Last weekend a group of 15 of us took part in Special Effect’s Gameblast 17 event; a gaming marathon organised by the Special Effect between February 24th-26th wherein each team strives to game for 24 hours straight!


Most teams that take part in Gameblast switch out participants over the course of 24 hours, however at Testology we have to test games for eight hours every day so we’re used to long sessions, so we aimed to have as many of our friendly employees playing games for as long as they possibly could over the weekend.



We had a fantastic mix of games being played, with testers Raheel and Alex getting in plenty of For Honor, Overwatch also proved popular with Nikki, Grant, Raheel and Alex getting a few games in.


Somehow one of our lead testers; Hannah managed a staggering 17 hours in Euro Truck Simulator 2, she even dressed up for the occasion! Though when she could barely stay awake at the wheel she switched to Rocksmith for the remainder of her 24 hours!



Nikki of our compliance team, completed a play through of Dishonored 2 discovering an ending she did not know was present, this was carried out alongside many games of Overwatch!


When one of our testers Jacob wasn’t playing Hearthstone he carried out some highly entertaining Singstar duets with Raheel around about the 22nd hour where everyone was ready to fall asleep!


Then we had a large group of eight taking part in a pen and paper roleplaying game called The Black Hack; a hacked up and very simplistic version of Dungeons and Dragons, the plan from our GM, and seasoned tester Giro was to carry out 24 floors of a dungeon in 24 hours, we managed 6 floors! But the adventurers tried their best, even if our QA Manager Jack slept through about ten hours of the adventure!



We managed to raise a total of £1,300 which is still increasing as late donations continue coming in.


Our efforts can be seen on the Just Giving team page created for the event, and if you’re feeling particularly generous it is still possible to donate:




Special Effect put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games.

By using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control, they’re finding a way for people to play to the very best of their abilities.

But they’re not just doing it for fun. By levelling the playing field, Special Effect are bringing families and friends together and having a profoundly positive impact on therapy, confidence and rehabilitation.

For further info on the charity, please visit their website ( and/or watch this great case study of some of the work they do: