Oxford and Flynn Team Up for Sonic Lost World First Play Charity Marathon


David Oxford, writer for Nintendo Force magazine, and Ian Flynn, writer for Archie Comics’ Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe, and Mega Man series, are teaming up for a start-to-finish blind playthrough of SEGA’s upcoming Sonic Lost World to raise some money for charity!

Hosted by Nyteworks, the pair seek to raise $1000-1500 (but you know what they say: the more, the merrier!) over the course of 24 hours for the Sick Kids Foundation, the fundraising branch of the Toronto-based The Hospital for Sick Children. You can pester Flynn with various questions concerning the comics, participate in raffles to win prizes via known sponsors Nintendo Force and UDON Entertainment (publisher of The History of Sonic the Hedgehog), and even request games to be played should they finish their Lost Hex romp early!

HOWEVER! While the mission in itself is noble, they won’t be able to accomplish their goal without the proper equipment.


The Sonic Lost World First Play Charity Marathon needs a bit of a boost of up to $750 for quality tools, so Oxford and Flynn are turning to crowdfunding via Indiegogo in order to make the charity event a reality. Perks of contributing include shout-outs and promotions of almost anything (so long as it is within reason), so for the charity and the equipment fundraiser of the charity…

Please think of the sick children.

That’s right, I’m guilt-tripping you. Is it working? Yes? Good!

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  1. Do they really need these overpriced equipment to stream it? Considering that it’s a one time thing, they could easily borrow the equipment from someone since it’s going for a good ’cause and it’s a one time usage thing. I dunno why but it seems like they’re playing off the charity thing just to get the free equipment (THEN stream while they’re at it).. But I digress.
    The donation money would be better off going to an actual charity instead.

    1. A fair question. If you read in the link, you’ll see that we’re more than happy to accept donations of peoples’ old equipment they no longer need (technology progressing as it does and all) that would fulfill ours. We aren’t particular.

      And to be truthful, this is far from the only charity marathon I want to do– I’ve been wanting to do one for some time now, but haven’t been able to get the equipment. The thought of this came to me when I thought about Ian and I getting together to play Sonic Lost World (last I heard, he doesn’t have a Wii U, though that may change by then), and it occurred to me– what if we could do something more when we play it for the first time? What if we could help some others?

      Of course, it begs the question: Is Ian’s (and my) first time playing an all-new Sonic game with an all-new gameplay style something people would want to see and donate for? That’s what we’re going to find out!

      In truth, I wouldn’t even be doing the Indiegogo or anything if I could help it, but the fact is that the game releases in just over a month and a half, and we’re pretty sure there’s no way we could pull together the extra money by ourselves in time. If it doesn’t happen… we’ll probably play the game, but it would just be among ourselves. We might try another marathon, but who knows when that would be? And of course, all the “newness” that comes with this particular experience wouldn’t be there again.

      Incidentally, if you’d rather just donate directly to the Sick Kids Foundation, then please don’t let us stop you. We just want to make the most out of a one-time event that we hope will be fun for those watching while benefiting their organization. If people would rather just donate to them, then we can’t complain there, though a special event like this might draw more attention and money than just asking people to donate on their own.

      And like I said before… if we had the equipment, I like to think that this would not be the only marathon for charity that we do. =)

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