All good things must come to an end…for now

Wow, we can’t believe it’s finally over, I think we are more sad than happy. We gained so many new friends and had such a good time doing this event. We completed our main goal and that is raising $1,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Our grand total was just shy of $1,100. Theres so many people we could thank, so tomorrow we are going to make a list. Unfortunately we can’t put everyone of the viewers because of the massive response we got, but first and foremost we have to thank everyone that tuned in. We did not complete our goal of 7 games in 72 hours with only three gamers. It is possible though, and we will attempt this feat again later this Summer. We learned from this experience and now know how much of a factor fatigue can play. Our Broadcast ran on for 82.5 hours and in that time we had over 12,000 views.

This will not be our last marathon, we will be doing another one at the beginning of the summer and like I said earlier, we will be attempting 7 Zelda games in 72 hours again towards the end of the summer. We might also do weekly broadcasts to stay in touch with our viewers and play them head to head in games such as smash bros brawl.
We will be putting up a list of possible Marathon games for you guys to vote on later today around 2pm central.

One quick thing before I end, donations WILL be open for the rest of the week as we are still aiming to reach $1337 status! Which would be very 1337. Keep it up guys were about $247 away, if I did math correctly

Thanks everybody,
TheSpeedGamers

Please email us at TheSpeedGamers@gmail.com

TheSpeedGamers LIVE!!

Our attempt to beat 7 Zelda games in 72 hours began at 5pm cst. Check us out live below!! To Donate to St.Jude Children’s Hospital click the “donate” button located to the right of this post. Email us and leave your comments at TheSpeedGamers@gmail.com and we will read them while playing, you will also be entered into a contest to win a prize after the completion of each game!

Watch live video from thespeedgamers’s channel on Justin.tv

If for some reason the video doesnt work, go to this link. http://www.justin.tv/thespeedgamers

If you want a view of the room and the commentator speaking check out this cam

Watch live video from speedgamers2’s channel on Justin.tv

UPDATE!! WE HAVE BEAT THE FIRST GAME AND BRENNAN WON THE FIRST PRIZE, WE ARE NOW ON GAME 2 SO SEND US SOME EMAILS!! WE FINISHED GAME 1 IN 2 HOURS AND 8 MINUTES!!

7:08 pm Friday: First Zelda… Complete.

7:52 p.m. Friday: Britt is still going strong. With the first one down he has already begun the second and is well on his way.

8:41 p.m. Friday: Britt is having some trouble with one part of Adventure of Link but since he did beat the first one so quickly he has some time to spare. Lets hope it doesn’t take too long!

10:19 p.m. Friday: Britt is moving along. Adventure of Link is one of the hardest Zeldas so once britt gets this done things should start moving along smoothly again. Oh yah we are currently at $134.17.

12:00 a.m. Saturday: Britt is doing awesome but still is on Adventure of Link. He is looking a little sleepy guys so come on and bring in some support, send in some emails for us to read out loud, and remember to DONATE!! Remember its for a good cause!

3:27 a.m. Saturday:Britt has BEAT Adventure of Link FINALLY! We have also reached $201.74 in donations! Very awesome. So keep it up guys. We average around 30 viewers on the main feed and 15 on the host feed which isn’t bad for it being the middle of the night! Looks like it’s Tyler’s turn to take on the 3rd Zelda aka Link to the past! Wish him luck!

1:47 p.m Hey guys sorry about the long wait between updates I (Chase) fell asleep and I have been the only one updating the blog. But I am awake now and should be for awhile now so expect more updates. Currently Tyler is pushing through Link to the past and is getting close to the end! He has been awake for roughly 30 hours so if he does anything that didn’t seem too smart its because of the lack of sleep. So guys keep donating and checking back to the blog for more information. Oh yah the current donations are at $308. Keep up the awesome work!

6:03 p.m. Saturday: Link to the past completed.

6:43 p.m. Saturday: Tyler got all the way to the last boss and was just too exhausted to take on Gannon so he passed the controller to Daniel who then quickly defeated the boss. So with Link to the Past completed we have 4 zelda games left! Daniel has now started on Ocarina Of Time. Wish him luck! We’ve gotten up to around 80 viewers at once so thats awesome!! Also we have received $505.30 in donations!

9:33 p.m Saturday: Daniel is working on Ocarina of Time right now and he seems to be doing awesome. He is currently on the Forrest Temple. Lets hope he can keep this pace up! We currently have $553.05! I would like to point out our top 2 Donaters which are Debra Halleron who donated $81.01 and Geoffrey Blagdan who donated $80 not too long ago BUT also donated $50 at the very beginning meaning he donated a total of $130 which is amazing. Thanks guys! Also remember we need 100 diggs so we can see brandon shave his head!!!

