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Marathon stamp by Great-5 Marathon stamp by Great-5
Anyone else remember Marathon? It was a first-person shooter Bungie made back in the mid-90s, BEFORE they got famous from Halo. It was made for the Macintosh computers, presumably to compete with the popularity of Doom on PCs with DOS and Windows. Three games were made: Marathon (1994,) Marathon 2: Durandal (1995) and Marathon Infinity (1996.) Years later, all three games would be released as freeware and ported to Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. I own all three games for Windows. Marathon had several motifs that would later reappear in Halo, such as AI rampancy and many cryptic references to the number seven. These games are widely considered to be a spiritual prequel to the Halo games, despite taking place in separate fictional universes.

Fun fact: My tagline, "frog blast the vent core!" is a line from Marathon 2: Durandal. It is a nonsense phrase shouted by enemy constructs called "simulacrums" who look like friendly marines, but actually run at you and explode. I guess kind of like the infamous Suicide Grunts from Halo 3 and Halo: Reach.
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MasterArthur Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah-yes! The game that made halo what it is today, I still play this game once every year with my cousin on his birthday.
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! And thanks for the fave. Personally, I am stuck on one particular part of the first Marathon game, and have been since I first discovered the games in 2010. It's pretty sad, really.
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MasterArthur Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student General Artist
I can relate to that as well, I always have failed on that first level of the game, (And if there is no such thing as levels in marathon, Its been a while sense I have played said games.) So yeah... Still, great game. By the way, I'm a friend of red super nova, I actually know him in real life, We meet a place called round table to play pokemon.
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're friends with Red? Awesome, he's like one of my best friends on Steam and dA. And so, I watch you now.
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MasterArthur Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Well. Thank you kindly for that. I'll watch you as well.
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a bunch man :3

So you and Red play Pokemon, right?
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MasterArthur Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Redsupernova, Or trainer red? Sense you just said red and all. XD
Just kidding I know what you mean. Yes, yes we do.
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, glad to know someone new.
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cxmb Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Wht do you mean with remember? I play multiplayer online every week! :D

Great stamp btw!
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! And oh man, Marathon has multiplayer? That's awesome! I had no idea, I gotta get on that right away!
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Snowy-Aegis Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Online is mostly played on Infinity, just to let you know. Never played online, personally, but I'm more into single player campaigns.
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Lidius-Arcanriz Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This looks a bit like the Tau symbol in Warhammer dawn of war lol..
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, the Marathon logo and the Tau symbol are pretty much the same thing, but I think it's a coincidence.
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Lidius-Arcanriz Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
hehe yeah..
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Pyrotactick Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
I heard of marathon. didn't know they were free! *rapes the download button* YEEAAAAH!!!!
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, it's free now. What operating system do you use? You have to download Aleph One first, that's the program that enables you to play the Marathon games. But after you follow the instructions on how to install and play the games, then you can enjoy it.
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Pyrotactick Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Oh, k Lol! but is it like a game like quake multiplayer or what not? or is it similar to halo.
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd say it's closest to an old-school Halo. There is no multiplayer as far as I know, sadly.
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Pyrotactick Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
NUUUUUUUUUUUH MULTIPLAYER!?!?!?! -cries-
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cxmb Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
There is multiplayer (: I'm there playing very often
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Pyrotactick Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
AWESOME! :D
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah that is a bummer. However I think there may have been a few mods or such that enabled multiplayer, but I know nothing about them.
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Pyrotactick Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Lol, watch it be like the Just cause 2 multi mod. You got your main character running around this map aimlessly :D
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Running around a map aimlessly? Meh, I hate it when I wanna play an online FPS with people but I end up getting a server with no one on it, and that happens. It happens all the time with Skulltag (a multiplayer online mod of Doom) and it's really disappointing. But then again I suck at most online FPS, they end up making me horribly frustrated and end up screaming at my TV or computer monitor, most of them anyways. Halo on Xbox Live, and Skulltag are both way too difficult for me, with many more skilled players who don't even give me a chance, so it's not even fun to begin with. However the only two online FPS I enjoy playing and am actually good at are Team Fortress 2 and the multiplayer PC port of the original Halo: Combat Evolved. Especially TF2...I never play enough of that game, but the last time I played I got several rampages in a row and it was awesome.
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