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A Guide to Videogaming Marathons

We’ve all had epic videogame sessions: long weekends spent blasting away aliens online or fulfilling our fantasies of being a premier league superstar. But what if you want to take your gaming sessions to the next level? How do you do that?

In recent years, videogame marathons have become more and more popular as a way for gamers to raise money for charity by doing what they love most. From personal gaming challenges for a local cause to full-on organised team events spanning the globe, playing games for extended periods is a great way for gaming to do some good in the world.

Earlier this year, I took on the challenge of playing Fifa 15 for over 48 hours non-stop in order to set a new Guinness World Record and raise money for the amazing Special Effect charity. So I thought I’d share my experience in order to help anyone who’s thinking of doing a videogame marathon in the future.

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Here’s a few of the key things that I learned to help you through your horrific ordeal awesome fun times:

1. Know Your Limits

Playing your favourite game for an extended amount of time may sound easy at first, but there’s a hell of a lot of things that you have to consider when playing for this massive length of time.

Things like fatigue and morale are massively important especially for longer sessions. The longer you play the harder it will become to maintain concentration and you will start to forget what was ever fun about playing videogames. Your reaction times will also decrease dramatically so it’s worth planning ahead in regards to what game modes you’re going to play during the later stages. I gave myself breaks from the main game by occasionally opening up FIFA packs.

Don’t underestimate the physical toll this will take on your body. Towards the end of my Fifa session my hands had swollen so badly I was barely able to hold a controller. By the second day, one of my support staff called a doctor to make sure I wasn’t permanently injuring myself (I wasn’t, but the thought of never being able to play Fifa again no longer fills me with horror).

2. Pick Your Game(s) Carefully

One of the reasons I decided to take on Fifa was that at it’s core, it’s pretty simple to play. While you don’t HAVE to be any good at the game you choose, no-one wants to spend 24 hours getting hammered by their opponents. It’s just not good for morale. So look at games that feature a non competitive multiplayer mode or maybe some co-op to get friends involved

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If you’re going for an official world record than there will be restrictions as to what games and modes you can play, but charity events like Extra Life allow you to choose whatever game you like. Take advantage and pick a game that has multiple game modes in order to provide some variety.

3. Get The Right Team

As with anything in life, it’s important to surround yourself with the very best people. This is hugely important, especially if you’re going for an official world record. Guinesses’ guidelines are very strict on just who you can have in your support team; you can’t just pick a selection of your friends and family to step in and you need at least one expert witness.

For non world record sessions it’s still pretty important to have the right people around you. For starters, an understanding partner will go a long way if you’re planning to park yourself in front of the living room TV for the best part of a weekend.

I was incredibly lucky to have a great team in place for my marathon, especially in the latter stages when things got really tough for everyone. I will openly admit that it was my team that had the most difficult job throughout, all I had to do was play games while they had to manage all of the paperwork and technical issues, as well as deal with any members of the public who wanted to get involved.

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4. Choose the Right Place

If you’re going to settle in for a long session of anything then it’s important to be as comfortable as possible – not too comfortable mind, we don’t want you falling asleep midway.

Most gaming marathons can be done in the comfort of your own home. However, world record attempts must be done in a public venue so make sure you can find somewhere suitable that is willing to host you for that amount of time. Mine took place in London’s premier gaming themed bar, The Loading Bar. Even then, make sure to think about things like decent wi-fi and enough power outlets.

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5. It’s Not All Red Bull & Pizza

It may “give you wings” but Red Bull isn’t necessary the best thing to use to keep you going through the night. For one thing it’ll dramatically increase the number of visits you’ll make to the bathroom. Alcohol, with its drowsiness-inducing effects, is obviously a no go for serious marathons too.

I tried using energy drinks throughout my marathon and had mixed results. Monster Energy made me feel ill and gave me a sore throat, despite me having no issues drinking it previously. in the end I went with a couple of large bottles of Lucozade to keep me going.

