Ok guys here it is. The planning thread. This whole thing happening is still a ways off (talking next summer or later) so planning shouldn't really officially begin (i.e. I wouldn't tell GameMarathons about it until ages from now). So try and keep this on the Q-T (ideally this thread would be in EG but not all those interested can get in there).wtf is this shit
So 'Game Marathons' are becoming pretty big things. (See: www.gamemarathons.com
). Recently there was a Sonic Marathon (which is what enlightened a lot of us to the phenomenon) but it wasn't all that great. TSC could do it much better.
I gave the suggestion that TSC should do one! Now, getting a decent number of us in one place is tricky, but as TSG (The Speed Gamers) have shown with their Metroid Marathon, cohosting across the pond is not an issue. Ideally we want to get 2 or 3 people in each location, and have 3 or 4 locations. That would be a good size, I think.
The idea would be to take 48 or 72 hours (or some other arbitrary length of time) and run through as many Sonic games as possible. We divvy up the games to different players, come up with some rota for sleeping (so we don't die). The whole thing gets broadcast on Ustream.tv or similar, and we try and raise a bunch of money for a charity - the basic concept behind all marathons.The Game List
EDIT: Games are to be played in release order. If you disagree, go ahead and say so.
Those listed in square brackets are not, as of yet, in the final game roster. I'm only listing the very main series as in the final roster at this early stage.
Those marked with an asterisk (*) could be played as bonus games, placed after the end of the marathon.
Those marked with a circumflex (^) have no current method of being played on a home console.
I have begun to attribute game completion estimations. I do not necessarily know how right I am lol. Please input.
Sonic 1 MD - 1:00
[Sonic 1 GG]
[Sonic 2 GG]
Sonic 2 MD - 1:30
Sonic CD - ?
Sonic 3 & Knuckles - 3:00
[Sonic Triple Trouble]
[Sonic Drift 2]
[Tails' Sky Patrol]
[Sonic the Fighters]
[Sonic 3D Blast]
[Sonic Blast] <-- Wait what is this?
Sonic Adventure (DX) - 5:00
[Sonic Pocket Adventure]
Sonic Adventure 2 (Battle) - 4:00
[Sonic Advance 2]
Sonic Heroes - 3:00
[Sonic Advance 3]
Shadow the Hedgehog - 3:00 - stories???
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) - 5:00
[Sonic and the Secret Rings]
[Sonic Rush Adventure]^
[Sonic Rivals 2]^
[Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity]
Sonic Unleashed - ?
Current Roster: 10 games - 26:00+The Players
Post if you want to get involved. I'll hold off on even creating this list 'til I have names from here. Involvement can range from playing, to commentating, chat moderation, web design, etc etc. Let us know.
This section will also include information on what hardware and software people have available, to see how we'll set it up.The Publicity
I know they can't play, but we really should get TSS in on this. Summer of Sonic, from what little I've seen of it (read: I read about it on UKR) seems to have been successful. They have good PR links with Sega Europe, and it would be awesome to be able to get the kind of involvement in this that TSG had for their Metroid marathon.
Like I said, I'm not about to go over to GameMarathons.com and announce our intentions to do this. We will have to a fair bit in advance, if nothing else but to make sure no one else does another Sonic marathon before we do. I may try and get in contact with someone from TSG in case they have one in the pipeline, etc. Everything on the down-low.The Cause
Really we're just doing this because we love to play, we see what fun people have doing and watching marathons, and want to have a go. But we've also seen how much people are willing to donate, and we could really collect a lot for a good cause if we can make this successful. The default option is Child's Play - it's a charity, it's gaming related. Let's see what ideas everyone has. If only there was a fund for making Sonic good again...
Okay, that's all the info I need to give I think. This post will get heavily edited as time goes by. Gogogo.