I wrote on Awesome Games Done Quick way back in January and that time has come back around again. This week is Summer Games Done Quick, a week long, 24/7 marathon of the best speed runners destroying your favorite games. That in and of itself would be pretty cool, but SGDQ goes one step further – the whole week they’re raising money to directly benefit Doctors Without Borders. The marathon started yesterday afternoon – and within 24 hours, they’ve already raised over $120,000. That’s crazy, and the number will just keep going up all week long.
If you aren’t familiar with speed runs, they are a player playing through a game as blindingly fast as possible. They involve using known in-game tricks, glitches, even some bugs to help get the time down as low as possible. Each game tends to have multiple categories – usually a 100& and an Any% – with different runners and tactics. The GDQs are a fantastic way to start learning about speed running, and they expose you to some awesome runners and games you might not expect. The marathons are also archived over on YouTube, so if you want to get a quick catch-up before diving in, that’s the way to do it. When you’re ready, check out gamesdonequick.com to scope out the schedule and donate, then bounce over to twitch.tv/gamesdonequick and start watching the fun.