Two Upcoming Gaming Marathons for Charity

The rest of this month, and early on in July, will see two major gaming marathons for charity, both run by long-established groups that do such marathons.

First off, starting this Friday, 24 June, is the fourth annual Mario Marathon. After Brian’s announcement at the end of last year’s marathon, that there would be no fourth Mario Marathon, it’s great to see that the group was able to get together and organize a fourth marathon. It looks like this year’s will still be building upon previous years for an even better marathon.

At the Mario Marathon, they’ll be playing through ten Mario games: Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros.: Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Super Mario Sunshine, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

More donations unlock more levels for the guys to play, and all funds raised directly benefit the Child’s Play Charity. Child’s Play is a charity created by the guys behind Penny Arcade that provides games and toys to children in hospitals. As a general rule, hospitals can’t receive and use old, used toys and games. They have to have new and clean toys and games for children to play with, and this can become expensive. Child’s Play helps to offset this cost by providing new, unopened toys and games for children in hospitals to play with.

Mario Marathon 4 will start on Friday and go on as long as donations keep unlocking new levels. These guys will be live-streaming the event on their site, and will hold contests for prizes. In general, things get crazier the longer the marathon continues, as sleep deprivation sets in. Definitely a fun event to tune into, and donations are always nice.

A week later, on 1 July, Extra Lives will be doing a gaming marathon to benefit Free the Children, a charity that constructs schools in developing nations. Extra Lives has done marathons to raise funds for them before, including the New Year’s 2011 Mario Marathon.

Run primarily by Tim Troppoli, Extra Lives does their gaming marathons slightly different from most other groups that do gaming marathons. Whereas with the Mario Marathon, you have a video stream of both the game being played and the group playing, Extra Lives just has a video feed of the game being played, and audio from the room, so you can hear the guys talking.

Tropolli also has a Phillips CDi, which he’s included in previous marathons, playing the infamous Mario and Zelda games that appeared on the console. It’s nice to know that the CDi is still functioning, following on from the…incident…at the Mario Marathon.

The theme for the upcoming Extra Lives Marathon is a mop-up marathon. During previous marathons (Pokemon, Sonic, Zelda, and Mario), there have been a number of games that the group started to play, but never finished. The purpose of this marathon is to play those games to completion. So, if you’ve ever wanted to wanted to watch any of the CDi games being played, then will be your chance.

So, that’s that. Two great upcoming gaming marathons for charity, well worth your time (and donations, if you can spare).

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