Finally, A Marathon I Might Actually FinishS

Sarcastic Gamer and Texas Children's Hospital (where yours truly went for many a medical malady in her youth) are teaming up for a second annual gaming marathon to benefit pediatric cancer research and treatment.

Extra Life, as the gig is called, generated $120,000 last year with their 24-hour gaming marathon event. This year, they're kicking it off a little early and asking all participants to score four sponsors at $1 an hour each to break last year's total.

The event starts at 8 AM on October 17 in participants' local time zones. Gamers can play literally any games they want (Windows solitaire, Batman: Arkham Asylum, even an emulation of Oregon Trail, if you've got it) starting from that time until 8 AM the following morning to honor their commitment. Sponsors' donations are naturally tax-deductible. Oh, and you get a free t-shirt if you break the $129 mark.

Check it out here.

Note: This image is a piece of art from the Making a Mark exhibit currently on display at Texas Children's Hospital through a sponsorship from Texas Children's Cancer Center and The Periwinkle Foundation.