Marathon is a series of first-person shooter games started by Bungie. The original game was only released for Macs in 1994, and served as a (superior) stand-in for 1993's DOOM, since that classic title was only available for Windows/DOS. As with the Myth series, Bungie made the first two games ("Marathon" and "Marathon 2: Durandal"), and then the third was made by another studio. In this case, the third game was "Marathon Infinity", and it was made by Double Aught, a short-lived game studio spun off from Bungie. Unlike Myth III, the third Marathon game stayed close to its roots since it was made by former Bungie developers.
In a way that is not unusual for Bungie, there are multiple references to Marathon in Oni, documented in the Easter eggs article.
Unlike Oni, Marathon was shipped with multiplayer (albeit LAN-only), and was mod-ready to begin with; Bungie also released some of their development tools. Later, the Marathon 2 source code was leaked, then open-sourced by Bungie. This source was used to produce AlephOne, a unified engine which runs the scenarios for Marathon, Marathon 2, and Marathon Infinity, as well as any fan-made scenarios. The original support for LAN multiplayer was improved and extended to be Internet-capable. Later still, the Marathon trilogy was made freeware by Bungie, so you can download it legally and play it on modern computers with the AlephOne engine (see below).
- Community links
- Marathon.Bungie.Org (original home of Marathon fans, now mostly a portal page for other Marathon sites)
- Simplici7y (mod repository)
- Pfhorums (community forum)
- Lhowon.org metaserver (for Internet matchmaking)
- Lhowon.org downloads (serves the Trilogy, the AlephOne engine, and links to the AlephOne source code)
- Marathon on Bungie.net
- Picture galleries
- Marathon on Wikipedia
- The Marathon games are documented (over-?)extensively on Wikipedia, starting HERE, with exhaustive information on gameplay, enemy types, and the storyline.