Spend an afternoon with the 'Sonic' charity marathon

The livestream benefits Special Effect, which helps people with disabilities play video games.

Respawn Point

The fine folks at Respawn Point are in the middle of a non-stop, seven-day Sonic the Hedgehog marathon, livestreamed on Twitch and benefiting UK charity Special Effect, which helps people with disabilities play video games. The stream started on December 27th and runs through January 3rd. Respawn Point's stream team is playing a lineup of historically significant Sonic games, starting with 1991's Sonic the Hedgehog and including notoriously awful installments like the 2006 Sonic disaster.

"We're all fans of the Sonic franchise here, and while we'll be sure to suffer through a few of the more notorious games, the highs of the better entries are worth it," Respawn Point says.

This is the group's fifth Sonic charity marathon, though the team took a year off in 2014. Now, they're back in action and happy to be so, ringleader Zack Harrot said during today's livestream.

"It feels great," Harrot said, responding to a question I dropped in the Twitch chat. "We never wanted to take a year off, it's just from time to time, sadly, real life does get in the way of things like this. ...Even during that year off, I tried to find ways to fit it in in other places, but it just didn't happen. It's always the highlight of my year, honestly. And while it's difficult and kind of stressful to put together at times, I always have a great deal of fun. We all do."

The Sonic marathon hopes to raise at least $2,000 for Special Effect by January 3rd.