Awesome Games Done Quick Raises over $2 Million in 7 Days
Prevent Cancer Foundation Thankful Beyond Words
But, Probably Still Stumped on What “Speed Running” Is
By: Head Writer – J.R Tafoya
This past week, January 8th to 15th, AGDQ (Awesome Games Done Quick) held another one of their Biannual speed running events for charity. This year, they were donating their money to a most worthy cause, the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
If you aren’t aware, AGDQ is a group of extremely talented people who get together twice a year to raise money for any certain cause. Talented at what you might ask? Well, as the name suggests, they’re good at Speed-Running video games. If you haven’t heard of that before, then you’re in for a fun surprise. Speed Running is a competitive gaming idea, of sorts, wherein players will try to find any way to run through a game faster in any way possible. Game-breaking glitches, speed glitches, item-swapping, screen-switching, and even RNG manipulation are only a few ways these dedicated players find ways to make their run even just a few seconds faster every time.
If you’re anything like me, the first think you might be thinking is that it sounds dreadfully boring to watch someone else play games. But, also like me, you’d be terribly wrong. Watching Mario backwards jump through a flight of stairs while he clips through half the castle and his voice clips through itself about 100x over is more entertaining (and hilarious) than you might think. Watching people find ridiculous ways to break the games I’ve loved since I was a child is one of the enjoyable things about this event. Hell, it’s fun enough to watch some of these games absolutely destroyed by top players, games I thought I was good at!
If that isn’t enough to draw you in, the commentary on some of these runs is just priceless. When you’re breaking a game and making frame-perfect glitches look easy, having a funny commentator or runner only helps the bring the whole package together! And, just for fun, they always have an “Awful Games Done Quick” every time as well which brings together some of the worst garbage humans have dared to make in terms of gaming. These runners suffer through some of the worst games, and maximizing their time, with a little commentary on side for some extra fun.
But, beyond all the fun we have every year is what these gamers do for other people. They aren’t just running these games for fame and glory. In fact, most of them don’t even break records while running for AGDQ. They do it to get people to donate to a greater cause and the Prevent Cancer Foundation is a most worthy cause indeed. Setting donation goals is just one way to get people to help, even a little bit, for this amazing foundation. One of the most popular “donation wars” that happens every year is for Super Metroid (SNES) where people donate to either “Killing The Animals” or “Saving the Animals” at the final moments of the game when you escape the planet. Even this year alone it raised several thousand dollars on both ends.
This year the final three games were spectacular: starting with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, then moving on to a 4-man race of Super Metroid (SNES), and then finishing off with the best game of 2015, UnderTale. Each game raised several hundred thousand dollars apiece helping break the record for the amount donated during any AGDQ: $2,218,235.30
That’s right, they raised over two MILLION dollars to save peoples’ lives. It’s good to see people gaming for good out there nowadays. Especially when most of us came from a time when our parents told us that gaming would never change anything. Looks like everyone was wrong about us, weren’t they!? Ah, sweet, sweet vindication.
If you missed most of the stream because you have a lame job that makes you “work”, like me, you can check out their youtube channel. My personal recommendations are the Shovel Knight race and the Time Cop run from the Awful Block!
Keep gaming, friends, and keep saving lives! -J.R