Most of the time, I’m going to Twitch.TV and attempting to find some cool competitive game to watch. This weekend though, it’s all about Video Game marathons that benefit charity. The biggest one that we’re going to talk about is Mario Marathon, which has grown to be one of the best and most successful video game marathon groups that we have ever seen. I talk a lot about Mario Marathon, because I find what they are doing very inspiring. They are one of the major reasons why I decided to organize the Mass Effect Marathon. Watching a group of friends get together, playing video games that they love, interacting with people all over the world, and raising money for sick children just has a lasting impact on you.
Last year Mario Marathon raised over $112,000 for Child’s Play Charity, and they are poised to have an even bigger year this time around. For every $1000 that is raised, the Wheel of Awesome will spin and force the guys to sing, dance and make you laugh. There is the React-Time system that allows you to cheer or boo the group and have sound effects play over the stream in real time. Not to mention that when you donate, Mario himself will come on screen and thank you for your donation. It’s a fantastic event that will have you laughing, cheering, and maybe even thinking about how you could run your own charity event.
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For many days, a group of friends in Indiana are going to play through all of the major Super Mario video games for your entertainment. The more you donate, the more levels they will play to completion. It’s a very fun time, not only to watch, but also to chat with fellow fans. Grab a drink, get comfortable, and enjoy your weekend with the air conditioner on! Also be sure to donate using the button on the right hand side of this website, so that they know g33kWatch sent you. =)
Dates: June 22- 27 | Starts at 11 AM ET
- Super Mario Bros
- Super Mario Bros 2
- Super Mario Bros 3
- Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels
- Super Mario World
- New Super Mario Bros Wii
- Mario 64
- Mario Sunshine
- Super Mario Galaxy
- Super Mario Galaxy 2
If you are looking for other gaming marathons to watching during the weekend, the team over at Gaming Vlog Network has got you covered! They are going to be having a 6 hour event that starts on Saturday June 23rd. There’s a twist to this marathon though. For every $1 you donate, that will be a full minute that they have to keep playing after the 6 hours are up. The more you donate, the more they play! They look to have some fun games lined up, so be sure to check them out.
Dates: June 23 | Starts at 1 PM ET
- Battlefield 3
- Mass Effect 3
- Super Monday Night Combat
- Blacklight Retribution
- Tribes Ascend
Perhaps you don’t like Mario games. Perhaps you enjoy Sci-Fi tales of genetic super soldiers that fight off alien hordes. Maybe you just like Master Chief a lot. Well boy do we have good news for you! This weekend, there will be a complete Halo marathon that is also benefiting Child’s Play. 24 hours of assault rifles, sticky grenades, and hijinks!
Dates: June 23- 24 | Starts at 11 AM ET
- Halo 2
- Halo 3
- Halo: ODST
- Halo: Reach
Players continue to move towards qualifying for the 2012 Battle.net World Championship, and this weekend European players have their chance to get one step closer to that ultimate goal. This will be a great chance to see some up and coming Starcraft players who may be making a bigger impact on the eSports scene in the near future.
Dates: June 23 – 24 | 4 AM PDT
- Starcraft II
For the past nine weeks, some of Starcraft II’s best players have been duking it out to see who would be good enough to qualify for the North American Starcraft League Season 3 playoffs. Well now the brackets are set, and the playoff series can begin! Winners from this weekend will go to the finals held in Toronto July 14-15, and those who lose will have to go fishing until next season. Will be an exciting weekend of games to be sure.
Dates: June 23 – 24 | 6 PM PDT
- Starcraft II
Solomid.net is investing over $100,000 to hold weekly tournaments to showcase up and coming League of Legends teams. This weekend is the first weekly invitational, with a variety of teams fighting for a $2,000 prize pool. If you are looking for some intense League of Legends action, this would be the place to do it!
Dates: June 23 – 24 | 10 AM PDT
- League of Legends