Mass Effect Marathon Launches Suicide Mission For Child's Play

Mass Effect Marathon Launches Suicide Mission For Child's Play

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Not content with just saving the galaxy, Commander Shepard is going to blow the weekend doing a solid for charity.

The "videogame marathon for charity" scene is pretty well dominated this week by Desert Bus, but they're not the only game in town. The good folks at G33kWatch are at it again too, once again bringing Commander Shepard and his band of intergalactic sociopaths into action to raise funds for Child's Play. You may recall them doing the same thing last year, and since the original event in November 2010 the Mass Effect Marathons have raised nearly $50,000 for the charity.

The Mass Effect Marathon 3 is actually a two-parter: The group spent October 20 playing the original Mass Effect plus Bring Down the Sky and Pinnacle Station, but this weekend will be considerably more hardcore, dedicated to both Mass Effect 2 and 3 in their entirety. As usual with this sort of thing, the G33kWatchers will undertake various stunts and challenges, and hold raffles and live auctions for some seriously fantastic Mass Effect stuff including the Xbox 360 console on which every Mass Effect Marathon has been played (complete with a "so far, so good" guarantee) and a full suit of custom-sized N7 body armor. Viewers can vote on Shepard's "big decisions," and donation goals will determine who lives and who dies in the infamous suicide Mission.

The Mass Effect Marathon 3 is underway now and scheduled to run until 6:00 pm EST on November 25. Catch the action at masseffectmarathon.com.

Thanks to shado_temple for the tip.

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"Viewers can vote on Shepard's "big decisions," and donation goals will determine who lives and who dies in the infamous suicide Mission."

Threatening to kill off Tali would probably get them enough money to solve world hunger and develop the cure for cancer and AIDS.

Imre Csete:
Viewers can vote on Shepard's "big decisions,"

Pick red, pick red, for the love of god pick red. Because it's the biggest decision in the game

The marathon is actually scheduled to end around 6:00 PM EST on Sunday: http://masseffectmarathon.com/schedule/

The exact ending time will depend on how long it takes them to play through the games, though. Viewers (this means you) can donate to make a mission more difficult (insanity difficulty, using bad companions, playing blindfolded, having to play looking in a mirror, etc.).

benf2004:
The marathon is actually scheduled to end around 6:00 PM EST on Sunday: http://masseffectmarathon.com/schedule/

So it is, thanks for the correction. I misunderstood the header on the MEM website. Post has been updated to reflect the proper ending time.

The last 30-40 min of that stream (depending on how long it takes for them to pick an ending / get through all the cutscenes) is gonna be a pure rifftrack. Calling it now.

Good luck figuring out the Suicide Mission flow chart. S'all I'm saying XP

Oh so when they do a Childs play it's fine, but when we did the re-take ME3 Ending (Which for those who remember started off with donations that was going for charity) Suddenly, we're "Entitled brats"

Funny how things work.

VincentX3:
Oh so when they do a Childs play it's fine, but when we did the re-take ME3 Ending (Which for those who remember started off with donations that was going for charity) Suddenly, we're "Entitled brats"

Funny how things work.

Wow, I'm amazed you even came up with the idea to make that comparison.

It'd be more interesting if they gave all the choices to people who had never played the game before and had to make decisions based on just the immediate context. I once did a dummy run-through of the suicide mission letting my young cousin (who knew almost nothing about the game) to decide who would do what.

He ended up saving everyone except for Garrus and Tali, which was kind of tragic in a way. He was just glad that Legion got through, since robot men are the coolest thing ever when you're 11.

VincentX3:
Oh so when they do a Childs play it's fine, but when we did the re-take ME3 Ending (Which for those who remember started off with donations that was going for charity) Suddenly, we're "Entitled brats"

Funny how things work.

Are you fucking serious?
You cannot be serious.

OT: Yay for charity, I guess. I've sadly had Bioware exhaustion as of late.

VincentX3:
Oh so when they do a Childs play it's fine, but when we did the re-take ME3 Ending (Which for those who remember started off with donations that was going for charity) Suddenly, we're "Entitled brats"

Funny how things work.

You forget that the "Entitled brats" part came about when people started asking for their donations back when Re-take did nothing in the long run.

