Challenges / Prizes

More to Come!

Habanero Peppers

Every $100 in donations we receive, one of us will eat a habanero pepper. The last one who donates gets to choose who eats it!

$300 - The Cinnamon Challenge

An old tradition of the marathon - when we reach $300, someone's going to put a spoonful of cinnamon in their mouth, and then into the carpet.

More to Come!

Games

Halo Reach

We'll be starting the marathon off with the uplifting tale of how all of your friends are slowly picked off, and billions of people die because it was an impossible battle!

Halo: Combat Evolved

A modern classic that makes us suffer every year. It's going to be the anniversary edition, but putting that in the title made it like 30 characters, so I just didn't.

Halo 2 Anniversary

Watch our jaws hit the floor as we watch through the new cutscenes, and then watch us get really mad at Quarantine Zone unless they made it way better in the remake.

Halo 3: ODST

Entering the home stretch of the marathon, we'll be taking a break from galaxy-hopping space opera in order to play through one of my favourite Firefly episodes.


Halo 3

An old marathon favorite, but now it'll be in 1080p at 60fps. But you'll see it in 720p at like 25fps because that's the best my internet can do. Suckers.

Halo 4

I'll be honest, I didn't really follow this game's plot when I first played it, but it's just so pretty that it's great anyways. On the One, it'll probably melt my eyeballs.

Cooperative Campaign

Donors are welcome to join us in cooperative campaign in the games that support it, and then drop their connection and break everything!

Online Multiplayer

We are prepared to get absolutely demolished by all of you. But then we'll just make snarky remarks about you, meaning we can still win in our own hearts.

FAQ

Q: Come on, you guys are just going to take the money I donate for your own evil schemes, right?

    A: Don’t worry. Even if we were sick and evil enough to want to steal donations, we can’t. If you check the confirmation message after you donate, as well as your confirmation email, you will see that the money is going STRAIGHT to Child’s Play’s paypal. The super fancy donation button will record who donated though, so we know who to get the prizes to.

Q: Have you done this before?

    A: Yes. We do the annual Halo: Endurance Evolved marathon of which there have been four, and in April of 2011 and 2012 we did Retrothon, where we played a bunch of retro games for charity. We also did the Fallout 3 Marathon in Feburary 2012, which was our most successful marathon. We followed this up with the Ultimate Gaming Challenge, and the Oculus Riftathon. So far, we’ve raised almost $10,000 for Child’s Play Charity.

Q: Why is there a chatroom here. The chatroom is stupid, and you are stupid too.

    A: The chatroom is for audience interaction. It is NOT for saying “LOL I LIKE BUTTS AND SO DO YOU” over and over again. A big part of all of this is audience interaction. We’d love to talk to you as much as possible. Good discussion topics are… - Telling us what mistakes we’re making, and mocking us for making stupid decisions. There are many ways to play these games, and part of the reason why we have a chat is to get help and to see the game from another point of view. Please speak up if you disagree with what we’re doing. – Giving us pointers. If you know an easier way to get through a place that we’re stuck at, PLEASE speak up. Your help is the other reason why we have a chatroom. – Talk amongst yourselves. The more of you that are in there, the more likely more people will stay, and hopefully donate. Things to avoid are… - CAPS LOCK. WHILE MANY WILL TELL YOU THAT IT IS “CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL” OR “FOR THE COOL KIDS, BRO”, THEY’RE BEING SARCASTIC. IT’S REALLY ANNOYING. PLEASE USE IT SPARINGLY. – Excessive foul language. There is a fine line between swearing fitting into regular speech, and it becoming obnoxious. If you’re being obnoxious, you’ll get a warning and then a ban from the chat. – Being quiet. Please talk. We’re all lonely. That’s why we’re playing 48 hours of videogames. We need human interaction.

Q: How can you guys afford to do this?

    A: Because we really wanted to help a good cause. Split between all of us, the costs of the prizes aren’t that high. Besides, we’d GLADLY spend 50 dollars or so in order to get hundreds or hopefully thousands of dollars to Child’s Play, which is really a great cause. Not to mention the fact that we’ve already done a bunch of marathons, so we already have all of the materials needed to make this happen.

Q: What are you using to make this?

    A: We’re using a combination of a Logitech HD webcam, an “AVERMEDIA Game Broadcaster HD” we got off amazon, we may end up breaking out the old “Easycap” which we got from an awesome website called Dealextreme as a secondary capture card, and a Blue microphone Lucas picked up online. We added in some duct taped and very cobbled together audio and video splitters and adapters, of which there are more and more as things break during the marathon. We also have an older Blue Snowball microphone and an old laptop to chat over Skype with friends who can’t be at the marathon, assuming our internet connection is up to the task. This website is made with wordpress and hosted by bihira, which is an awesome host. The Picture in Picture effect is done with Openbroadcaster, and we’re streaming through the awesome that is twitch tv. We’re collecting donations through Child’s Play’s official donations widget. I think that’s about it.

Q: I don’t trust you

    A: Well, I’m awesome. So you should. Look, I even didn’t put a referral link for the easycap.

Q: This whole marathon thing looks like fun, and I want to plan one myself. Any tips?

    A: The first place you should look is Mario Marathon’s page of tips. The more we’ve followed what they do, the more successful our marathons end up being, and they’re also incredibly awesome, intelligent, and handsome. You can also shoot us an email at staff@omnithon.com and I’ll respond as soon as possible. Oh, one important tip that the Mario Marathon guide doesn’t have is that if your team is small enough where a lack of sleep will be an issue, prepare to start hating your friends. You learn who people truly are once they’ve been awake for 24 hours straight constantly playing video games, or when you try to wake them up at 4am for their shift.

Q: Are you really so lazy that you’ve used the same FAQ page for five years?

    A: Yes.

Q: Something on this website isn’t working for me. It is obviously your fault, and that makes you a bad person. You should crawl in a hole and die, because you are evil, and I don’t like you. Blarg.

    A: I wouldn’t be surprised if everything on this site is broken. We’ve finally retired the old site, which got us through two years, and built this snazzy new one, so some bugs or issues are to be expected. Anyways, please email us at staff@omnithon.com, or use the contact form on the front page.

Q: I have a question that isn’t on this FAQ that is either about this event or a question about how I can do a charity gaming marathon similar to this. I promise I won’t just email you 100 messages saying “LOL BUTTS”, because I am a good person, and not a drooling idiot.

    A: Email us at staff@omnithon.com, or use the contact form on the front page.

The Team

Kyle

Marathon Man

Brett

Master of Happiness

Zach

Inebriated Paladin

Lucas

Former Merchant

Kevin

Scientific Advisor


Maddy

Wild Card

Chives

Chief of Surgery

Megan

Flagologist

Cory

Sister

Michael

Rap King


Bianca

Has a Cat


What is Omnithon? | we're very interesting

Omnithon is a group that does gaming marathons to raise money for charity. A gaming marathon is where we play through a game or series of games, and stream it online while collecting donations for a cause we support, which in our case is Child's Play Charity, which brings entertainment and hope to those in children's hospitals. We've raised over $10,000 dollars with our prior marathons, and hope to raise even more going forward.