This is another “Look at these cool causes!” post, this time regarding video games and playing them for charities of various sorts. The most famous “group” of this type is probably The Speed Gamers, who have done roughly a dozen marathons of varying lengths for various series, most recently a 72-hour Mega Man marathon. But there are various other groups that either do or will be doing the same thing with other series. One that’s just starting up is Bonus Stage Marathons, who have Cornshaq (One of my favorite Youtube gamers) among their ranks. On September 25th, they’ll be starting a marathon on the Kirby series of games for the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, so if you like Kirby, make sure to check that out.
The real reason I bring this up, though, is to indulge in some shameless and perhaps premature self-promotion. Over New Year’s weekend, at MAGFest, I’ll be taking part in The Speed Demos Archive Charity Marathon. Its theme is classic games (Admittedly, the definition of “classic” is rather loose in a couple of cases), and I’ll be doing runs of Battletoads (Even when I’m no longer That Battletoads Guy, even on SDA, I’m apparently still That Battletoads Guy. Such is my gift. Such is my curse.), Rygar, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (The even-harder-than-Battletoads-in-my-eyes original NES game), Marble Madness and Kung Fu. All told, that’s roughly an hour and a half of the marathon that I’ll be playing. Not a super long time, truth be told, but Battletoads and TMNT is one of the harder one-two punches in the marathon so far. I’ll have more on this as the time draws nearer.