Finally getting closer!

After much organising and deliberating we’re finally getting closer to the 36 Hour Charity Gaming Marathon!  It’s now just over two weeks away! I AM EXCITE!

You’ll notice a few changes around these parts. First up, we’ve re-arranged the menus up top and added a page regarding the competitions – if you want to be in with the chance to win some free Steam games during our marathon then you need to read this page. Srsly. There’s no scary sounding agreements or anything like that, but there are things you really need to know in there.Secondly we’ve also added a bunch of links over there on the right: you can now go straight to the JustGiving donations page, Facebook page, and Twitch channel. Oh, and there’s also a Twitter feed – keep an eye on that one, it’s where most of the updates will probably go!

We’ve finally nailed down the game we’ll be playing! We’ve gone for XCOM: Enemy Within because in my humble opinion it’s one of the best games to have been released over the last couple of years. We’ll be playing it on Ironman, so there’s no going back, if your crack sniper is killed then he’s dead – no re-loading an earlier save game to try and stop him being killed! We were tempted to try Classic difficulty in conjunction with Ironman, but we really would like to play through the entire game in (more or less) one sitting. This game relies on a little bit of luck, so the last thing we’d want to do is have to restart 5 times just because the game really hates you. That’s no fun for anyone…

The last gaming marathon really proved just how worn out you can get by doing repetitive tasks. I lost count of how many times I almost fell asleep while I was digging for diamonds in Minecraft for hours on end. We’re going to try and break things up a bit this year; if we find that we’re struggling to carry on then we’ll stick on another game for an hour or two, just to break things up a bit and hopefully stop us from falling asleep! We’ve got the following games lined up as “time killers”:

  • FTL
  • Plague Inc Evolved
  • Super Hexagon
  • Bit Trip Runner 2
  • Dead Pixels
  • Little Inferno
  • Papers, Please
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

That’s probably about all there is to tell at this point. We’ve got the volunteers ready, the technical stuff is all worked out (subject to a few “dry runs”!), and now we’ve got the games nailed. All that remains is for me to thank you for reading, remind you to tune in at 10PM (BST) on June 27th, and of course urge you to donate!

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