Q: When will Nick’s Marathon take place?
A: The 2013 Nick’s Marathon has not yet been announced. The 2012 Marathon took place between Friday, November 23rd and Sunday, November 25th.
Q: What did you guys play?
A: The Nintendo Wii U! We played a few older classic games as well, but with the Wii U having just been released a few days before the event, most of our time was devoted to the new system. (And yes, we beat New Super Mario Bros. U!) Click here for a game list!
Q: How the heck can playing video games raise money for charity?
A: It’s simple. See that donate button on the front 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 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 donate securely and simply.
Q: OK, I’ve donated, but I want to do more to help you guys. What else can I do?
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 5011(c)(3) organization, dedicated to improving the lives of seriously ill children and their families. For more about who we are, click here.