It's so EPIC it's Stupid!

DowntoforitX are a Scottish gaming podcast.  They are also part of the awesome Retroids Podcast Network.  Most importantly though, they are doing Sick Kids Save Point THIS WEEKEND.  As part of Retroids they are committed to taking part in Extra Life, SKSP's American Granddaddy, which takes place this weekend, so they moved their Sick Kids Save Point marathon to coincide.
Extra Life is a gaming marathon run by Sarcastic Gamer, which was started to raise funds for the Texas Children's Hospital but now benefits the Children's Miracle Network, a charity which benefits all children's hospitals.  Prime and Ray-G are playing for the Sick Kids in Edinburgh, of course, and if you donate to their SKSP page the money will go straight to the hospital, and as it is Just Giving is eligible for Gift Aid.  If you want to show some solidarity to these guys, or if you missed out on last weekend but still want to support Sick kids Save Point, go sponsor DowntoforitX now!

What is all this for?

Sick Kids Save Point is a 24 hour gaming marathon being held 7th-9th October 2011 to raise money for The Sick Kids Friends Foundation.
The foundation supports the work of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. The Hospital receives over 100,000 children through its doors each year from all over the country.

* Extra comforts, which make time in hospital better for children
* Facilities
* Extra medical equipment
* Support for sick children who are cared for in the Community
* Funding for extra training and research

Last year, although we did contribute towards purchasing vital equipment for complicated surgery we didn't quite make it to our £10,000 pound 'platinum' target.  visit our trophy list,

this year help us push to that next level.

If you don't want to take part, you can sponsor us here! Please give what you can to support us... We're going to push through the fun barrier.


Tips and Safety

24 hours of gaming is not as easy as it sounds, and we recommend that anyone taking part prepares properly.

-Take regular breaks from your gaming; go outside, smell a flower, make a sandwich, that sort of thing. We ask that every three hours during your marathon you tweet us or write on our facebook page to let us know what you're playing and how your personal targets are going. Use these times to get away from the screen briefly.

-Keep as far back from the screen as possible, and look away from the screen regularly.

-Stop the game if strange or unusual feelings develop. If you suffer from epilepsy or seizures consult your doctor before taking part. There is no direct link between videogames and epilepsy but photosensitive sufferers should take precautions when thinking of playing for such long periods.

-Remember to eat and drink! Plenty of water is good, as opposed to cola, tea or alcohol because prolonged time in front of a screen can dehydrate you. If you are going to use caffeine to get you through, it's best to stick to water for the first half of your marathon, and save the coffee for that inevitable pain barrier!

-Go to the loo when needed… seriously…

-Get together with others. Form a fundraising team or at least encourage your friends to pop round for a game at some point during your marathon. You will be glad of the moral support.

-Make sure you are careful to catch up on sleep on either end of your marathon. Starting the marathon on Saturday morning after a wild night on friday would be foolish, and you'd only regret it later...

- Make a plan. Set yourself personal goals for the 24 hour stint. For example: Those elusive Playstation trophies or XBL achievements, that game that you bought but never got round to playing, or that game you just never finished because other ones came along. Or maybe you've got old retro systems packed away that deserve to be dusted off and shown some love.

-Mix it up. 24 hours of wii sports will make your arms drop off. Or imagine the claw your hand will have frozen into if you try and play Guitar Hero for 24 hours? Similarly sitting in one place playing Final Fantasy will eventually be sleep inducing.

It might be a good idea to print this page for reference. You could draw up your plan on the reverse.


Save Point Trophies Yo!

In 2010 we achieved only 57% of our trophy list.  That is how a casual gamer completes a game!  This year we want to achieve that ultimate nerd pride associated with getting a platinum trophy...
With that in mind, here are our targets, in the guise of collectable trophies:

-20 people to take part in Sick Kids Save Point (bronze) -
-£10 raised pays for hospital welcome presents for 5 sick children. (bronze) -
-a further £20 raised pays for reward box toys, given to kids who have a particularly difficult procedure (bronze)-
-a further £50 raised pays for a Clown Doctors visit which provides laughter for young patients (bronze)-
-15 SKSP participants get sponsored (bronze)-
- 2 organisations (businesses, gaming clubs or shops) sign up to participate or sponsor us (bronze)-
-50 people to take part in Sick Kids Save Point (silver)
- 5 organisations (businesses, gaming clubs or shops) sign up to participate or sponsor us (silver)
-£300 raised provides over 100 parents with a bed for the night so that they can be close at hand to their sick child (silver)-
-£500 raised will provide an hour of complimentary therapy in the Drop in Centre* for 10 children or their parents (silver)-
-£1000 raised funds the Sick kids Drop in Centre* for two whole days (silver)-
-100 people to take part in Sick Kids Save Point (gold)
-£5,000 pays for welcome presents and reward box toys for a whole year (gold)-
-£10,000 raised pays for Kidsnet - Lothians' sick kids computer network - for a whole year. (platinum)

Help us get that difficult platinum trophy!!

*-The Drop in Centre is an incredible facility which provides a home from home for many families. Parents, children and families can relax, watch tv, read a book, chat with trained staff, do arts and crafts, play on the Wii, bake, take part in a tai chi class, have a massage and much much more.

Pics from SKSP's Twitter Feed

Fed's Tee
Neil's gameplan.. 

Twitch madness!
Louise started to look "less like a pirate, and
more like a vulnerable old lady..."
SKSP HQ, 8 hours plus of dungeon crawling...
Skyscanner HQ
Black Ops with Fraser
Grayski's final screen.  Fitting.