STATES CHRONICLE – Who said children can’t fight against cancer when $1.2 million were raised for cancer prevention by Games Done Quick 2016 edition. The concept was implemented six years ago and ever since then children are playing for a healthier future.
Games Done Quick relies on a concept that is rather new to the world of gaming, the speedrun. This means that a player must finish the game in only one sitting. For a person that relished upon completing 5 levels of Super Mario without dying, that sounds almost impossible. But today’s gamers prove otherwise as $1.2 million were raised for cancer prevention by Games Done Quick.
And if speedrunning wasn’t a task difficult enough, the AGDQ raised the steaks even higher, challenging the contestants to play blindfolded, or to complete the game with all of the additional quests and battles. The entire competition was broadcasted on Twitch and all of the gainings were donated to the Foundation to prevent cancer.
Even though it seems like AGDQ actions managed to raise an impressive sum for the fight for cancer prevention, one must note that last year, when Humble Bundle got involved, the sum rose to $1.5 million. Of course, the fact that the game developer sold a number of pretty famous games starting at $1 per piece weighed a lot at the end when a line was drawn and the numbers were added.
This year, Humble Bundle was not present to amaze the public with low prices, but the audience was not bored as world records in gaming were set. The best example is the participant who managed to finish Final Fantasy IV, a role-playing-game that promised more than 100 hours of action, in a mere 3 hours and a half. And he also finished side battles with bosses. That is something on which Twitch viewers did not waste any of their money.
For years now, Super Mario was voted as the best childhood game. It was also the most viewed event on Twitch, with a total of 220,000 people that tuned in to watch the race. The popularity of the game only made things more difficult for the participants that fought for even a split of a second of time. Of course, new world records were set.
Another dare, but sadly with no world record ending, was that the gamers that participated in the Battletoads race, the level with the Turbo Tunnel, had to compete blindfolded. The results were nothing but hilarious.
In the end, the participants had fun, and $1.2 million were raised for cancer prevention by Games Done Quick. If you were just a Twitch viewer and you learned some tricks, the next edition of the AGDQ will take place this July in Minneapolis.
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