Avatar Heroes

There’s two parts to taking part in Sick Kids Save Point. Enduring 24 hours of gaming, and raising sponsorship. They are both tough tasks. Raising sponsorship can be a challenge when people don’t understand how difficult the marathon is, or the importance of the cause we are supporting.

Having a good avatar for your Just Giving page has become a bit of an art form at Sick Kids Save Point – it helps convince folks to sponsor you by showing either the quality of the cause you are raising for, The Sick Kids Friends Foundation, or the spirit with which you are approaching the task.

Robert Eastell, who raised £1,250 last year with a group of friends, has become a father since, and this year is using a picture of his baby as an avatar, reminding us exactly who we’re raising for.

Another success last year was Steev Douglas, who raised £581 after posting a series of hilarious avatars of himself or his kids:

At Sick Kids Save Point HQ we like the idea of gamers as heroes. None more so than our resident photographer Ross Aitken. As well as our Borderlands tribute for Cam Hall (see previous post), Ross has adopted a different hero persona every year as his avatar. First Superman, then Green Lantern:

 
And this year he’s adopted the Dark Knight as his avatar. Gamer, hero… Where’s he gonna stick that batarang?

We look forward to seeing some of this year’s examples! Once you’ve been sponsored once email us with your gamertag and we’ll send you a cool personalised sprite guy!

Saving Kids in Pandora..

We’re fans of Gearbox’s Borderlands here at Sick Kids Save Point HQ. It follows in a long lineage of addictive action-rpg obsessions that started with Gauntlet back in the arcades of the 80s. Actually, four player co-op on Borderlands 2 is top of lists of games to play during our gaming marathon.

We’re also fans of photographic mash-ups showing gamers as heroes, courtesy of our resident designer and photographer Ross Aitken. You may remember his Playstation Superman, or his Xbox Green Lantern.

Anyway, this year we pay tribute to Borderlands, knowing that us participants in Sick Kids Save Point are renegade heroes in the wasteland of negativity. When even Creative Scotland are devaluing games, we’re gamers for hire, saving kids by gaming past the fun barrier.

Anyway, enough of the claptrap. Here are the awesome images, featuring SKSP participant Cam Hall:

You can go sponsor Cam here.

Winners

Congratulations to our Bad Hotel winners Craig Jackson and HoMan Cheung of the Icthus team. Both were heroes of last year’s Sick Kids Save Point and are returning for more this year. Now they have another game  to add to their marathon plan. Check your twitter DMs lads..

If you didn’t win, fear not, Bad Hotel is available on itunes for a modest price. Check out Leith developer Lucky Frame – they have made other music treats!

Win Bad Hotel!

Those lovely folks at Leith developers Lucky Frame have given us four codes for their awesome iOS tower defender Bad Hotel.

In our Evening News review we said “The game is colourful, noisy, frantic and difficult, and even Channel 5’s Alex Polezzi would be too busy beating back pterodactyls to care about the dust..”

To win a copy of this cool game, just get on twitter and tweet the following:

I’d LOVE to play @lucky_frame’s Bad Hotel during my @SKsavepoint marathon! Oh and sponsor me to help sick kids: [insert your Just Giving page url here]

Make sure you’re following us AND lucky frame to enter, and have a real Just Giving page set up.

Closes Saturday midnight. We’ll make the draw on Sunday. Good luck!!

Invertical

Stuck for what to play during Sick Kids Save Point, Scotland’s 24 hour video game marathon? Check out indie game Invertical by one of our participants Oxygen Addict, or Edinburgh boy Richard Adams. Richard is so much of an enthusiast for making wee games, he’s doing an extra marathon at the end of September for making games.  If you sponsor him you can suggest a game for him to try!
In the meantime, if you buy Invertical for a piddling £1.20 the proceeds will go towards the SKSP total. Everyone’s a box shaped upside down winner!