My support team constantly kept me motivated and awake far more than the energy drinks. By the end, we were quizzing each other about random things in order to keep our minds awake. That, and the the inspiring heartfelt ballads of Taylor Swift

6. Don’t Panic If things Go Wrong

Obviously, if you’re doing a personal marathon from home then there’s not much that can go wrong, bar maybe a power cut or an impromptu drop-in from the in-laws. However, if you’re doing an official record attempt then there’s a hell of a lot of planning and effort that goes into things to make sure it complies with all of the official rules (every toilet break was timed, key moments had to be filmed, volunteers had to be constantly awake etc etc etc). Nothing would be quite so heart breaking as everyone putting all that effort in over 48 hours to later be told it’s disqualified.

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7. Be Grateful

The hardest part for me was putting together my support team in accordance with Guinesses’ strict guidelines. Getting strangers to volunteer their own time for little to no reward is a big ask even for the most charitable. There’s no way I would have lasted the full time without their support, insults and general tomfoolery. I was also incredibly lucky to get this opportunity to support one of my favourite charities. Be grateful! You get to play videogames for 24 hours+ straight!

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Are you planning a gaming marathon? let us know. or maybe you’re thinking of having a crack at a world record of your own? feel free to get in touch for any advice or even if you need an expert witness :)

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How To Redeem A PSN Code On PlayStation 4 (PS4)

Here at GamePointsNow we often get queries about redeeming codes on different platforms so we thought it’d be helpful to produce a series of guides in order to help those gamers new to the world of digital gaming and game codes.

Here’s how to redeem your PS+ and PlayStation gift codes on a PlayStation 4


1.Boot up your PS3 and sign into your PSN account

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2. Scroll up and left to the PlayStation Store icon

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3.Once the store loads up scroll down the menu on the left hand side

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4.Right at the very bottom you’ll see an option to Redeem Codes

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5.Press X and you will be presented with a box in which you then enter your 12 digit PSN code

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6. Just pop in your 12 digit code like this and hit continue

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7.Then you should be presented with a screen confirming what the code entitles you to like this

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8. Just hit confirm and then you’re done. You can then download anything that requires it from the next screen. Subscriptions & credit are added automatically with no download required.

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You can also use the Playstation Store website to redeem your codes. Should you need to download any items you can just head to the Library section on your console store to download them onto your system.

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How To Redeem A PSN Code On PlayStation 3 (PS3)

Here at GamePointsNow we often get queries about redeeming codes on different platforms so we thought it’d be helpful to produce a series of guides in order to help those gamers new to the world of digital gaming and game codes.

Here’s how to redeem your PS+ and Playstation gift codes on a Playstation 3

1.Boot up your PS3 and sign into your PSN account

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2.Once on the Cross Media Bar (XMB) scroll along to the right until you see an icon for the Playstation Store

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3.Once the store loads up scroll down the menu on the left hand side

140415-1637-284.Right at the very bottom you’ll see an option to Redeem Codes

140415-1637-375.Press X and you will be presented with a box in which you then enter your 12 digit PSN code

140415-1637-466. Just pop in your 12 digit code like this and hit continue

140415-1657-277.Then you should be presented with a screen confirming what the code entitles you to like this

140415-1658-388. Just hit confirm and then you’re done. You can then download anything that requires it from the next screen. Subscriptions & credit are added automatically with no download required.

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playstationstore_promo_banner-450x101You can also use the Playstation Store website to redeem your codes. Should you need to download any items you can just head to the View Downloads section on your console store to download them onto your system.

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How to update your Xbox One controller

Microsoft has finally rolled out its second update for the Xbox One, bringing with it improvements to the party/friends system and Twitch streaming integration (finally).

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It also introduces some refinements for the Xbox One controller which make it more precise than ever before, especially when playing FPS titles like the upcoming Titanfall. Unfortunately your controller won’t update itself when the console does so you need to do it manually.

Here’s a quick guide how to do it:

1. Once your Xbox One is all updated, sign into your gamertag and head to the My Games & Apps section

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2.Then scroll left and down to the Apps menu

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3.Before scrolling right along to the settings app

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4.Once in settings you need to click the icon that says system

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5.Then you should notice a new option to update controller

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6.Before you hit continue you need to connect your controller to the console via a micro USB cable, any will do ( we used the one that comes with the PS4 but sssh)

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7.Once connected hit continue and the update will begin

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8.The update itself takes just over a minute, so you can soon be back gaming

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9.And that’s it you’re all done, simply repeat the process for any additional controllers

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How to get access to WWE Network on a UK PS3/PS4 or Xbox 360

Are you a fan of the square ring and jealous of the new WWE Network service our American friends have that offers every WWE/ECW PPV event ever made?

