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19th Sep '13 10:16:00 AM justanid
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[[http://www.thespeedgamers.com/ The Speed Gamers]] are a group of people based out of Texas, who run marathons of video games to raise money for charity. As the name implies, these gamers don't just play the games, they try to complete them as quickly as possible, and on a live feed without tool assistance. The site also includes podcasts, a Twitter feed, and a massive fan-art section. They have grown an amazingly active community that rallies behind them, advertising on news sites and forums across the Internet. Notably, TSG has been featured in an article at [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/issues/issue_190/5788-High-Scores-for-Hope The Escapist]], as well as covered on [[http://cbs11tv.com/technology/gaming.marathon.video.2.1095700.html CBS]] and [[http://www.nbcdfw.com/around-town/archive/Video-Game-Rock-Stars.html NBC]]. In the past few months, they have started to produce original content, including Vlogs, artwork, and reviews.

So far, they have raised over $250,000 (USD) for various charities with the following marathons:

* VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda - $1090.00 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
* VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda - $1450.75 for Giggles Therapy
* {{Metroid}} - $6123.79 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
* Horror Marathon - $1060.00 for Lupus Foundation of America
* {{Pokemon}} - $5923.69 for ACT Today
* VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda - $6235.39 for Ally's House
* VideoGame/{{Mother}} - $10450 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' - $50734.63 for ACT Today
* VideoGame/MegaMan - $7188.06 for Earthday.net
* VideoGame/ResidentEvil (Halloween) - $8349.54 for Diabetes Research and Wellness
* {{Pokemon}} - $18358.96 for Ally's House
* {{Metroid}} - $11465 for Halton Autistic Family Support Group
* VideoGame/{{Mother}} - $10749.32 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure
* SuperMarioBros - $57399 for ACT Today
* Franchise/AssassinsCreed[=/=]Franchise/PrinceOfPersia - $10550.04 for Gulf Restoration Network
* {{Castlevania}} - $10714.50 for Rocking H Ranch
* KingdomHearts - $10207 for Best Friends Animal Society
* {{Pokemon}} (first two generations) - $15394.03 for ALS research
* {{Metroid}} - $8251.85 for Japan earthquake relief

They have also ran several marathons for other causes or to thank the community for their continued support. These include:
* SuperMarioBros
* VideoGame/{{Mother}} - Lobbying for Mother 3's release in America
* {{Halo}}
* VideoGame/MetalGearSolid
* VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda - To support ACT Today in the Pepsi Refresh Project
* {{Earthbound}} auction - For The Michael J Fox Foundation

Pending marathons:
* StarWars - Summer 2011
* VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda - Winter 2011
* {{Pokemon}} - Summer 2012

