Hello! We're Gaming For Others!

We're a small group of avid gamers from Warwickshire in the United Kingdom that play awesome games for charity. Our goal is simple: We play games in a gruelling marathon until the donations run out... so the more you pay, the more we play!

In addition to donations, we're looking to you lot to really make us suffer (for a good cause!). Watch as our sanity unfolds LIVE while we are repeatedly flummoxed by the hard levels... then pick the controller back up and try again – we won't stop until we run out of donations!

Our sixth marathon event is a good mix of games old and new! We will be starting at 10am (GMT) on Friday 14th April and all money raised will go to SpecialEffect










  • @JocePlays @Edgeymon Don't worry! There are 5 of us and we sleep in shifts. - 12/11/2017
  • @Edgeymon @JocePlays <3 - 12/11/2017
  • Today we whittled our games list down from 297 hours to 85.5 https://t.co/so88gzuqFz #cut #GFO2018 - 04/11/2017
  • We have had our first 2018 Marathon planning meeting today and the game suggestions are already looking super tasty. #gfo2018 - 01/10/2017
  • @SpecialEffect In related news, watching people play @Overcookedgame using chin control is the best thing we've seen this week. - 29/09/2017
  • If you head over to our twitch channel right now you will see the @SpecialEffect #OneSpecialDay stream. Go take a look! #charity - 29/09/2017
  • A few of us are crowdfunding a card game with all profits going to @SpecialEffect! Give it a follow @countsleepgame #charitytuesday - 27/06/2017
  • Thanks to everyone who voted in our poll! See the results here. <3 https://t.co/2mTY48RDbD - 30/04/2017
  • "Without the viewers we'd just be a bunch of idiots..." Thanks @SpecialEffect for the wonderful words. #lostlevels https://t.co/PnELf8ywqd - 25/04/2017
  • Hello lovely tweeps, if we were to get together in between marathons and stream some stuff, what would you want to see? Or none of these? - 24/04/2017
  • Good luck guys! https://t.co/aVHztmP5Il - 22/04/2017
  • You can see the winning dance here: https://t.co/cUJDfxSJB0 - 20/04/2017
  • Well done and thanks to everyone who entered and kept us entertained, awake and sane over the weekend! - 20/04/2017
  • And finally, congratulations to DJMike for winning our dance competition with his excellent version of Ah-ha's Take On Me using Just Dance 3 - 20/04/2017
  • Congratulations to @girlnerd84 for best Haiku: The goblin rises. He's here to make you dance dance. He comes when it's dark. - 20/04/2017
  • Congratulation to Ross for winning our Fan Art Competition with his protrayal of Ghost Friend! Check your email for… https://t.co/En0Hsrfbl2 - 20/04/2017
  • We've just about recovered from the weekend, and have picked our competition winners! Drum roll please...... - 20/04/2017
  • We're just about waking up and you beautiful people are still donating! Running total for 2017 so far: £2655.23 raised for @SpecialEffect <3 - 18/04/2017
  • RT @emogeekface: It's the morning after the @GamingForOthers marathon and this has happened... #justDance #keepItClean https://t.co/uWSiWPW6Tk - 18/04/2017
  • RT @sarahthephd: Excellent @GamingForOthers marathon as always! Muchos pennies raised and a job well done. Huzzah and congrats!… https://t.co/gAuGpOwCbp - 17/04/2017

How it works

Step 1: You Donate

You can donate as much or as little as you'd like via our JustGiving page using the donate button above.

Step 2: We Play

We play the games in our chosen series for as long as the donations take us to. The more you donate, the longer we play!

Step 3: SpecialEffect profit

SpecialEffect continue to do the amazing work they do, helping the rehabilitation, self-esteem and quality of life of disabled young people

SpecialEffect is a charity dedicated to using cutting-edge technology to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities. More specifically, the organisation helps young people with disabilities play and enjoy computer games. For these children, the majority of computer games are simply too quick or too difficult to play, and we can help them and their parents to find out which games they can play, and how to adapt those games that they can't.

But this isn’t just for the sake of fun. By giving disabled young people the means to participate, we’re kick-starting rehabilitation, inclusion, self-esteem and quality of life.

To learn more about SpecialEffect, please visit their website at specialeffect.org.uk


Choose a player


MASSIVE Mario fan. Nintendo veteran since ‘86, owns almost every Mario game, Generally definable by the hair, Dreams to one day meet Shigsy, or at least be in the same town.



Enjoys playing almost all video game genres, but really likes platformers. Some say he is fueled by amusing pictures of cats and bears.



Able to complete whole Mario games using only his skill and judgement, Darren is a big fan of all things Nintendo.



LucasArts enthusiast. Technogeek. Manages to have the worst luck especially with technology and Mario Party.



Long hours of gaming and sleep deprivation are Pete's second home. He's a veteran of many LAN events and has had more than his fair share of pizza boxes piled on him. His tiny sombrero gives him the power of a human man. He also likes Mario.



Often playing games solely on the strength of their music, his love of a good soundtrack is matched only by his insatiable appetite for cookies.


GFO Monthly

One evening a month members from GFO get together and stream a game for a few hours on our twitch.tv channel.

This is our opportunity to tweak our set up, get feedback and try out new things so that we can make our annual Easter marathon better every year!

Come and join us via twitch chat at www.twitch.tv/gamingforothers

We are currently taking a break from monthlies to focus on our main marathon event

GFO Monthly (November 2014) - Hatoful Boyfriend



Over the past 6 years we've gradually broadened our horizons for the kinds of games we play. In 2016, we continued this trend with a bundle of games - old and new, of a variety of genres, from relaxing Saturday morning cartoon-esque point and click puzzles to fast paced turbo-difficult action games; we even expanded our horizons with a Just Dance mega-set for your viewing pleasure!

Once again, our supporters pulled through and kept us sane (well, 'less insane' maybe?) through chat, Twitter, Facebook, fan art and gifts of cake! We also had a visit from SpecialEffect's Gav to keep our spirits up. In total, we raised a tremendous £2,205.22 for SpecialEffect and hope to beat that again this year with your help!

If you want to catch up on some of what you missed last year, or just want to reminisce about our sleep deprivation feel free to check out check out our YouTube and Vimeo channels. In the mean time, enjoy GFO's Pete vs SpecialEffect's Gav doing 'The Mario' to the right.

If you want to catch up on some of what you missed last year, or just want to reminisce about our sleep deprivation, check out our YouTube and Vimeo channels.



Throughout the marathon we will be running competitions for viewers to enter. So far these have included a fan art competition, some video game trivia questions via Twitter and a Haiku Competition with viewers winning some fantastic prizes, including goodies from


Contact Us

If you would like to get in touch with us for any reason, please feel free to contact us in any of the following ways:

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press enquiries

Please email darren(at)gamingforothers(dot)com

competition entries

Please email competitions(at)gamingforothers(dot)com