Donate Blood, Get A Copy Of Bloodborne. Seems Like A Good Deal.

Bloodborne has the word blood in the title. It's also a violent video game in which blood will most likely be shed. Therefore this makes complete sense: in Denmark if you give blood, they will give you a copy of Bloodborne for the PS4. Seems like a fair trade!

It's part of a promotion between Sony Denmark and GivBlod, a Danish organisation similar to Donate Blood here in Australia. Apparently convincing males to donate blood is difficult and there is a shortage. GivBlod decided -- sensibly -- that video games were the answer. Bloodborne in particular was the answer. Anyone who donates blood at an event in a specific spot in Copenhagen between 12 and 5pm on March 23 will receive a copy of the game.

It's interesting to see GivBlod going down this route. Last year Donate Blood also attempted to tap into the video games market, working alongside Mindscape, the local distributor of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, to create an event to help drive blood donations. At that event gamers were given the chance to get an early look at the new Castlevania in exchange for blood. I guess the problem GivBlod is having with young men is a global issue.

I recommend donating blood. You might not get a free copy of Bloodborne, but you will be doing something helpful, so why not!

Thanks Choc!


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    More specifically, (from what I can tell through auto translate) registered and tested donors that donate at the event get the game, and anyone else that enrols and submits to the necessary testing (at the event) also gets the game.
    It's a bit more responsible than just a free for all that could compromise the blood supply.

    This is sexist. Why only males? IT'S ABOUT ETHICS IN JOURNALISM!

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    We know that young men do follow their video games http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g334/UberTag/Homer_Badman_17_zps74ee8806.jpg

    I've just registered to donate blood just last week. My first appointment is next tuesday. Wish me luck!

      Good on you dude! I've done it a couple of times - the worst part of it is the anticipation, the actual needle-thing isn't really bad at all

      Good on you, man

      I give plasma every two weeks or so, your first time through whole blood they'll look after you. Nothing to be nervous about, it's very routine

        Plasma donor here as well.
        Just for the gold donor card and the free cheese and crackers.

          Only problem with Plasma is because the colour changes depending on your diet in the couple days leading up to it, you sometimes look at it and go "jesus, what have I been eating"

    I'm ignorant on the finer details of blood. Can somebody explain why they only want blood from young men?

    I thought that after the refinement process where they get rip of stuff that's not needed, it's the same as if either gender provided it.

      Might be just a specific, isolated case with Denmark and their attempt to rectify it with this whole 'Real men donate blood' (which was a real campaign, seriously). They might just want more donors in general, but targeting the demographic that doesn't seem to donate.

      You are correct, there is no difference between male and female blood in the end, only the potential risks from particular types of diseases which they check for anyway.

      And there really isn't any part of a donation that isn't needed. They split it into 3 parts; Plasma, platelets and red cells. Plasma is used in transfusions, same with red cells, but are also used in the production of immunizations. Platelets are used in chemotherapy treatments and surgeries where there is a lot of bleeding and the patient isn't clotting right. The thing is they need a constant supply of everything, especially platelets since they only last around 5 days outside the body.

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        It's also easier for men to donate as women tend to have low iron levels.

      They're not looking for once off donations - they're looking to boost the numbers for people that are enrolled for regular donation (and get those that may have lapsed back into the habit). Guess they're targeting the area of the population (young men) where they think they can get the biggest boost to numbers.

    Bring this to Aus and I'll jump right on it :)

    Even if this deal came about in Australia, I wouldn't be eligible. Simply for the fact that I was born in England between certain years and I might have mad cows disease.. So freaking mad at them cows right now!

      Same situation here.

      Damn our British blood.

        Damn our British cows!

          Two cows were talking in a field.
          First cow says, "Gee, I'm worried about that mad cow disease."
          Second cow says, "Yeah, you should be. I'm not worried about it though."
          First cow: "What?! Are you serious?! It's nasty business, I'm terrified!"
          Second cow: "Uh huh, nasty business. Won't hurt me though."
          First cow: "What the hell? Why aren't you worried about it?"
          Second cow: "Isn't it obvious?"
          First cow: "Isn't what obvious?!"
          Second cow: "Well, it won't hurt me. I'm a helicopter."

      I'm not eligible either, buddy :'(
      Different reason though.
      Can't donate if you're gay (which I don't mind, cause I'm petrified of needles!)

        Yeah, it's a shame in many cases.. I'm covered in tattoo's so I don't actually mind needles.

      Also cannot donate, my iron levels are too low and won't work on normal folk. If I ever face Magneto though, I'll have him. (At least till he throws a bridge at me)

    I've been giving blood continually every 3 months over the past 5 years. Everyone should give blood if they are able, it really is a harmless and painless process (bar the initial needle, which they go at great lengths to try and not let you feel). I admit I convinced myself not to over a long period because I was nervous, but the donation vans I go to make it a comfortable process and since my first donation they chase me up every 3 months, and I haven't missed a one.

    The treats at the end are nice.

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      On average, how long does it take? In particular, how long is the needle in?

        It differs from person to person. For me personally it hangs around the 5 minute mark from the time the needle is placed, which is typically around the crook of the elbow. Doesn't feel long at all. I personally don't look at it during the process, but all I feel is a tiny bit of pressure around that area.

        The whole process though takes about 15 minutes after getting to the van. You fill out a form, they have a doctor check your iron levels and other things, they weigh you up and then you give blood. Recovery afterwards depends on the person, since some need a little bit of time to adjust, but others like myself get up and go. They have a bar at the end of the van with snacks and drinks.

        As a bit of a funny record some vans keep a chart of the fastest donations of the day. I saw someone with 3 minutes 35 seconds last time I went. Just a note though donating at vans typically requires you to ring up and book a time.

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          Thanks for your response.

          As a diabetic, I have a blood test every 3 months. It may sound strange but I am more uncomfortable with someone sticking in a needle and taking blood for one minute than me administering my insulin.

        Depends what you're giving.

        Whole blood, needle is in for 5-15 (depending on your individual circumstances). I give plasma, which takes longer (35-40) but they give your red cells back, so you recover quicker.

    I've never donated blood because I'm too frightened of needles.
    Once in Year 7, I had to have an injection, and as the needle was going into my arm, it broke off of the syringe. D:

    Shame that I'm from the UK. In NZ I can't donate because they think I'm liable to go "moo" at any moment.

    I would donate blood. I honestly have no fear of needles and have never understood why people have fears of them. I used to give myself injections of medications.

    Pretty sad how many stupid reasons there are for restricting certain folk from giving blood though. Can't they just test the samples for diseases and containments? If you have a tat and you're tested to certify you have nothing wrong with you, what's the issue?

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