Awesome Games Done Quick 2016 – Speedrunning for Charity


Never doubt the power of the collective. Games Done Quick is a huge example of the power that people can have to help others, raising money for cancer research.

If you haven’t heard of it before, Games Done Quick is twice-yearly event that raises money for charity. Speedrunning games, which is exactly as it sounds and is “just”¬†completing games as quickly as possible, has grown massively over the last few years and shows no sign of slowing down. Combined with the growth in video game streaming, the gamer’s have banded together to do good and entertain at the same time. Already there’s been some amazing highlights in the first day with a Sub-1-hour Splatoon Singleplayer run and a 25-minute Diddy Kong Racing race that ended in a dead heat – Frankly, it’s nothing short of amazing to watch the skill these guys and girls show.

For a quick highlight, I recommend the video below – a bizzare, crazy 16 Star Super Mario 64 Multiplayer (!!) Speedrun – to get an idea of the sort of stuff to expect!

I highly recommended watching some of the live stream if you can.¬†Check out the schedule here¬†– it adjusts to your local timezone, so you’ll always know how early you need to get up to see the run you want. I have no intention of sleeping for the next few days, so join me on twitter with the hashtag #AGDQ2016!

If you can’t catch it live, I’ll be doing a summary of the event when it’s wrapped up. Let us know below what you’re excited for! Have fun all, and dig deep for charity!

Link: Awesome Games Done Quick 2016

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Lachlan MD
Known around the traps as mystery_editor. I love video game culture and follow the speedrunning community closely. I also stream things on the Vooks channel on Twitch, and sometimes on my channel too.
  • January 5, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    The Mario Galaxy run on Saturday night our time should be good – 360Chrism is a great runner, very skilled while also chatty.

    If you have time, earlier that day catch the OOT run by ZFG who holds the world record, and in between there is a majora’s mask run which is always fascinating.

    Sunday’s highlight is usually super metroid, but this year I’m most looking forward to the LTTP reverse boss order run. I’ve seen Andy run it on twitch and it’s brilliant ūüôā

  • ElectricManta
    January 6, 2016 at 12:49 am

    Yes except for the part where Mike Uyama embezzles most of it and the charity is dodgy as hell anyway.

  • January 7, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    I’ve stopped donating to AGDQ now that I know it’s a US-only charity, but the runs are still great fun to watch. And my money can go to Doctors Without Borders during SGDQ instead!

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