2:40 a.m Saturday:Sorry about the long wait between blog updates but I have been relaxing and taking it easy because as you can see Tyler and Rob took over for a few so I decided to take some time off. I hope their doing an awesome job. Currently Daniel is about 80% done with Ocarina of Time (so he says). So lets hope he keeps pushing strong. Britt is getting ready to take on Majora’s Mask! We are currently at $601.30 total in donations which is very awesome! Also we got to see Brandon get his head shaved!! I hope many of you got to see that because it was pretty awesome. Alright well I plan on making the update very soon so don’t worry and you will be hearing from me soon!

6:03 a.m: Saturday: Daniel has defeated Ocarina of Time!! Looks like its Britt’s turn to show us what he can do! Wish em luck!

9:27 a.m. Saturday: I was just woke up from a 2 hour nap to attempt to fix our main feed web cam which crashed for no reason. If this happens again just head to the other web cam which is yet to crash and we will update you on whats happening! Britt may look like he is running a little slow because when the web cam went down it was the main feed which focused on the game and he didn’t want you guys to miss too much so he slowed down his play… well the video stayed down for nearly an hour and a half! Hopefully we can make up for lost time but we may have to extend our deadline to 6:30 p.m. Monay due to that lost time. But who knows theres still a lot of time left so stick with us!

1:15 p.m. Sunday: I was currently just woke up after another 2 hours because the web cam went down AGAIN! This time only for about 5 to 10 minutes so we will be fine. I think I have the problem fixed now and hopefully things will run smooth from now on. Thanks to everyone who has stuck it out with us the whole time!!! You guys are awesome. Oh yah our donation total right now is $634.37!! Great work but keep those donations comming in. Hopefully you will hear some good news from me soon!

8:30 p.m Sunday:Britt has decided he will take a nap before attempting the final temple of Majora’s Mask so that means currently our progress on MM is on hold. Don’t worry though because we will be returning to Majora’s Mask to finish off ganon when he wakes up. Okay so now we have Tyler playing Wind Waker so lets hope he picks up the pace!

10:44 p.m. Sunday: Wow we just received three donations two which were $13.37 which is awesome!!! Or well I should say leet. So yes as promised we plan on giving erik a mohawk on live feed in the second channel! So stick around for that. As for Tyler he is destroying Wind Waker. Donations are currently at $780. Awesome job guys!! Keep it up!

5:30 a.m. Monday: Sorry about the long wait for another update but I was haven fun talking to the people in the chatroom. Anywyas Tyler is doing Awesome! Everyone is happy to see him going through the game so smoothly. Lets hope things keep up. Also our donations are currently at $836.27 which is amazing!! Keep the donations coming guys!! I will try to update again soon!

3:59 PM Monday: We are now on TP, on about 2 and a half hours to go. Marth18 was the winnner of the T-shirt.

5:00 PM Monday: We have reached our goal of 1 thousand dollars, mik promised if we reach 1k he would WAX his armpits.

6:00Pm Moday: For some weird reason Daniel has left us…I am now forced to take over the remainder of Twilight Princess….

3:00 AM Tuesday: After 82 hours….we are done. $1090.00 is the grand total of donations, awesome job guys!

Complete Details!

This post will always be the top post so that all our new visitors wont have to search through previous entries for the details. For the most recent post look directly below this one, thanks.

Game Details:

-3 web cams will be used to keep traffic minimal and to prevent lag for viewers. All the audio will be from the same source so that you can here the host clearly. The 3 web cams will give you different angles while all including a view of the host and the game being played.
-3 gamers will be completing 7 games in 72 hours. Heres the list of games again.
2d Zelda’s:
(NES)The Legend of Zelda (Virtual Console)
(NES)Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link (Virtual Console)
(SNES) Zelda: A Link to the Past (Virtual Console)

3d Zelda’s:
(N64) Zelda:Ocarina of Time (will be played on the N64)
(N64)Zelda: Majoras Mask (will be played on the N64)
(Gamecube) Zelda:Windwaker
(Wii)Zelda:Twilight Princess

-3 hosts (not the same 3 who will be playing the games) will be reading through emails and keeping things interesting.
-We will be giving out Zelda games and merchandise to a few lucky people who email us. Upon completion of each game a name will be drawn. That means a total of 7 chances to win.