That title was cut in a very jarring manner on the main page as it displayed for me...

I think DesertBus 6 drained me :(

Well, good for them. Let's just hope there aren't any... unpleasant issues... this time around...

hazabaza1:

VincentX3:
Oh so when they do a Childs play it's fine, but when we did the re-take ME3 Ending (Which for those who remember started off with donations that was going for charity) Suddenly, we're "Entitled brats"

Funny how things work.

Are you fucking serious?
You cannot be serious.

OT: Yay for charity, I guess. I've sadly had Bioware exhaustion as of late.

Yes I'm serious. I don't tend to joke with these things.
I mean, I'm all good for charitys, but in this case read below.

Burnhardt:

VincentX3:
Oh so when they do a Childs play it's fine, but when we did the re-take ME3 Ending (Which for those who remember started off with donations that was going for charity) Suddenly, we're "Entitled brats"

Funny how things work.

You forget that the "Entitled brats" part came about when people started asking for their donations back when Re-take did nothing in the long run.

That I did not know though, I thought I read that the donations still went to charitiy in the long run.
No wonder about being called brats >:7
It takes some kind of balls and being pathetic to ask for charity money to be returned to you.

VincentX3:
Oh so when they do a Childs play it's fine, but when we did the re-take ME3 Ending (Which for those who remember started off with donations that was going for charity) Suddenly, we're "Entitled brats"

Funny how things work.

You know, im pretty sure the MEM was going on before ME3 even came out...

How the hell is Ashley the top-sponsored character by $500?? I thought everyone hated her.

Oh well. This is cool. I support this kind of charity! Though, honestly, this doesn't quite have the novelty of Desert Bus for Hope.

What? Again? Well, that's cool and all, but I have no monies for anything else after DB6. Maybe gaming charities for Child's Play are "Sooooo innn" right now.

darthzew:
How the hell is Ashley the top-sponsored character by $500?? I thought everyone hated her.

she gets quite some hate, yes, but I think the true ME3 hate chick is Diana Allers

OT: really feel like I should've seen about this before throwing all my money to the screen with the Steam Sale window open =P

I read the title as "Mass effect marathon launches suicide" when I click on it.

And while we're on the subject of donating money to watch people do whatever it is they'd normally do over a long weekend, tune in for next week's Child's Play marathon. Thrill as some guy you've never met watches reality TV in his underwear while drinking beer, masturbates to internet porn twice then gets shot in the head a few dozen times in CoDBlOps II until he passes out on the couch! It's for the children!

[Edit: and yes, I appreciate the fact that if the star was a remotely attractive girl this would be the single greatest Child's Play marathon ever.]

Oh, sure, anyone can play a reasonably good game for charity...

(Kidding aside, good for them for putting in the effort. Though you have to give it up to LRR when it comes to steely-eyed endurance.)

I hover somewhere between being mildly amused and bitterly depressed whenever I hear mention of Mass Effect these days.

All I can remember is the bitter disappointment, followed by the stream of hollow platitudes and outright lies- topped off with the band-aid on a gunshot wound that was the "Extended Cut". Really gonna have to make time to wrap the disks in that free t-shirt and burn the whole rotten package at some point.

Emiscary:
I hover somewhere between being mildly amused and bitterly depressed whenever I hear mention of Mass Effect these days.

All I can remember is the bitter disappointment, followed by the stream of hollow platitudes and outright lies- topped off with the band-aid on a gunshot wound that was the "Extended Cut". Really gonna have to make time to wrap the disks in that free t-shirt and burn the whole rotten package at some point.

Dude, don't start. Can we please rally around an excellent cause instead of having this fucking argument start again?

I love the chat on this thing

The title is sorta scary, you know "Suicide" "Child" and "Mass Effect" in the same sentence, a quick reading can take you places o.o

Hey guys still dwelling on the ME3 ending? It sucked, I know it sucked. But you know how when your girlfriend leaves you for her gym trainer? It hurts and you just want to drop dead, but you know deep inside that eventually, you just need to get over it. It happens. Not everything in life can be perfect. Come on, let's just look to the future now and not dwell on unfortunate events of the past. That does nothing for you.

As for this charity thing? Good for them, odd choice of game I think but overall I wish them all well!

 

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