In October 2013, Redditor bryandeger posted a Success Kid meme on Reddit and Imgur that stated, “Don’t Have the Disposable Income To Buy A Video Game I Really Wanted That Came Out Recently / Won It On A Radio Contest On My Way To Work This Morning.” Even more fortunately, Joveth Gonzalez of 2K Games saw the posting and then read some of his comments about working two jobs while saving money for his upcoming wedding. Mr. Gonzalez then sent bryandeger a care package that included games, a jersey, and shoes. (He asked bryandeger about his size — and address.) He also included in the package this letter:
“I saw your post on Reddit and read your comments about working two jobs and trying to save money for your wedding. I wanted to do something to help you out, so I rallied the team here at 2K to see what we could do. I hope that we can provide you with hours of entertainment with the games that we’ve included in this package. You also mentioned that you were a huge fan of NBA2K, so we’ve sent you a limited edition jersey and d rose shoes.
“Think of it as an early wedding present.
“Oh, and I know if you have your choice, you’d be playing GTA V [Grand Theft Auto 5] and while that’s not us (that’s our sister company, Rockstar), I’ve included a copy from my own personal collection (my backlog is HUGE anyway).
“Please enjoy, and good luck with everything!”
“Joveth Gonzalez (Community Manager) and the rest of the team at 2K.
“PS: We are not responsible for any pre or post marital problems that playing these games may cause.”
Some people suspicious — often with good reason — that such good deeds are really marketing schemes, but bryandeger assured Redditors that this is not a marketing scheme: “I took a better photo of everything I got, set it up nicely and got some good lighting in. But I didn’t post it because I didn’t want Reddit to think it was a marketing scheme. Thus I went with the more grainy photo I took when I opened my package last night. The guy who sent it to me is a redditor. I know the outcome of marketing on Reddit (looking at you […]) but Joveth came across my post and wanted to do something nice for someone. He didn’t tell me to make sure to post this on Reddit, I just wanted to share how genuinely nice people can be ….”
For Further Information: bryandeger, “Photo of Letter.” Imgur. Accessed 13 October 2012
For Further Informatio: bryandeger, “Remember me? I was on the front page of r/adviceanimals because I was the broke guy that won a video game on the radio… Well 2k Games didn’t think that was lucky enough and sent me this in the mail yesterday! Imgur. 12 October 2013
For Further Information: briandegger, “Success Kid Meme.” Accessed 13 October 2013
For Further Information: bryandeger, “Remember me? I was on the front page of r/adviceanimals because I was the broke guy that won a video game on the radio… Well 2k Games didn’t think that was lucky enough and sent me this in the mail yesterday! Reddit Comments. Accessed 13 October 2013
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