Video game charity organizer Games Done Quick will be hosting the first of its biannual marathons, Awesome Games Done Quick, between January 4-10 at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport hotel in Herndon, Virginia to raise funds for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The event is open to the general public with a $60 registration fee good for setup and bonus days (January 3-13) and will feature speedruns for indie and major developer titles of new and old like Transistor, Banjo-Kazooie, Crazy Taxi, SSSSSSetup, I Wanna Be The Boshy, and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. A complete schedule can be found here.
The event will also be viewable on the GDQ site as well as individual Twitch.TV user channels, with community renowned commentators, speedrun veterans, and Twitch personalities like SSBMstuff, UraniumAnchor, yoshifan, and Gildersneeze. It may be late to submit speedrun videos for AGDQ consideration, but interested parties may still apply for the second marathon.
The first charity marathon titled Classic Games Done Quick was held in 2010 and successfully raised over $10,000 for Cooperative for relief agency CARE — the following year, GDQ ambitiously developed their biannual format, with Awesome Games Done Quick held in the winter and Summer Games Done Quick held in the summer. In the same year, GDQ also organized Japan Relief Done Quick from April 7-10 to assist Doctors Without Borders after the Great East Japan Earthquake that devastated much of the country.
Games Done Quick is supported by two communities dedicated to video game speedruns: Speed Demos Archive and Speed Runs Live. The former was created in 1998 by Noland “Radix” Pflug after merging his Quake speedrun page — Quake Done Quick — with Gunnar Andre Mo’s page — Muad’Dib’s Quake Page — to accept speedruns of all difficulty levels, and soon after also merged with Jesse van Dijk’s NederSpeed to include custom level runs. Speed Demos Archive is now maintained by administrator Mike Uyama, who is also the GDQ director.
SpeedRunsLive is a diverse IRC network dedicated to multiplayer speedracing with a dedicated stream directory for speedrunning livestreams and a premier speedrun racing platform with a ranking leaderboard. Notable staff on SpeedRunsLive include co-founder Cosmo Wright who is noted for his contributions to GDQ; co-founder Daniel “Jiano” Hart who is noted for his contributions to The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask speedrun; and Zach “puchiedarcy” Layman, server admin and developer of the SRL interface. SpeedRunsLive will host Get Yourself Speedrunning, a beginner-friendly open registration contest on Saturdays between January 17-31 for people interested in speedrun involvement. Redditors can also find more information on speedrunning by visiting the /r/speedrun subreddit. The gaming community has also been slowly building grassroots hype via the #AGDQ2015 hashtag with shoutouts to developer Twitter accounts, and promotional YouTube trailer was also released last year on December 20 courtesy of user GilderTekIndustries.
Stay tuned to this event on Twitch.tv for some amazing speedruns, or help GDQ and the gaming community REK CANCER by taking a more active role in the event. For more gaming news and updates, be sure to follow us on Twitter @APGNation.