Why waste afternoons playing video games by yourself when you can best your opponents on the virtual battlefield? We beseech you, dear reader, to consider devising your own Omegathon competition, modeled after the five-game event seen every year at the Penny Arcade Expo. Here are some suggested guidelines:
  1. At least one game that is "off the grid" (i.e. not on a television screen).
  2. At least one retro title (e.g. Pong, Tetris, Daikatana)
  3. A variety of genres such as puzzle, first-person shooter, racing, etc.
  4. At least one embarrassing title that gets competitors active. Usually a rhythm game
Bear in mind the length of each competitive match -- although Civilization would make for an interesting event, if you place it early with 10 contenders, you're going to lose enthusiasm fast. Don't have any friends? Create an Omegathon for yourself -- it'll be exactly like preparing for Ninja Warrior by building your own obstacles in your yard. Tell us your ideal Omegathon run and check out our picks for the week's best gaming comics. Be sure to vote for your favorite!

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