The Ultrafun: Halo Forever! (For a day)

By Jonathan Barnes, 5 years ago
Whenever I get sick enough to spend the day home from work, I usually console myself with some video games. I've always felt that getting my mind off of whatever vicious virus is making my body its personal breeding ground for mucus helps me to feel better. I'm going to go out on a limb and think that many of you are in the same boat.

It's for that reason that TrueAchievements is holding The Ultrafun: Halo Forever! (For a day). As we explained in our post last weekend, our goal is to raise money for Child's Play, a charity which provides video games, toys and other fun stuff to children who are in the hospital. In short, they are one of the best charities out there when it comes to games and gamers. As a staff, we felt that they were the best charity for our donations.

Now, I know what you're thinking:

That sounds great, OBJ! How does it all work?I'm glad you asked.

Here's how The Ultrafun is going to work:

We have staffers broken up into two teams, Red & Blue, who will be playing the campaigns of Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo: Reach on Legendary in 4-player Co-Op. They will be kicking off at 13:00 BST (8:00 AM EDT) on July 2nd (this Saturday) and not stopping for 24 straight hours.

Here are the teams!

Team 1: [Red]


Team 2: [Blue]

King Nothing

As we raise money and pass certain milestones, the teams will back out to the main menu add a SKULL, and resume their playthrough with the new skull challenges implemented. Ergo, the more you donate, the more skulls will be added and the more "fun" this challenge will be! Here are the donation milestones, along with a quick description, courtesy of Halo Wikia:

UPDATE: Several milestones have already been hit! Let's keep it rolling!

IWHBYD Skull - $100
"Unlocks new, often humorous, dialogue for the AI."

Grunt Birthday Skull - $150
"If a Grunt is shot in the head with any headshot-capable weapon, a popping sound is heard, colorful confetti explodes out of it which causes minor damage to nearby enemies, and a sound clip of children cheering from the game Viva Piñata can be heard in the background."

Cowbell Skull - $250
"Physics impulses are increased. Explosions and melee attacks launch characters and objects farther, but the damage is not affected."

Catch Skull - $500
"NPCs throw many more grenades at an alarming rate. NPCs always drop two grenades when dying."

Fog Skull - $1,000
"Motion Tracker is fully disabled."

Tough Luck Skull - $2,500
"Grenades, Needler fire, projectiles and vehicular charges are evaded more skillfully by the AI. Brutes go Berserk more often and Grunts will turn Kamikaze more often."

Famine Skull - $4,000
"Dropped weapons have much less ammunition/charge."

Thunderstorm Skull - $6,500
"All enemies are promoted to higher ranks."

Tilt Skull - $10,000
"Enemy defensive resistances/weaknesses are amplified."

Black Eye Skull - $14,000
"No auto-shield regeneration. Only melee attacks cause shields to recharge."

Mythic Skull - $20,000
"All NPC's health allocation is doubled."

It has also been hinted that, if we pass $50,000, the teams will commit to playing at least 30 straight hours... or until they pass out.

In the event that the teams SOMEHOW manage to beat the campaigns of all three games before the 24 hours elapses, they will move over to Halo: Reach multiplayer and take on members of the community in "Big Team Battle" with all eight staffers facing off against eight community members at a time.

If you're interested in signing up to game against the Fundraisers, please join the Community Gaming Session for Halo: Reach. This session is dependent on both teams getting through all three campaigns. If both teams make it, we will message all those interested and update the front page!

Throughout the event there will be several ways you can follow the action. First and foremost is here, in the TA Chatroom, where everyone's favorite Content Editor, Ergo Me Smart, will be answering questions and providing updates on the teams.

Furthermore, several staffers will be Live Tweeting the event:

Jayour - @jayourdead
drabik - @MartynDrabik
Ergo Me Smart - @EllisSpice
Matrarch - @TA_Matrarch
King Nothing - @DuranDuranSucks
ButterflyEdge - @ButterflyEdge
omgeezus - @omgeezus

If you'd like to add your voice to the Twitter/Ultrafun movement, be sure to use the hashtag: #theultrafun

Finally, and best of all, we will be streaming live on USTREAM as well as capturing video and posting highlights next week.

Now for the important part... how YOU can help by donating.

