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MSFT Donates 'Ultimate Gamerooms' to Sick Kids

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Microsoft has announced that the company will equip three selected children's hospitals with completely awesome gamerooms.

The Children's Miracle Network last week announced that Microsoft had agreed to equip three out of the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals with Ultimate Gamerooms. The idea is that people vote for the hospital of their choice at xbox.childrensmiraclenetwork.org and the top three hospitals with the most votes will receive $10,000 worth or gaming equipment. While Microsoft won't be forking out for the construction or wiring of the gamerooms, the company will provide reasonable labor, installation and delivery of the equipment.

The contest rules list the following as an example of the kind of equipment the winning hospitals will receive:

(2) 42" Plasma TV’s; two (2) Xbox 360 systems; 10 1st/3rd party Xbox video game titles; four (4) Windows Based PC’s; four (4) 22" PC Monitors; four (4) MS sets of mice, keyboards and webcams; two (2) Zune devices; two (2) speaker docking stations; associated furniture and paint, or other Microsoft provided Equipment, hardware and software.  Each Contest Prize includes (a) the Equipment, including all title therein, subject to applicable licenses; and (b) delivery and installation of the Equipment in the room designated by the authorized representative of the Contest Winner, including reasonable labor and professional installation services.

The move has sparked some controversy on the web. Despite the fact that Microsoft has already donated an Xbox kiosk to all 170 hospitals, some are of the opinion that it is wrong to raise the hopes of 167 hospitals and the children they currently provide medical treatment and care for. What do you think? Do you feel it's wrong to select just three hospitals of 170 or do you think "charity is charity" and any contribution should be considered generous? Let us know in the comments below!

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    burnley14 , September 7, 2009 8:36 PM
    How can people possibly criticize them for being cheap? If they hadn't offered to build any of these centers, no one would have said anything. I applaud their generosity, regardless of whether they could afford to give 1000 times more. Microsoft is in it for the money, that's the nature of the beast, but that doesn't mean we should complain that their donation is not enough.
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    NuclearShadow , September 7, 2009 6:29 PM
    Come on Microsoft do it for all of them. 10,000 x 170 = 1,700,000. Microsoft could easily afford this. Go the extra mile and make all of the children happy.
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    festerovic , September 7, 2009 6:12 PM
    That's nice of microsoft. It would be better if they gave something to all of the hospitals, though.
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    Anonymous , September 7, 2009 5:57 PM
    What's wrong for some terminally ill child to play a xbox game?
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    curnel_D , September 7, 2009 6:06 PM
    At 10,000 a pop, these hospitals could afford to put one in every floor without thought, if they can prove that the rooms are considerably raising spirits.
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    festerovic , September 7, 2009 6:12 PM
    That's nice of microsoft. It would be better if they gave something to all of the hospitals, though.
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    NuclearShadow , September 7, 2009 6:29 PM
    Come on Microsoft do it for all of them. 10,000 x 170 = 1,700,000. Microsoft could easily afford this. Go the extra mile and make all of the children happy.
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    climber , September 7, 2009 7:01 PM
    Since this is donating to charity, shouldn't they be able to write this off on their corporate taxes? They should also up it to dual 22" screens for those PC's...
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    caskachan , September 7, 2009 7:48 PM
    billy, when an xbox has a terminal discease, it sometimes RROD's that means it goes ot heaven....
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    brendano257 , September 7, 2009 7:49 PM
    Kinda sad that they are only willing to let go of $30,000... (for a rather nice cause I might add.) 1.7m is really nothing to them as said above.
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    brains2200 , September 7, 2009 7:56 PM
    climber - not with Obama's cut with an AXE in Charitable write offs
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    viometrix , September 7, 2009 8:06 PM
    i think they should all get it too.... not fair for one kid to wish he was dying elsewhere cause ms was cheap
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    maigo , September 7, 2009 8:12 PM
    3 isn't a lot but there are other groups out there doing the same thing, like the Penny Arcade guys
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    anonymousdude , September 7, 2009 8:15 PM
    For multibillion dollar business they being pretty cheap. Not saying what they are doing is bad, but they can easily afford it for all the hospitals.
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    burnley14 , September 7, 2009 8:36 PM
    How can people possibly criticize them for being cheap? If they hadn't offered to build any of these centers, no one would have said anything. I applaud their generosity, regardless of whether they could afford to give 1000 times more. Microsoft is in it for the money, that's the nature of the beast, but that doesn't mean we should complain that their donation is not enough.
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    Ridik876 , September 7, 2009 8:42 PM
    Agreed burnley.
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    D2ModPlayer , September 7, 2009 9:27 PM
    I'm sure frequent readers have heard the news about all the difficulties Microsoft has had financially. It's going to matter to them despite being multibillionaires dollars. Getting fined by the EU daily, needing to pull Word. A number of their product lines don't often even make much money. Maybe some of it is still their fault but things aren't going as well as they were. I applaud their donations. I also think sick kids are more generous then most and would applaud any hospital that wins. The article did say they'd already contributed an x-box to all of them and considering they probably already had one or 2 game machines (when I went into surgery they had a whole arcade) that's pretty significant. Way to go Microsoft!
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    Anonymous , September 7, 2009 9:53 PM
    Okay guys c'mon. Instead of criticizing Microsoft, can't you just be nice to them for once. This is an incredibly generous thing to do and although I don't agree with the voting, you don't see Nintendo, Sony, or Apple giving their stuff away for free for sick children.
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    TeKEffect , September 7, 2009 11:50 PM
    evr
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    TeKEffect , September 7, 2009 11:54 PM
    Everyone here could afford to send the hospitals $20 but I doubt many of you have. Good job Microsoft. Bill Gates gives more to charity than anyone else. If theres one area not to pick on microsoft its charity
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    kingnoobe , September 8, 2009 12:34 AM
    Give me a break.. Charity is charity.. It's better to give a little then to give a lot. And instead of putting down microsoft why not give them idea's. Maybe have this type of thing every 6-12 months. And has sony done this? Seriously don't never hear about sony.

    Give somebody an inch, and they want a mile..
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    brother shrike , September 8, 2009 1:51 AM
    you'd think that someone from microsoft would know that you don't use apostrophes for plurals.
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