PITAthon Recap: Thank You Everyone!

Well, we did it. A few weeks ago, we hosted our very first Pain-in-the-Ass-a-Thon, and it was a complete success. Thanks to the kind folks out there who donated, and the hard work of everyone involved, we were able to raise over $2600 for the Colon Cancer Alliance. Not too shabby, if we say so ourselves! So on behalf of everyone here at Geekade, we would like to once again issue a huge thank you to all of you. Being able to raise this much money for this charity means the world to us, and since this was such a success, we’re officially making it an annual event! 

And, if you weren’t around to check it out, we managed to record most of it, and we put it up on our YouTube channel. The video quality isn’t flawless, and there are some weird audio issues from time to time, but it’s not bad for our first attempt. Watch us suffer through some awful games!

Knuckles Chaotix for Sega 32X, played by Dean and Kris

The first game of the marathon, and boy was it a killer. Dean and Kris did eventually manage to beat it, but not without plenty of frustration along the way. 

VVVVVV for PS4, played by Cengiz

Cengiz had never played VVVVVV before. He didn’t know what he was in for. He eventually wound up making some real progress, but sadly he didn’t beat the game. but he has resolved to finish it in the future. Plus, we all did dramatic readings of the game’s dialogue. 

Ghosts n Goblins for NES, played by Dean and Announcer Guy

Man, this one was brutal. Dean and Announcer Guy played this game for 2 hours, and they made it all the way to… level 2. Needless to say, they didn’t come close to beating this game, but it was far from the most crushing defeat of the show. (That’s later). 

Mega Man: The Wily Wars, played by Jonathan

Jonathan is a huge Mega Man fan. So we thought it would be fun to make him play the weirdo Genesis version of the games he loves so dearly. It looks different. It sounds different. It plays different. And Wood Man became an unexpected challenge. 

Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!!, played by Evan

Evan made a very valiant attempt at Punch-Out!!. Sadly, he hit a wall around the second Don Flamenco, but he never stopped trying! We even put in the code and had him try his luck at Tyson himself. It… didn’t go too well…

SwordQuest: Fireworld for Atari 2600, played by Kris

Here’s another game that we didn’t manage to finish, but it certainly wasn’t for lack of trying. Some of our friends forgot that we were on camera and had a very loud conversation about Firefly while we were trying to figure out how to play the game, but eventually we all worked together to read the comic book, find the clues, and see if we could figure out just what the heck we were supposed to be doing.

P.T. played by Dave

And now, a different kind of pain in the ass. This one’s not just a pain because it’s terrifying, but because it’s nearly impossible to get if you don’t already have it, and it will unfortunately never get made. As a bonus, you get to watch a bunch of Geekaders get the crap scared out of them. 

Link: Faces of Evil for Philips CD-i, played by Kris

This is without a doubt the worst game we played. It’s absolutely horrible. Thankfully, with the help of a Super NES controller adapter for his CD-i, and the power of an internet walkthrough to guide him, he managed to beat the whole game. 

Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind for Super NES, played by Dean

This was the last game of the show, or at least it was before we hit some stretch goals, and it had a history. Dean has hated Bubsy for years, and the end of the game has eluded him. He set out to finally put it to rest after having been awake for a great many hours. Everything went wrong. 

And that’s all we have. Thanks again for watching, and we’ll be back for more pain-in-the-ass games next year! 

Dean DeFalco

Creator of Websites, editor of content, wearer of vests. This man is said to be "The Jack of All Trades".  Dean has his hands in most parts of the website one way or another. The original incarnation of Geekade, "G33k Life", was Dean's brainchild. While Dean can be found on a number of shows like when he was the former co-host of the Stone Age Gamer Podcast or the current host Vest and Friends or talking about video games on YouTube and Twitch, he is the guy behind the scenes making sure that the site does everything it's supposed to every one else can do their job. There's not a problem he can't solve.....or at least punch and scream at until it doesn't exist anymore.

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