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 from a particular series 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!
You can donate as much or as little as you'd like via our JustGiving page using the donate button above.
We play the games in our chose series for as long as the donations take us to. The more you donate, the longer we play!
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
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.
He's a gerbil. MVP.
In 2013 we set out with the goal of raising £1,700 for SpecialEffect. Thanks to the amazing effort by all who watched, we absolutely smashed that goal, raising £2,275.22 over 83 hours!
We played 22 games from the Super Mario series, including some favourites from 2012 and some new appearances. We also introduced donation bonuses, including Donkey Konga Songs and Just Dance Super Mario DLC - all performed in Mario-related costumes, with a 6 person dance-off to end the marathon with a bang!
As with 2012's Sunshine fiasco, we ran into issues with Super Princess Peach having not realised all collectables were required to finish the game!
None of this would have been possible (or half as enjoyable) without our amazing supporters spurring us on via chat, Twitter, Facebook, Text and any other means possible. We hope to see them all again for 2014, as well as some new faces!
If you want to catch up on what you missed last year, or just want to reminisce about our sleep deprivation, or for those who interested in watching our 2012 marathon, you can find a summary video, plus all 88 hours organised by game here.
Throughout the marathon we will be running competitions for viewers to enter. Last year these included a fan art competition and some Mario Trivia questions via Twitter.
2014 is set to include both these competitions as well as many more, so tune in to our live stream and be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes, including goodies from
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:
Please email darren(at)gamingforothers(dot)com
Please email competitions(at)gamingforothers(dot)com