Holy Countdown Batfolks

With 2 weeks to go, things are gathering apace for a crazy weekend of games. We’ve been putting posters up around Edinburgh, including at the Sick Kids.

In the meantime this weekend sees pacesetter Richard Adams embarking on his ‘dev marathon’ in which he’ll be making as many games as he can in 24 hours. We’ve sponsored him suggesting a game using our wee sprite logo as a character. Why not sponsor him to make a suggestion? At least show him some support.

The rest of us are hard in training getting into shape for our 24 hour video games marathon in aid of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation on the weekend of 12th -14th October 2012. If you think playing games and saving kids sounds like something you could do, it’s not too late to sign up. Just read our Safety guidelines and create a Just Giving Page
What are you playing this weekend? tweet us with the #sksptraining hashtag, or come chat to us on Facebook.

Welcome back, Skyscanner

Last year flight price comparison experts Skyscanner impressed us when they raised £1.3k towards the SKSP total by turning their office into a 24 hour videogames mecca. Now it looks like they’ll be joining us again!

“Skyscanner as an organisation takes great pride in the variety of charity work that it gets involved in. Being comprised primarily of geeks, a band of Skyscanner employees were naturally drawn to the marathon and the cause.” They tell us on their Just Giving page. If last year was anything to go by, expect some amusing video blogs! Welcome back scanners!

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!!

Neil’s challenge

One of our participants Neil Gow, whose son had spent 5 days at the Sick Kids recently, has set himself some extra challenges for his marathon, according to his blog..  Apparently he’s unearthed a list of the worst games ever, and he’s looking for people to donate to put him through ordeals such as ‘Garden Simulator’..
‘a list of truly awful abominations of game design that will test my gaming ability and sanity over the course of the 24 hours.’ Neil tells us.  Go check out his blog, and donate to put him through hell via his Just Giving page...

Join us for SKSP 2011!

In 2010 Gamers all over Scotland undertook a 24-hour gaming marathon and raised over £7,000 for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, who help the patients and their families at the Sick Kids Hospital, Edinburgh. They were supported by Edinburgh’s own Rockstar North, the creators of Grand Theft Auto. Codemasters UK also donated Nintendo DS lites for the brave children in the wards of the Sick Kids Hospital. Our top player was Freakyzoid, who raised a staggering £778.05 including gift aid.

As they attempted to play games for 24 hours they kept in contact through facebook and twitter, and a strong gaming community emerged. Now is your chance to join that community, because this year we plan to do it all again, only this time bigger and better!

In various 24 hour slots between 12.00am Friday 7th October and 11.59pm Sunday 9th October gamers will be undertaking a marathon on thier sofa. They will be collecting sponsorship through Just Giving to help an important local charity. If you want to be part of it, join us on facebook and twitter, and watch this space for further details….