - 'marketing ploy' - yang - donations.

banana23man
banana23man

@Darnasian @banana23man Correct. But I'm not trying to be cool, I'm trying to point out the lack of consistency with people's reactions to tragedies. It doesn't matter who said it, if it's logical, it's logical.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@KratosHump3R @vadagar1 Yea but see it's ONE of the developers doing it. She is using the game as a means to an end. It's not Pirahna using her death as a publicity event.

Darnasian
Darnasian

@Redsyrup @kingnothing47 

Not to even mention that religions that bear grudges against other religions are pieces of sh*t only the weakest of the sh*t would believe in.

kingnothing47
kingnothing47

@Redsyrup @kingnothing47 Keep on exercising your right of free speech, and I will surely put a bullet in every radical that uses women and children as decoys to perpetuate their meaningless slaughter. I will just as soon turn my weapon on any other doctrine that uses the weak for their own gain. Friendly or not. Just as you contort what I stand for in my service you manipulate the foundation of what our country was founded upon, the right to exercise your beliefs, which were primarily christian when our nation was born. It's your responsibility as well as the responsibility of those around you to uphold those standards, or as you seem to advocate, let them continue to be skewed. I have made my choice.

TalesOfGod
TalesOfGod

@star-stratus @TalesOfGod 

"your bigotry towards atheism annoys me."

Also, I would please wish to see your proof towards my bigotry towards atheism. As I was only insulting the people who hate religion and the religious (basically anti-theists) then your accusation of me is invalid as I have said nothing to insult atheism as a whole. 

(I hate it when people like you attack me for misunderstanding my words or try and twist my words to mean something more sinister than it actually does. Grow up, buddy.)

TalesOfGod
TalesOfGod

@star-stratus @TalesOfGod Buddy, I said anti-theist. Not atheist.

I have no problem with atheists but anti-theists are people who are practically live to insult religion and anyone who thinks differently from them. 

Basically anti-theists are the people who hate religion and the religious on every chance that they get which downloadthefile is making a great example of their community as every anti-theist person I've met is similar in their conduct (just look at any website that promotes anti-theists and the facebook profile of anti-theists).

I did NOT say anything bad about atheists as I know that many of them support the freedom of religion and are tolerant so I would advise you to please examine my comment carefully before you misunderstand me and give a reply like that.

Cochleadoc
Cochleadoc

@TalesOfGod @Cochleadoc I'm an atheist and he or she in no way represents me.  Assholes are assholes regardless of your religious beliefs.

MrStygian
MrStygian

@Spurgin @MrStygian I had my doubts, there were some pages where things were nicer. I'm at fault for expecting any difference :P

wavelength121
wavelength121

@kingnothing47 @Redsyrup LoL right, I'm sure you can look into the heart and mind of every person you fight to see that they are a bad person.

If you're going to throw your self-righteous manliness around at least admit you are really doing it because you were trained to follow orders, the inherent "goodness" of it is completely up in the air.