The past year has flown by, and the time for that beloved summer tradition is here: Mario Marathon 3 begins at 11:00AM EDT (1500 UTC) today. In case you don’t know what Mario Marathon is, or if you have forgotten, allow me to explain. Three guys sit around playing video games for days on end. Thousands of people around the world watch, laugh at the players’ failures, and donate money to Child’s Play Charity. 100% of the donations go directly to Child’s Play, which uses it to purchase video game systems, toys, and books for seriously ill children. The players take no cut, and actually lose several hundred dollars in food, donations, and lost productivity, but since it’s for the children, it works out.
Last year’s event was a resounding success, raising nearly $30,000 over the course of about four days. This puts Mario Marathon in Child’s Play’s “Platinum Sponsors” list, alongside organizations like Mircrosoft, Amazon.com, and MTV. You might have heard of them. This year, over $5000 has been raised before the event even starts, and a much larger audience and donation tally are expected. As a result, the organizers have put a lot more effort into publicity, in-event contests and prizes, and organizing the support staff who help set Mario Marathon apart by interacting with the fans.
There are some great surprises in store that I’m not allowed to mention, but you’ll love it. Please take some time and watch. If you can, please donate, it would be greatly appreciated. If you can’t make a donation, that’s okay too. You can do your part by helping to spread the word to your friends. Thanks to all of the fans for your continued support!