Awesome Games Done Quick raises $3.5 million for cancer prevention
The annual event this time attracted almost 80,000 people online.
After a week of video sprints (speedruns in English) relentlessly, the meeting of video game enthusiasts Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) finally closed on Sunday with several exploits. A look back at the highlights of this charity event.
From January 8th to 15th, gamers from all over the world showed off their skills as they attempted to complete some 150 video games – ranging from classic titles to new releases – as quickly as possible, in order to raise funds for the Prevent Cancer foundation.
To gain speed, participants usually take advantage of development bugs, secret attacks and different combinations of buttons on the joystick.
A new world record
The AGDQ 2023 event hosted several records, including a race in Super Mario Galaxy anything goes 2. Sprinter Jhay managed to complete the game in 2 hours 54 minutes and 51 seconds, beating the previous world record by 4.4 seconds.
Some 80,000 people watched the feat live, according to a tweet from the player.
Every year, video sprinters attempt to complete games blindfolded at Games Done Quick events. This time, MrGymnast86 was able to clear all the dungeons in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Swordon Wii in 3 hours and 5 minutes, without being able to see anything.
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A bit of Montreal at AGDQ
There was a bit of Montreal in the friendly competition , thanks to Montreal studio Tribute Games' flagship game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge, played by four people (GeneralAndrews, Dospostmann, Benja and Paul_Knives), on Monday.
< p class="e-p">The game was completed in 56 minutes 18 seconds by the latter two in cooperative mode, beating the previous world record, set at 59 minutes 25 seconds.
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All AGDQ 2023 player achievements can be viewed or reviewed on the organization's Twitch channel.
Despite returning in-person for the Summer Game Done Quick (SGDQ) summer event in 2022, the winter version of AGDQ was held online, rather than in Florida as planned.
Among the reasons given for announcing this change in September 2022, the organizing heads cited the state's “consistent disregard for the dangers of COVID-19, as well as the heightened aggressiveness towards LGBTQ+ people, including the law known as Don't Say Gay.”
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Since its inception, the organization, which debuted in 2010, has raised over US$23.2 million ($31.1 million CAD) in donations, which have been made available to international organizations, including Doctors Without Borders and UNESCO's Malala Fund for Girls' Right to Education.
The next meeting For fans of video sprints, it is scheduled from February 26 to March 5 with Frost Fatales, an all-female marathon.