The runners and staff over at Games Done Quick are primed and ready for another jaw-dropping week of gaming speedruns.
Starting on 8th January, and running until the 15th, the event will bring together some of the top speedrunning talents in gaming for a charitable cause. Join the chaos by watching the live stream, or if you’re lucky enough to be there, wave at the camera! Watch the most precise, talented gamers around dismantle your favourite games in minutes flat.
There are two events each year: Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ) and Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ). It’s a series of festivities that has been going strong for six years, and it gets better every time I tune in. You get a chance to see some of the craziest tricks, hacks, and pure skill you’ll ever see in a game. The folks over at Games Done Quick have turned what started as a small little project into a massive success. Thousands now attend, and thousands more tune in online to watch the stream. All of it, wonderfully done in the name of charities like Doctors Without Borders and Prevent Cancer Foundation, the latter of which AGDQ 2017 will support. I’ve watched and donated for four years now, and it’s fantastic.
Games Done Quick events are great examples of how tightly knit the gaming community is. There’s no toxicity (well… sometimes); no anger. It’s all done in the name of charity and fun. If you’ve never watched, I highly recommend it. If you’re new to the speedrun idea, there’s a bevy of videos online showcasing just how skilled these players are. Games Done Quick highlights from years past are all on YouTube. I know the crew over there, and the people watching, want to break the nearly $1.3 million that SGDQ 2016 raised. Check out the action and help them beat that number. There’s bound to be a game on that schedule you thought no one could speedrun. There’s lots of cool merch, amazing moments, and one great cause behind it all.