FAQ

Q: When will the next Nick’s Marathon take place?

A: The 2013 Nick’s Marathon went from Friday, November 22nd through Sunday, November 24th. We haven’t yet announced a date for 2014 – stay tuned!

Q: What did you guys play at the 2013 event?

A: We here at NM have a soft spot for two kinds of games – co-ops and Mario.  Therefore we played a lot of Super Mario 3D World, which came out on November 22nd, the same day the Marathon began!  We also played the new Xbox One, and a wide variety of other games, old and new.   Here’s a partial game list.

Q: How the heck can playing video games raise money for charity?

A: It’s simple. See that donate button on the top of this page? You click there to make a donation. As a reward for your donation, you get to watch several immature and sleep-deprived fools spend an entire weekend playing games, socializing and playing the way Nick always loved. The 2012 NM is finished, but you can still donate and help support our cause!

Q: What exactly *is* your cause?

A: This year, Nick’s Marathon raised money exclusively for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.  We were able to raise enough money to donate a bunch of new video game systems to the House, including an Xbox One, a PlayStation 4, and a Nintendo WiiU, as well as portable systems like Nintendo 3DS’s and PlayStation Vitas.  For more on Nick’s connection to this Ronald McDonald House, click here.

Q: What do people see during the Marathon?

A: You see a live feed from our home base. It’ll be one video stream, in a picture-in-picture mode. You will see a direct feed of the console game, as well and a live webcam showing all of us playing (the less visually pleasant feed – we are nerds after all) – which we’ll have in the corner. We’ll be playing and broadcasting for as long as it takes to finish the video games on our games list.

Q. Have you guys done this before?

A: Yup! For some info and video from past marathons, click here.

Q: How much should I donate?

A: $1. $18.75. $300. Whatever you would like or can afford to give. That’s entirely up to you. Just keep in mind that every little bit helps, and you don’t have to be rich to make a difference.

Q: How do I donate?

A: Click on the “Donate” link on the front page and follow the instructions to make a tax-deductible donation securely and simply.

Q: OK, I’ve donated, but I want to do more to help you guys.  What else can I do?

A: Help us spread the word of Nick’s Marathon!  Tell your family and friends about us!  Like us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter @nicksmarathon!

Q: What’s up with this Xbox One raffle?  Did you really give away a brand new system?

A: Yup!  Click here for a picture of our big winner!

Q: Where did you get the idea for a video-game marathon that raises money for charity?

A: We aren’t the first to do this and we totally want to give credit to the original people who thought of this. That would be Loading, Ready, Run with their Desert Bus of Hope marathon in November 2007.

Q: What equipment do you use?

A: We use a webcam and a Dazzle Capture Card to broadcast both the webcam and the video-game feed. We will be using http://www.ustream.tv/ to broadcast the video.

Q: Who is this Nick guy?

A: Click here for more about Nick.

Q: And who are you guys?

A: We are a non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to improving the lives of seriously ill children and their families.  For more about who we are, click here.