Full Paragon Gives Mass Effect Fans a Charity Without Retake Involvement
Within days after the Child’s Play fundraiser started by members of the fan community united in pushing for a new ending to Mass Effect 3 was shut down, a new altruistic opportunity tied to the game and its players has popped up.
Known as “Full Paragon,” the new charity fundraiser is Mass Effect-related and riffs on the Paragon/Renegade choices presented in the game, but unrelated to the controversial “Retake Mass Effect 3″ movement to which the Child’s Play fundraiser was tied. Full Paragon funds Kids Need to Read, a charity that encourages literacy in children. After about three days, the fundraiser has already earned $3,750 of its stated $25,000 goal — not quite the explosion of support seen for the Child’s Play drive, but certainly respectable.
The Retake Mass Effect Child’s Play fund drive, which earned $80,000 in roughly 11 days of existence, was ended at the request of the Child’s Play charity for a number of reasons. Among them was the fact that many seemed to believe the charity had directly endorsed the movement — in fact, while the fundraiser was being facilitated and promoted by the Retake community, Child’s Play had nothing to do with it.
But backlash and the possibility of Child’s Play being affiliated with other, more political causes against its will in the future caused the charity to ask for the fundraiser to be ended, despite an outpouring of generosity from the Retake community. Full Paragon acts as something of an answer to the former fundraiser; it was started by Mass Effect fans and is meant to draw on the organization and energy of the community, something the Child’s Play fundraiser used to great effect. But unlike the last fund drive, this one is not expressly tied to the movement or any sort of political message — it’s just about giving in the name of Shepard, basically.
Meanwhile, community members in the Retake movement are looking for new outlets to channel their frustration with BioWare’s trilogy-capping RPG in positive ways. The current thrust is an art contest created among members who gathered around the Child’s Play fundraiser.
Donations to Kids Need to Read on behalf of Full Paragon start at $10. You can read more about the fundraiser, contact the people involved and make donations at fullparagon.com.