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!!!This group provides examples of the following tropes:
* AndYourRewardIsClothes - Prizes are given out to fanartists and top donators, including t-shirts and hats in the past.
* AnnouncerChatter - One of the main attractions is the commentators, who'll do almost anything for a donation.
** And when we mean anything, we do mean anything. One stunt they're going to to be doing soon as a reward for reaching a goal for their HQ is to carry Oscar (Who, to be honest, isn't the lightest guy in the world, although he's still awesome) on their back and walk a mile.
* AscendedExtra - Phil volunteered to play Twilight Princess when their scheduled player couldn't do it. He's been a core member ever since.
* CombinedEnergyAttack - Commentators will often call for the viewers to lend their energy to the player in difficult situations.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome - One from a donator. During the 2010 Mario Marathon, one gimmick to raise donations was that after the scheduled ending, a certain amount raised would "purchase" an extra 2 hours of marathon. During one period, there was only a few minutes to go before time expired and the goal to add more time was seemingly out of sight... and a single, anonymous donator gave $1000, enough to keep the show going.
** Awesome, but only enough with a couple more $100+ donations. They reached the checkpoint with over two hundred dollars surplus. Either way, this troper was too stunned and in awe to be mad about not being able to go to bed.
** During the climax of the [[{{Earthbound}} Mr. Saturn]] Black Friday auction, it boiled down to a bidding war between three users. They only had five minutes to bid, but whenever someone would bid, the timer would be reset. This lasted for at least ahalf hour or so before it finally ended.
** Like the above comment, a certain [[http://www.youtube.com/user/xSilentDeathKillx Ammar]] donated a total of $2455--almost 1/4 of the entire amount--for the ''Kingdom Hearts'' marathon via auctions, winning bets with $600, $705, $1100, and $50.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny and CrowningMusicOfAwesome : [[ItMakesSenseInContext Burritos put me on the toilet]]. Cute Girls put me on the toilet.
** Pretty much every time [[{{HurricaneOfPuns}} Toast]] opens his mouth. Doubly so when [[{{DeadpanSnarker}} Ana]] is involved.
*** The Castlevania marathon was particularly hilarious with those two, with the Castlevania 64 voice acting, the Paris Hilton book (turned UpToEleven with Toast doing it in his [[Franchise/MetalGear Snake]] voice), and then the reading of some SoBadItsGood[=/=]Horrible fanfictions. And then finally, there is the moment where Ana has a special surprise for when the target is reached. Only Toast doesn't seem to know what it is. When they reach it: [[spoiler: Ana actually ends up planting on Toast's lips.]] Could be called FoeYay considering how Toast seems to enjoy torturing Ana with his puns.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming - The end of the [[{{Earthbound}} Mr. Saturn]] Black Friday auction, in which flabbergasted Fangamer staff member Reid could only muster this, written on a blackboard:
-->''There are no words. Thank you.''
* DeepFriedWhatever - This trope managed to possess the IRC chat for a good half day.
* EatThat - Scorpion suckers, vegemite, hair sandwiches, incredibly spicy peppers...
* EnsembleDarkhorse - Brea, arguably. His job makes it difficult to show up for many marathons, but when he does, he has a HUGE following.
** Some of the chat mods could qualify as this. People like MiniKitty rarely appear, but when she does the response is massive.
* ElectricTorture - Introduced in Mario Marathon 2012, thanks to an electronic massage machine.
* ExtyYearsFromNow - "In the Year 3000..."
* FanArt - Gwellin suffers from terminal fanartitis. If you don't draw, he'll die!
* HeyItsThatGuy - Several [[ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability notable]] people have joined the SG group, including {{Lets Play}}ers {{LetsPlay/Chuggaaconroy}} and LetsPlay/ProtonJon.
* HurricaneOfPuns - During collaborative Skype commentaries, Toast (and to a lesser extent, Tyler Worth) have a lot of fun bombarding Anatotitan with puns.
** During the Metroid 2011 Marathon, Tyler initiated "Operation Van Der Tweet", where the community members flooded actor James Van Der Beek's twitter with puns of his last name. It was a [[https://twitter.com/vanderjames/status/67810107681026048 huge success.]]
* MemeticMutation - "5 more minutes..."
** The community seem to have an abundant of in-jokes and memes relating to the marathons. Phil's hat being one of the most prominent of them all. Just check their wiki for a look at some of them.
* MoralEventHorizon- Crossed when they started holding Babies for ransom in Super Scribblenauts for donations. Played for laughs of course.
* MustHaveCaffeine - Well, when you're playing games for a dozen hours at a time...
* NiceHat - Phil's hat is a community meme unto itself. Also, Gwellin and his Canada hat.
* PungeonMaster - Toast
* QuipToBlack - Mostly imitating ''{{CSI}}'' (Caruso variety.)
* RunningGag - Every time a person asks how old they have to be to join TheSpeedGamers, the age requirement goes up.
* {{Speedrun}} - The overall premise of their gaming marathons.
* ThatOneBoss - The Speed Gamers have faced a number of bosses that have set their goal time back several hours.
** Most humorously when they went against Exdeath at the end of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', wherein they spent over an hour trying a tactic that had been removed in the GBA version by accident. ''Oops.''
** Another notable example was [[ChainOfMemories Vexen.]] Put both fights together and you have almost two hours of failed attempts.
* ThatOneSidequest: [[GottaCatchThemAll Catching 'em all]] is hard enough, but their first Pokémon marathon of 2011 included an additional challenge: Every single Pokémon from the first two generations, in the PC boxes, in National Pokédex order. [[OlympusMons Celebi]] alone took ''hours'' to catch.
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[[http://www.thespeedgamers.com/ The Speed Gamers]] are a group of people based out of Texas, who run marathons of video games to raise money for charity. As the name implies, these gamers don't just play the games, they try to complete them as quickly as possible, and on a live feed without tool assistance. The site also includes podcasts, a Twitter feed, and a massive fan-art section. They have grown an amazingly active community that rallies behind them, advertising on news sites and forums across the Internet. Notably, TSG has been featured in an article at [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/issues/issue_190/5788-High-Scores-for-Hope The Escapist]], as well as covered on [[http://cbs11tv.com/technology/gaming.marathon.video.2.1095700.html CBS]] and [[http://www.nbcdfw.com/around-town/archive/Video-Game-Rock-Stars.html NBC]]. In the past few months, they have started to produce original content, including Vlogs, artwork, and reviews.

