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Games Done Quick
Games Done Quick logo 2018.png
StatusActive
GenreVideo game speedruns
Video games and charity
VenueVarious
Location(s)Various
CountryUnited States
InauguratedJanuary 1, 2010; 13 years ago (2010-01-01)
FounderMike Uyama[1]
Most recentJanuary 8, 2023; 2 months ago (2023-01-08)
Next eventMay 28, 2023; 2 months' time (2023-05-28)
Organized byGames Done Quick, LLC
Websitegamesdonequick.com

Games Done Quick (GDQ) is a semiannual video game speedrun charity marathon held in the United States, originally organized by the Speed Demos Archive and SpeedRunsLive communities. Since 2015, it has been handled by Games Done Quick, LLC.[2] Held since 2010, the events have raised money for several charities.

The two flagship events held by Games Done Quick are Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ), held in early January every year, which raises money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ), usually held in late June or early July every year, which raises money for Doctors Without Borders. Both events last for seven days. In addition to these events, GDQ hosts several other broadcasts throughout the year, including smaller marathons supporting different charities, one-off events for special occasions, and regular GDQ Hotfix programming throughout the year.

The events are broadcast live on Twitch. Viewers are encouraged to donate for incentives during the stream such as selecting the file name or main character's name in a run, having the runners attempt more difficult challenges, and entering raffles for the chance of winning prizes.[3] As of February 2023, $43.8 million has been raised across 41 marathons. This includes precisely 800,358 separate donations from 257,754 unique donors.[4]

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Video game

Video game

A video game is an electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface or input device to generate visual feedback from a display device, most commonly shown in a video format on a television set, computer monitor, flat-panel display or touchscreen on handheld devices, or a virtual reality headset, hence the name. However, not all video games are dependent on graphical outputs; for example, text adventure games and computer chess can be played through teletype printers. Most modern video games are audiovisual, with audio complement delivered through speakers or headphones, and sometimes also with other types of sensory feedback, and some video games also allow microphone and webcam inputs for in-game chatting and livestreaming.

United States

United States

The United States of America, commonly known as the United States or America, is a country primarily located in North America. It consists of 50 states, a federal district, five major unincorporated territories, nine Minor Outlying Islands, and 326 Indian reservations. The United States is also in free association with three Pacific Island sovereign states: the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. It is the world's third-largest country by both land and total area. It shares land borders with Canada to its north and with Mexico to its south and has maritime borders with the Bahamas, Cuba, Russia, and other nations. With a population of over 333 million, it is the most populous country in the Americas and the third most populous in the world. The national capital of the United States is Washington, D.C. and its most populous city and principal financial center is New York City.

Speed Demos Archive

Speed Demos Archive

Speed Demos Archive is a website dedicated to video game speedruns. SDA's primary focus is hosting downloadable, high-quality speedrun videos, and currently has runs of over eleven hundred games, with more being added on a regular basis. SDA additionally used to host two annual speedrunning charity marathons, Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) and Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ), before Games Done Quick LLC started holding the event independently in 2015. It hosted nine marathons in total, and raised over $2.7 million for various charities, with the most successful one being AGDQ 2014 which raised just over $1 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

Prevent Cancer Foundation

Prevent Cancer Foundation

The Prevent Cancer Foundation (PCF) is a United States-based charity, and one of the leading US health organizations devoted to the early detection and prevention of cancer.

Twitch (service)

Twitch (service)

Twitch is an American video live streaming service that focuses on video game live streaming, including broadcasts of esports competitions, in addition to offering music broadcasts, creative content, and "in real life" streams. Twitch is operated by Twitch Interactive, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. It was introduced in June 2011 as a spin-off of the general-interest streaming platform Justin.tv. Content on the site can be viewed either live or via video on demand. The games shown on Twitch's current homepage are listed according to audience preference and include genres such as real-time strategy games (RTS), fighting games, racing games, and first-person shooters.

Format

Attendees at Summer Games Done Quick 2019
Attendees at Summer Games Done Quick 2019

Speedrunners take turns demonstrating their prowess at beating various video games in the quickest possible time, done in front of an audience as well as a livestream through Twitch.[5][6][7] Sometimes these runs may be executed in an unusual or specific way, such as fully completing every level, completing a game blindfolded,[8] or featuring multiple runners racing against one another to complete a game first.[9] Video games run in Games Done Quick events include both retro and modern titles. The runs typically feature commentary from the runner(s) or experienced commentators, as well as donation messages read by an announcer.

