Thursday, 28 June 2012

Game News: GametoAid Raise Money for Charity By Playing Games

A group of students in Adelaide, Australia will host and stream a live Zelda video-game marathon raising money for Child’s Play charity. Hosted on their site, GametoAid, the stream will feature two teams playing through six titles from Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series, to raise money for Childs Play
"Child's Play seeks to improve the lives of children in hospitals around the world through the kindness and generosity of the video game industry and the power of play. It's an honour to be supporting such a great gaming-related cause, and I hope that together with your help we can make a difference to a bunch of childrens' lives."
The marathon is scheduled to start on Thursday the 28th of June at these following times:

Time Zone - Marathon Start
BST- 09:30AM
PST- 04:30AM

"The Zelda Timeline Marathon will be broadcast live online, where thousands of viewers will tune in to watch and donate. Over a duration of over 72 hours, several players will take shifts to complete a selection of Zelda games ranging from Ocarina of Time to Skyward Sword. The team will interact with viewers of the marathon through a chat box, and hope to leverage social media services such as Twitter and Facebook to spread the word about the charity drive." 

Unlike some other marathons GameToAid aim to have as much interaction and communication with their audience as possible. One of the group aims to always on available to chat in order to take requests for challenges, hand out prizes, run multiple contests and looking at any submitted fan art.

The Zelda titles they will be playing through are as follows:

Skyward Sword
Ocarina of Time 
A Link to the Past 
Majora's Mask 
Link's Awakening 
The Wind Waker

GameToAid have been fundraising since December 2010, which is when they had their first ever marathon (Game Over School). Since then they have been playing through some great games and some not-so-great games.

"The student-run group GameToAid has raised over $26,000 for various charities in the past 18 months, and have had a total of 4.3 million viewers. “Itʼs a great way to bring gamers together to give back to the community," said Toby Zerner, event coordinator, 'and to use video games for a good cause.'"

So why not take a look at the stream and perhaps donate anything you can?
Also feel free to comment below as to which is your favourite Zelda game!

GameToAid Links
- Michael Johnson (Slurmnator)
Author's note: 'I'll be on chat moderating as always so feel free to come say hello.'


Zelda: Majora's mask is my favourite Zelda game for sure. The atmosphere, the dark tones, the fact that all the characters feel alive due to their schedules and routines. It's all just brilliant.

^Agreed. I can't believe I missed this!

There's not a lot better than gaming and playing Zelda, but doing this for charity just steps it up! I'm always on the lookout for events like these as they're a great way to raise awareness for different charities, whilst getting to push yourself to the extremes of gaming. This is especially as I'm now married and don't really get the time to play much games with the mrs around.

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