Games Done Quick

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Games Done Quick
Games Done Quick logo 2018.png
StatusActive
GenreVideo game speedruns
Video games and charity
VenueVarious
Location(s)Various
CountryUnited States
InauguratedJanuary 1, 2010; 11 years ago (2010-01-01)
FounderMike Uyama[1]
Most recentJanuary 3, 2021; 23 days ago (2021-01-03)
Next eventTBD
Organized byGames Done Quick, LLC
Websitegamesdonequick.com

Games Done Quick is a semiannual video game speedrun charity marathon held in the United States, originally organized by the Speed Demos Archive and Speedruns Live communities. Since 2015, it has been handled by Games Done Quick, LLC.[2] Held since 2010, the events have raised money for several charities.

The two flagship events held by Games Done Quick are Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ), held in early January every year, which raises money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ), usually held in late June or early July every year, which raises money for Doctors Without Borders. Both events last for 7 days. In addition to these events, GDQ hosts several other broadcasts throughout the year including smaller marathons supporting different charities, one-off events for special occasions, and regular GDQ Hotfix programming throughout the year.

The events are broadcast live on Twitch. Viewers are encouraged to donate for incentives during the stream such as selecting the file name or main character's name in a run, having the runners attempt more difficult challenges, and entering raffles for the chance of winning prizes.[3] Over $25.7 million has been raised across 25 marathons.[4]

Format[edit]

Speedrunners take turns demonstrating their prowess at beating various video games in the quickest possible time, done in front of an audience as well as a livestream through Twitch.[5][6][7] Sometimes these runs may be executed in an unusual or specific way, such as fully completing every level, completing a game blindfolded,[8] or featuring multiple runners racing against one another to complete a game first.[9] Video games run in Games Done Quick events include both retro and modern titles. The runs typically feature commentary from the runner(s) or experienced commentators, as well as donation messages read by an announcer.

Most of the popular runs feature video game glitches[10] and discussion between the runner and the commentators, most frequently describing techniques or using observational humor and banter.[11] Humor and banter is especially used for non-interactive or repetitive sequences that don't require the runner to use much or any skill. Donations from viewers may feature humorous comments that contain inside jokes among the speedrunning community, as well as more personal acknowledgements concerning the charity donated to. Because of the live broadcast and wider audience, runners and commentators are encouraged to refrain from using strong profanity and offensive behavior.[12]

When donating, donors have the option to put their money towards a particular incentive. These incentives can be in the form of bonus speedruns, showcases of additional tricks or glitches or an in-game decision such as naming the player character.

History[edit]

Games Done Quick's former logo, used until 2018

Writer and speedrunner Eric Koziel identifies two important precursors to Games Done Quick: the "Desert Bus for Hope" donation drive organized by LoadingReadyRun in November 2007, and a series of charity speedrun marathons held by The Speed Gamers starting in March 2008.[13]

Users of the site Speed Demos Archive decided to hold a charity marathon in January 2010,[14] during MAGFest 8. It was themed around 8-bit and 16-bit video games and thus dubbed "Classic Games Done Quick" (after the 1990s speedrunning project Quake Done Quick). Internet connectivity problems at the MAGFest hotel forced SDA administrator Mike Uyama to relocate the event to his mother's residence, but it raised over $10,000 for CARE.[13][15]

Following that initial success, the first Awesome Games Done Quick marathon was held in January 2011, expanding from two days to five days, incorporating newer games such as Halo and Portal, and raising more than $50,000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.[16] The first Summer Games Done Quick was held in August 2011, raising $20,000 for the Organisation for Autism Research.[17][18] Since then, both Awesome Games Done Quick and Summer Games Done Quick have recurred annually, raising larger amounts each year.

A one-off additional marathon was held in March 2011 to support victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan; Japan Relief Done Quick raised over $25,000. In addition, a one-off promotional event was held on March 20, 2015 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the God of War franchise. Over the course of five hours, God of War Done Quick ended up raising $3,500 for The AbleGamers Foundation.

List of marathons[edit]

Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ)[edit]

Originally called Classic Games Done Quick (CGDQ), this annual marathon is held every year in early January raising money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

Dates Venue Charity Amount raised Notes
January 1–3, 2010 (planned) Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria, Virginia, during MAGFest 8[a]
(actual) private residence
CARE $10,532[19]
January 6–11, 2011 National 4-H Youth Conference Center, Chevy Chase, Maryland Prevent Cancer Foundation $52,520[20] First event to be called Awesome Games Done Quick.
January 4–9, 2012 $149,045[21]
January 6–12, 2013 $448,425[22]
January 5–11, 2014 Crowne Plaza Dulles, Herndon, Virginia $1,031,667[23] First GDQ event to raise over $1 million.
January 4–10, 2015 Hilton Washington Dulles, Herndon, Virginia $1,576,085[24]
January 3–10, 2016 $1,216,309[25]
January 8–15, 2017[26] $2,222,791[27] First GDQ event to raise over $2 million; as well as the first GDQ event to raise over $1 million in a single day.
January 7–14, 2018[28] $2,295,191[29]
January 6–13, 2019[30] Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Rockville, Maryland $2,425,790[31]
January 5–12, 2020[32] DoubleTree Hilton, Orlando, Florida $3,164,002[33] Current donation record set at a GDQ event.[34]
January 3–10, 2021 Runners streamed from their residences $2,776,053[35] Conducted as an online-only event due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ)[edit]

Introduced in 2011 as a companion to AGDQ, this marathon is usually held in late June or early July and raises money for Doctors Without Borders.

