Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ) 2015 has finished its week-long speed-run summertime marathon. Thanks to the enormous amount of donations from gamers, the event closed at $1.232,441.90 raised, spread across 28,466 donators. All proceeds were for the Doctors Without Borders foundation, and a testament to the good gamers can do while showing off their well-honed talent for breaking games.
Some highlights from this event are ones such as the Twitch broadcast surpassing League of Legends, making the run of Hello Kitty: Roller Rescue the most viewed game for a time. The Tetris world record holder faced off against an American Tetris grandmaster with unbelievable skills. One runner managed to catch ALL 151 Pokemon without the use of another gameboy through the use of complex menu glitches. Multiple races were also conducted, though the most exciting was the run of Megaman 4 were things got tense.
Speed runners are an open and inviting community for anyone looking to start. Each game has a dedicated group of people who find glitches, plan routes; while others use that to do the actual runs. Speed Demos Archive has a page you can check out here to get started. Anyone willing to put time and effort can speed-run.
You can also check out event recordings on the Games Done Quick youtube channel.
The next event will be AGDQ (Awesome Games Done Quick) in January, 2016. We already can’t wait for it!