Level up: getting through your gaming marathon
We all know that computer games are a challenge to our stamina, our endurance, and our ability to draw on our intelligence and resources to achieve a specific end; but though the spirit may be willing, often the flesh cannot stand the pressure, and we may need a little extra help to see our gaming through to the end.
Why have a marathon?
Perhaps you and your friends want to see how good you really are at the games, or perhaps you feel that you could combine your love of games with a fundraising event for a favourite charity? Whatever your reason for embarking on a gaming marathon, you are going to need to be well prepared.
The first things you are going to need to provide for yourself and your companions are sufficient quantities of food and drink. Obviously, you are not going to have time to cook yourself a three course meal, so the food you will be consuming will be of the snack or readymade variety. Crisps are always an easy snack food to reach for when most of your attention is focused on the game. Simply open up several packets and empty them into a large bowl for you to dip in and out of. Sandwiches and wraps are also good choices.
Energy drinks are a good option, but be aware that these contain incredibly high levels of caffeine and should not be the only source of hydration. A far better option would be to have a Tassimo coffee machine set up by the side of the sofa. This will produce far tastier and much healthier cups of coffee on demand, the perfect way to ensure you have the energy for your gaming marathon.
You are also going to want to be comfortable during your marathon, so pick an armchair or sofa that provides all the support your body needs but still allows you to relax a little. Sitting in one place for any length of time takes its toll, so be sure to get up and have a walk around at least every hour.
Picking your team
Like it or not, you are going to need to catch a little bit of shuteye during your marathon. This means your marathon will require a team, and you should consider three people an absolute minimum. It goes without saying that your team should enjoy playing games enough to last for the whole event, and make sure they are involved with each step of the organisation process so that every need is catered for.
For a gaming marathon, it is best to select games that have a clear beginning and ending, such as those that involve a quest. It could also be a good idea to include games that have different elements so that those who love car chases or shoot ’em ups are just as entertained as those that enjoy solving puzzles. Games such as Halo, Gears of War, Rainbow Six: Vegas, and FIFA would be ideal for your marathon.
Whatever your reason for staging a gaming marathon, make sure you have all the essentials ready beforehand so that you can focus solely on playing and hopefully winning the game.
Dave has over 20 years experience in the digital industry, and is founder and editor of Geektown. Obviously a huge geek himself, he can often be found in front of the latest tv show or movie, on various video games, or with his head in a comic book.