So far, they have raised over $250,000 (USD) for various charities with the following marathons:

* VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda - $1090.00 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
* VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda - $1450.75 for Giggles Therapy
* {{Metroid}} - $6123.79 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
* Horror Marathon - $1060.00 for Lupus Foundation of America
* {{Pokemon}} - $5923.69 for ACT Today
* VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda - $6235.39 for Ally's House
* VideoGame/{{Mother}} - $10450 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' - $50734.63 for ACT Today
* VideoGame/MegaMan - $7188.06 for Earthday.net
* VideoGame/ResidentEvil (Halloween) - $8349.54 for Diabetes Research and Wellness
* {{Pokemon}} - $18358.96 for Ally's House
* {{Metroid}} - $11465 for Halton Autistic Family Support Group
* VideoGame/{{Mother}} - $10749.32 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure
* SuperMarioBros - $57399 for ACT Today
* Franchise/AssassinsCreed[=/=]Franchise/PrinceOfPersia - $10550.04 for Gulf Restoration Network
* {{Castlevania}} - $10714.50 for Rocking H Ranch
* KingdomHearts - $10207 for Best Friends Animal Society
* {{Pokemon}} (first two generations) - $15394.03 for ALS research
* {{Metroid}} - $8251.85 for Japan earthquake relief

They have also ran several marathons for other causes or to thank the community for their continued support. These include:
* SuperMarioBros
* VideoGame/{{Mother}} - Lobbying for Mother 3's release in America
* {{Halo}}
* VideoGame/MetalGearSolid
* VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda - To support ACT Today in the Pepsi Refresh Project
* {{Earthbound}} auction - For The Michael J Fox Foundation

Pending marathons:
* StarWars - Summer 2011
* VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda - Winter 2011
* {{Pokemon}} - Summer 2012