Prize Details:

During each session (session being the time between the start of a game and the ending) everyone who e-mailed us during that session will be put into a drawing for that specific session. No matter if you send us 1 email or 100, you have the same chance of winning. After the completion of a game a name will be drawn and announced using a randomizer program. That means any one person can have a total of 7 chances to win if you send us an email during all 7 sessions. In the emails you don’t need to say anything in particular like “enter me in the contest”, you’re automatically entered. We would simply like you to speak your mind, say whatever you want, ask whatever you want. Please do not use multiple email accounts! You can email us multiple times on one account, we encourage that and would love your feedback; just don’t use multiple email accounts to enter more than once in each session. If you get caught doing this we will have to disqualify you from the drawing. The prizes are sent both via Mail, and also through Nintendo’s Shop channel gift system. This prize give away is a worldwide event, not limited to America. I’m not real sure on how the Virtual gift system, works..I’m hoping I can send Virtual console games to everyone, I’ll do some more research and report my findings. The Prizes and shipping are paid for by us, all donations are going to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

(Session 1: The Legend of Zelda) : The Legend of Zelda, Virtual console
(Session 2: Zelda II The Adventure of Link): Zelda II The Adventure of Link, Virtual Console
(Session 3: Zelda A Link to the Past) Zelda a Link to the Past, Virtual Console
(Session 4: Zelda Ocarina of Time) Zelda Ocarina of Time, Virtual console
(Session 5: Zelda Majoras Mask) Special edition Majoras Mask, real copy sent via mail
(Session 6: Zelda Windwaker) Large SpeedGamers T-shirt, sent via mail
(Session 7:Zelda Twilight Princess) Nintendo Power Glove, sent via mail
Note: We will send the winners an email asking for shipping information on March 18th or your Wii friend code depending on which prize you won.(Wii friend code is needed to send virtual console games)

Most importantly Donation Details:

100% of all donations will go to St. Jude Children’s hospital.

The Donation button is in the top right corner of the webpage; if you’d like to donate pre-event, feel free to.

Heres our reason behind our decision:

After thinking awhile on the topic of donations, I’ve came to a conclusion. At first I didn’t want to take any donations to avoid any controversy. I had a change of heart and have decided that since we are going to be gaming for 72 hours straight we might as well do it for a good cause. The next decision was what charity should we donate to? I thought of Childs Play because gaming and Childs Play go hand in hand…no brainer. But then I wanted to think for a little bit longer before I took a leap and announce a charity. After a couple of minutes I knew exactly where the money would go. You will be hard pressed to find anybody who cancer has not affected their lives. Going through the list of people involved in the marathon triggered the idea initially.Two of the three possible hosts have lost very close family members due to cancer, and I personally would not be able to handle mentally what they have had to. Furthermore, several of my close friends that won’t be doing the marathon, I’ve also seen affected in ways I couldn’t imagine. I know it’s not just my friends who have had to deal with cancer, in some way or another everyone has, sadly some much more than others. All these reasons contribute to why we will be donating to a cancer foundation.

It’s almost time!

Just giving you guys a quick update. We are now less than 2 weeks away from the event and are very excited. First off we would like to thank our first 2 Pre event donors Janet Allen of Australia and Katie Little of the U.S. and 1 anonymous donor. I’m not going to specify there amounts because I dont have their permission, but I can tell you that our donations as a whole are just under $60.

Please continue to spread the word, post in forums, send links over instant messenger, anyway you can spread the word will be appreciated. I personally will be wearing A T-shirt to promote the event at a Smash brothers brawl tournament this weekend. There is a Flyer in the previous post , and if you would like to create your own that’s cool with us

Thanks for all your help

TheSpeedGamers

It's almost time!

Just giving you guys a quick update. We are now less than 2 weeks away from the event and are very excited. First off we would like to thank our first 2 Pre event donors Janet Allen of Australia and Katie Little of the U.S. and 1 anonymous donor. I’m not going to specify there amounts because I dont have their permission, but I can tell you that our donations as a whole are just under $60.

Please continue to spread the word, post in forums, send links over instant messenger, anyway you can spread the word will be appreciated. I personally will be wearing A T-shirt to promote the event at a Smash brothers brawl tournament this weekend. There is a Flyer in the previous post , and if you would like to create your own that’s cool with us

Thanks for all your help

TheSpeedGamers

Want to Help promote?

