If you are fan of video game speed-runs, then this event will be right up your street. Speed Demos Archive are hosting their third annual speed-run marathon from today until the 11th January, streaming live on Twitch and looking to raise $500,000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. In total it is hoped that over 115 games will be raced through during the week by some of the canniest and skilled gamers out there – as I write, Jak & Daxter: The Precusor Legacy and Crash Bandicoot have been done and dusted, and you can view the full schedule as well as the incentives being given out for donations here.
I was pointed in the direction of AGDQ last year by my best mate, and I must admit that while a speed-run flies in the face of my usual playstyle (I’m very, VERY slow and tend to explore every nook and cranny of a game), seeing a master who knows every square inch of a game and can pull off every trick in the book to shave seconds off a speedrun is very impressive. Also, some of the glitches and exploits on display are hilarious and a testament to the extents that people will go to try and break a game.
Remember to tune in during the week to support a good cause and to feel inadequate as someone blitzes through your favorite game in 20 minutes with ease.
EDIT: The event has now finished, raising a brilliant $1,014,190.84 for charity