We did it! After 24 fun-filled--yet somewhat grueling--hours, we managed to showcase at least 24 games and raise more than $2,500 for Child's Play charity. We couldn't have done it without you, the community so thank you for participating and thank you for your support! But in case you weren't here for the full 24 hour marathon, we decided to put together our favorite moments in a video below. You'll also find the above gallery chock-full of rad screenshots taken from our Minecraft server--big thanks to community member yoyoguy for his help!

Here are some words from the staff:

Henry Gilbert: Though I had tons of fun singing and dancing, my favorite moment of the whole marathon was when I was watching it just like our audience. Merely seeing Sophia, Tom, Sterling and Lucas playing the horror game Slender was so intense that I can’t imagine what it was like to play it. I was freaking out with every dark shadow and creepy hallway, shrieking alongside the other editors that were intently watching the scary video footage. I salute all my fellow editors who had the guts to play that on the stream, because I could barely handle watching them.

Sterling McGarvey: More than anything, I'd say that my happiest memory was seeing how we hit our milestones progressively through the marathon. The fact that we were all able to come together to raise money for a cause as good as Child's Play feels fantastic. I'm very proud of the GamesRadar community and its ability to come together for a good cause. And make fun of us for singing the "My Little Pony" theme song and laugh at us playing "You Don't Know Jack."

Hollander Cooper: Man, what a blast. Even though I loved watching Sophia play Slender, and dancing to Han Solo at 5AM, my favorite stuff came from just playing with the community. I had the longest game of Horde in Gears 2 I'd played in a while, and had a blast playing a few games of League of Legends with you guys. Thank you so much for that--let's do it more often.

Lucas Sullivan: Though I was anticipating the unveiling of GalGun, my favorite moment has to be Henry's angelic rendition of Evanescence; my face was literally stinging from laughing so much. I also relished the opportunity to blather on about Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo with Henry, even if Sophia and Tom were completely tuning us out. Oh, and Sophia's encounters with the Slender Man were just too perfect. Thanks to everyone that hopped into the many awesome ARAM games of League of Legends! That was easily the most fun I've had playing the game in quite some time, with spells, kills, and death being dished out at an alarming rate. And thank you again to all of those who donated--ya done good.

Lorenzo Veloria: I had a great time playing Modern Warfare 3 with the community for a good three hour chunk of the 24-hour marathon—especially the reaction I got when I changed all the weapons in the Gun Game mode to one-shot rocket launchers and riot shields. Thanks to everyone who participated, donated, or just showed up to have some fun. Special shout-out to the guy who kept me awake the last two hours on Gears of War 3 Horde, as we unendingly bashed our heads against the wall that was wave 38.

Amber Fariss: There were a lot of favorite moments I had during the 24 hour marathon, but due to lack of sleep most of them are a little hard to remember. There were a few that kept me awake like watching Lucas shoot Japanese school girls with his love while playing Gal Gun super early in the morning, the musical stylings of Henry and Cooper singing Britney Spears's Toxic and of course running around playing Johan Sebastian Joust  with everyone in the final hour of our marathon. 

Tom Magrino: Just to be clear, this moment occurred near the beginning of the marathon, when I still had a bit of bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed in me. Sophia and I are playing Happy Action Theater 2 (working title), a game that I normally wouldn’t consider to be for me, and I’m going crazy kicking around red and white rubber balls. Out of the corner of my eye, I catch myself on the direct camera feed, sans HAT2 overlay, spastically thrashing out at the air like a madman. Talk about apropos of nothing. Thank god that raw footage of that didn’t get broadcast.

Sophia Tong: In retrospect, playing Johann Sebastian Joust after being up for 30+ hours was probably not the best idea. I can't say Slender was anything close to being a highlight for me, but I'm glad people seemed to enjoy it. Worst 20 minutes of my life! Anyway, my favorite moment was being able to enjoy the marathon with the community and have that kind of live interaction. It was great talking to people on the Minecraft server and seeing all the cool things that would appear whenever I would return to my desk. I'm so happy that you guys came out to participate and support us. Thank you! Let's do it again! .....later.

Now those were our favorite moments. What are yours? Share below, we love to hear from you!




  • dlam - August 31, 2012 10:01 p.m.

    woot, my troll minecraft chat log made slide 21 i am #1 the best
  • bobby-portlock - August 31, 2012 11:28 a.m.

    woo sailor moon singing still in there, haha my impact was made gave $16 in total, alot of fun, cant wait till next year
  • Paranoia Paradox - August 31, 2012 11:09 a.m.

