The Lame Game Marathon

Dan Camilleri, James Camilleri, Mark Dawes and Luke Wigley all love good video games - but it's easy to like good video games. To support the UNHCR with their efforts combating the drought and famine being suffered by people in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti these four guys are playing the worst games they can find in order to raise money to help.

Us gamers have got it pretty good when you think about it. We can have a good session of Gears sitting on our couches, playing our shiny expensive consoles on our shiny expensive TV's, only stopping to get a drink or something to eat before jumping back in front of the screen to keep on playing, all without even really thinking about how lucky we really are to have these seemingly simple comforts.

In East Africa however, the situation is about as bad as it can possibly get as they are in the middle of the worst drought in 60 years. Sure, in Australia we're no strangers to drought, but the situation in East Africa has reached the point of being the worst food security crisis in the world today. Drought, famine & conflict are plaguing Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti with 12.4 million people, more than half the Australian population, being affected by the devastating crisis, including over 4.14 million children. Because of this, two major emergencies are developing in the region – one in over crowded camps for Somali refugees and another in the drought affected villages where lack of water, failed crops and dying livestock has resulted in a lack on food.

Unprecedented levels of malnutrition are noted among new arrivals to the refugee camps with families telling Foreign Aid teams horrific stories of young children dying of starvation and exhaustion on their journey to reach safety. Tragically, many children arriving in the camp are severely malnourished and despite receiving immediate emergency care and therapeutic feeding, they often die within 24 hours.

It may seem like we're a world away from the crisis in Africa, but that doesn't mean we can't do something to help, and that's what we're trying to do. If we can motivate as many gamers, as well as friends, family, co-workers and anyone else a gamer may have contact with to donate to this cause, then together we can hopefully make a much bigger difference than we ever hoped to make on our own.

For more info on how to support these guys head to their website here, or follow them on Twitter and Facebook. They plan to livestream the whole event through their website kicking off on September 17.

It's a great idea, and a great cause. Kudos to these guys for seriously trying to make a difference.


    Love you <3

    Good luck guys! I'll tune in during the stream : )

      My advice, tune in around 5am when fatigue ad frustration starts to kick in ;)

    This is going to suuuuuuck.... for us.

    For you all it'll probably be hilarious :)

    It's a great idea because you're more likely to get money by playing bad games than good,just from people feeling sorry for you. I have no idea how you're going to survive though!

    Can't forget the Phfor!

      Are they actually playing marathon, or are you just throwing that in for the sake of it?

        " Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti " + Marathon in the title led me down that train of thought..

    Is your plan to stream video of you as you play, video of the game with your voice over, or a mixture of the two, out of curiosity?

      Video capture for the games, plus webcams of us. Switch between all of us, have some picture-in-picture happening. We are also having friends over to host, to break it up a bit.

      We're fine-tuning the tech, but the plan is to stream video of us playing as well as a direct feed of what we are playing.

      We'll also have commentators keeping people entertained and informed along the way as we play through some shocking games ;)

        Cheers guys, if you want a guest appearance of my beautiful voice over skype all you need to do is ask!

        You mean you don't want that, and it was an exceedingly arrogant thing to say? Pshh, whatever.

          That's actually not a bad idea, can almost be like a radio station taking calls on air.

            I'm more than willing to join in with that, TeamSpeak is a pretty nifty resource.

              I'll look at what I can organise. I actually have my own 25 slot Vent server

                TeamSpeak would work if you want to just get a bunch of the regulars from here in pretty hassle-free, because a lot of us are on TS already.

                Skype might work better if you're pulling one or two at a time.

                Vent I'm not familiar with, so can't really say how that would work.

                  I'll get our tech guy to look into it :P
                  But yeah, I'd be keen for stuff like that. People been jump on, ask us questions. We can ask you guys things like worst games you've ever played etc. Will help fill the steam up instead of just us weeping

    Awww i'm going to know famous people!!

    I'll be tuning in for sure!

    What is the worst N64 game? by review score?

      You'd think it was Superman 64 but it turns out it was actually Carmageddon 64....which we will also be playing.

    This shall be excellent. Or terrible. Depending on your perspective.

    I'll try to remember to watch and donate.

    Come on guys, not game enough to take on ET?

      Wanted to keep it to PC, 360 and N64 without having to run an emulator or anything :)

        wasn't there another particularly terrible ET game released on Windows PCs some years back?

      Actually ET is surprisingly hard to track down in Australia without paying a ton on international shipping.

        I'll send you a copy and an Atari if you're keen?

    Can't watch the video at work...what games are in store? Saw Superman 64 on the site, playing that alone should be worth a $10,000 donation.

      We'll announce a few different titles as time progresses :)
      The video was just an intro of us shopping and planning really :P none of those were set in stone.

    Lol. Whilst I enjoy playing bad games because I can always have a good laugh at their total lameness I don't know how I'd go having to play them for extended periods. Well done guys, glad to see you are supporting such a worthwhile cause. I don't think a lot of people realise how bad the situation really is in East Africa at the moment, we get so bombarded with "Africa Crisis" stories that I think a lot of people unfortunately tune out :( But to put it in perspective I think it was something close to the populations of NSW and VIC combined are facing starvation.

      Thanks Misato, we can have a laugh about the games and our efforts to survive them, but the charity is definitely worthwhile.

      We're also fighting the idea of "Charity Fatigue" which is floating around at the moment where after so many problems in the world lately needing domations (earthquakes in QLD and Japan for example), people just feel like they've given enough. While I don't think many people do it intentionally, it does become too easy to just tune it all out as "just another crisis".

      Hopefully we can break through that mentalitly though and help make some more people concious of the problems East Africa is facing at the moment.

    Awesome. I'll chip in for sure.

    Also, killer Sonic/Mario tattoo's.

    Goodluck to you all. Especially you bro.

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