Gaming Against Cancer: Awesome Games Done Quick 2016
Many families have lost their loved ones to cancer in the past years, and more families are experiencing the same loss with each day that passes. The whole world has been doing what they can to fight against the disease, and video game community is not slacking either.
In their own effort to fight cancer, many video game players have gathered for Awesome Games Done Quick 2016 (AGDQ 2016), the biggest speedrunning charity event. In the span of eight days from January 3 until 10, different players will attempt to finish old and new games as fast as they can live on stream.
During the event, GamesDoneQuick (GDQ) will be accepting donations from people who wish to support the event. All donations will go directly to the Prevent Cancer Foundation (PCF), a non-profit organization focused solely on cancer prevention and early detection. In the past few years, GDQ has raised more than $3 million in total for the PCF, as well as over $1 million in total for other foundations namely, CARE International (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere), Organization for Autism Research, and Doctors Without Borders.
Speedrunning is the act of playing through a game with the intent of finishing it as fast as possible. Speedrunners use different strategies in their play-throughs which includes the use of game glitches and exploits (unless required otherwise), but never the use of cheats. Players who do speedruns practice their playthroughs with incredible precision in order to achieve the shortest play time possible. Most games that are run this way are single player role-playing games, platformer games, puzzle games, and some first-person-shooter games.
If you wish to support the event and donate to the fight against cancer, head over to the GamesDoneQuick website right here. There you’ll also find the schedule for AGDQ 2016 which includes the different games they will be playing throughout the event like The Legend of Zelda, Megaman, Half Life 2, Portal 2, and Super Mario Bros.
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