Dates Venue Charity Amount raised Notes
August 4–6, 2011 A participant's residence in West Bountiful, Utah Organisation for Autism Research[36] $21,397[37]
May 24–28, 2012 $46,279[38]
July 25–30, 2013 Sheraton Denver Tech Center, Greenwood Village, Colorado Doctors Without Borders $257,181[39]
June 22–28, 2014 Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport, Denver, Colorado $718,235[40] $82,985 of the funds were raised through the SGDQ 2014 Bundle.[41]
July 26–August 2, 2015 Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront, Saint Paul, Minnesota $1,215,601[42]
July 3–9, 2016[43] Hilton Minneapolis Downtown, Minneapolis, Minnesota $1,294,139[44] First SGDQ to raise more than the AGDQ of the same year.
July 2–9, 2017[45] Minneapolis Marriott City Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota $1,792,342[46]
June 24–July 1, 2018[47] DoubleTree Hilton, Bloomington, Minnesota $2,168,913[48]
June 23–30, 2019[49] $3,039,596[50] First GDQ event to raise over $3 million, and fastest to reach $1 million.[51] First time an all-time donation record was set at SGDQ.[52]
August 16–23, 2020 Runners streamed from their residences $2,345,785[53] Delayed from the original date due to the COVID-19 pandemic and eventually conducted as an online-only event due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.[54]

Special Marathons[edit]

Games Done Quick Express (GDQx) is an annual 3-day marathon held at TwitchCon since 2018. There was no Games Done Quick Express event held in 2020 due to the cancellation of TwitchCon that year.

Frame Fatales is a week long marathon featuring only female and non-binary runners. It started in 2019 as a four day event and started fundraising for the Malala Fund in 2020.[55]

Marathon Dates Venue Charity Amount raised Notes
Japan Relief Done Quick April 7–10, 2011 Runners streamed from their residences Doctors Without Borders $25,800[56] A marathon to support victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
Speedrun Spooktacular October 26–29, 2012 Lindsey King $9,733[57] A marathon to help medical bills for Lindsey King, an artist for Speed Demos Archive.
God of War Done Quick March 20, 2015[58] Santa Monica Studio Studio AbleGamers Foundation $3,500+[59] Special event at Santa Monica Studio as part of the 10 year anniversary of the God of War franchise.
Harvey Relief Done Quick September 1–3, 2017[60] Runners streamed from their residences Houston Food Bank $229,455[61] A marathon to support victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
Games Done Quick Express October 26–28, 2018[62] San Jose Convention Center 10 charities[b] $139,878[64]
Games Done Quick Express September 27–29, 2019[65] San Diego Convention Center AbleGamers Foundation $152,595[66]
Classic Games Done Quick (CGDQ) 10th Anniversary December 27–29, 2019[67] Runners streamed from their residences N/A N/A Exact recreation of the schedule of the 1st event in January 2010 to celebrate 10 years of GDQ.
Frost Fatales February 23–29, 2020[68][69] Malala Fund $54,286[70] A marathon dedicated to female and non binary speedrunners. Ran 8 hours a day instead of 24.[71]
Corona Relief Done Quick April 17–19, 2020 Direct Relief $402,568[72] A marathon to help improve the health and lives of people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.[73][74]
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 Launch Celebration September 4, 2020[75] The Trevor Project $4,434[76] A marathon celebrating the release of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2.
Fleet Fatales November 15–21, 2020[77][78] Malala Fund $81,118[55] A marathon dedicated to female and non binary speedrunners. Ran 8 hours a day instead of 24.[55]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ One speedrun was completed at the Hilton in 2010 before the venue was changed, due to poor Internet upload issues
  2. ^ Charities at Games Done Quick Express 2018 included: AbleGamers, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Call of Duty Endowment, Direct Relief, Doctors Without Borders, Extra Life, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Save the Children, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and To Write Love on Her Arms.[63]

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  68. ^ @GamesDoneQuick (February 22, 2020). "We're almost ready to kick things off on another exciting @FrameFatales event, this time #FrostFatales! FF will be a charity event for the first time, benefiting @MalalaFund. Join us starting at 12 PM EST tomorrow for a week full of amazing speedruns! gamesdonequick.com/schedule" (Tweet). Retrieved February 22, 2020 – via Twitter.
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  75. ^ @GamesDoneQuick (September 1, 2020). "We have a special stream this Friday at 5PM EDT! We're celebrating the launch of @TonyHawkTheGame with speedruns, challenges, and multiplayer games. We'll be skating for a great cause as the event benefits @TrevorProject! Watch at: twitch.tv/gamesdonequick #THPS_Partner" (Tweet). Retrieved September 1, 2020 – via Twitter.
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