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Avenger creators donate $10,000 to Child’s Play

Friday, 6th January 2012 19:27 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

N-Control, creators of the Avenger, an external adapter which houses an Xbox 360 controller boatsing the ability to improve reaction time and more fluid movements, has donated $10,000 to Child’s Play, and has pledged to donate $50,000 worth of Avenger accessories should the charity “find a need for it” and plans to continue donating to Child’s Play in the future.

N-Control has also started work on bringing the Avenger into military hospitals, and says it has accelerated “existing plans to develop new custom add-ons that will meet the needs of a wider range of disabled gamers.”

The Child’s Play donation comes on the heels of an email back-and-forth between a customer who ordered the product and the firm’s PR representative at the time, Ocean Stratagy’s Paul Christoforo.

Apparently, the customer was wondering why he had not been informed that the device would not shipped by the promised date after pre-purchasing it, which eventually resulted in an incoherent email meltdown by Christoforo.

Things got worse after Penny Arcade and PAX co-founder Mike Krahulik became involved. You can read the entire back-and-forth between all three parties here.

In the end, Christoforo was dumped as a PR rep by N-Control, and the firm apologized for his behavior.

Meanwhile, N-Control has suspend new direct sales for Xbox 360 and PS3 units for the time being until all backorders are filled, and in order to ensure sufficient product inventory worldwide.

Customers interested in placing new orders should look for it and request it at Buy.com, NewEgg, ThinkGeek, Amazon, GameStop, Fry’s, MicroCenter, BestBuy.com, and independent gaming retailers.

Story originally pulled fromKotaku with updates added from the firm’s press release.

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  1. humanfish

    Fair play to them, an extremely generous donation.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. treborr

    @1 Agreed. That guy seemed like an absolute idiot.

    Well done to N-Control for dropping him and apologising. I never really thought about what this product was for until the guy in the email mentions disabilities, makes a lot of sense.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. moiseschiu

    Kotaku misreported details from our press release. Would have emailed, but cannot find any means of contact here on your site. Here is the release:

    http://avengercontroller.com/press/01062012.pdf

    Please get in touch if you would like to be added to our press list: avengerdefender@gmail.com

    #3 3 years ago
  4. shogoz

    Boatsing definition: A singing boat?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Stephany Nunneley

    @3 Thanks for clearing this up a bit and linking me to the press release. The original post has been updated to reflect the new information and additional changes were made as well.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Old MacDonald

    When are gamers going to get over their infatuation with Child’s Play? They’re pretty much only active in the US, and frankly, if you’ve got that much money to spend why not… I don’t know, spend it in a way that might actually SAVE SOME REAL HUMAN LIVES instead of ensuring that american kids get to play Xbox games when they’re in hospital?

    Not saying it’s not a cause worth anything, but seriously. Enough is enough. Look at their hospital map, FFS: http://childsplaycharity.org/donate – ONE in Africa, nothing in South America, nothing in Asia, nothing in Europe except a couple in the UK…

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DSB

    @6 That’s a bit like choosing a scheme over a scam.

    Most of them just extend peoples lives without influencing the intolerable conditions that cause their misery to begin with. That’s oppression and corruption, inexorably tied.

    Sending large ammounts of food or teachers to teach a class or two isn’t going to change anything, except for making a few well off people in the developed world feel better about themselves. If anything it’s a distraction from the issues that really should be handled, like broken government.

    It might be a bit cynical, because a few individuals are obviously helped along the way, but ultimately the vast majority of the “whitelisted” charities have done little more than replace the catholic church in offering you shallow peace of mind for your golden coins.

    Personally I don’t think that saving one life is the same as the whole world.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. OrbitMonkey

    @6 Well if you trawl the interwebs gamers can come across as at best quite narrow minded. At worst selfish immature sociopaths… So all the more credit for child’s play in showing that gamers can be Y’know decent human beings :-)

    Plus that $10,000 is obviously a peace offering after the shit storm that pr guy stirred up. Hopefully N-Control can sail through it ok, as their product seems good and could benefit a lot of folk.

    #8 3 years ago