‘Speedrunning’ will be a foreign concept to most readers, even to videogame fans, but bear with me.
‘Runners’ are gamers who have mastered a particular game – and want to impose a challenge on themselves. By exploiting the game’s systems, bugs and glitches, they aim to get from start to finish in as short a time as possible. An entire culture has sprang up around this ‘sport’, with runners competing for the fastest times in games both classic and modern.
As if that wasn’t hard enough, some runners take it even further – speeding through a game with only one hand on the controller, or even blindfolded, all to prove their incredible skills.
But it’s not all boasting. In 2010, the first Games Done Quick marathon took place. Starring many popular runners, GDQ is a bi-yearly, week-long event streamed through Twice.tv. Viewers can donate, with the proceeds going to charities like Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children.
While initial marathons raised around $10,000, takings have swelled over the years, with recent GDQ events earning over a million dollars in their one-week timeframe.
GDQ runs two main events: Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) in January and Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ) in July. Anyone can watch the stream at https://gamesdonequick.com/. It makes for great exercise viewing, but if you get motion sickness, stay well away!
GDQ is a great way to watch your favourite games mastered to the highest degree, their systems and ‘intended routes’ absolutely destroyed. Want to see a ten-hour game completed in ten minutes, or five seconds? Then hop into the stream sometime. A schedule of planned games can be found here.
At the time of writing, Summer Games Done Quick 2017 is in progress, with a few days left to go!