    It's very refreshing to see that me and my couch. And I say my as it 'is' mine. I'm just loaning it to you all for now. Have made it into the highlights. Looks like next year until I have an opportunity to retrieve my couch from yous.
  • GoldenEagle1476 - August 31, 2012 7:26 a.m.

    This was my first 24 hour marathon, and while I didn't stay up the whole 24 hours, I had a blast in the Minecraft server. Glad to see those screenshots made it XD
  • avery78 - August 31, 2012 6:21 a.m.

    No mention of the couch in this article.
  • avery78 - August 31, 2012 6:31 a.m.

    NM, i read the article and posted before watching the vid.
  • avantguardian - August 31, 2012 3:22 a.m.

    without a doubt, the highlight of the whole thing was the street fighter dude's gloves and goggles. recaptcha: bacon's isyummi
  • yoyoguy - August 31, 2012 2:03 a.m.

    The best moment for me, wasn't a moment. It was the whole 24 hours I spent in the Minecraft server. Orchestrating the building of monuments to GR and houses and such. Joining the server minutes after its startup and seeing it's progression into this wonderful world, populated by fellow GR fans and editors, was just amazing. Winning a few prizes was pretty great too.
  • wadesmit - August 31, 2012 2:47 a.m.

    Thanks for taking all the screenshots! And sorry I didn't get the one of you to you, I lost your twitter username >_<
  • Robx - August 31, 2012 2:52 a.m.

    Thumbs up to yoyodude! Great job enduring those 24 hours on the minecraft server, it was indeed awesome getting to mess around with fellow readers, cheers! (-Sliet) Thanks to the whole GR staff for pulling this marathon once again with such amazing guests and for a noble cause, already can't wait for the next one!
  • tiuds50 - August 31, 2012 12:58 a.m.

    Yayy i made the highlights! Anyways my favourite part of the marathon would have be playing gears with Henry on the Live stream and meeting a bunch of cool new people, having a bunch of laughs and talking to Amber, all great. Even though i won a headset and GR doesn't seem to accept Canada yet. Still love you though GR. Can't wait for next year!!
  • Crimmy - August 30, 2012 10:27 p.m.

    We had to kill Brett the Zombie Pigman :(
  • yoyoguy - August 31, 2012 1:56 a.m.

    Such a shame. The closest thing we had, other than Mikel actually appearing on the stream, to the original staff.
  • TechnicalFart - August 30, 2012 9:33 p.m.

    There were a lot of great moments (Henry singing, that pervy Japanese game, Star Wars Kinect) but I had the most fun playing multiplayer games with you guys : ) And staying up for the entire thing was pretty damn fun. Can't wait till next time!
  • BladedFalcon - August 30, 2012 8:12 p.m.

    Yes! this was so awesome! even though I didn't have a chance to play anything with you guys. (Only game I had online-ready was ME3, and it was for the PS3, and I couldn't even tell if it ever got played there because I did have to go to work and leave the house that Friday evening.) Still, the moments I did get to watch from the stream were incredibly fun and amazing. Specially when I tuned in right at the moment Henry was singing "Wake me up inside", that was just gold. Also, has to be said, Watching Sophia playing slender was fantastic, because it was both tense AND hilarious XD And there is something to be said about that game because, despite being obviously a small, budget game, and that usually don't get scared in games, I WAS nervous even just watching it. On that note, this marathon was not only entertaining, but enlightening, i had no idea games such as slender or Johan Sebastian Joust even existed. But watching you guys play them was a phenomenal introduction to both games. So yeah, I really enjoyed the marathon, and as a bonus, I'm glad that it also was used for charity. And think the proudest moment was when in the last hour, we all managed to put our part to reach those 2500 dollars ^^ Also, it needs to be said... FOR THE CHILDREN!!!
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - August 30, 2012 8:07 p.m.

    Shame I couldn't participate this year, I was too busy elsewhere. I'd love to watch more highlights or the actual feed itself though. Looked like great fun for a great cause! <3 Gamesradarrrrrrr
  • GR_SophiaTong - August 30, 2012 8:30 p.m.

    The entire feed is archived here, it's broken up into random chunks but there are some descriptors to let you know what games are being played.
  • JMarsella09 - August 30, 2012 7:18 p.m.

    Yeah! Staying up for the whole 24 hours is one of my highlights each year. Playing Uncharted with you guys for most of it was so much fun. I feel your pain Sophia, scary games are unplayable for me as well. Galgun made me crack up. Best of all, I loved that I got you guys to sing the MLP theme, best $15 I ever spent. Hope for so more next year!

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