We’ve received several emails from people asking how they could help us out. We’re flattered by everyone’s offers and have made a flier to help us promote the event. If you could print these and put them wherever,whenever, that would be awesome; any help will be appreciated. Also, any post on forums or links sent out will help spread the word.

Thanks in advance!

TheSpeedgamers

Heres a link to the Flier

and heres the direct image below,Click to Enlarge

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Prize Details!

Hello everybody,

I’ve tried to figure out the best way of doing the prize system, and this is what I have come up with. During each session (session being the time between the start of a game and the ending) everyone who e-mailed us during that session will be put into a drawing for that specific session. No matter if you send us 1 email or 100, you have the same chance of winning. After the completion of a game a name will be drawn and announced using a randomizer program. That means any one person can have a total of 7 chances to win if you send us an email during all 7 sessions. In the emails you don’t need to say anything in particular like “enter me in the contest”, you’re automatically entered. We would simply like you to speak your mind, say whatever you want, ask whatever you want. Please do not use multiple email accounts! You can email us multiple times on one account, we encourage that and would love your feedback; just don’t use multiple email accounts to enter more than once in each session. If you get caught doing this we will have to disqualify you from the drawing. The prizes are sent both via Mail, and also through Nintendo’s Shop channel gift system. This prize give away is a worldwide event, not limited to America. I’m not real sure on how the Virtual gift system, works..I’m hoping I can send Virtual console games to everyone, I’ll do some more research and report my findings. The Prizes and shipping are paid for by us, all donations are going to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Prizes!:

(Session 1: The Legend of Zelda) : The Legend of Zelda, Virtual console
(Session 2: Zelda II The Adventure of Link): Zelda II The Adventure of Link, Virtual Console
(Session 3: Zelda A Link to the Past) Zelda a Link to the Past, Virtual Console
(Session 4: Zelda Ocarina of Time) Zelda Ocarina of Time, Virtual console
(Session 5: Zelda Majoras Mask) Special edition Majoras Mask, real copy sent via mail
(Session 6: Zelda Windwaker) Large SpeedGamers T-shirt, sent via mail
(Session 7:Zelda Twilight Princess) Nintendo Power Glove, sent via mail

Note: We will send the winners an email asking for shipping information on March 18th or your Wii friend code depending on which prize you won. (Wii friend code is needed to send virtual console games)

If you have any questions send us an email at thespeedgamers@gmail.com

Thanks,
TheSpeedGamers

Youtube Promos

Recently we received an email from a guy named Geoffrey who offered his support and asked if he could make a youtube video promoting our event. We were flattered by his offer and graciously accepted. Without further adieu, here’s his Promo!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypXDwR1Mtsk

Also, Luke (primary host and promoter) of TheSpeedGamers, who you will come to know starting March 14th, has also made a promo. I Britt, (one of the gamers) helped record the clips via emulator, take a look:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3eLtj23V6o

Thanks to both you guys! Awesom Job. If anyone else would also like to make a youtube promo, send us your video and we will post it on our site!

Heres a heads up for everybody,prize details will be revealed Monday!

Sincerely,
TheSpeedGamers

Quick Update

Hi guys,
Thanks for all your support and mail. Just wanted to keep everybody up to date and let you know that we will be releasing a youtube promo soon, one made by us and another made by a supporter. Also, a full list of the prizes and prize details will be announced within the week. All prizes will be paid for by us, and WILL NOT be taken out of the donations. 100% of the donations we get will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

We would also like to thank Will D’angelo again from www.thewiicast.com. Thewiicast has spread the word tremendously and brought us many supporters. We cant thank Will enough.
TheSpeedgamers would also like to give a big thanks to www.mywii.com.au for posting a story about us. They have also help spread the word greatly. All in all we have received viewers from over 20 countries now!

Lastly, we will be putting out a flyer soon that you will be able to download from our website. Any help speading the word will be appreciated. We’ve had one viewer named Tommy from California who printed out over 100 copies and posted them in his school, awesome Tommy.

Thanks again everybody, until next time!

UPDATE: We’ve had a couple requests so we will be putting up the donations link early (upper right hand corner of the webpage). Remember, you DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT, need to donate to watch us or enter any of the drawings for prizes, so don’t feel any obligation to do so. Everything is completely 100% free. If you’re Zelda fan that would like to simply watch 72 hours of Zelda, feel free to kick back and enjoy.
We are going to send all the donations to St. Jude on March the 18’th, that way we can total all our donations to see how much we have raised (We will keep everyone updated on our donation amounts as they come in).100% of all donations will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Sincerely,
TheSpeedGamers