Most of the popular runs feature video game glitches[10] and discussion between the runner and the commentators, most frequently describing techniques or using observational humor and banter.[11] Humor and banter is especially used for non-interactive or repetitive sequences that don't require the runner to use much or any skill. Donations from viewers may feature humorous comments that contain inside jokes among the speedrunning community, as well as more personal acknowledgments concerning the charity donated to. Because of the live broadcast and wider audience, runners and commentators are encouraged to refrain from using strong profanity and offensive behavior.[12]

When donating, donors have the option to put their money towards a particular incentive. These incentives can be in the form of bonus speedruns, showcases of additional tricks or glitches, or an in-game decision such as naming the player character.

History

Games Done Quick's former logo, used until 2018
Games Done Quick's former logo, used until 2018

Writer and speedrunner Eric Koziel identifies two important precursors to Games Done Quick: the "Desert Bus for Hope" donation drive organized by LoadingReadyRun in November 2007, and a series of charity speedrun marathons held by TheSpeedGamers starting in March 2008.[13]

Users of the site Speed Demos Archive decided to hold a charity marathon in January 2010,[14] during MAGFest 8. It was themed around 8-bit and 16-bit video games and thus dubbed "Classic Games Done Quick" (after the 1990s speedrunning project Quake Done Quick). Internet connectivity problems at the MAGFest hotel forced SDA administrator Mike Uyama to relocate the event to his mother's residence, but it raised over $10,000 for CARE.[13][15]

Following that initial success, the first Awesome Games Done Quick marathon was held in January 2011, expanding from two days to five days, incorporating newer games such as Halo and Portal, and raising more than $50,000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.[16] The first Summer Games Done Quick was held in August 2011, raising $20,000 for the Organization for Autism Research.[17][18] Since then, both Awesome Games Done Quick and Summer Games Done Quick have recurred annually, raising larger amounts each year.

A one-off additional marathon was held in March 2011 to support victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan; Japan Relief Done Quick raised over $25,000. In addition, a one-off promotional event was held on March 20, 2015, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the God of War franchise. Over the course of five hours, God of War Done Quick ended up raising $3,500 for The AbleGamers Foundation.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Games Done Quick events—excluding SGDQ 2022—have been virtual events since SGDQ 2020. In-person attendance briefly returned for SGDQ 2022 under strict social distancing, mandatory masking, and vaccine mandate protocol (with all attendees required to have a full series of COVID-19 vaccine and booster dose),[19] while also continuing to intersperse remote runners alongside those present on-stage.[20] In September 2022, GDQ pulled AGDQ 2023 from Florida due to the state's stances on LGBT rights and COVID-19 (the state strictly prohibits vaccine mandates), and announced that it would therefore revert to being a virtual event due to the costs of cancelling their venue contract.[21][22] Ahead of the event, Uyama announced that he would stepping down from his role in GDQ after 13 years "to take care of my health and kind of focus on different activities".[23]

In February 2023, the game Hogwarts Legacy became the latest of several examples to be banned by GDQ from all future events for having "content, views, or an origin that we have deemed unsuitable for our stream." The ban also applied to all other Harry Potter-licensed games, though these would be "subject to further review". While no explanation was given, some publications saw this as a response to Harry Potter series' creator J. K. Rowling's controversial views on transgender people.[24][25][26]

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LoadingReadyRun

LoadingReadyRun

LoadingReadyRun, often abbreviated to LRR, is a Canadian entertainment group that produces video and audio comedy. It often covers video games, internet trends, and popular culture.

Halo: Combat Evolved

Halo: Combat Evolved

Halo: Combat Evolved is a 2001 first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie and published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox. It was released as a launch game for Microsoft's Xbox video game console on November 15, 2001. The game was ported to Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X in 2003. It was later released as a downloadable Xbox Original for the Xbox 360. Halo is set in the twenty-sixth century, with the player assuming the role of the Master Chief, a cybernetically enhanced supersoldier. The Chief is accompanied by Cortana, an artificial intelligence. Players battle aliens as they attempt to uncover the secrets of the eponymous Halo, a ring-shaped artificial world.

2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami

2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami

The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami occurred at 14:46 JST on 11 March. The magnitude 9.0–9.1 (Mw) undersea megathrust earthquake had an epicenter in the Pacific Ocean, 72 km (45 mi) east of the Oshika Peninsula of the Tōhoku region, and lasted approximately six minutes, causing a tsunami. It is sometimes known in Japan as the "Great East Japan Earthquake" , among other names. The disaster is often referred to as simply 3.11.

