By Steve Wright
A team of avid Halo gamers -- and personal friends of the site, after PAX 2011 -- will be striving to raise as much money as possible for the UK Special Effect charity in a multi-day online Halo gaming event. In it, Paul, Dan and Gregg will live-stream their way through the entirety of the Halo game series -- including Halo Wars -- on "Legendary" difficulty.
The trio describe the Haloathon as "a battle of stamina as [we] attempt to complete the campaigns of the six Halo games in the console series back-to-back." Every second of the event will be streamed live from Thursday 19 July at 7pm BST on their event website -- www.haloathon.com.
The choice of charity for the event was an obvious one. "Special Effect is a charity that is dedicated to helping disabled people enjoy gaming in a way that would not be possible without their support. Altering, developing and adapting games aids people in hospitals, hospices, special schools and more to enhance their quality of life using technology," said Gregg.
Donations are encouraged from viewers through the website, and will go directly to Special Effect. In return for those donations, viewers can expect to be entertained "by not just the gameplay, but also games, competitions and huge giveaways throughout the event," said Gregg.
"Haloathon is very focused on making viewer interaction a big part of the fundraiser," Gregg added.
There are also some neat bonuses tied to the event this year. A limited edition copy of Halo 2, signed by the Bungie team that worked on the title, will be auctioned off on eBay at 10pm Tuesday (so, around about now, Aussie gamers!) to kick off the the event. Of course, 100% of the proceeds going to Special Effect.
"This very special collectors item was donated to the team by Vic DeLeon, a level design artist at Halofest 2011 and is signed by the Bungie staff who worked on the game, some of whom are now working on Halo 4. The auction will end during day 2 of the live event going to the highest bidder," confirmed Gregg.
Though this is a UK-based event, Stevivor.com encourages anyone with an interest in Halo to band together and support a very worthy cause and wishes the boys good luck for their attempt next week.