Every year a group of dedicated and talented gamers and speedrunners meet up and game for a cause in an event called Games Done Quick. The event takes place July 3-9 this year and can be viewed on twitch. All donations made during the stream benefit “Doctors Without Borders.”
The talent at the show is some of the best in the speedrunning scene. Watching these gamers tear games you may love apart is part of the magic. Even if you aren’t normally a fan of speedrunning the event is worth a gander and your consideration. Doctors Without Borders is an amazing organization that deserves the love given by these all-star players.
The schedule, which you can view here, is full of classics and modern games. Yesterday I watched a block of Mega Man games get demolished. The runs were not tool or glitch assisted. You had to see it to believe it, but it’s amazing what a talented player can do with the mechanics and physics of the base game. The Mega Man 8 run by “soothingplumtea” was a particularly good one.
I was once a huge naysayer when it came to speedrunning. I couldn’t understand how anyone could have fun playing games this way. Skipping collectables, not seeing every part of every stage, the completionist in me couldn’t stand for it. When I saw my first Games Done Quick marathon two years ago, I was converted. Specifically when I saw a speed run for Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. LTTP is still my all time favorite in the LoZ series. I have that game down pat, 100%, like muscle memory. When I saw the GDQ run of Link to the Past I was mesmerized.
To see a game you play so meticulously get totally dismantled in under 90min, with no glitches and just pure AAA talent, it’s indescribable. Plus, when the runners are playing the game they give commentary on what they are doing and how it works. Some of the feats are pixel or frame perfect, it’s God-like how they can hit those tiny spaces so precisely and quickly. Like I said, it has to be seen to be believed.
Watch live video from GamesDoneQuick on www.twitch.tv
You geeks should really give Summer Games Done Quick a watch, if for anything, do it for Doctors Without Borders.