Right now the 5th annual Mario Marathon for Child's Play Charity is going. What is Mario Marathon? It is a video game marathon where they play all the major Mario console games and raise money for Child's Play Charity.
Here is a little FAQ I made that will help the new viewers this year.
Where can I donate?
You can donate by going to their donation page HERE. All the donations they receive go to Child's Play Charity via PayPal.
What can I do if I can't/don't want to donate?
Where can I watch the stream?
This year the stream feed will be on Twitch TV (http://www.twitch.tv/mariomarathon) instead of UStream which they have used in the past. You can also watch the Twitch TV feed on their own website (www.mariomarathon.com). If you watch it on their website, there are audience reaction buttons and if the viewers press one emote enough times, the players can hear it. It's a fun way to interact with the live stream.
Where can I chat with the viewers?
The main chat is on their IRC ChatAbout server #mariomarathon. You can connect to the IRC chat via their front page on the Mario Marathon website or through an IRC program. New this year is a Twitter Chat on the Mario Marathon front page. Just log in with you Twitter account and you can use the Twitter chat. If you wan to switch to the IRC chat, click the "Switch to IRC Chat" underneath the Twitter chat and if you want to switch back to the Twitter chat, click the "Switch to Twitter Chat" link. Need some IRC help? Here is their FAQ copied and pasted from the IRC help page.
Chat / IRC Help
Connecting via an IRC client.
- Download and install an IRC client (XChat)
- Server: irc.chatabout.net
- Port: 6667
- Channel: #mariomarathon
Registering a nickname
- Join the chat server with your desired nickname
- Enter: /ns register <password> <email>
- <password> - is your desired password
- <email> - is your email address
- E-mail with verification instructions will be sent to your address
Logging in with a registered nickname
- Register a nickname using the instructions above
- Join the chat server with your nickname
- Enter /ns identify <password>
What games do they play?
Here are a list of the games and the order they play them.
Mario Marathon 5 Line-Up
There are over 1,000 levels across the ten Mario games chosen for the Mario Marathon 5. Your donations determine which of those levels the team will complete.
The order the games will be played is listed below. For details on the exact levels and donation goals check the Level Checklist.
Levels Donation $$ Mario Galaxy 2Beat w/ 75 Stars 1 - 75 $55.46 New Super Mario Bros WiiWorlds 1,2,5,8 76 - 114 $105.46 Mario GalaxyBeat w/ 60 Stars 115 - 175 $235.24 Mario SunshineBeat w/ 50 Shines 176 - 226 $423.81 Mario 64Beat w/ 76 Stars 227 - 303 $969.40 Super Mario World100% Run Through 304 - 400 $2,626.21 Super Mario Bros. 3100% Run Through 401 - 490 $6,503.05 Super Mario Bros. 2100% Run Through 491 - 510 $7,945.96 Super Mario Bros100% Run Through 511 - 542 $10,944.00 Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels100% Worlds 1 - 8 543 - 574 $15,066.10 Mario 64100% 120 Star Run 575 - 617 $23,137.70 Mario Galaxy100% Completion 618 - 676 $41,657.90 New Super Mario Bros Wii100% Worlds 3,4,6,7,9 677 - 726 $68,544.20 Mario Galaxy 2 or Super Mario SunshineAll Blue Coins or Green Stars 727 - 786 $124,565.00
I still have more questions I want answered about Mario Marathon.
Their FAQ is here (http://www.mariomarathon.com/faq.html). You can learn more about Mario Marathon there.
Social Media links for Mario Marathon
Facebook Page - LINK
Twitter Page - LINK
Just kick back, relax, and enjoy Mario Marathon! Remember, it's for the children!