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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.