Speedrunning is a popular activity among gamers, and requires a lot of skill and practice for participants to perform well. In fact, some speedrunning gamers dedicate days and weeks of effort to shave off just a few milliseconds from their run times.
A handful of gamers decided to take their love of speedrunning beyond just trying to achieve world records, and did some good with their passion this last week. These speedrunners came together to participate in the Summer Games Done Quick speedrunning event, which successfully raised more than $1 million for charity.
All told, Summer Games Done Quick raised $1,230,852 for the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders, though according to a tweet from Games Done Quick, that number may fluctuate slightly over the next few days as they finalize the donation numbers. Despite the fluctuation, though, Games Done Quick called the amount “awe-inspiring.”
The donation total sits at $1,230,852. That will change a bit over the next few days, but it's still awe-inspiring. #SGDQ2015— Games Done Quick (@GamesDoneQuick) August 2, 2015
Throughout the event, Games Done Quick streamed gamers’ speedruns, giving fans a chance to root for their favorite speedrunners. Those who were unable to watch the event can view archived speedruns on the Games Done Quick YouTube channel. Some of the speedruns were quite impressive, including one player’s Super Mario 64 run, in which a player nabbed all 120 in-game stars in just over an hour and 47 minutes. That’s just a few minutes behind the current world record.
Games Done Quick holds their live-streamed speedrunning charity events twice a year. Their next event, the Winter Games Done Quick, will take place the first week in January 2016. We’ll note that Games Done Quick isn’t the only video game charity doing good. Others include Extra Life, Child’s Play, Able Gamers, and Gaming for Good.
Video game speedrunning has been around for a while, with gamers attempting to complete their favorite games, both old and new, as fast as possible. These gamers use their skill and experience during the runs, along with employing the occasional bugs in the game to score a good time. In fact, many speedrun world records were set by gamers taking advantage of exploits discovered in the game, such as a ghosting through walls bug that players use when speedrunning Fallout 3. Such exploits are considered fair-game as long as they are naturally present in the game and don’t require the use of cheat codes.
What do you think about the success of this year’s Summer Games Done Quick? Did you watch any of the speedruns? Let us know in the comment section below.