Gamers for godlessness update!

Oh man, so much good!

First, what are we doing?  Jason Thibeault from the Lousy Canuck blog and I are going to be playing retro games for 24 straight freaking hours on Saturday!  We’ll be live-streaming our lovely faces along with our games.  We’ll be talking about all kinds of interesting stuff from atheism to politics to gaming history, and we’ll be taking call-ins, email questions, etc.  We’re doing this to raise money for Camp Quest and the Women in Secularism conference.

On Saturday, starting at noon EST, the live-feed will be embedded here on this blog as well as on Jason’s blog.

I’ve spent some time seeing if we can run some of the arcade games from my youth which I never got to beat because it cost too many damn quarters.  Old school arcades will be playing include:

  • NBA Jam/NBA Hangtime
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Street Fighter II
  • Aliens vs. Predator
  • Battle Circuit
  • Smash TV
  • R-Type LEO
  • Cyberbots
  • Ninja Baseball Batman
  • Altered Beast
  • Contra
  • The Simpsons
  • Turtles in Time
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara
  • Ninja Commando

Yes, Ninja Baseball Batman exists, and it’s 4-player.

And Altered Beast?  That game took so many of my quarters as a kid!

I know for sure that we’ll have 4-player Simpsons going on with me, Jason, the CFI‘s Debbie Goddard, and Russel Glasser of the Atheist Experience (who is getting ready for the challenge!).  As far as other games go, we’re looking at:

  • River City Ransom
  • Mario Kart
  • Mega Man (whichever ones we feel like)
  • Sonic (ditto)

I’m still putting together a list of ways people can pledge money.  So far I have:

  • Sonic 2: betting on which of us can get through Emerald Hill Zone 1 the fastest.
  • Pledge one penny per second for Mega Man 2 based on the following formula: 10 minutes minus how long it takes me to beat Flash Man’s stage.
  • Pledge one dollar for every stage we can get through in contra using only three lives.
  • $5 let’s you choose my character in a game (think Street Fighter II or Mortal Kombat), and I will play with that character until I win.  I will disclose which characters I suck with (Chun Li).
  • Pick a level in the Simpsons Arcade and pledge $5 minus however many lives one of us loses on that level.

If there are any topics you want to hear discussed during the live-cast, leave them in the comments.  Also leave any games you’d like to see played or any challenges that might move you to make a pledge.

We’re also working on Smash Brothers and Mario Party for the N64, which is about as advanced as we can go and still call it retro gaming.  I hope you’ll swing by this weekend and chill with us.  And help spread the word: I want the company (I’m terrible at staying up all night, I like my sleep) and more donors would be awesome!

Here’s the donations widget!

CHARITY: Humanist family’s 10 year old daughter has a brain tumor. Let’s help with expenses.
GAMING: My brother and I holding the line by kiting forever.
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.

  • Loqi

    (I’m terrible at staying up all night, I like my sleep)
    Don’t worry, I’ll be there for you. Not sleeping for long stretches is my forte (current streak is 2 nights).

  • http://- GD

    Hey JT, I would really like to get some kind of group going for League of Legends. I’m guessing there must be at least a couple of us out there who play it. All we really need to do is join a ‘Godless’ channel together and we can hook up for matchmaking. How to get the word out?

    -Ingame tag: SuPaH SqUiShY (yea, ima get that changed soon… was not in a serious mood when I made this :p)

    • Avicenna

      I wouldn’t mind joining in. Look for AvicennaLast…


    • Katherine Lorraine, Chaton de la Mort

      This would be fun! If you want a giant LoL game, I’ll be there.


  • Aegis

    In a similar vein, if there are godless D&D Online players out there (something I’ve only just become myself) who haven’t already begun a guild, it might be an idea…

    • Aegis

      (Should’ve mentioned – if anyone does fancy this – or if one already exists – I’d love to know, so *please* contact me under character name Lithonion. ^_^)

  • NightRaith

    It’s not retro really, but if you enjoy sonic games I’d recommend Sonic Generations. It’s a combination of new 3D sonic and old side scrolling sonic with updated graphics

  • Jacob

    If any of you that see this play on Steam, I’ve set up a group so we can all get together and play a round.

    Feel free to join up. :D