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By Todd O’Neil

What video game are you the best at? Are you good enough to earn money at it? These guys are.

Games Done Quick is a charity group that hosts marathon video game speedruns, which have raised millions of dollars for organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Speedrunning is simply beating a game as quickly as possible, though there is nothing simple about it.

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Raising money for great causes

While there are many subsets of speedrunning, two of the most prominent are 100% runs and Any% runs. A 100% speedrun demands that the player complete the game and do every objective, mission, collect all important items, etc. in the fastest time possible. Think of getting every star in Super Mario 64 or collecting every relic in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Players need to find the optimal routes through the game so that no seconds are wasted. In GoldenEye 007 for the N64, speedrunners spend most of the playtime with James Bond staring at the ground. Playing this way means that the game doesn’t have to render the full game world, so the game runs more smoothly. This saves precious seconds and a few seconds can be an eternity for a speed runner.


Motion sickness warning: GoldenEye 007 Speedrun

An Any% speedrun requires a player to just beat the game as fast as possible. Players may use glitches or skip entire sections of the game entirely to the end credits in the shortest possible time. Ever play the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the Nintendo 64? Ever beat it in just over 18 minutes? Well, this guy did:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aq6pGJbd6Iw
The amount of time, effort, and collaboration is staggering

From July 26th to August 1st, some of the world’s best speedrunners are gathering in St. Paul, Minnesota for a marathon charity event to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. You can watch them play live on their Twitch channel. Players are streaming games from all genres and time periods, 24 hours a day. Check out this one-day schedule:

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That is one hell of a lineup and there are 6 more days of content. You can see the rest of the schedule here. So, find your favorite game, tune in, and donate to a great cause.

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