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 LONG AS YOU LEAVE YOUR EMAIL IN THE DONATION COMMENTS, 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.
– 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.
– 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