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What’s a Zeldathon Like?

So we did it. 24 hours of playing Legend of Zelda and, although we didn’t hit our target, we raised money for a good cause. I’m feeling pretty chuffed with both myself and my brother, Chris. We did good!

The marathon began with a few technical problems which meant we couldn’t stream to YouTube. Instead we used Twitch.TV, and we’ll upload the video to YouTube for prosperity instead. Once that was agreed we dived straight into Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time! And the conversation got weird quickly.

We both love Ocarina of Time (in fact I would say it’s my favourite Zelda game) so we dived in with zest. Perhaps a little too much zest.

We did well for the first few hours and spirits were high. Although playing the game constantly did irritate us in an unexpected way.

We had originally hoped to finish both Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask. However when we found it had taken us four hours to finish three out of ten dungeons in Ocarina we began to realise that wasn’t going to happen. That was a shame – Chris has never completed Majora – but we soldiered on.

The Water Temple frayed our nerves somewhat and I admit I got rather annoyed with Dark Link and Z-targeting. I was definitely grumpy until Chris posted this gem!

But we made it through and, after an even more frustrating battle with Ganondorf, Ocarina of Time was in the bag! It took us very close to 17 hours and that didn’t even include any side quests. But we powered on and plugged in Majora’s Mask.

That’s when we started to flag.

4 AM is always the time when an all-nighter struggles most. We were frequently standing, walking around and drinking energy drinks. We certainly began to question why on Earth we were doing this and began to blame the other for the idea. And, being tired, we began to make mistakes.

We also began to get easily annoyed.

Sorry, Link!

But we needed to rally and somehow making fun of Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi seems to turn it around for us. After falling down a lot we finally rectified our mistakes and Chris beat our final boss fight! It was left to me to take us home, so I fetched our horse, Epona, so we could get the Zora mask and spend our last half an hour exploring the waters. And experimenting with control options.

All in all it was a great experience and we’re both surprised to find we’re not sick of the sight of Zelda. We’d quite happily play some more!

Our biggest thanks to those that sponsored us, we really appreciate every penny you donated. If you missed our stream, Chris will be posting video to the PandaPad YouTube Channel and if you want to donate any money I would recommend nipping over to the Child’s Play Charity website. It’s a good cause and they’ll make sure every penny you donate goes to helping these kids stuck in hospitals.

Charity Zeldathon for Child’s Play

I spent a few days in a hospital as a kid. I was about seven or eight and I’d had a pretty severe asthma attack. It was all a bit weird and lonely and scary. I remember feeling a little lost too. But they had a room full of games and toys. That was kind of cool. I liked that.

Child’s Play know that play can help distract a child from their unpleasant experience so they donate toys and games to hospitals. It’s a good cause and so my brother and I are going to be raising money for it with a Zeldathon.

That’s right, a Zeldathon! We’ll be sitting down to play Legend of Zelda for 24 hours straight! We’ll start with Ocarina of Time (my favourite!) and move onto Majora’s Mask. It’s a 21st Century and totally geeky test of endurance, skill and ability to put up with Tingle. We’ll be live tweeting as well as streaming video too, so you can listen to us curse and cry and wail over water dungeons…

The fun and games start at 10:00 GMT 20th July. We know there are so many people in your life asking you to sponsor them. But if you could spare a pound/dollar/unit of your currency then we’d really appreciate it. Please donate. You’ll be improving the lives of kids in hospital and and my brother and I will try to entertain you in exchange for your generosity.

24 hours of Zelda. It’s going to be legendary.

Update: If you can forgive that bad pun, you can now donate using the widget on the right of the page. Alternatively, you can donate using this link, which will take you to the Child’s Play website.