286: All That's Shiny is Gold

All That's Shiny is Gold

Jonathan "WingspanTT" Tran earned the envy of many Team Fortress 2 players when he lucked into one of the game's rare Golden Wrenches, but he realized the best thing he could possibly do was destroy it.

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Hey good for them, doing something constructive with this e-penis fiasco. Though I have kind of a diffrent approach to exclusive digital items. Honestly it's the same as my attitude toward exclusive real items. Oh? I could never afford a ferrari because it exist on a financial plane I cannot access. Well then as far as I'm concerned it doesn't exist... and I don't care. I'm impressed 14 people were willing to shatter thier golden e-penis for charity. Good for them.

Well, what an odd story.

I play TF2 a lot and I never even knew any of this existed.

I'm still surprised how few people knew this even happened but, then again, I did play on a group of servers where one of the wrench donors played frequently...

That's pretty cool. I like that instead of auctioning off the wrench (is that possible?) or doing something nonsensical it was all for a good cause.

I've never heard of this before I read this article. Personally, I don't think I would have done that though, I don't think the idea of destroying it would have come to my mind in the first place, much less the thought of auctioning off said destruction for a good cause.

I feel sorry for today's gamer. To the current generation, the only important thing is getting virtual shit - from items, skins, achievements, etc. For my generation, it's about the game experience. I enjoy getting neat collectibles in games, sure, and I even go for 100% completion where I can, but it's always been about how good the game and plot is.

The fact that kids today get their knickers in such a twist over eThings in games is kinda sad.

Wasn't this article posted a while ago?

I met the guy with the 50th golden wrench on a trade server, I found it particularly awesome because he was Australian, also I've seen a guy called Greg on another website who had the 67th wrench (or some number close to that) and he was asked to join the charity event but rejected it lol.

I reckon Valve is overclogging the game with items and hats, not to mention the crates and festive winter crates are sly ways of making a lot of money, but thats business and they couldn't keep doing free updates forever.

In other news, all matter boils down to being finite data that will inevitably become inert.

The Pixels on a screen are no less real than the paper on a table. It's just a matter of our interaction with it. Both will eventually wither away into nothingness.

We seem to give much more credibility to things with lifespans similar to ours or that decay at a rate we can readily understand and experience.

What a hero, I mean Mark Zuckerberg might be a philanthropist, but this guy is a cool philanthropist! Because he's shown that you don't have to be rich to give something back.

I'm not sure what a golden wrench in TF2 means or does as I've not played the game all that much, but if it helped raise money for charity, it really is golden.

Tran and the other thirteen owners, you guys are awesome.

I may be mistaken, but wasn't this posted on Escapist months ago? Why is it being brought up a second time?

The propensity many people have to get absolutely dickish about meaningless trinkets disgusts me.

However, the propensity a few people have to get absolutely creative and turn around that dickishness to help a worthy cause delights me.

A salute to you, Mr. Tran, and all those who took part in this. A golden heart will get you a lot further in this world than a golden wrench.

DiMono:
I may be mistaken, but wasn't this posted on Escapist months ago? Why is it being brought up a second time?

gally912:
Wasn't this article posted a while ago?

This is the "Best Of" article.

"turning pixels into a big pile of cold, hard cash."

Why do people insist on citing "pixels" whenever they're talking about video games?
We're at least three generations past the pixel's heyday, the polygon and the bump map rule the day now.

That makes me feel fuzzy inside.

Happy new year everyone.

Jarrid:
"turning pixels into a big pile of cold, hard cash."

Why do people insist on citing "pixels" whenever they're talking about video games?
We're at least three generations past the pixel's heyday, the polygon and the bump map rule the day now.

The polygon only exists in the theoretical mathematical space. The 3D image is projected onto a 2d plane where it is represented in actuality by discrete points called pixels.

Until the day where we stop projecting onto a 2d plane, all games will remain inherently 2d. And until the day that we no longer use pixels, the pixel is still the discrete component of the image.

I hope letting go of it wasn't too
*puts on sun-glasses*
wrenching
YYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Why are we talking about this again?

Am I allowed to be a complete weenie and place myselves morally above you? I donated, muhahahah

Annoyingpersonism out of the way; it was really big of these wrench owners to give them up like that. Just helps build on that little tower of why the Team Fortress community is one of the better ones in my opinion.

Who says Gamers are bad people?

Canid117:
Who says Gamers are bad people?

Just parents,teachers,really boring people,and the government...We still have better odds

Nerdfury:
I feel sorry for today's gamer. To the current generation, the only important thing is getting virtual shit - from items, skins, achievements, etc. For my generation, it's about the game experience. I enjoy getting neat collectibles in games, sure, and I even go for 100% completion where I can, but it's always been about how good the game and plot is.

The fact that kids today get their knickers in such a twist over eThings in games is kinda sad.

+10000000 for great justice.

I'm glad they raised money for charity, but getting "leet loot" is just one of the most aggravating aspects of new games. I refuse to play TF2 because of their item crazy. TF1 was awesome and it doesn't have a bunch of stupid crap in it. You just play because its crazy fun.

*whacks Spah*
Grabs corpse
Melts corpse
Turns corpse into bullions
????
PROFIT

I remember this, although it's sad that only a handful did it... eh, it's something.

And all to help teh Lolis...

Lolis are now happy.

HankMan:
I hope letting go of it wasn't too
*puts on sun-glasses*
wrenching
YYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

That doesn't even make any sense.

WingspanTT dropped his Iron Wrench into the lake as a cry of desperation for all the poor children in the world.

Moments later, a bright light appeared and Gabe Newell rose from the lake glowing in a halo.

He held a glimmering Silver Wrench in his hands and asked WingspanTT: "Does this Silver Wrench belong to you?"

WingspanTT gazed upon the invaluable Silver Wrench. Think of all the people he could help if he sold it! But his honesty got better of him.

"It is not my wrench," WingspanTT said to Gabe of the Lake.

Gabe then took a Golden Wrench from the lake.

The legendary Golden Wrench! With it, empires may rise or fall. Fortunes made or lost!

WingspanTT said: " That is not my wrench oh noble Gabe of the Lake"

Gabe of the Lake spoke again: "Your honesty and charity impresses me WingspanTT, here you may have the Silver Wrench and the Golden Wrench as a gift. Also, your Iron Wrench will be replaced whenever you lose it."

THE END

 

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