Gaming for All the Right Reasons
Last week, from July 3th to July 9th, Summer Games Done Quick raised over $1.2 million dollars for Doctors Without Borders. The weeklong video game speedrunning event, where professional gamers try to beat games as quickly as possible, was streamed around the clock on the video gaming streaming site Twitch.
Doctors Without Borders, also called Médecins Sans Frontières, is an international medical humanitarian organization. The organization provides aid in almost 70 countries whose survival is at stake, mostly from armed conflict, epidemics, exclusion from health care, natural disasters, or malnutrition. This organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.
SGDQ 2016 had a long list of games and some incredible talent on hand this year. Starting off with Mario Sunshine, (a personal favorite) Bounceyboy beat the Gamecube classic in just an hour and twenty minutes. From difficult games to terrible games, viewers (who double as contributors) are amazed every year at the sheer variety of titles on display, and surprised at just how deep the world of speedrunning goes.
There were a lot of highlights during the event. A Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze race between Canadian and American players showed just how competitive the scene is. There was also a blindfolded Castlevania: Symphony of the Night run, a no power-up run of Super Mario World, and a Super Mario Bros. 3 run, which included the rare in-game coin ship event.
There was also a lot of fun to be had, such as when donors requested Ribbedkilla sing “Whole New World” during the magic carpet level in his Disney’s Aladdin speedrun. Soon enough, host Edobean, a speedrunner herself, joined in with the Jasmine portion of the song.
All in all, it was a great event for a great cause. Games Done Quick won’t be doing Awesome Games Done Quick until next January, but you can find a playlist of all of last week’s speedruns here.