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Summer Games Done Quick

Top speedrunners to gather for Summer Games Done Quick five-day charity marathon

By Matt Gerardi • July 11, 2013

I spent way too much time earlier this year watching the video game masters of Speed Demos Archive and SpeedRunsLive tear some classic (and not so classic) games to shreds as part of the Awesome Games Done Quick charity marathon. For one week in January, these speedrunners used their obscure tricks and glitches to blaze through games with an alacrity unimaginable to us regular folk. The marathon, which also features game-completion races and tons of prize giveaways, raised over $448,000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

The lineup of the games and players in the speedrunners’ next marathon, which begins on July 25, has been announced. Summer Games Done Quick, which will be raising money for Doctors Without Borders, will kick off with Okami HD, the re-release of Clover Studio’s gorgeous Zelda-like game, and end five days later with The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Despite having a running time on par with a feature-film double-bill, the glitch-filled Zelda runs are always very fun to watch. My favorite run from January’s marathon was CosmoWright’s five-and-a-half-hour takedown of Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker, in which he tricks Link into zipping through the game’s oceans at lightspeed and makes use of a technique called the “zombie hover.”

Some other highlights include a Super Mario 64 70-star run from famed runner siglemic (you can read about him right here on Gameological), and AdamAK’s run of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. All of these runs are worth checking out, though, for their displays of sheer video game skill and the runners’ explanations of their arcane techniques.

When the time comes, you can watch the marathon on Twitch.TV. And for a taste of what you’ll see, check out the videos of January’s telefund, which you can find in a handy directory here. I recommend Donkey Kong 64, Dark Souls, Super Ghouls ’N Ghosts, The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time (done in less than 24 minutes), and Gimmick!

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10 Responses to “Top speedrunners to gather for Summer Games Done Quick five-day charity marathon”

  1. JohnnyLongtorso says:

    These guys are incredible. My favorite runs are the races, because they tend to be neck-and-neck for the entire game.

    They also have put a lot of their runs from previous marathons on YouTube, which is probably an easier way to watch than the hours-long archives on Twitch.

    • CrabNaga says:

      The Very Hard Story Mode run of F-Zero GX by yoshifan at AGDQ 2013 made my jaw drop. Anyone who knows that game knows how difficult it is to even beat the story mode on normal, let alone very hard. I’d recommend everyone watch it to appreciate the sheer lunacy involved (and the fact that he can beat it without needing to retry).¬†

    • Zack Handlen says:

      I was surprised at how friendly everybody was. I love the speedrun stuff, but even the atmosphere of the room was fun to watch.

  2. Fyodor Douchetoevsky says:

    Oh cool! I somehow stumbled upon someone doing an “all bosses” speedrun of Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow the other day and they had that Summer Games Done Quick logo up in the corner but I didn’t know what it was. Also, as weird as it is to say, I’m glad that the money won’t be going to a videogame/tech related charity. Good on ya, speedrunners!

    • John Teti says:

      I don’t think that’s weird, I hear you. I find the Child’s Play stuff, for instance, noble and worthy. My personal charitable passion is ocean conservation, though, and I’ve wanted to have a video game-type event that raised money for that cause. But I was always worried that it would be perceived as odd and possibly even a slight to the Child’s Play-type stuff, because it seems that game/tech-related charities are the default. I perceived a certain peer pressure that’s probably just a mirage. In any case, kudos to these speedrunners for considering a range of worthy causes.