We've been broadcasting Marathons since 2009.
There are nearly 650 hours (that's 27 days!) of recorded content.
Seventy-eight hours. $13,659.85 in donations for Free the Children. Nearly 100 pieces of Groose fanart (count 'em!).
A few weeks have passed since our second Legend of Zelda Marathon ended. While I still can't seem to get this dirty feeling of playing the CD-i Zelda games off myself, I'm constantly amazed at how well this event went. It was nearly a year since the last fundraiser ended in August (cut short by a run in with Hurricane Irene) so we were worried that nobody really would watch.
Well… you guys blew apart EVERY expectation we had. Your amazing generosity shattered our previous record donation total by over a thousand dollars and brought in more viewers than we've had in recent memory (even to the degree that the site crashed-- three times).
Not to mention, there's now a gigantic gallery of fanart you guys submitted, a brand new theme song made by up-and-coming musician Rory Powers and a bunch of other things to check out, including our… "dub" of the first Pokemon Episode recorded during 2011's Mop Up Marathon (made by EasterFerret), and Game Gent, our latest Marathon creation.
I really can't thank you guys enough for what was nothing short of an amazing weekend. It's difficult to put into words just how much it means to see so many people supporting our events year after year. What was once an idea that almost didn't quite happen (and was almost named "Charigamers" shudder) has become a great little internet community, responsible for raising nearly $92,000 for charity so far. Thanks for being awesome. (No, seriously-- you're the best.)
Of course, the fundraisers aren't just about a warm fuzzy feeling-- they're about making a difference somewhere. In this case, the second Legend of Zelda Marathon raised enough for Free the Children to fund the construction of
273 goats a schoolhouse, in addition to a school lunch program, school furnishings and supplies and teacher training programs, in a developing nation. ExtraLives.org is nothing without everybody's generosity so we're letting you guys decide where you'd like to see the school built.
Click read more for a rundown of the countries in which Free the Children operates, reasons why they need a schoolhouse, and a poll to cast your vote.
The countries where Free the Children currently is able to construct a schoolhouse are…
Kenya: (Note: We've already funded a schoolhouse here)
Sierra Leone: (Note: We've already funded a schoolhouse here)
Haiti: (Note: We've already funded a schoolhouse here)
Ecuador: (Note: We've already funded a schoolhouse here)
...and with all that being said, vote on which country you'd like to see the schoolhouse constructed in. The country with the most amount of votes by 11:59PM on July 31st will receive the school. There are no bad choices here and feel free to discuss your decision in the comments section.
Thanks again for all of your support-- you guys are nothing short of amazing!