It’s once again time for one of the most entertaining, and unique, gaming marathons of the year: Games Done Quick. A week long event (Jun 23-30) that features dozens of different games and people, Games Done Quick aims to raise money for charities such as Doctors Without Borders and the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Their summer event, Summer Games Done Quick, which is running now, primarily supports Doctors Without Borders.
For those not in the know, GDQ is also unique in the way that all of their games are presented. Rather than having people simply play the games, the goal of every game shown is to beat it as fast as possible while being timed; an activity known in the hobby as speedrunning. For some games this is as simple as playing the games for hundreds of hours and knowing them inside out. For others though, specific glitches and exploits that break the game allow the players to finish prematurely, or in ways the game developers never intended.
This allows the runners to beat games such as Super Mario Sunshine in an hour and a half (June 25, 9:30 pm), to beat Banjo Kazooie while collecting 100% of items in a little over two hours (June 27, 8 pm) or letting them beat Skyrim in 45 minutes (June 29, 8:30 am).
If this sounds interesting to you, but you are worried you’ll be lost in the jargon or not understand what is happening on screen, don’t worry; each game has either the runner or a group of people behind him explain what is happening while it happens and why it happens that way. Each trick is talked about, each level is explained in detail. You can know as little or as much as you want about what is going on.
In between it all you can donate to specific incentives for specific games, which enter you to win prizes and also help to support a great charity through a special event. SGDQ is the biggest contributor of the year to Doctors Without Borders, and last year GDQ raised more than 2 million for the charity with an eye on increasing that number this year.
To help them get there, you can check out the event live at https://www.twitch.tv/gamesdonequick
Caleb Edwards is a senior 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 and dogs or trying to find free time that he can waste (there never is any). You can follow him on Twitter @CEdwardsSam or find him at his website CalebMEdwards.com