Games Done Quick: Speedrunning

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If you are anything like me, then you are probably always on the lookout for new ways to waste time. Whether it’s avoiding work from school, an internship or around the house, there’s never enough things to keep you distracted from doing something productive. Worry no more. This January at least, I’ve got you covered.

Starting January 6 and running for a week is one of the internet’s best events: Games Done Quick. A charity marathon raising money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Games Done quick centers itself around video games. Unlike normal marathons or video game events though, GDQ focuses on a very niche hobby. Speedrunning.

In short, speedrunning is the act of beating a game as fast as possible. Often this is done by utilizing glitches in the game that allow you to do unintended things, and other times it is the pure practice that allows people to beat games in mind-bogglingly small amounts of time.

Some extreme examples involve players beating Super Mario 64 in under 7 minutes or beating Super Mario World in under 50 seconds.

If you aren’t a Mario fan though, don’t worry. Almost every console and game has a group of people speedrunning it, from retro consoles to modern day hardware. If you can think of a game, there’s probably a speedrun of it. Games Done Quick just does the job of bringing hundreds of people together to watch them do it live while donating money for a chance to win prizes, alter how the players interact with the games and raise money for a good cause.

The best part? You don’t have to be there live to enjoy the show. Games Done Quick also hosts the marathon 24/7 on their twitch channel and puts all of the videos up on their youtube shortly after. If you’re looking for a good way to waste time, explore a new hobby and support a good cause, you can’t do much better than this. You can find more information about the event at their website,, and catch the event at their twitch channel


Caleb Edwards is a junior studying professional writing with a focus in editing and publishing. When he isn’t working or writing you can find him tending his fish, taking care of his cats or trying to find free time that he can waste (there never is any). You can follow him on Twitter @CEdwardsSam


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