So if you read the games press or look on forums, or really anywhere on the internet that gamer converge, you’ll see there’s a lot to complain about. Hell, second to gaming, complaining about gaming is probably one of our top hobbies. And yes, we complain because we care, but honestly there is so much to bemoan. Then again… it’s not all bad. Hell, events like Awesome Games Done Quick show just how amazing gaming and gamers can be.
Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) is a charity speedrunning marathon that lasts for an entire week and is streamed live on Twitch. All money raised goes to the Prevent Cancer Foundation whose name alone is self explanatory. They are currently live and have, since starting on January 3, already raised more than $300,000 as of this writing. Last year they raised more than $1.5 million, so hopefully they’ll be able to beat that this year!
If you haven’t already seen AGDQ, the pure level of gaming skill on display is beyond impressive. Not only do some of the speedrunners pull off records and surpass many expectations, but many of them explain exactly that they’re doing, so it’s not only entertaining from a skill standpoint, but it’s actually damn fascinating to listen to why and how they do what they do. If nothing else, it takes incredible talent to be able to play at that high of a skill level and talk at the same time (especially with a crowd behind you!). Hell, Azorae’s Talos Principle speedrun has me captivated right now.
The main thing that runs through my mind when watching this is how AGDQ is in so many ways the purest form of what it means to be a gamer. It’s thousands of gamers pulling together to watch some incredible skill, chat, have fun, and support a good cause. This isn’t an event primarily about ego despite the speedrunning. It’s all about the foundation and doing good. In a gaming atmosphere that’s so quick to point fingers at each other and complain about how terrible other gamers are, it’s good to be reminded how amazing gaming and gamers really can be. This is what we need more of in the world.
If you’re wondering what you can do, make sure to donate! You’ll get entered to win some amazing prizes like a pinball cabinet, games, and more. And make sure to watch and participate in their chat either over IRC or on Twitch! Let them know how much you support them and wish these gamers all the luck in the world! If you aren’t watching Awesome Games Done Quick yet, you should be!