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The big day

It takes a real hero to take part in a 24-hour gaming marathon and aching digits aren't the only side effects. Here are some ways to make sure you stay on top of your game.

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Play safe

Here are some important tips on taking care of your body and mind during the event:

  • Stay hydrated and eat food like fruit, veg, lean protein and nuts to keep energy levels up.
  • Avoid caffeine, except maybe the odd energy drink, on the home straight.
  • Take plenty of screen breaks - walk about, stretch … hey, you could even dance on stream!
  • Get plenty of sleep the night before. And, if you do get tired, take a nap and complete Game Heroes when you wake up.
  • Chat with people while you game, whether in person or online, to pass the time and help you stay sane!
  • If you feel dizzy, anxious or angry at any point, stop playing!

Please remember, if you’re worried about your health, safety or ability to take part – in any way at all – talk to a medical professional.

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Stay focused

No matter how much fun you’re having, 24 hours is a long time to game for. Here are some good ways to keep yourself motivated:

  • Keep your eyes on the prize – remember that you’re doing this for a great cause.
  • Make it a team effort. Team up, tag in other players and spur each other on.
  • Mix up the games to help keep it all fresh, especially if you're going it alone.
  • Why not go old school by getting some board games out too - classics like Monopoly, Scrabble and Articulate could be a great way to keep things interesting. 
  • Create a buzz on social media to motivate yourself. You’ll find everything you need, like bragging badges, in our Downloads section.
  • Stream your challenge on Twitch or YouTube with a link to your JustGiving page. This way, people can watch you do any forfeits and nominate you for new ones; for a donation of course!
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Great gaming

We’ve thought of some great gaming challenges to make the time fly on your epic day:

  • Try to complete a whole series of games – all the Uncharteds or all the Halos, anyone?
  • Take a League Two club to Champions League glory on Football Manager.
  • Find a record for a game you love (a lap record on Gran Turismo, for example) and try to beat it.
  • Hold competitions with mates and keep a rankings table.
  • See if you can 100% complete a sandbox game like Grand Theft Auto within 24 hours.