Post by bickymonster on Sept 9, 2012 23:28:11 GMT -5
So many tears, I literally had no idea how attached to that site I had become. Thank goodness it is just the site we are loosing not each other. <3
I kind of thought I would always be an outsider when i first came to mariothon, the rest of you met through Marathon Man or other gaming connections, but me I was a friend of Drew's with no ties to anyone else, but I was welcomed with open arms and before I knew it you were all so very important in my life. Thank you to Drew and his wonderful Mariothon site for finding me these friends and family.
I guess you could describe me as a late-comer to Mariothon.net, and a sporadic chatter at best. Work, school, gf's, and sleep always seem to get in the way...
I first stumbled upon Mariothon.net a little while after MarathonMan announced their hiatus so they could all concentrate on school. After many weeks of chatting solitude, assuming the community had disintegrated, a chance visit to the MarathonMan sub-reddit told me about what Andy had been planning. I headed over to Mariothon.net and was overjoyed to find about a dozen familiar names chatting away, almost like MarathonMan had never been taken down!
Over time, what really defined Mariothon.net to me, was how close-knit everyone was while paradoxically welcoming new people, and especially irregular visitors like me, with open arms.
Then Mariothon 1 happened. It was A-W-E-S-O-M-E. And it relit that fire of inspiration to try a marathon myself. After a series of email exchanges with Andy asking all manner of technical, marketing, and probing personal questions, I was on the fast-track to starting something of my own... Or rather, a new branch of, dare I say 'our', community.
You see, I've never really understood the notion of community. Being a natural contrarian, I've always tried to remove myself from society at large; never quite feeling like I fit anywhere as I am. I've done that my whole life, even as a kid. It's only been very recently that I realize I have fallen ass-backwards into a great big heap of community... Andy has this way of inspiring tremendous loyalty like I've never seen before. And you beautiful Bottle Crew are among the coolest, sweetest, and most hilarious people I've ever had the honor to know. I count every damn last one of you as a friend. (Like it or not, Sauce!) And I am fiercely loyal when it comes to the happiness and well-being of my friends.
Mariothon.net taught me that I can be myself while being part of a community... I just needed to find the right group of people. My life is richer, my days are brighter, and my heart is fuller because of it.
Thank you, Mariothon.net. <3 I couldn't imagine a better send-off than the one Andy and crew have given you.
With love, -Beaux (OccupyHyrule)
(PS- Sorry for the grammar and syntax errors. I'm a little too choked up to edit right now.)
Post by MrFleshlight on Sept 10, 2012 9:33:20 GMT -5
I took interest back when Marathonman was the bee's knees, although it may have not been apparent in that clusterfuck community of a chat, but I was one of those of those lucky kids. In a way, I was still digging up some sort of validation from the community, the little few who actually read what I had said before it was buried under a legion of 'anon comments'. Then you know what? Fuck. Miracles do actually happen. As soon as that 'thon' ended, those select few who thought it was worth checking the website long after it was over realised that nothing had really ended at all. It was like a premature reunion of some sort, people were talking, sharing and reminiscing of something that had just literally happened 24 hours ago. I guess its a bit selfish of me to be wanting 'attention' on the internet, but knowing that something I said on that chat would have 'impact' on someone else's actual opinion made me happy to know how very much alike I was to the rest of you. After many long months of streaming, I bid you all adieu.
Our Golden Boy 'Andy' took alot of us in where it seemed somewhat of a dead horse. Fed us the good news and gave us something to look forward to in the coming year, the 'Mariothon' Yes it was the same damn reunion, all of our memorable friends, and you know what? I wouldn't have had it any other way, if you disagree, fuck you and you're wrong. Me at an approaching 18 years of age, you'd know how important that'd mean to me. Ultimately, I'd say Mariothon made me better person. It taught me to laugh through all the wins, fails and complete WTF moments. Not questioning my social life or anything of that sort (yes I have other friends ) but there were times I'd alienate my real friends and take refuge with an afternoon with you guys. They must be thinking? "What kind of backward socialite are you? Hanging out with strangers on the internet" FUCK YOU THAT'S WHO.
In fact, I am one lucky son of a bitch, that by some margin of chance, I was cosmically wound into this series of fortunate events strung together that I will never forget. -MrFleshlight
"And when we meet on a cloud I'll be laughing out loud I'll be laughing with everyone I see Can't believe how strange it is to be anything at all" -Neutral Milk Hotel - "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"
P.S FUCK ALL THIS BLUE, BRING BACK THE BROWN
*EDIT 1: Sorry for not mentioning anyone, I could write an homage to any of you, but that's for another time. ;D
Post by derpyquagsire on Sept 10, 2012 14:17:26 GMT -5
I didn't get into Mariothon and charity gameathons of the sort until Marathonman, and didn't talkvery much until recently anyway, but the Mariothon so quickly became a part of me that it felt like a part of me had diaboued. But hearing about the bottle crew gave me new hope that a new part could come from it. I haven't know you guys very long, but I hope you know that I love you all. So much so that I spent the entire day on the forum and trying to make a mumble server for the bottlecrew. I can't wait to see what comes of this magical magical place.