Broadcasting live via a bachelor-pad webcam, three video game fanatics just spent over 100 sleepless hours playing nearly every edition of Nintendo's "Super Mario" video games.
Couch potatoes? Jobless nerds? Hardly. Brian "Shirt Guy" Brinegar, John "Couch Guy" Groth and Chris "Slouch Guy" Deckard did it all for a good cause. By the time these Lafayette, Ind., thirtysomethings surrendered to exhaustion last night, their "Mario Marathon 3" had generated $81,000 in donations for Child's Play, a charity founded and operated by gamers to give video games, books and cash to children's hospitals across America.
All it took was 4 days, 12 hours and 30 minutes of blistering, delirious button mashing.
In a prepared statement recited just after 11 p.m. on Tuesday, the guys said the third annual "Mario Marathon," the most successful by far, would be their last. The dudes have kids now ... and wives, and lives, too (if you can believe it).
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