Currently, the service is limited to the US only. I’ll show you how to trick your PS3/PS4 Xbox 360 into thinking you’re in the USA so you can access the service from the UK and you can enjoy exactly the same content.

NB: This isn’t a free service. There is no way to access the WWE Network without paying for a subscription. You will also need to subscribe to a video proxy service like Unblock-us (which you can also use for accessing the US version of Netflix)

Playstation 3/Playstation 4 UK WWE Network Instructions:

1. First off, you’re going to need to create a few accounts registered to an American address. On your PS3, create a new user profile with a new email address and register it to an American address. For this, you can enter 10 Fake Town, Fakington, Fakeshire – but make sure you enter a real postcode (90210 is always good :) )

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2. Create an account on the WWE Network website and start paying for a subscription ($9.99 per month). Note that you won’t be able to login to the WWE Network app on the PS3 until you have started a paying subscription. Again, you can use any address, the 90210 postcode and your real card details to sign up.

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3. We need to trick the PS3 into thinking that the app is running from an American IP address. We can do this by signing up with a proxy service such as Unblock-Us. It costs around $5/month. Separate setup instructions for Unblock-Us are available here. There are free alternatives, but I haven’t found any that are good enough for streaming video content.

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4. Login on your USA account on your PS3/PS4 and browse to ‘Apps’. From here, you should see WWE. Download the ~20MB app for free. You must be logged in on the American store, as it won’t feature on the UK one.

5. Once Unblock-Us is setup, make sure the region is set to USA. Otherwise, video content won’t play. You may need to reboot your router after the first time you set this up.

6. Launch the WWE app from your PS3/PS4 and login using your WWE Network login details. If you enter the incorrect details, you will get an error ‘username and password not recognised’. If you don’t yet have a paying subscription, you will get ‘Account can’t be accessed’. You MUST have a paying subscription to login to the app from now.

7. Enjoy watching grown men beat each other to a pulp! Everything should be setup and working now.

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For Xbox 360, follow the above but create a US Gamertag and find the WWE app on the US store. An Xbox One app should be coming soon!

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How to Redeem a typed code on Xbox One (without using Kinect)

We know you can redeem codes on Xbox One using Kinect/QR codes, but do you know how to redeem a 25 character code the conventional way by typing the code in with controller?

In short, to manually redeem an Xbox One code simply:

1. Scroll right to ‘Games’.

2. Select ‘Use a code’

3. Manually type the code in

4. Confirm your code.

5. Enjoy your new content :)

Alternatively, you can check out our handy video guide:

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Howto: Change the region of your Xbox Gamertag

Since the Xbox 360 launch in 2005, it hasn’t been possible to change the country to which an Xbox Gamertag was registered. Gamers moving from one country to another would find themselves stuck purchasing online content in their old currency or needing to source Microsoft Points cards from overseas or online sellers. They’d also lack many of the media services native to their current country.

Finally, after 7 years, Microsoft have added this much-requested feature to the Xbox in January 2013 and it’s a surprisingly quick and easy process.

Step by Step Guide

  1. Head to the Xbox Moving page and login to your Xbox Gamertag

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2. Take a read through the changes and click next.

3. You will then be required to select your destination country. Click ‘I accept’ and your Gamertag region is then changed and the dashboard will now show your new country’s payment options and content! You can now purchase Xbox Gift Cards in the currency of your new location.

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What moves:

  • Gamerscore & achievements
  • Remaining Xbox Live Gold time & remaining balance
  • Downloaded games & videos (but see below!)

Limitations:

  • Depending on license agreements between different territories, some content may not be accessible. Most gamers report no missing content though
  • Video services will likely change depending what’s now available in your region (Netflix, iPlayer etc). A lot of these services still do geo-IP checking though, so you can’t fool the Xbox into getting US content
  • Xbox Music subscriptions can’t be moved
  • Region can only be changed once every 3 months

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