While I understand the reason for Prestige in "Call of Duty," I'm not one to take it. Honestly I'd much rather be at my full potential, gear-wise, than have to restart from level 1 in order to get a new icon next to my name. The folks at Machinima.com apparently disagree with me, as they're attempting to get to full prestige before anyone else. To do this, they've been playing the game, non-stop, since launch. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and live-streaming their progress.
It's easier than it sounds, given that they have staff members taking on different shifts, but it still goes to show just how much time it would take a normal human to get to max prestige. The team is currently at Prestige 6, level 47, which means they've gotten to level 50 and started from scratch six times now, and are about to do it all over again.
Don't forget, "Call of Duty: Black Ops" came out on November 9, so the crew is on their 10th day of non-stop "Black Ops." Even crazier, there are 15 levels of Prestige in the game, which means they're a little more than a third of the way to their goal. Somehow I don't think they started this objective thinking that it would take them a full month. I guess someone's going to be missing Thanksgiving this year.
While we're talking about insane gaming marathons, you should know that the annual "Desert Bus for Hope" charity event begins to night. The event raises money for Child's Play by having people pledge money, which in turn forces the guys at LoadingReadyRun to continue playing the most boring game ever made. Unlike Machinima, they only have three people to share the horrible gaming duties, and last year they collected $140,000!