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The Speed Gamers Raise Over $26,000 For Charity

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the and-counting dept.

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Levonn Lawrence writes "Moving into day four of seven, The Speed Gamers (TSG) continue to play a Final Fantasy marathon for an unusual reason: charity. The guys at TSG are playing through every main Final Fantasy game, from one to twelve, over a period of seven days in hopes or raising $50,000 for ACT Today (Autism Care and Treatment). The marathon is streamed live for people to watch. ACT is a charity helping to financially support families effected by Autism. The marathon started 6pm CST, Friday, July 17th, 2009 and is going until Friday, July 24th 2009. So far they've raised over $26,000 (not a typo) and they're only 89 hours in."

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Slashdotting (4, Insightful)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 5 years ago | (#28771925)

Its a video stream site and states even before this slashdot story "Please help us save our server from overloading and click the TSG Button instead of refreshing the entire page when the video starts to lag."

And now slashdotting it? Let the fun begin!

Re:Slashdotting (1)

Theoboley (1226542) | more than 5 years ago | (#28771979)

It'll be /.ed in a matter of minutes after people here get thru with it. so much for the charity portion of it. They'll be using the money raised to fix their servers.

Re:Slashdotting (1)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772007)

You're correct. After 4 minutes, its down :)

Re:Slashdotting (1)

Theoboley (1226542) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772071)

DECENT! What do I win for predicting that? lol

Re:Slashdotting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28772177)

CONGRATULATIONS! You win (1) GOLD STAR!

Re:Slashdotting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28772401)

You win autism.

Re:Slashdotting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28775585)

You win the comment of the week award.

Re:Slashdotting (2, Funny)

illeism (953119) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772425)

some gil, a blue all materia, one esper of your choice and a new overdrive ability!!

Re:Slashdotting (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28772717)

you're a fag

Re:Slashdotting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28771999)

The link should be removed from the story. Slashdot shouldn't make money by bringing a charity's website down; particularly when those who have paid into the charity are using it to enjoy the gameplay.

Re:Slashdotting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28774313)

"Please help us save our server from overloading"

I, for one, welcome our new server overloads.

Neat Idea... (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 5 years ago | (#28771969)

Time to start the Super Mario Bros Marathon, since I'm sure that will appease to a larger crowd. What should I raise money for?

Re:Neat Idea... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28772021)

You should start a vicious cycle by holding a perpetual video game marathon for the Foundation to Prevent Sore Thumbs.

Re:Neat Idea... (3, Informative)

Dr. Impossible (1580675) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772047)

Someone has beat you to it [mariomarathon.com] . They just raised $29,000 for Child's Play.

Re:Neat Idea... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28772061)

What should I raise money for?

To pay for the surgery CmdrTaco needs to cure his micropenis disorder?

Fundraising (5, Insightful)

kevinNCSU (1531307) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772003)

I've never understood our culture's need to have people do something entirely trivial and unhelpful before we're willing to donate to a worthy and important cause.

Imagine if we had volunteering for habitat humanity marathons to get people to donate for autism research instead or something like that. But I bet people wouldn't be willing to. you mean your going to build houses for homeless people and then you want me to pay you money for autism research? No, I think I'd feel more comfortable if you walked 3 miles in a circle for my donation.

Re:Fundraising (5, Insightful)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772113)

Because our society is based on the founding principles of equivalency. Therefore rather than giving people money for no real reason, we prefer them to "earn" it by doing something else. Generally your going to have a lot more people wanting to run a marathon than you would people building houses. The reason being is that there are a lot more people who A) feel like they accomplished something by running a marathon B) have running a marathon as one of their "life goals" and C) there are a lot more people who can run marathons than are competent in carpentry. While I myself, (like many geeks) am not good at running a marathon nor am I really that skilled with wood, a Final Fantasy marathon would be something enjoyable that I would do.

Re:Fundraising (4, Informative)

codemaster2b (901536) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772823)

C) there are a lot more people who can run marathons than are competent in carpentry.

I am not competent at carpentry, in the sense that I am completely inexperienced and untrained, yet I was able to do work for habitat for humanity.

