Okay, avid World of Warcraft
players. We take back all the mean things we said about your habit of purchasing in-game vanity pets with real-world
money, even though the in-game pets do nothing while the real-world money does everything
. See, we didn't know that you were actually
just donating money to charities in a sort of roundabout fashion. You're like money launderers, but with Tier 9 armor sets.
Blizzard recently donated
half of the proceeds from players' purchases of a special pet, the "Pandaren Monk,"
to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, for a grand total of $1.1 million. The O.C. Register reports
that Blizzard made a few more wishes come true at its HQ during the check-signing event -- WoW
art director Sam "Samwise" Didier sketched kids' characters for them, and even hooked up 17-year-old Jordan Cofinco with a shiny new level 80 character. In short, Blizzard -- and anyone walking around WoW
with a tiny Kung Fu Panda
following close behind -- just gained some major karma points.