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The Ronathon charity event is happening today!

12:46 PM on 10.03.2010 // Alex Barbatsis

Recently, our friend and DtoidLA member lv99ron was feeling sick. His father took him to the hospital for a check up and within 20 minutes he was in surgery. An infection grew in his lungs that need three emergency surgeries to remove and he spent three weeks in the ICU. He is currently home and on his way to a full recovery, but his hospital bill is astronomical (think half a million dollars). We wanted to help out, so we’re having a fundraiser. And the only thing we know how to do is play videogames and have fun.

So today from 10AM til 10PM PST, we’re having a Variety Show and a Gaming Marathon. I know you're thinking, “Gaming Marathon, ok I get that. But what kinda variety show is it gonna be!?” Well, handsome person, that is a great question. Every hour on the hour there’s going to be something new and exciting to entertain and enthrall you hosted by myself, Alex Barbatsis. A sampling of events, and information on how to donate, can be found below.

Head here to join in http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ronathonproper.

You’ll be able to donate via Paypal. Pay what you can or what you want. Help a fellow community member out. You’ll be doing a great thing and feel good about doing it. We'll be linking back to this blog for donations during the event.

DolphinWetnessPodcast (aka DWP)
Have you ever wanted to be on a podcast with Chad Concelmo? Is it a dream of yours to personally ask him what his favorite Showgirls scene is? Well Dolphin Wetness Podcast is your chance! During Ronathon Proper, Chad Concelmo (with technical aid/hair tips from Alex Barbatsis) will be taking your calls live via Skype. This session will then be released as Dolphin Wetness Podcast within the week! You can own yourself and Chad Concelmo talking in an mp3 encrusted with diamonds forever! (Diamonds not included).

Jonathan Ross’ Street Fighter Academy
Have you gotten your butt kicked by Tactix in Super Street Fighter 4 only to have Tactix say, “Now you have to take you pants off because this is Strip Super Street Fighter 4!”? Well worry no longer, because Jonathan Ross will be teaching you all the tips and tricks. How can you dominate with El Furte? Is Rufus a worthwhile pick? Why is Juri so damn sexy? All these and more will be answered. Soon enough you’ll have all the skills to make sure Tactix is the one taking his pants off next time.

Handheld Kitchen
I bet you eat food, heck we all do! But in Handheld Kitchen, we do it in STYLE! Join Senor Douchebrah aka Allen Park as he teaches us his tips of the trade when it comes to cooking with booze. Also, a certain James Beard award-winning chef may be joining us…Stay Tuned!

DDR Sock Hop
Kick off your shoes and blow the dust off your dance pads cause its time for a good old fashioned Sock Hop! Yes, well be playing DDR and rocking some classic 50’s hit makers such as Buddy Holly, Link Wray, Elvis, and many more! Make sure to get you webcam on for Tinychat.com/destructoid and let everyone see your groovy moves.

An Original Jim Sterling Joint
Do you like videos? OMG ME TOO!!!!! Well guess what, we will be premiering an original short from Jim Sterling. What will it be about? Geddy Lee, Ragu, Cat Puppets? Who knows? You will when you tune in.

Casual Corner
Want to relax, kill a few minutes and have a good time doing it? We’ll be periodically checking in on Casual Corner, showcasing the best of causal games. Rainbow Unicorn Attack, Plants Vs. Zombies, Give Up Robot, Gravity Hook, Peggle and more will be on display and fawned over their cuteness. Maybe even The Room the Game speed play….

HARDcorner
On the other end of the room, we’ll have HARDcorner, where the tough as nail gamers will flaunt their wares and the wimps (myself) will cry tiny teardrops into pillows. Expect some tactics (ex. Advanced Wars), some retro (ex. Lifeforce, Mega Man), and a whole heap of headaches brought on from smiling too hard. Maybe we’ll even take a few requests.

And much more!

Adventure games, fighting tourneys, the best in sports (MUTANT LEAGUE FOOTBALL!!!), Dreamcast Gems and plenty of great conversation! Make sure to join us via Skype chatroom Skypetoid the Live Bar. We’ll also be taking Skype calls throughout the day.

You’ll be able to donate via Paypal. Pay what you can or what you want. Help a fellow community member out. You’ll be doing a great thing and feel good about doing it. We'll be linking back to this blog for donations during the event.

For up to the second updates and schedule announcements during Ronathon Proper, follow me on twitter @alex_bbats
If your in the Los Angeles area and want to stop by, shoot me a PM and I'll send you the address.

Thanks guys and gals, and see you at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ronathonproper

Also, here's a picture of Mr. Destructoid as a cave man.

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