Re:Fundraising (1)

josath (460165) | more than 5 years ago | (#28777357)

seriously, at the most basic level you listen to the guy for 15 minutes, and then spend a few hours hammering nails where they tell you to. you don't need a degree in civil engineering to help habitat for humanity

Re:Fundraising (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772941)

Yes, but if you would usually be playing video games, you really aren't doing anything extraordinary if you are playing video games for charity. I think I would be much more likely to give to a charity of the people were actually going out and doing something they wouldn't normally do anyway. I think it would be great if somebody who was overweight came to me and said, sponsor me for each pound I lose, the proceed will go to the heart and stroke foundation. That's somebody getting up a and doing something. Having a bunch of geeks sit around and play computers isn't really that interesting.

Re:Fundraising (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 5 years ago | (#28773187)

I think it would be great if somebody who was overweight came to me and said, sponsor me for each pound I lose, the proceed will go to the heart and stroke foundation. That's somebody getting up a and doing something. Having a bunch of geeks sit around and play computers isn't really that interesting.

...Because watching someone lose weight is much more exciting?

Re:Fundraising (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | more than 5 years ago | (#28773829)

It is on "The Biggest Loser". (Articles I've read have said that the ratings for that show are going up as it has more seasons, not down like most reality shows.)

As for the post you're replying to, the various people might be playing videogames in general anyway, they wouldn't be playing all of the FF series sequentially in one sitting. I personally don't find the idea that fascinating, but hopefully the video will be saved for the 'speed run' pages.

Re:Fundraising (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28775059)

... While I myself, (like many geeks) am not good at running a marathon nor am I really that skilled with wood, a Final Fantasy marathon would be something enjoyable that I would do.

But habitat for humanity might get you out of your mom's basement.

Re:Fundraising (1)

CRiMSON (3495) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772121)

Make the donater feel more important? Like the money there giving is letting another person do something insane, therefore we're awesome? Our society rules?

POssible theory.

Re:Fundraising (2, Insightful)

daeley (126313) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772227)

It's just a good way to garner publicity, and in this case a gamer group is trying to get the attention of fellow gamers and geeks to donate for a cause. With the end result being more money for the charity, this is not a bad thing.

As long as it's not "Beat babies with a stick for the indigent!" it's okay.

Re:Fundraising (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28772569)

As long as it's not "Beat babies with a stick for the indigent!" it's okay.

So a clubbing baby seals marathon is out?

So, how much did you donate last year? (1)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772247)

Just asking. I note you don't say. Should I presume that the amount has similar negative qualities?

Re:So, how much did you donate last year? (2, Insightful)

kevinNCSU (1531307) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772723)

I note you haven't either, however I haven't questioned any individual's donation to charity whether it be by financial, expertise, or time based and yet you have both done so to me and gone so far as to assume negatively about me.

I didn't realize pondering on oddities of society as a whole required full financial and charitable service disclosure. I guess I could tell you how I donate or spend weeks of my summers in the Appalachian Mountains rebuilding or repairing homes for people who need it but I don't see what that would prove here or how it would affect my original point. My guess is your attempting to set up a straw man of because I don't donate enough then my point must not be valid?

Re:Fundraising (3, Insightful)

brkello (642429) | more than 5 years ago | (#28773359)

If we all donated to worthy causes we would all be out of money. So after awhile, charity is just background noise...another person trying to take our money and mismanage it. These causes bring attention to the charities in a fun way. Then you think "oh, that's cool, I should support that cause". It is basically an attention grabber. People asking you for money all the time just turns them off.

Re:Fundraising (2, Insightful)

Toonol (1057698) | more than 5 years ago | (#28773533)

Because, to an extent, the volunteers are succeeding by turning it from a donation to an optional payment for entertainment. "Watch us, be entertained, and please (if possible) donate money" is often a more palatable and attractive offer than simply "We need money to do good things". It turns it from a donation into an exchange. Perhaps it's shallow, perhaps it's crass, but it also works... much like capitalism in general.

Re:Fundraising (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28784503)

o no, someone has a differing opinion on the interwebs.....

o wait, what have YOU done?

typical

Re:Fundraising (2, Insightful)

PossumDTD (1603589) | more than 5 years ago | (#28785135)

I've never understood Slashdotters' need to complain and criticize every single thing people do for a good cause.

