If the recent Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth screens have whetted your appetite for all things vampire-related then you might want to point your browser in the direction of the SouthSideGamers website.
The gaming group intends to play Castlevania games for 48 hours straight (and possibly longer) in order to raise money for Childs Play, a charity established by the guys behind Penny Arcade which aims to provide sick children with toys and games.
Here's a quick rundown of what's going to happen, taken from the SouthSideGamers site:
We'll be playing videogames from the Castlevania series starting on October 30, at 6:00 p.m. You'll be able to watch us live on this website, as we attempt to slay Dracula over and over again, all weekend long. The more money you donate, the more games we will have to play, the more sleep we will lose.
The Castlevania games included in this marathon will include some (though not all) of the following:
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
Castlevania: Lament of Innocence
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
We will play these games, in no particular order, for 48 hours straight from 6:00 p.m. on Friday October 30, until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday November 1. All the while, we hope to raise money from you, the viewer, to support the good work done by Child's Play. Our goal is to raise at least $500, but, if the viewing community is especially generous, things start to get really interesting.
And boy, they aren't kidding. Various bonus titles are available which will be played if donations pass a certain point, with each donation "marker" potentially adding another 4 hours to the original 48.
If they're able to raise $10,000, SouthSideGamers have promised to purchase a copy of the lamentable Castlevania Judgment and play it for the final 4 hours. Surely such self-sacrifice is worth a bit of your spare cash?
You can donate securely via the SouthSideGamers page, so why not chip in a few coins and support a worthy cause?