SGDQ 2014 is a classic speedrunning event for charity. Summer Games Done Quick is a week-long gaming marathon held between June 22nd and June 28th. Dozens of runners from all across the country are all gathering at the Crown Plaza Hotal in Denver, Colorado. As always, the summer marathon is accepting donations that go toward Doctors Without Borders. Each marathon generates a ton of contributions. Over two million dollars have been collected between all of the marathons hosted by Speed Demos Archive, half of which came from AGDQ 2014 alone, the most successful gaming-related charity marathon to date.
SGDQ 2014 | Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders, or Médecins Sans Frontières, is a secular humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization. It was started in 1971 by a group of French doctors who shared the belief that all people have a right to medical care, regardless of race, religion, creed or political affiliation, and that the needs of these people outweigh respect for national borders. Since then, the group has grown tremendously. MSF has an annual budget of 400 million dollars, mostly thanks to private donors. This money is used to distribute medical supplies, vaccinations, food, and water in war-torn and impoverished countries across the globe. In 2007, it was calculated that over 26,000 volunteers that specialize in medicine, nursing, engineering and more took part in MSF’s mission, bringing aid to over 60 countries worldwide. In 1999 MSF was even awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their continued efforts to bring aid to those that need it most. SGDQ 2014 is the third Games Done Quick marathon to support Doctors Without Borders. The first was Japan Relief Done Quick in 2011, and the second being SGDQ 2013 last year.
SGDQ 2014 | Schedule
As the years go by, the hype has only gotten bigger for each successive event. This year’s schedule is packed with over 170 hours of speed gaming. The game selection is also stacked, with newer games like Super Mario 3D World and Disney Infinity as well as more obscure games like Mr. Mosquito and Goosebumps: Attack of the Mutants. The game choice has been narrowed down by the SDA and SRL communities for months. What’s especially different about this marathon is the number of multi-player games and races. Not to be outshined by AGDQ’s epic 4-way Super Metroid Race, SGDQ offers races for at least twenty games. In addition, there are plenty of co-op runs to enjoy as well. Whether it’s racing with or against their friends, Speed Demos Archive and Speed Runs Live are going to put on an amazing show.
The schedule is not set in stone yet, but the mostly complete draft can be found here. While you’re there, check out the new, fresh layout for the main page. Everything related to Games Done Quick is getting bigger, badder, and more awesome with each passing marathon.
SGDQ 2014 | Personal Picks
As a huge gamer and speedrunning fan myself, there are a ton of runs I’m looking forward to. My personal picks for SGDQ 2014 will be especially hype. Here’s a short list in order of when they are on the schedule:
- Wii Super Monkey Ball 2 (Expert Mode) Race: Geoff vs Miles
- GB Mega Man V Race: mrcab vs VirtualboyNess
- NES 8 Eyes (1 player, 2 controllers): Feasel
- PSX Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (All Bosses) Race: romscout vs. Dacidbro or MechaRichter vs. zex
- PC Octodad: Dadliest Catch (any%): Ubergoose
- GCN Metroid Prime 1 or 2 (any%): Miles
- GBA Metroid Fusion Race: kirbymastah vs BioSpark vs JaggerG
- GBA Mega Man Zero 2 (any%): Kuribon
- SNES Super Metroid (low%): Zoast
Most of these runs are either run by people very high on the leaderboards for their respective game or the runs are very high execution. I’ll be calling out from work (Sorry Optimus ☺), missing sleep, and cutting myself off from humanity to catch these runs.
SGDQ 2014|Bonus Stream & Wrap Up
As with every Games Done Quick marathon, there will be a bonus stream immediately following the marathon’s conclusion. The marathon is typically segmented and published on YouTube over the course of several weeks, but the Bonus Stream is not. Once those twitch archives are gone you likely won’t be able to find it anymore. The bonus stream, as always, is a helluva good time that’s a little less formal and a lot less scripted. There’s no telling what kind of games or events you’ll see (unless there’s a donation incentive for something during the marathon of course).
Unfortunately for me, I’ll be missing the last few days of the marathon to attend Community Effort Orlando, a fighting game tournament hosted in Orlando, Florida. If you’re in the area come find me and say hello! I’ll likely be wearing a Games Done Quick shirt from a previous marathon.
Speaking of shirts, The Yetee will be putting out a host of shirts specifically for SGDQ, as they did for each previous marathon. $3 from every shirt sale will be donated to Doctors without Borders (and likely be put toward the donation incentive of their choosing). It’s a great way to show your support for the marathon and grab some awesome swag to represent the passion we all share. Check them out. Even outside of the marathon, they put out a unique shirt design every day that’s only available for 24 hours.
SGDQ 2014 | Where can I watch?
SGDQ will be streamed live on twitch.tv with an embed on the Games Done Quick site, along with a donation ticker. For a brief introduction to speedrunning, check out my article on the last marathon here.
I hope everyone is as excited for the festivities as I am. -WarioMCP