Awesome Games Done Quick 2016 came to a close this morning, raising over $1.2 million in donations towards the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and providing over 150 hours of speedrunning marathon entertainment.
Games Done Quick have hosted speedrunning marathons for charity ever since 2010, raising awareness for organizations such as CARE, Doctors Without Borders, and the Organization for Autism Research.
This year they showcased a four-player co-op 100% run of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, a blindfolded race of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!, and a bewildering Stepmania showcase.
Runners, commentators, and announcers were notably passionate and informative, sharing tech and keeping the hype alive made for a lively event. Donation incentives kept the in-house crowd as well as the Twitch chat replete with excitement.
Tony Hawk’s Underground 2’s winning donation incentive was run accompanied by a straight half an hour of Smash Mouth and Shrek-filled goodness. A Pokémon Blue glitch showcase featured a myth-busting Mew, and a Disney block full of singing.
As is it is each year, an intense bid-war ignited during the final minutes of the Super Metroid run, to which viewers saw the animals being killed and the frames being saved for the first time in two years.
AGDQ 2016 was an entertaining year despite not breaking any world records, and audience participation and view counts were at an all time high. Fingers crossed we’ll see an even more exciting Summer Games Done Quick event later this year.