I’m not a speedrunner. I don’t really watch speedrunners. Hell, I rarely even watch anything on Twitch.
But when January and this time specifically, July rolls around: I’m jumping head-first into the world of speedrunning for Summer Games Done Quick.
From July 2nd to July 9th, speedrunners and fans within the speedrunning community will come from around the world to a single place where all day and all night, players will be showcasing their amazing skills at getting through some of your favourite games in record time. Whether it’s newer games like Nier: Automata, to classics like Super Metroid, there is a ton of awesome material for you to watch and with the players and their friends sitting nearby, it’s also a great tool to learn how the mind-blowing feats you’re watching came to be.
I got first introduced to this event with last year’s SGDQ (Summer Games Done Quick), where I saw a few really cool clips after the event had already ended. So I ventured this year when AGDQ (Awesome Games Done Quick) swung on by in January, to actually watch the stream and check out a ton of content there. I wasn’t disappointed, I saw some incredible stuff, like Mario Bros. races and a guy doing Super Mario World as fast as possible WITHOUT EVER USING A MUSHROOM!!!
EDIT: I am an idiot, that Mario run was from SGDQ last year, seen here.
Those are just a couple examples, but there are over 100 games played every event, there is guaranteed to be something for to watch with great interest.
It also goes to a great cause in Doctors Without Borders which (via the GDQ website) is an international medical humanitarian organization providing aid in nearly 70 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, exclusion from health care, natural disasters, or malnutrition. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. MSF reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, to challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocol. In 1999, MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its work.
The last event being AGDQ in January did an unbelievable amount in donations, totalling $2,222,790.52! This event hopes to do the same and hopefully it picks up, as at the time I’m typing this, it’s just before 2pm EST on Monday and they’re only at $158,000.
So if you’re not checking out this event, do so! And also please donate to the cause as well, support these awesome charity event that has quickly (pun intended) become my favourite event to watch.