Q: When will Nick’s Marathon take place?
A: The 2013 Nick’s Marathon will start the night of Friday, November 22nd and go through Sunday, November 24th.
Q: What are you guys going to play at this year’s event?
A: We here at NM have a soft spot for two kinds of games – co-ops and Mario. Therefore we are very excited to play Super Mario 3D World, which actually comes out on November 22nd! The PlayStation 4 will have come out a week before, and the Xbox One also comes out on 11/22, and we’ll be playing those systems as well (though if we’ll be able to get a PS4 remains to be seen!) Here’s our tentative 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 will be raising money exclusively for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. We’re hoping to raise enough money so that we can donate a bunch of new video game systems to the house, including consoles like 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?
Q: What’s up with this Xbox One raffle?
A: It’s simple – click here and decide how many raffle tickets you want to buy. If you win, you’ll get a brand new $500 video game system for a fraction of the price. If you don’t win, you just donated money to a great charity. So it’s win-win!
Q: Why aren’t raffle ticket purchases tax-deductible?
A: It’s an IRS/legal thing. But rest assured, 100% of the proceeds from the raffle tickets still go to supporting our cause.
Q: Where did you get this idea?
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 will you be using?
A: We’ll be using a webcam and a Dazzle Capture Card to broadcast both the webcam and the Wii 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.