These guys are taking something popular that they are good at and enjoy doing, and turning it into a profitable fundraiser for a good cause. It doesn't matter if they're building a house, playing Final Fantasy, or growing a ridiculous mustache and getting donations per millimeter of growth - the point is that they've already raised approximately $35,000 for Autism Awareness, touched hundreds - potentially thousands - of lives, and didn't ask for a thing in return. What did you do this week?

Imagine this: you woke up today, signed on to /., and read this post. Instead of instantly thinking how much better you could do a fundraiser, you clicked on their link, donated $1, and told two friends. Then, instead of looking like a self-righteous ass, you'd have actually done something selfless instead of something 'entirely trivial and unhelpful,' like tossing up a worthless comment that sparked some more slashdot-typical pseudo-intellectual conversation.

"not a typo" (1)

gcnaddict (841664) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772069)

Well of course it's not a typo. What are the odds of you mistyping, say, "$2,600" as "$26,000" with perfect comma positioning and the right numbers of zeroes to properly represent twenty six thousand dollars twice?

Re:"not a typo" (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28772157)

Fuck, sometimes even I get tired of the pretentious nerd bullshit on this site. I'm sure you're a real hit at the parties gcnaddict, if you have ever been to one.

Re:"not a typo" (1)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772183)

You're not very good at parsing the intent of language, no joke.

Re:"not a typo" (1)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772471)

Grammar Nazi party over there ^.

I agree. I was confused about why you'd bother to clarify that it's not a typo. I realize there are a lot of typos in the summaries but I don't think we all just assume that everything is a typo now.

Re:"not a typo" (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772519)

Well, perhaps we should, it would save alot of time pointing out when things aren't typos.

Re:"not a typo" (1)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 5 years ago | (#28773321)

You mean you didn't understand that use of English? Really? you've never heard a kid tell an unbelievable true story and then back it up with a "seriously!" or a "I'm not even kidding", or a "No joke". Its a point of emphasis. Its not that everything the kid says is a lie, but what he's saying borders on being credible so he feels a need to emphasis that he isn't lying.

Sort of mystifying , given your sig and all...

Re:"not a typo" (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 5 years ago | (#28774821)

On slashdot? Pretty high.

New Goal? (1)

whisper_jeff (680366) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772091)

I assume they increased their target goal - wasn't it initially a goal of $20k, which they achieved in 3 days? Regardless, good on them. Nice to see them do something worthy for the benefit of others. And, who knows, maybe a healthy dose of slashdot love will result in substantially more than their current target...

Desert Bus (2, Informative)

Jim Hall (2985) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772107)

Don't forget Desert Bus for Hope [desertbus.org] where they raised $70,423.79 in a little over 5 days. As long as you keep paying them (during the pledge drive) they play.

I'm actually much more impressed with this, since it requires constant attention [wikipedia.org] or you veer off the road, and get towed back to your starting point in real time.

Let Pen Jillette explain it! [youtube.com]

Every main series game from 1 to 12? (5, Funny)

RogueyWon (735973) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772135)

Oh dear, I do hope they aren't including Final Fantasy XI in that. Much as I used to love the game (and still get the odd pang of nostalgia for it), it would be a hilariously awful idea to include it on this. I guess you could interpret "beating it" as being "finishing the plot missions for all of the current expansions", but still...

"Here we are, going into day 217 of the challenge, and player 4 has just dinged 63. This, of course, marks the half-way point in his experience grind. Now over to Bob, who's going to tell us about that exciting episode earlier, where half of the players spent 7 hours trying to find a tank, who then left them after 20 minutes."

Re:Every main series game from 1 to 12? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28772393)

I'm curious if X-2 is going to be included (maybe instead of 11?) in the marathon.

I also wonder which versions of the games they are using. 4 and 5 are significantly more difficult on some versions and I'd think it would be tough to speed run them (which you would need to do to complete all of the games in 7 days)

Re:Every main series game from 1 to 12? (1)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772413)

They just mentioned they're going to play FFXI for the last 12 hours of the marathon as a "side stream". So I'm guessing while they're playing FFX or whatever is left someone will be playing that.

Re:Every main series game from 1 to 12? (1)

MoldySpore (1280634) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772423)

More like I hope they aren't including Final Fantasy VIII [printfection.com] in that. God, what a terrible game. I Think people will start taking money back if they have to read the Emo-fied dialogue that comes out of Squall for that entire game.

