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Summer Games Done Quick Charity Marathon Begins Sunday

/ Jun 21st, 2014 No Comments

SGDQ 2014

Games Done Quick  is coming back for its second charity gaming marathon of the year. Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ) is taking place from June 22 – 28 to raise money for Doctors Without Borders.

Speedrunners from Speed Demos Archive (SDA), Speed Runs Live (SRL) and multiple members of the speedrunning community will gather at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Denver, Colorado to play over 150 hours of non-stop speedruns. SGDQ will be streamed live on the Games Done Quick website or through sites like Twitch.

[adsense250itp]Viewers of the marathon are given several incentives to donate. Throughout the marathon, certain games have donation incentives that can be met. These usually amount to having a runner beat the game with 100 percent completion, play bonus levels, selecting which character a runner will use or even turn the game into a race between two runners. Additionally, donations will make viewers eligible for prizes. Past marathons have awarded games, game-related swag, console bundles and even rare collectible pieces of gaming history.

Recent games such as Super Mario 3D World, Rayman Legends, Super Meat Boy and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds are featured in SGDQ 2014. But speedruns are also dedicated to classic games which have been practiced by countless runners over the years. Games like Castlevania, Mega Man, Donkey Kong Country, Half Life and more account for only a small portion of games that can be beaten in insanely short times. Glitches, shortcuts, memorization and manipulation of game code have allowed speedrunners to tackle games in impressive ways.

Earlier this January, Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) 2014 raised over $1 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Since the SDA charity marathons began in 2010 with Classic Games Done Quick, over $2 million has been raised for various charities.

SGDQ 2014 Promo Trailer

Quick Take

Speedrunning has become one of the more popular communities on Twitch over the past few years. As Games Done Quick marathons gained increased viewership and record donations, that surge in popularity got even more massive. AGDQ 2014 not only proved that gamers can have fun but that they can set records and play for a good cause as well. With the momentum of AGDQ, SGDQ 2014 should be just as fun and just as successful.

 

Ben Sheene

Ben Sheene

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ben is from Kentucky where he originally began playing games (an activity he still continues to this day). With a love for writing he graduated from Centre College with a BA in English. He recently moved to California to pursue whatever future endeavors were there. A passion for music, gaming, blogging, and existing keeps him up at night and crafts him into the person he is today.
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