Voting for games has closed. Please visit this meta question to suggest goals for each game

This is going to be a lot easier to do in chat given the number of games. I've set up a chat room to use to discuss both what games we should play and what our goals should be for each game.

In the chat, please star top tag games you want to see us marathon and reply to the game name to suggest a goal for that game. At the end, I'll create a summary of everything here for reference.

Good games to vote for would be ones that:

  • Are easy to stream
  • Have obvious or good goals that can be set
  • Are more popular (higher on the list is a more popular tag)
  • One that you like and may be willing to play for the marathon
  • I think you need to figure out the format of the marathon, more importantly. Are you going to have a bunch of different streamers share the same account, or jump around to different accounts, or is there some way for a central person to restream various different perspectives? Kind of important when you have to decide which games to play.
    – Decency
    Commented Feb 11, 2013 at 7:38
  • Are we picking people to play each game after we pick games or what? I could definitely stream for a few of the currently high-starred games. Also are we doing twitch or what?
    – Ben Brocka
    Commented Feb 11, 2013 at 17:54
  • @Decency I still need to look into Twitch and what is actually possible through that, but that is my current goal. I'd like to have a master account and turn on/off streams from certain people at given times. Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 4:08
  • @BenBrocka Yes, the goal will be to set the games, then see who can play what and in what timezones everyone is. I'll do sign-ups for everything once we get the list (which, from chat, it looks like we aren't too far away from). Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 4:09
  • Progress Quest! Commented Feb 15, 2013 at 6:40

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I'd propose a marathon run. A singleplayer hardcore (or multiplayer hardcore) starting from spawn, and in the end defeating the Ender Dragon or the Wither.

  • 2
    Multiplayer, the more the better. I'm very happy to spend a little AWS credit on a beefy server for a few hours so that we can have a reliable, lag-free game.
    – fredley
    Commented Feb 11, 2013 at 9:40
  • Wouldn't that be fun? Better to have nonhardcore, so if you die, there's no worries, but starting from scratch and facing the enderdragon/wither in the end
    – childe
    Commented Feb 11, 2013 at 9:49
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    I think picking a good survival seed (e.g. island in the middle of the ocean with one tree) would make things interesting.
    – fredley
    Commented Feb 11, 2013 at 9:53
  • Could choose a mod pack people play, like FTB, and then set goals based on donations for tech level accomplishments. Could run an UHC match... Could play an adventure map where we swap in new players when they die in Hardcore mode.
    – James
    Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 2:14
  • Hey Everyone, if you all could vote and contribute in the chat, it would help me out. I'm trying to keep it all in one place and not have too many answers here. I'll summarize everything here after a little while so that we can know what is being played and what the goals are. Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 4:07


Marathon run through the game based upon pledge level to include side quests or X amount of random quests. Could also include DLC storylines and accomplishments in the tiered progression... Biggest problem I forsee with this one is resisting the Oh Shiny! mentality so driven into the game.


Diablo 3

Similar to Skyrim, and another high profile tag on the site. Runs from scratch to finish could be done and include a group of players to go through with as many of them streaming as desired. Pledge levels could unlock accomplishment of challenges within the game or made up by the community as well as a certain level of progression through the game.

  • Hey James, thanks for the contribution, but would you mind posting this in the chat linked in the question? Just makes it easier to keep it all in one spot for me to summarize later. Thanks Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 4:06

Voting has Finished

We have our list of games. They are:

  • Minecraft (12 votes)
  • Portal 2 (10 votes)
  • Terraria (8 votes)
  • Borderlands 2 (6 votes)

For 5th place, we have a 4-way tie. I'll be resolving this with my votes (since I couldn't vote). I'm picking one game, with one more as an optional extra stream event.

  • Starcraft 2 (4 votes) Removed. No one was signing up for it, so I'm pulling it from the list. We'll have enough to stream anyway.
  • Team Fortress 2 as a second stream feed if we have enough people (4 votes)

There were a few goals suggested, but we'll need some dedicated effort to decide on goals seeing as how we didn't get enough.

  • X-com and Zelda both had 4 votes aswell...
    – Lyrion
    Commented Feb 19, 2013 at 9:46

Borderlands 2

We could do some boss runs, especially raid bosses. We'd want to practice first, but I can volunteer a healing Siren for any main game/DLC raid boss. Optional killing methods include no cheap tactics (the bee, evil smasher exploit) or wacky killing methods (only certain types of guns or something silly).

Other BL2 ideas?

  • Why not play a play through on different difficulty levels? People will be watching to be entertained and .. well this game has a fairly entertaining story :)
    – James
    Commented Feb 13, 2013 at 19:23
  • @James it's also a rather long story, I'm not sure how well that would work. A glitch-free speedrun would still probably take several hours...
    – Ben Brocka
    Commented Feb 13, 2013 at 19:40
  • We are talking about a gaming marathon here, not a gaming sprint :D Heck I am considering a Skyrim Marathon afterall
    – James
    Commented Feb 13, 2013 at 20:52
  • Unless the marathon is literally multiple days I just don't see anyone completing a playthrough from start to finish
    – Ben Brocka
    Commented Feb 13, 2013 at 21:38
  • For wacky killing methods, sniper riffles only for 4 anarchy mechromancers
    – MBraedley
    Commented Feb 28, 2013 at 15:51

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