TSG Metroid Minithon

Hey y’all, JaggerG here! As you may recall during our Pokeymen marathon, I offered an incentive to organize a Metroid minithon. It sounded pretty easy because there are plenty of Metroid fans around here, right? To be honest, it kind of is. That’s the nice thing about gaming marathons; people just like to play games.

That said, I’ve been thinking about the appeal of these events, and it’s not easy to describe, really. There are some people on staff and in the community interested in playing at a high skill level, there are some people really good at socializing, some just really interesting in their thought processes as they play; all of us are so different from each other, yet come together on a regular basis to perform for you. My objective for this event is to emphasize this variety, and make it clearly a TSG event. I love other groups, but this isn’t Games Done Quick, this isn’t Rooster Teeth, etc. There’s something unmistakably unique about TSG.

I used to think speed had been the only goal, and since the previous Metroid marathon I’ve personally learned to run every game in the series. At the time, I thought I accidentally ruined TSG’s chance at future Metroidthons as a result. So for this event, I intend to disprove myself. The schedule is pending, but I do have the games list complete. Check it out:

Metroid 1 – Dr. Elder
Metroid: Zero Mission – Kennyan_the_Keeper_of_c
Metroid Prime – GendarmeOfficer
Metroid Prime Hunters – MetalMan279
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes – Spn_Phoenix_92
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption – Baltes
Metroid II: Return of Samus – Britt
Super Metroid – FrenchToAStone
Metroid: Other M – Blaumager
Metroid Fusion 1% – Jazaaboo the Anatotitan

These are to be played from January 31st to February 6th on our main event channel, TheSpeedGamers. You may notice some peculiar things. The main thing is that I’m not on there. The reason is pretty simple: I’m playing on the 7th. You may also notice Fusion’s listed as 1%. No, she hasn’t done it before, but she’s going to. She just doesn’t realize it yet. Unlisted are some special guest commentators. More on that later. There’s also going to be some run incentives based on patronage on both the main channel and TSGPresents.

If by this point you’re still asking the games I’m playing on the 7th, you’re a silly goose. It’s all of them. It should only take 18 hours.

Also special thanks to Kennyan for letting me use c.

That’s the end of the briefing.

Pokethon Success!

I don’t think we could have scripted a better marathon. We had tons of excitement surrounding the gameplay and most importantly we raised over $16,300 for the Rocking H Ranch. It was very fun interacting with the chat throughout and the Pokemon and twitch communities were very supportive. We could not have done this marathon without all of the support and it was so exciting to pull off. With the feedback from previous marathons we made some changes to the Pokethon that I think gave us an extra boost. There are additional changes to our formula that we will be trying out during our upcoming week long summer event. If you have time, we would appreciate it if you filled out our survey to help us improve our events: http://blog.tsg.tv/survey/

Up next is our Summer Zelda Marathon which is tentatively scheduled to start June 24, 2016. We will also be doing a Metroid minithon led by Jagger in the very near future.

We look forward to seeing you all again soon in the chat! Be sure to also follow our daily streaming account: http://www.twitch.tv/tsgpresents/

I leave you with an awesome gif from Cevune summarizing the end to Pokethon.

Claim your Pokemon starters and trainers now!!

The Retro Pokethon for Rocking H Ranch is just a week away (Thurs Dec 17th) so we are making trainers and starters available to name NOW. Trainers and starters will go for $30 each. Donate to Rocking H Ranch with the following link DONATE HERE and leave the trainer or Pokemon starter that you would like to name and also the nickname that you would like to give it in the comment of your donation. The names are on a first come first serve basis. We will keep this list of available Pokemon and starters up to date and also tweet from @thespeedgamers when starters or trainers are claimed.

Trainers and Rivals have a 7 character limit when naming them

Red trainer (CLAIMED) Name: Nitram
Red Rival (CLAIMED) Name: SPACE
Blue trainer (CLAIMED) Name: MySweetTime
Blue Rival (CLAIMED) Name: NMUFred
Yellow trainer (CLAIMED) Name: Metal
Yellow Rival (CLAIMED) Name: SPACE
Gold trainer (CLAIMED) Name: Gold
Gold Rival (available)
Silver trainer (CLAIMED) Name: Apple
Silver Rival (CLAIMED) Name SPACE
Crystal trainer (CLAIMED) Name: St.Jude
Crystal Rival (CLAIMED) Name: SPACE

Pokemon have a 10 character limit when naming them

Squirtle (CLAIMED) Name: Puddles
Charmander (CLAIMED) Name: Patches
Bulbasaur (CLAIMED) Name: bulba

Chikorita (CLAIMED) Name: Bredhe
Cyndaquil (CLAIMED) Name: Sonic62
Totodile (CLAIMED) Name: Simba

OILD Day 12: Sinjoh Ruins

Heya! It’s Day 12 of Obligatory Ice Level Day and the last day I’ll be posting these to the blog this year. I mean at this point it’d be kind of hard to keep count very well, so let’s just get to the point! From December 17-20 we’ll have our Pokémon Retrothon, playing the first two generations on the original Game Boy carts! There will be tons of surprises, and the more you donate, the more we’ll add to the stream! Secret games, prizes, stunts, and even the return of everyone’s favorite storyteller, Nob Ogasawara, translator of the first four generations of Pokémon games! 100% of the donations go directly to Rockin’ H Ranch, so tune in and help out a great cause! And because the Pokémon Retrothon is coming up, today’s ice level is Sinjoh Ruins, from Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver!

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OILD Day 11: The Return of Georgio

Day 11 and we’re finally winding down–err, around. Something like that! We here at TSG believe in heroes, you see. TRUE heroes. People who stand up for what they believe in. People who forge their own path. People who make a difference. Folks who, even when they stumble, still triumph over evil. Then, and only then, can they engage in the glorious celebration known as VICTORY ROTATIONS. That’s why today’s ice level is what I’ve dubbed The Return of Georgio, from Roundabout!

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OILD Day 9: Ice Palace

Day 9 of OILD and it’s time for some reflection. Every year around this time, I get to thinking about not just the history TSG has, but about the future too. Next year’s going to be huge! We’ve got some big ideas for our first-ever week-long Zelda marathon and trust me, you will not want to miss that. Everything’s hush-hush for now, but in 2016 you’ll hear all about it. And that’s why today’s ice level is the Ice Palace, from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past!

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OILD Day 8: Dr. Cossack’s Citadel

Day 8 of OILD and I’ve got a pretty nostalgic level for you all. As a kid, I played a ton of Mega Man. In fact, Mega Man 2 was among the first games I ever played* so it’s a pretty special series for me. And hey, I even talked Toast through his first-ever victorious playthrough of MM2 during our last Mega Man marathon, so that’s even better! Mega Man is a series with quite a few ice levels to its name, so it’s hard to pick just one. I figured well, then why not feature an entire set of stages set in an icy environment? That’s why today’s ice level is Dr. Cossack’s Citadel, from Mega Man 4!

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