Mario Marathon Ustream.TV Child's Play Charity

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are you?
We are a group of guys in our thirties who love video games and wanted to use this love to give back. The four players who have participated in our events are:

  • Brian "Shirt Guy" Brinegar
  • John "Couch Guy" Groth
  • Chris "Slouch Guy" Deckard
  • Dan "Chair Guy" May

Throughout the event we are joined by our friends and family who have all shown great support of the event.
Where are you guys located?
During the event we play Mario games from a living room in Lafayette, Indiana.
Will their be a Mario Marathon 3?
I hope so, but we never know for sure.
Are you affiliated with Nintendo?
No, the Mario Marathon is an independent fan run event. We are in no way affiliated with any corporate entity. We do want to thank Nintendo for creating these great games!
Who is invited to this event?
Nintendo says that, "Wii is for everyone." We've taken this to the extreme by inviting everyone in the world to share our experience by watching online as we play Mario on the Wii.
Are you taking a cut of the donations?
No, we are not even collecting the donations. Donations made using the Chipin button our our side go directly to Child's Play. Our goal is only to raise awareness of Child's Play and prove that, "When gamers give back, it makes a difference!"
Are you planning anything different for this year?
Yes! The details are still in the works, but we plan to do more! There are 599 stars/levels in the games we played. Last year we completed about half of those stars/levels. Check back for details on exactly what we'll be doing during this marathon.
Where did this idea come from?
The concept was borrowed (with permission) from a guy named Cameron Banga and some of his friends, who attempted to complete Four 3D Zelda games in 48 hours. Watching how much fun they had, I couldn't help but want to attempt something similar. It started out with me asking a couple of my friends if they'd be down for a weekend of non-stop gaming, that turned into us deciding that we might as well make it official and document the whole thing online and see if we can raise some money for charity.
How will my donations get to Child's Play?
We are using a service called ChipIn to track donations which are sent directly to Child's Play. You will receive a PayPal receipt which can be used for tax purposes.
Are you good at these games?
No! Last year we took about 55 hours to complete the seven games. If things go as planned we'll be playing even longer this year.
What versions of these games will be played?
We intend to play all of the games on the Nintendo Wii via the Virtual Console, Gamecube, and Wii discs. Note, at the request of viewers we opted to play portions of SMB 2 and 3 using an SNES and the Super Mario Allstars cartridge.
Is warping allowed?
Yes. On the main page of the web site we've listed out our play schedule. Initially we will play through all 7 games using warps. Then, based on the donations raised we will revisit each game to complete the remaining goals and beat the game 100%
How do you benefit from this event?
Other than 15 minutes of internet fame we see no direct benefit. In fact, the Mario Marathon team spent over $1,000 of our own money making donations, buying prizes, mailing press releases, etc. The event is a hobby and a way to have a bigger charitable impact than we could afford ourselves.
Why aren't you playing XYZ?
Who knows, maybe we will play XYZ this year. We'll see.
What order will you play through the games?
We will play through the games in order, starting with Super Mario Bros on Friday and completing Super Mario Galaxy a few days later. We will then start the series over, to complete the levels we skipped in the first run through.
How do you plan to stay awake?
The pure excitement of Mario saving all those princesses should keep us going.
Is there anything I can do to help?
At this point we're just trying to get the word out. Do what you can to promote the event.
How can I submit Fan Art for the web site?
This year we've setup a fanart submission process to assist us in getting the art up and to make it easier for everyone to browse the artwork. Use the Fan Art Submission Form to get started.
How do you plan to webcast the video?
Ustream.tv is being used to host our video stream. Equipment wise, we've got a Logitech Quickcam, a Diamond Video Capture device, two omni-directional microphones, and a sound mixer hooked up to a Dell PC running Windows XP and webcammax.
Won't your Wii overheat?
We've got three Wiis (Plural Wii? Woo?) which we can swap in and out.
I want to run my own gaming marathon, any suggestions?
We've put together some notes which you can read in the article, Notes on Running a Gaming Marathon.
How do I connect to the ustream IRC chat servers?
There are instructions on this ustream forum thread, Connect to ustream chat on IRC.
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