Donations for the event are now OPEN and you can donate via the ChipIn Page. NOTE: ChipIn works with PayPal accounts. Those who use a currency other than dollars can still donate, too! Simply enter the dollar amount you wish to donate then PayPal will convert it so you can know exactly how generous you are in the currency of your choice. Note that you don't actually need a PayPal account. If you don't have one but wish to donate, simply enter your card details and PayPal will take care of the rest!

At TA, we realize that times are tough, and money is tight right now, but remember that every dollar you donate goes to buy games for sick kids... kids who need that mental distraction and brief respite from illnesses that sometimes don't have a cure. So, please, if you can, give generously.
Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan is the Editorial Manager of TrueAchievements and has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing/editing news, reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.
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Posted on 30 June 11 at 23:36
Thats very awesome good cause everyone good luck to everybody
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Posted on 30 June 11 at 23:37
spletchie said:The ChipIn page hasn't updated yet, but I believe my donation has just bumped the total up to the next skull level -- enjoy your cowbell!Thank you for donating! The widget takes a little while to update sometimes but you're right. We're not at the third milestone!

Thank you everyone who has already donated! Thank you everyone who are planning to!
Site Helper438 completed games(Includes owned DLC)5,058 posts
Last post: 02 Apr at 10:57
Posted on 30 June 11 at 23:44
Awesome stuff guys. I would sign up for the BTB, but I think the community are going to be so generous and bump those skulls up that you won't get through it all wink
Mitch Connor
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Posted on 30 June 11 at 23:49
I'm wondering whether the pun in the first sentence was intentional... facepalm

Anyways, good to luck to the players. Staying up 30 straight hours isn't going to be much fun at all towards the end, video games or no.
Atomic Clutch X
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Posted on 30 June 11 at 23:59
wow this is a great idea!!! I wish I could participate but I'm busy and cant pull all nighters often.
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Posted on 01 July 11 at 00:09
Take my money! :D You guys are great!
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Posted on 01 July 11 at 00:23
Tough Luck needs to be the fourth skull - it's by far the easiest "real" one to play with.
TrueAchievements Editorial ManagerAchievement Completion Percentage: 71.67% (Includes owned DLC) - 22 more achievements required to reach 72%8,290 posts
Last post: 07 May at 16:10
Posted on 01 July 11 at 01:07
Finally managed to get my donation in. Let's try to get them to "CATCH" before they start!

*grenade spam*

*grenade spam*

*grenade spam*
In Soviet Russia, game plays you!
Smokin JoeyB
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Posted on 01 July 11 at 01:29
y'see this.. this is why you're the ideas guy.

I've always had a soft-spot for gaming marathons, and it's for a good cause.
5 feet under
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Posted on 01 July 11 at 02:58
Team Blue currently recruiting fans... anyone? anyone? ANYONE?
Splodin' it hardcore since the day I was born...
Van Uden
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Posted on 01 July 11 at 03:21
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Posted on 01 July 11 at 05:29
I am not a HALO fan (ducks from incoming debris...) But is there a way I can donate to Child's Play? I am a sucker (that is really the wrong word, but I can't think of anything else) for sick children and their needs/wants.
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Posted on 01 July 11 at 05:58
Flyboy80498 said:I am not a HALO fan (ducks from incoming debris...) But is there a way I can donate to Child's Play? I am a sucker (that is really the wrong word, but I can't think of anything else) for sick children and their needs/wants.Donate here!

Splodin' it hardcore since the day I was born...
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Posted on 01 July 11 at 05:59
What will really help this event is if you say whoever donates to this also gets TA donator badge...
I heart Z0MBIE5
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Posted on 01 July 11 at 06:43
Donated. Make us proud!
Kids over Wife over Xbox (honest)
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Posted on 01 July 11 at 07:58
gamin for a good cause; well done people....
The Machine MRG
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Posted on 01 July 11 at 08:47, Edited on 01 July 11 at 08:49 by The Machine MRG
Good luck guys, id be amazed if you lot make 30 hours - superb. I hope you realise you are gonna hate Halo after this laugh
Fariko Lymp
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Posted on 01 July 11 at 11:14
one word: "inspirational"
Gamerdad ftw!
Robot Genius
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Posted on 01 July 11 at 12:35
Best of luck you guys. Thanks for the site and this was the least I could do. Rock on!
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Posted on 01 July 11 at 13:31
such a good idea i feel i do the same when im ill. goodluck to the red and blue teams and more importantly have fun for a good cause..toasttoastheadspinsmile
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