Okay, so the gamers themselves might not be lame (far from it!), but they games they played sure were. Recently a group of charitable gamers threw together The Lame Game Marathon to raise money to the UNHCR's East African Appeal. Aside from giving themselves minor aneurysms from playing games like Pimp My Ride and Gardening Simulator, they also raised a pretty penny for charity.
We received the following email from Dan Camilleri, one of the survivors of the marathon.
To all the guys at Kotaku AU,
After finally getting some sleep, then giving the bank transfers and last minute (or blatantly late) donations a week or so to stop coming through, we're now happy to announce that the Lame Game Marathon was a resounding success! After setting ourselves the grounded yet apparently modest target of $2000, through the 24 hours of the marathon we received over 110 donations all adding up to a mind blowing total of $5500 for the UNHCR's East Africa Appeal!
The final result still has us in total disbelief, with some amazingly generous people donating as they watched us suffer through the likes of Carmageddon 64, Limbo of the Lost, Mortal Kombat Mythologies and Gardening Simulator. It was a lot of effort to get through it all and to make the whole event a reality, but as hard as we worked to get there we know we couldn't have done it without your support.
By featuring posts on Kotaku about our exploits with the Lame Game Marathon, you helped us reach a much wider audience than we ever could have hoped to on our own and managed to filter word of the cause throughout the Australian gaming community.
So, to the amazing guys and gals at Kotaku AU, and to the ever awesome Kotaku AU community, we say a massive THANK YOU. Your support has helped us, but more importantly it will help others who really need it more than anyone else right now. So, once again, thank you :)
Dan Camilleri On behalf of the survivors of the Lame Game Marathon 2011.
Kotaku AU would like to thank all the members of the community who made donations and supported these guys in their painful gaming adventures. Next time anyone throws another Lame Game Marathon, let me know. I have a few copies of Jake Power: Soccer Star that I desperately need to get rid of. Even EB won't take them as a trade in.