2014 Awesome Games Done Quick Marathon raises eye-popping sum for cancer research

The latest Awesome Games Done Quick marathon has raised a record-breaking sum, $1,025,267.62, all of which will be donated to the Prevent Cancer Foundation. This figure wholly eclipses the previous year’s haul, a measly sum of $448,423.27, also a record at the time.

For those readers unfamiliar with Awesome Games Done Quick, it is a fundraiser planned and hosted by the people behind speeddemosarchives.com, a wonderful time-waster of a site that hosts speed runs of seemingly every game in existence. During the course of the week long event (Jan 5-11), the best of the best speed-runners in the world demonstrated their skills in front of a live audience. While they did what they do best, gamers across the world kept the donations rolling in, leading to an impressive average donation of $37.01.

Beyond straightforward speed runs, the event also included a few mind-boggling spectacles. How about playing Super Mario 64 with only one hand (at 12:23)? Or beating the NES classic Super Punchout!! while blindfolded (at 54:40)? Super Nintendo fans will likely enjoy a simultaneous four player speed run of Super Metroid.

Whether you find such feats impressive or not, I think we can all agree that it’s great to see gamers across the world uniting around a very important cause. Many more speed runs can be found at speeddemosarchives.com. I must warn you, before visiting the site, that you should plan to sacrifice the next few hours of productivity.

Source: gamesdonequick.com | image via guardianlv.com

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Nokia's Android UI revealed, draws inspiration from Windows Phone

Next Story

Most antivirus programs to support Windows XP well past its own end date


Did they get like half a million that last day or something? Because as I was watching that week the progress was pretty steady at around $100k a day and hit the $500k mark with just over a day to go.

Super Metroid earned something like $60k itself for the Save/Kill, most of which came in that day, if I remember correctly. They had a few people give huge donations that night and the next morning. I remember hearing we pass $900k during the wind waker hd race, and the $1mil mark broke during chrono trigger.

Just got back myself from the marathon, had a lot of fun, met loads of the people I've spoken to online for the last year and it's all for a good cause. Looking forward to SGDQ 2014.

I do speedrun OoT/MM, but all the best runners (ZFG/moltov/runnerguy) were there, so I didn't actually run anything in the marathon. I'm looking to learn a few different games this year, so hopefully might run a game at AGDQ next year.

You should definitely attend if you have the chance, it's great fun.

Commenting is disabled on this article.