As we move into another year, another GDQ event quickly descends upon us!

Games Done Quick is a biannual video game speedrun charity marathon held in the US, originally organized by the Speed Demos Archive and Speedruns Live communities. Since 2015, it has been handled by Games Done Quick, LLC. Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) is the Winter event held early January, with Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ) being held in July.

Event Info:

  • Event Dates    Jan. 7th – Jan. 14th, 2018
  • Location         Herndon, VA
  • Charity           Prevent Cancer Foundation
  • Stream


About Games Done Quick:

If you haven’t attended or watched a GDQ event previously, then you may some what be confused at what you’re witnessing.

Gamers from around the world are invited and/or can make submissions of games to demonstrate their prowess at beating various video games in the quickest possible time, done in front of an audience as well as Twitch livestream.

The games often fall into 3 main categories, any% (as fast as possible, regardless of route), any% glitchless (unable to exploit major glitches in systems/code) and 100% (must complete all main quest). There are also many exceptions to these, with gamers showing off modified runs such as 2 player 1 controller or blindfolded zelda or 2-4 player head to head.

Typically games are played on original hardware, to ensure correct times (clock rate) and exploitation of “official” glitches in game code. The game version may also be restricted to certain release versions as deemed by the speed running communities who run them.  Games range from old titles on systems such as Atari 2600 and Sega Mega Drives, up to the latest titles on platforms such as PS4, XBO or Steam.

Runners (the person playing) will typically be accompanied by a couch of their choosing, who will discuss and provide commentary of the game as it progresses and often have general discussion to entertain audience in between game loading and slow parts of the game. Additionally during these times, the announcer will normally take this time to read through donations made to that particular events Charity of choice.

On Twitch you may see many references spammed constantly in chat. Some of the more popular “memes” being:

  • References to “YSG” YSG = YellowShirtGuy – A speedrunner by the handle “Blueglass” known for his distinctive laugh, who has historically attended every GDQ and often seen on late night (2-4am) streams to support the runners.
  • MingLee – Whenever a runner constantly uses words that end in the sound “Lee” (e.g really, seriously, totally, completely, accidentally, etc…) you will often see a spam such as “MingLee REAL LEE MingLee” in chat
  • Save/Kill the Animals – Traditionally each GDQ is closed out with a run of the ever popular Super Metroid – where a decision must be made at the end to sacrifice time to save the animals, or to kill the animals. This is determined by donators voting throughout the event.

The schedule is up now, so check it out!