Feel bad about your own gaming skills while feeling good about helping those in need. That’s the mentality driving Games Done Quick, a speedrunning showcase that routinely raises millions for charities twice a year. With the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas this August, the team has pulled together a special online event running September 1-3.
Speedrunning is always an impressive spectacle, with clever gamers finding all sorts of shortcuts to shave hours off the usual play time. Some of the world record runs find optimizations that come down to a matter of frames and seconds. If this is the first you’re hearing of GDQ, check out our on the event.
The broadcast begins on Friday, September 1 at 8:00 pm EST with a run of Mega Man X. Several recent games are already on the with some impressive projected times, including a 15-minute run of Prey by CreeperHntr and Loloup destroying The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in about two hours. Clearly I’ve been playing both games all wrong. TheMexicanRunner blasting through Battletoads and a race in Super Metroid should be highlights for the retro gaming bunch.
GDQ regularly works with Doctors Without Borders as its beneficiary, but the donations collected this weekend for Harvey Relief Done Quick will all go to the Houston Food Bank. Two of GDQ’s merchandise partners are also in on the action, with special wares up for sale from The Yetee and Fangamer.
This isn’t the first time Games Done Quick has mobilized for a special event in response to a natural disaster. In April 2011, an online event raised $25,800 for Doctors Without Borders specifically for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.