----
!!!This group provides examples of the following tropes:
* AndYourRewardIsClothes - Prizes are given out to fanartists and top donators, including t-shirts and hats in the past.
* AnnouncerChatter - One of the main attractions is the commentators, who'll do almost anything for a donation.
** And when we mean anything, we do mean anything. One stunt they're going to to be doing soon as a reward for reaching a goal for their HQ is to carry Oscar (Who, to be honest, isn't the lightest guy in the world, although he's still awesome) on their back and walk a mile.
* AscendedExtra - Phil volunteered to play Twilight Princess when their scheduled player couldn't do it. He's been a core member ever since.
* CombinedEnergyAttack - Commentators will often call for the viewers to lend their energy to the player in difficult situations.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome - One from a donator. During the 2010 Mario Marathon, one gimmick to raise donations was that after the scheduled ending, a certain amount raised would "purchase" an extra 2 hours of marathon. During one period, there was only a few minutes to go before time expired and the goal to add more time was seemingly out of sight... and a single, anonymous donator gave $1000, enough to keep the show going.
** Awesome, but only enough with a couple more $100+ donations. They reached the checkpoint with over two hundred dollars surplus. Either way, this troper was too stunned and in awe to be mad about not being able to go to bed.
** During the climax of the [[{{Earthbound}} Mr. Saturn]] Black Friday auction, it boiled down to a bidding war between three users. They only had five minutes to bid, but whenever someone would bid, the timer would be reset. This lasted for at least ahalf hour or so before it finally ended.
** Like the above comment, a certain [[http://www.youtube.com/user/xSilentDeathKillx Ammar]] donated a total of $2455--almost 1/4 of the entire amount--for the ''Kingdom Hearts'' marathon via auctions, winning bets with $600, $705, $1100, and $50.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny and CrowningMusicOfAwesome : [[ItMakesSenseInContext Burritos put me on the toilet]]. Cute Girls put me on the toilet.
** Pretty much every time [[{{HurricaneOfPuns}} Toast]] opens his mouth. Doubly so when [[{{DeadpanSnarker}} Ana]] is involved.
*** The Castlevania marathon was particularly hilarious with those two, with the Castlevania 64 voice acting, the Paris Hilton book (turned UpToEleven with Toast doing it in his [[Franchise/MetalGear Snake]] voice), and then the reading of some SoBadItsGood[=/=]Horrible fanfictions. And then finally, there is the moment where Ana has a special surprise for when the target is reached. Only Toast doesn't seem to know what it is. When they reach it: [[spoiler: Ana actually ends up planting on Toast's lips.]] Could be called FoeYay considering how Toast seems to enjoy torturing Ana with his puns.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming - The end of the [[{{Earthbound}} Mr. Saturn]] Black Friday auction, in which flabbergasted Fangamer staff member Reid could only muster this, written on a blackboard:
-->''There are no words. Thank you.''
* DeepFriedWhatever - This trope managed to possess the IRC chat for a good half day.
* EatThat - Scorpion suckers, vegemite, hair sandwiches, incredibly spicy peppers...
* EnsembleDarkhorse - Brea, arguably. His job makes it difficult to show up for many marathons, but when he does, he has a HUGE following.
** Some of the chat mods could qualify as this. People like MiniKitty rarely appear, but when she does the response is massive.
* ElectricTorture - Introduced in Mario Marathon 2012, thanks to an electronic massage machine.
* ExtyYearsFromNow - "In the Year 3000..."
* FanArt - Gwellin suffers from terminal fanartitis. If you don't draw, he'll die!
* HeyItsThatGuy - Several [[ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability notable]] people have joined the SG group, including {{Lets Play}}ers {{LetsPlay/Chuggaaconroy}} and LetsPlay/ProtonJon.
* HurricaneOfPuns - During collaborative Skype commentaries, Toast (and to a lesser extent, Tyler Worth) have a lot of fun bombarding Anatotitan with puns.
** During the Metroid 2011 Marathon, Tyler initiated "Operation Van Der Tweet", where the community members flooded actor James Van Der Beek's twitter with puns of his last name. It was a [[https://twitter.com/vanderjames/status/67810107681026048 huge success.]]
* MemeticMutation - "5 more minutes..."
** The community seem to have an abundant of in-jokes and memes relating to the marathons. Phil's hat being one of the most prominent of them all. Just check their wiki for a look at some of them.
* MoralEventHorizon- Crossed when they started holding Babies for ransom in Super Scribblenauts for donations. Played for laughs of course.
* MustHaveCaffeine - Well, when you're playing games for a dozen hours at a time...
* NiceHat - Phil's hat is a community meme unto itself. Also, Gwellin and his Canada hat.
* PungeonMaster - Toast
* QuipToBlack - Mostly imitating ''{{CSI}}'' (Caruso variety.)
* RunningGag - Every time a person asks how old they have to be to join TheSpeedGamers, the age requirement goes up.
* {{Speedrun}} - The overall premise of their gaming marathons.
* ThatOneBoss - The Speed Gamers have faced a number of bosses that have set their goal time back several hours.
** Most humorously when they went against Exdeath at the end of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', wherein they spent over an hour trying a tactic that had been removed in the GBA version by accident. ''Oops.''
** Another notable example was [[ChainOfMemories Vexen.]] Put both fights together and you have almost two hours of failed attempts.
* ThatOneSidequest: [[GottaCatchThemAll Catching 'em all]] is hard enough, but their first Pokémon marathon of 2011 included an additional challenge: Every single Pokémon from the first two generations, in the PC boxes, in National Pokédex order. [[OlympusMons Celebi]] alone took ''hours'' to catch.
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16th Apr '13 6:37:27 AM Prfnoff
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* Franchise/AssassinsCreed[=/=]PrinceOfPersia - $10550.04 for Gulf Restoration Network

