Retro gaming fundraiser for atheism!

Jason Thibeault and I are gearing up for a fundraiser toward the end of this month.  We’ll be hopping onto ustream for 24 hours straight, taking audience questions, and talking about religion.

Oh, and we’ll also be playing retro video games the whole time.

River City Ransom?  Oh hell yes.

Bubble Bobble?  Evil will perish in eight glorious bits.

Contra?  Life Force?  Tetris Vs (Jason might own me at that)?  TMNT?  Kirby Superstar?  We want ‘em all!  But no Battletoads.  Fuck that game.

We’ll also be having celebrity atheist guests throughout the day and have a few already signed on.  :)

Half of the proceeds will go to Jason’s pet charity for the event, Secular Woman, and the other half will go to my pet organization for the day, Camp Quest.  I’ll be throwing out more details as the month progresses.

Which retro co-op games would you like to see played?  The first person to say “Toejam and Earl” gets points for nostalgia, but gets a demerit for wanting to torture us.  Ditto for Zombies Ate My Neighbors.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Drew

    double dragon

  • invivoMark

    Gauntlet? Joust? Something else like that where you can fuck over your friends (since you refuse to do Battletoads). Am I just evil? Probably.

  • Amanda Metskas

    Maniac Mansion! And OMG, I’m so in for Bubble Bobble!

    Thanks JT and Jason!

    • Stogoe

      Woo! Maniac Mansion! That game revived my love of adventure games when Zork had all but crushed it.

  • Nicole Introvert

    Whaaa? Toejam and Earl is the best!! Bart’s Nightmare was always one of my favorites. And what is wrong with Battletoads? You should play Rampage and Punch Out for sure.

  • Kaoru Negisa

    Blaster Master. You can switch off whenever one of you dies, so every minute or so we have a new player.

    Also, maybe you can figure out what the hell is going on in that game. I get that there’s a frog that gets irradiated and turns huge, and some weird underground world, and a tank from apparently nowhere. Beyond that, I have no clue.

  • Adam Shelton

    Yeah, what’s wrong with Toe Jam & Earl? So many of the birthday slumber parties of my youth were spent with a rented Sega Genesis, TJ&E and Sonic 2. So much racing down a halfpipe while collecting rings/avoiding bombs…. mmm….

    And don’t overthink it. Mario 3. Time to re-enact the Wizard! If one of you plays with the Power Glove, all the money.

  • eric

    N.A.R.C. Just got that one because my friend has been begging us to play it.

  • Loqi

    Super Mario…the hard version.

  • Joe T

    Original duck hunt? And i used to love super Mario 2 because it was all weird and you could dig up turnips.

    And yeah, this totally made me smile :-p

  • OmniZ

    Are you in the same meatspace location and playing on the same machine? If so, Dr. Mario. :D

    Also, for the love of FSM, play some Adventures of Lolo. Just thinking about it I want to go home and play it.

  • Nate Frein

    I’d say Little Nemo…but unfortunately it doesn’t have a two player mode.

  • Mare Lacraimarum

    I know it is a bit new, but I would love to watch you guys play The Binding of Issac. It’s an old school style rogue-like RPG, with elements of the original Legend of Zelda and old school shooters. It has an interesting religious theme and concepts that would be great for discussion. Anyone agree?

  • Nothing

    An AVGN video in a WWJTD post. Mind blown…

  • JHendrix

    Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, if you want to stay old-school! Or, if you’re hardcore enough, King of Fighters – pick a year (I recommend 98).

  • ZeLinator

    I suggest any of the Metal Slug series, if you can find a good port.

  • Jason Thibeault

    Ohhh yes, two-player vs fighting games if we can get them to work.

    We need to experiment with the internet connectivity between us, but it’ll all be done from my new Pixel Altar desktop over the intertubes with JT connecting to me via emulators and Skype.

    We’ll almost certainly do guest call-ins.

    Also, I beat Zombies, beginning to end, single player. As long as you weren’t trying to use passwords and thus resetting your inventory every damn time, it’s a relatively easy game.

  • Wes

    Best pre-Borderlands co-op game ever: The Secret of Mana

  • unbound

    Head to head action in a classic world…how about Discs of Tron?

  • Stogoe

    Rush’n’ Attack! Or World Class Track Meet!

  • kagekiri

    Smash TV! Classic top-down arena shooting on the SNES.

    Oooh, or Cyborg Justice (random Sega Genesis game I played the snot out of) if you’re looking for weird beat-em-ups. You’re cyborgs, so you can literally rip off and use enemy’s limbs or sap their torsos of health if you’ve already ripped off their arms and legs. Nothing like ripping off a dude’s arm just to throw it back at his face or stick it in your arm socket to flamethrower him…

    There’s also that co-op Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck game for Genesis that used to consume hours of my childhood…good stuff.

  • James Landis

    This reminds me of the Speed Run charity event. ( Same exact concept, only the games are run as fast as possible!