Twice a year some dedicated speedrunners volunteer to showcase their skill and help make the world a better place. It started yesterday, but Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) will go on non-stop, until January 15th. The bi-annual charity event has become one of the biggest things on Twitch. Awesome Games Done Quick will be playing for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
Last year, AGDQ raised $1.2 million and helped fund research and awareness. Awesome Games Done Quick has a summer counterpart that usually plays for Doctors Without Borders. Both events are not only entertaining to watch, but bring together players from all over the world who want to show off their skill.
As of this writing, Awesome Games Done Quick has raised over $165,000. As always there are incentives for donating – console giveaways, the opportunity to name characters, decide how someone plays a game, and more. Watching these uber-talented guys and gals show your favorite game who’s boss is a genuine treat, and I strongly urge you to take speedrunning for what it is; a new way to play an old game.
Awesome Games Done Quick is in full swing. If you haven’t tuned in yet, you still have the opportunity to catch some amazing games. Some of the ones coming over the next few days are:
- Super Mario Sunshine
- Fallout: New Vegas
- Batman: Arkham City
- Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Fan of speedrunning? Are you a naysayer? I used to be against the idea of speedrunning, but after watching a GDQ event a few years ago, I have become enlightened. Watching this event will offer so much insight into the games, and the hard work that goes into even the simplest (appearing) of runs. You geeks let us know where you stand on speedrunning in the comments below.