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* Franchise/AssassinsCreed[=/=]PrinceOfPersia Franchise/AssassinsCreed[=/=]Franchise/PrinceOfPersia - $10550.04 for Gulf Restoration Network
23rd Mar '13 1:39:43 PM DJVinylScratch
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* HeyItsThatGuy - Several [[ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability notable]] people have joined the SG group, including {{Lets Play}}ers {{LetsPlay/Chuggaaconroy}} and {{ProtonJon}}.

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* HeyItsThatGuy - Several [[ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability notable]] people have joined the SG group, including {{Lets Play}}ers {{LetsPlay/Chuggaaconroy}} and {{ProtonJon}}.LetsPlay/ProtonJon.
16th Feb '13 12:00:14 PM nombretomado
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* FinalFantasy - $50734.63 for ACT Today

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* FinalFantasy ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' - $50734.63 for ACT Today



** Most humorously when they went against Exdeath at the end of FinalFantasyV, wherein they spent over an hour trying a tactic that had been removed in the GBA version by accident. ''Oops.''

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** Most humorously when they went against Exdeath at the end of FinalFantasyV, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', wherein they spent over an hour trying a tactic that had been removed in the GBA version by accident. ''Oops.''
13th Jan '13 5:15:40 PM Mullon
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*** The Castlevania marathon was particularly hilarious with those two, with the Castlevania 64 voice acting, the Paris Hilton book (turned UpToEleven with Toast doing it in his [[{{MetalGearSolid}} Snake]] voice), and then the reading of some SoBadItsGood[=/=]Horrible fanfictions. And then finally, there is the moment where Ana has a special surprise for when the target is reached. Only Toast doesn't seem to know what it is. When they reach it: [[spoiler: Ana actually ends up planting on Toast's lips.]] Could be called FoeYay considering how Toast seems to enjoy torturing Ana with his puns.

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*** The Castlevania marathon was particularly hilarious with those two, with the Castlevania 64 voice acting, the Paris Hilton book (turned UpToEleven with Toast doing it in his [[{{MetalGearSolid}} [[Franchise/MetalGear Snake]] voice), and then the reading of some SoBadItsGood[=/=]Horrible fanfictions. And then finally, there is the moment where Ana has a special surprise for when the target is reached. Only Toast doesn't seem to know what it is. When they reach it: [[spoiler: Ana actually ends up planting on Toast's lips.]] Could be called FoeYay considering how Toast seems to enjoy torturing Ana with his puns.
13th Jan '13 5:10:44 PM Mullon
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* MetalGearSolid

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* MetalGearSolidVideoGame/MetalGearSolid
14th Dec '12 5:24:10 PM PantaroP
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** Some of the chat mods could qualify as this. People like MiniKitty rarely appear, but when she does the response is massive.



** Some of the chat mods could qualify as this. People like MiniKitty rarely appear, but when she does the response is massive.
14th Dec '12 5:23:50 PM PantaroP
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* ElectricTorture - Introduced in Mario Marathon 2012, thanks to an electronic massage machine.
15th Nov '12 8:03:32 AM Mullon
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* ResidentEvil (Halloween) - $8349.54 for Diabetes Research and Wellness

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* ResidentEvil VideoGame/ResidentEvil (Halloween) - $8349.54 for Diabetes Research and Wellness
12th Nov '12 11:55:55 AM EarlOfSandvich
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* {{Mother}} - $10450 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure

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* {{Mother}} VideoGame/{{Mother}} - $10450 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure



* {{Mother}} - $10749.32 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure

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* {{Mother}} VideoGame/{{Mother}} - $10749.32 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure



* {{Mother}} - Lobbying for Mother 3's release in America

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* {{Mother}} VideoGame/{{Mother}} - Lobbying for Mother 3's release in America
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