Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Zeldathon '09

Here's hoping you all tune in to Zeldathon '09! In short, Zeldathon (a Zelda marathon) consists of a bunch of gamers playing through all seven current console titles in the Legend of Zelda video game series. In a row. Broadcast online.

The event will be broadcast on Zeldathon.com (through UStream; register for free to chat) beginning on Friday, August 14th at 6 pm until every single game is completed. While individual players might stop to eat, sleep, hit up the restrooms, and hopefully shower, the games won't stop.

And it's not pointless. We will be raising money for the National Children's Advocacy Center, which provides services to victims/survivors of child abuse, and also offers training and programming. Last year, the Zeldathon team raised almost $1500 for Child's Play; this year, we hope to surpass that amount. We'll begin collecting donations when the event starts, and we won't stop until the end of the event. Last year, we raised more than our $1000 goal that way.

For more (and more detailed) information about the event and the participants, check out Zeldathon.com.

To get reminders about the event this weekend, or to spread the word, search for us on Facebook and invite yourself to our Facebook event.

To learn more about the NCAC, check out nationalCAC.org.

To donate, please check out Zeldathon.com during the event. There will be a donation widget, ChipIn.

About donations: If you donate, your money goes straight to the NCAC's PayPal account, which they've kindly set up for this event. Zeldathon members don't handle any of the donations personally, so none of your money will get "lost" in transit. Additionally, 100% of the donations go to the NCAC. While it would be supercool if we were getting paid to do this ... we are not.

About the games: The Legend of Zelda is a video game series from Nintendo that was originally released in 1986 with the NES game of the same name. Since then, Nintendo has released approximately 13 more games for various consoles. Due to technological and time constraints, we will be playing the 7 major console games: The Legend of Zelda (NES), The Adventure of Link (NES), A Link to the Past (SNES), Ocarina of Time (N64), Majora's Mask (N64), The Wind Waker (GC), and Twilight Princess (Wii). The games star the young adventurer Link, who typically must rescue the land of Hyrule and its Princess Zelda from the schemes of the evil Ganon (although it should be known that the details vary widely, game to game).

To my friends and acquaintances, I will personally be flying down to Miami, where the event is being held, on Friday evening. Sometime on Saturday, I will be kicking some serious ass on Ocarina of Time. I hope to get it done in less than 10 hours, which is my current time. I won't be staying the entire time, though; I will be leaving early Sunday afternoon so I can, you know, go to work on Monday.

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