Re:Every main series game from 1 to 12? (1)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772493)

Doesn't sound like they're planning to play it. I personally loved it though, but I'd want to watch that speed run as much as I want to watch any other RPG speed run.

Re:Every main series game from 1 to 12? (1)

Pluvius (734915) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772837)

Makes sense that that sentiment is coming from a guy named Spoony, who is obviously a fan of one of the most pablumlike RPGs in gaming history.

Rob

Re:Every main series game from 1 to 12? (1)

Pluvius (734915) | more than 5 years ago | (#28773193)

After looking at his website, I retract my statement. It's pretty obvious that he's actually a big fan of FF8. The best satire comes from those who like what they satire.

Rob

Re:Every main series game from 1 to 12? (2, Funny)

Jedi Alec (258881) | more than 5 years ago | (#28779765)

More like I hope they aren't including Final Fantasy VIII [printfection.com] in that. God, what a terrible game. I Think people will start taking money back if they have to read the Emo-fied dialogue that comes out of Squall for that entire game. ...whatever.

Re:Every main series game from 1 to 12? (1)

A. B3ttik (1344591) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772573)

After a while, the players are going to need a cure for autism.

Re:Every main series game from 1 to 12? (1)

Xarius (691264) | more than 5 years ago | (#28773109)

I think they intend to party for twelve hours in FFXI, just for the look of the thing. :)

Final Finatasy 3/6j 4 step plan (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28772391)

1. Vanish
2. X-Zone/Doom
3. ???
4. Profit!

Re:Final Finatasy 3/6j 4 step plan (1)

trytoguess (875793) | more than 5 years ago | (#28776315)

Actually, getting characters to learn those spells takes too much time. There's a way of screwing with Setzer's slot ablility to always get the instant kill effect, which I believe is what the speed runs use.

one through twelve? (1)

Xamindar (533756) | more than 5 years ago | (#28772765)

Good luck getting all the way through FF eleven during this time.

Dammit Phil... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28773387)

Hopefully you guys didn't get to see Phil playing FF5 yesterday. The idiot refused to grind to gain levels, kept getting wasted by Necrophobe over and over and also kept trying to cast Lv5 Death on him, when the guy is level 66.

He seems to have the ability to not notice simple patterns.

Interesting choice (2, Insightful)

dexmachina (1341273) | more than 5 years ago | (#28773449)

So they're raising money for a disorder most associated with social impairment by sequestering themselves from outside human contact for a week and playing video games. How...appropriate?

Re:Interesting choice (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#28773499)

Raising money AND awareness.

Grammar nazi says... (1)

Walking The Walk (1003312) | more than 5 years ago | (#28773573)

"families affected by Autism", not "effected". In this context, "affected" means the families were impacted by Autism; "effected" means Autism implemented the families.

Re:Grammar nazi says... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28773817)

And you are to say that Austism doesn't implement the families?

Re:Grammar nazi says... (2, Funny)

daybot (911557) | more than 5 years ago | (#28777027)

"families affected by Autism", not "effected". In this context, "affected" means the families were impacted by Autism; "effected" means Autism implemented the families.

Did autism effect your grammar nazism?

Mario Marathon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28773983)

What about the Mario Marathon that happened 10 days ago? They raised over $29,000 for Child's Play by playing through 7 Mario Games, live, at mariomarathon.com

Speedgamer also on ustream... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28774805)

For those having problems logging into The Speed Gamers website, try: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/TheSpeedGamers

Oh come on! (0)

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mariomarathon (1)

gizmo_mathboy (43426) | more than 5 years ago | (#28775357)

I had some friends, Mario Marathon [mariomarathon.com] , just recently raise $29,000 [mariomarathon.com] in 96 hours playing 7 Mario Brothers games. They raised money for Child's Play [childsplaycharity.com] . Last year [mariomarathon.com] they raised $12,000.

The single smartest thing I think they did was to off-load the broadcast of the event to ustream.tv [ustream.tv] .

Some amazing [desertbus.org] amounts of money ($70,000 in 5 days) has been raised by such marathons.

Very cool.

Wow... (1)

battlescars79 (1603215) | more than 5 years ago | (#28779355)

I kind of envy these guys. I used to be able to do stuff like this. Now I have kids... and a job. Rats...
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