Frequently Asked Questions
- Who are you?
My name is Brian Brinegar, I'm a 29 year old
web developer located in
Lafayette, Indiana. I love video games, and have been
a Super Mario fan since the release of Super Mario Bros for the NES.
Along side me will be Dan May and John Groth, avid gamers and
my former college roommates.
- Why are you doing this?
The concept was borrowed (with permission) from a guy named
Cameron Banga and some
of his friends, who attempted to complete
Four 3D Zelda games in 48 hours. Watching how much fun they had, I
couldn't help but want to attempt something similar. It started
out with me asking a couple of my friends if they'd be down for a
weekend of non-stop gaming, that turned into us deciding that
we might as well make it official and document the whole thing
online and see if we can raise some money for charity.
- How will my donations get to Child's Play?
We are using a service called ChipIn to track donations which are sent
directly to Child's Play.
You will receive a PayPal receipt which can be used for tax purposes.
- Are you good at these games?
We've beaten all of these games, except Sunshine, several times.
I wouldn't say we're especially good at them. Don't look for
any amazing speed runs.
- What versions of these games will be played?
We intend to play all of the games on the Nintendo Wii via
the Virtual Console, Gamecube, and Wii discs.
- Is warping allowed?
Yes. We will play every game from the beginning screen through
to the ending, but we do not plan to play every level, only
those required to beat the game.
- Are continues allowed?
Continuing is allowed as long as it's within the limits of the game.
For example, Super Mario Bros. 1 and 2, have a limited number of continues,
where others have unlimited. So, if we were to run out of continues on
Super Mario Bros. 2, we would start again from the beginning.
- Why aren't you playing XYZ?
What? Seven games isn't enough for you? Fine, run your own marathon!
We choose what we consider the main lineage of US Super Mario console
- What order will you play through the games?
We plan to play through all of the games in order, starting with
Super Mario Bros on Friday and completing Super Mario Galaxy a few days
If a game becomes extremely frustrating we may opt to complete the games
in a different order or return to a game at a later time.
- How do you plan to stay awake?
The pure excitement of Mario saving all those princesses should keep us
- Do you think this is doable?
Sure, I've done the math, and I am over thirty percent confident that
we can do it!
- Is there anything I can do to help?
At this point we're just trying to get the word out. Do what you can
to promote the event.
- If this works out would you attempt any other marathons?
I can't say for sure, but I'd really like to play through all of the
Metal Gear Solid games or perhaps all of the Mega Man games.
- How do you plan to webcast the video?
Ustream.tv is being used to host
our video stream. Equipment wise, we've got a Logitech Quickcam, a
Dell PC running Windows XP, webcammax, a PVR 250 video capture card, and some USB microphones.
- Won't your Wii overheat?
We've got three Wiis (Plural Wii? Woo?) which we can swap
in and out.
- I want to run my own gaming marathon, any suggestions?
We've put together some notes which you can read in the article,
Notes on Running a Gaming Marathon.
- Got a question we haven't answered?
Send me an e-mail and
I'll get you an answer.