Sick Kids Save Point week is here! First up Alex Sievwright who because of work commitments will be starting his 24 hour gaming marathon on Wednesday. Alex has challenged himself to only play games based on movies, which will be a tough one. From Alex’s marathon to Joseph Blythe, who will be kicking off on Friday morning, you can follow events unfold via the #sksp hashtag on twitter.
|Tilt & Sprout: go check out their webcomic & vid
Talking of twitter, to celebrate the hour we have 30 copies of the ace tilting iphone game Tilt & Sprout to give away, thanks to local developers Twiddly. Just head on to twitter, follow @TiltAndSprout and retweet the relevant tweet to enter. It’ll be a @SKsavepoint tweet, so make sure to be following us too! Competition closes when Alex kicks off his marathon on wednesday!
Richard Adams underwent an early Sick Kids Save Point marathon, but his was a games development marathon, using Gamemaker by Yoyo games. Now you can download and play the fruits of his labour in your own gaming marathon! One of the games is called SKSP Hospital quest, featuring our own wee sprite character!
Thanks Richard, you’re a Sick Kids Save Point hero. Go download his games.
So, with Sick Kids Save Point fast approaching, how ready are you for a video games marathon in 2 weeks? Here’s a wee checklist to help you work it out:
1. Have you set up your Just Giving page? Its very quick, just follow THIS LINK.
Remember to personalise it, people respond better to personal stories, and photos! You’d be surprised how many pages still have a pair of trainers as their avatar..
2. Are you following us on twitter and facebook? You must keep everyone informed during your marathon by posting on our facebook page, tweeting using the #sksp hashtag, or if you’re live streaming or vlogging let us know the url and we’ll post them all on this site. We need to know you’re still up, and what you’re playing.
3. Have you worked out where and when you’re playing? If you’re playing at home, does whoever you live with know the TV will be out of action for 24 hours? If you’re playing with others have you worked out whose house? If you’re going to Twitch Gaming, have you let them know? Also work out what time you want to start – An early start means you’ll be going to bed in the morning and may mess up your internal clock, but an evening start means you’re looking at 36 hours or so awake!
4. Have you asked your closest friends and family to sponsor you? In the last 2 years most of our sponsorship came from non-gamers. Part of the point of Sick Kids Save Point is to improve the image of our hobby, and now’s your chance to show that some good can be done by playing games. Tell them about the charity, and why you’re doing it. Getting sponsored isn’t as hard as you think, but you do need to ASK PEOPLE to sponsor you, otherwise it’ll all be for nothing.
Good Luck! We can’t wait to follow the carnage online…
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.