Checklist time…

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…

SKSP 3 dated!

Scotland’s 24 hour video game marathon will return in 2012, on the weekend of the 12th-14th October.

In the last 2 years gamers across the UK have raised over £28,000 for The Sick Kids Friends Foundation in Edinburgh.  Along the way we’ve had the incredible support of Rockstar North, our local games behemoth, who have donated substantially to our total as well as some truly awesome prizes for our top participants.  We’ve also had brilliant support from Codemasters UK and Journalist Scott Munro who have donated Nintendo DS Lites and games for the hospital to help with rehabilitation of sick children there.  

Special mention must also go to independent games designer Tony Gowland and and Queensferry dad Neil Gow, who were our top players of 2010 & 2011 respectively.  Along with podcast Downtoforit X, cheap flight comparison gurus Skyscanner, local ska band More From Jim, Icthus Christian Fellowship and the guys at Twitch gaming, Edinburgh’s PC gaming centre, these brave gamers took part in a non stop gaming session of 24 hours straight!  Think it sounds easy?  Think again – these gamers and many, many more pushed past the fun barrier to support the work of The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.  

And in 2012, you can too.  Just choose any 24-hour slot between 12th-14th October, and watch this space for more details!  Any questions?  Come find us on Facebook or Twitter..

On Your Marks…

As we all try to get some well needed sleep before this dry-eyed thumb crampy weekend, I’m delighted to say that we have SMASHED our target already.  Currently we have raised over 12,000 pounds for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation.  This means that collectively we can do our marathons knowing that we genuinely have made a difference, as well as redressing the bad image that gaming has.

First to kick off in the morning is actor and writer Alex Sievewright who has set himself an 8am start.  Good luck Alex!  You can follow his progress on twitter, where he is known as @wibbleflopp.  Please show him support for being our pacemaker by sponsoring him a couple of quid.  Here is his Just Giving page.

Also to look out for this weekend are the Ultimate Minecraft team, who (as the name suggests) are playing nothing but minecraft for their whole marathon!  They’ll be streaming their efforts here.  Also if you’re at a loose end in Edinburgh this weekend pop in to Twitch Gaming, the local Interactive Video Gaming Centre in Nicolson street, who’ll be taking part from 11am on Saturday.

Good Luck to all our participants, and keep up the good work.  If you’re not taking part, sponsor us by texting SKSP 77 + £(amount) to 70070