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

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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.

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