Ethan’s Mini Marathon: lessons learnt

During the weekend just passed, myself and the rest of the Gamely Giving team participated in a 16-hour gaming marathon with the aim of raising as much awareness and money as possible for the amazing charity that is SpecialEffect. A huge thank you to those gorgeous people who joined us while we were live on Twitch!

This event was much shorter than our previous 72-hour stream back in April and, even though it ran a little more smoothly, it wasn’t without a few minor bumps. Here’s what our latest experience has taught me…

Sometimes real life gets in the way

Instagram, Pete, stream, Ethan's Mini Marathon, asleep

Despite us arranging this marathon after our last event three months ago, poor Nathan and Pete were required to go into work before their stream shifts as a result of real life getting in the way of gaming. This unfortunately left them both worn out – and Pete falling asleep on the sofa next to me during my own shift – but they bravely battled on and it made it through to the end of the 16-hours. Well done boys, I’m proud of you.

However much you test, you haven’t tested enough (part 2)

Instagram, Ethan, stream, Ethan's Mini Marathon,

During our last marathon, we experienced some pretty big technical issues at the start: my capture card decided to throw a proper wobbly during the first 90 minutes of the stream despite us testing for two weeks beforehand. I’m happy to report that there were no such problems this time and we think we’ve managed to figure out what’s going on; the damn thing hates hot-swaps and much prefers to be shut down completely. This means that if we ever attempt 72-hours again, I’m going to need to put some thought in getting around this.

Ethan and I think way too much alike

Instagram, Quiplash, stream, Ethan's Mini Marathon,

Anybody who tuned into either my own or Pete’s shift would have realised that my other-half makes up songs about everything: from cooking the dinner to cleaning the bathroom, there’s usually a tune to go along with it. It was therefore not much of a coincidence that both Ethan and I chose the same answer when we went head-to-head on a round of Quiplash – and now the entire world knows what really cracked the Liberty Bell.

877 blocks of TNT isn’t as impressive as you think

For every £1 donated during our fundraising efforts for SpecialEffect this year, Ethan has been placing a block of TNT on a tower in his Minecraft world with the intention of blowing it up at the end of last weekend’s marathon. You’d think that a structure made of 877 combustible blocks would cause a pretty impressive explosion, right? Take a look at the video opposite to see for yourself (apologies for the poor sound quality – a certain ten-year old was a little over-excited).

Trolls will turn up, even if it’s a charity event

Instagram, Twitch, chat, fake donation,, stream, Ethan's Mini Marathon,

When we completed our 72-hour marathon, there wasn’t a single viewer who displayed any kind of inappropriate behaviour; but there were three in the 16-hours completed on Saturday. These clever people thought it would be a great idea to enter fake donations into the Twitch chat – even though there’s no donate button on the Gamely Giving channel and we haven’t set up a PayPal link. CashVillain, jabby134 and Dunkz: for your stupidity, you’ve been banned.

Events like these are so worthwhile

Instagram, Twitch, Wotsits, crisps, keyboard, mouse,, stream, Ethan's Mini Marathon,

I can’t thank you lovely people enough for all of your support, and much love to Luke from Hudstrasse and Ian from Adventure Rules for chatting to us during the stream. A number of you also donated – it means so much to me and the rest of the team!

We’re currently sitting at a grand total of £877.90 for SpecialEffect and we’ve had so much fun getting here. The Gamely Giving JustGiving page will remain open until the end of the year if anyone would like to sponsor us and support the charity.

Once more, and from the bottom of my heart: thank you.   ❤

10 thoughts on “Ethan’s Mini Marathon: lessons learnt

  1. Congratulations to everyone on the Gamely Giving team, great event for a great cause! … Once again, sorry for ducking out of quiplash, I was enjoying the round until the varnish incident 😕… Which had a sequel later when it dripped a trail through the house through the bottom of a torn bin bag…

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  2. Jeez what kind of arsehole takes a charitable donation? What do they gain from it?
    Sorry for not being able to make t for the stream, during the only hour I had free in the day my earphone batteries gave out! I hope you enjoyed it!


    • Oh no worries, there’ll be other games in the future! 🙂

      As for the fake donations… such losers (I’d use a far worse alternative if there wasn’t a chance Ethan would ask to read this post on the weekend). The first one caught me a little off-guard because I’d never seen them before but from now on, it’s an instant ban.

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  3. Congrats on your event, I’m glad it went mostly well. Gaming for charity is always a feel good thing. I skipped ExtraLife last year but seeing your success with this, maybe this year, I’ll make it a family event and do it again.


    • Do it! Helping SpecialEffect this year and getting Ethan involved has been really good for him. He gave a little speech at the end of his stream about how much he likes the charity and helping other people. 😉

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  4. Oh man, I would have loved to see that moment where you both answered Pete’s singing in Quiplash, that sounds like it was hysterical! I certainly enjoyed his and Ethan’s musical renditions during Psychonauts – I do the same thing and my son is picking up on it, so it sounds like we’re all working hard on making sure the next generation carries on the tradition.


    • I’m going to make an album: ‘Pete and Ethan Sing the Hits’. It’ll be sold in every country across the globe to promote parent-child bonding, as well as make us millions.

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