God of War (franchise)

God of War (franchise)

God of War is an action-adventure game franchise created by David Jaffe at Sony's Santa Monica Studio. It began in 2005 on the PlayStation 2 (PS2) video game console and has become a flagship series for PlayStation, consisting of nine installments across multiple platforms. Based on ancient mythologies, the story follows Kratos, a Spartan warrior and later the Greek God of War, who was tricked into killing his family by his former master, the original Greek God of War Ares. This sets off a series of events that leads to wars with the different mythological pantheons. The Greek-based games see Kratos follow a path of vengeance due to the machinations of the Olympian gods, while the Norse-based games, which introduce his son Atreus as a secondary protagonist, show an older Kratos on a path of redemption and inadvertently coming into conflict with the Norse gods.

COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The novel virus was first identified in an outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. Attempts to contain it there failed, allowing the virus to spread to other areas of Asia and later worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020, and a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of 10 March 2023, the pandemic had caused more than 676 million cases and 6.88 million confirmed deaths, making it one of the deadliest in history.

Face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic

Face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks or coverings, including N95, FFP2, surgical, and cloth masks, have been employed as public and personal health control measures against the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine

A COVID‑19 vaccine is a vaccine intended to provide acquired immunity against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19).

Florida

Florida

Florida is a state in the Southeastern region of the United States, bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico; Alabama to the northwest; Georgia to the north; the Bahamas and Atlantic Ocean to the east; and the Straits of Florida and Cuba to the south. It is the only state that borders both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. With a population exceeding 21 million, it is the third-most populous state in the nation as of 2020. It spans 65,758 square miles (170,310 km2), ranking 22nd in area among the 50 states. The Miami metropolitan area, anchored by the cities of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, is the state's largest metropolitan area with a population of 6.138 million, and the state's most-populous city is Jacksonville with a population of 949,611. Florida's other major population centers include Tampa Bay, Orlando, Cape Coral, and the state capital of Tallahassee.

LGBT rights in Florida

LGBT rights in Florida

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the U.S. state of Florida may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity became legal in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Lawrence v. Texas on June 26, 2003, and same-sex marriage has been legal in the state since January 6, 2015. Discrimination on account of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations is outlawed following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County. In addition, several cities and counties, comprising about 55 percent of Florida's population, have enacted anti-discrimination ordinances. These include Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee and West Palm Beach, among others. Conversion therapy is also banned in a number of cities in the state, mainly in Palm Beach County and the Miami metropolitan area.

Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy is a 2023 action role-playing game developed by Avalanche Software and published by Warner Bros. Games under its Portkey Games label. The game is set in the Wizarding World universe, taking place in the late 1800s, a century prior to the events chronicled in the Harry Potter novels. The player controls a student enrolled in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who learns to wield an array of magical abilities and objects. With the assistance of fellow students and professors, the protagonist embarks on a journey to unearth an ancient secret that has long been concealed within the wizarding world.

Harry Potter video games

Harry Potter video games

The Harry Potter video games are a series of video games based on the Harry Potter franchise originally created by J.K. Rowling. Many of the Harry Potter-inspired video games are tie-ins to the novels and films of the same name. The main series features a video game for every novel, as well as two for the finale. There are multiple distinct versions for individual games.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter

Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The novels chronicle the lives of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry's conflict with Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who intends to become immortal, overthrow the wizard governing body known as the Ministry of Magic and subjugate all wizards and Muggles.

List of marathons

Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ)

Originally called Classic Games Done Quick (CGDQ), this annual marathon is held every year in early January raising money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

Dates Venue Charity Amount raised Notes
January 1–3, 2010 (planned) Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria, Virginia, during MAGFest 8[a]
(actual) private residence
CARE $10,532[27]
January 6–11, 2011 National 4-H Youth Conference Center, Chevy Chase, Maryland Prevent Cancer Foundation $52,520[28] First event to be called Awesome Games Done Quick
January 4–9, 2012 $149,045[29]
January 6–12, 2013 $448,425[30]
January 5–11, 2014 Crowne Plaza Dulles, Herndon, Virginia $1,031,666[31] First GDQ event to raise over $1 million
January 4–10, 2015 Hilton Washington Dulles, Herndon, Virginia $1,576,085[32]
January 3–10, 2016 $1,216,309[33]
January 8–15, 2017[34] $2,222,791[35] First GDQ event to raise over $2 million, as well as the first GDQ event to raise over $1 million in a single day
January 7–14, 2018[36] $2,295,191[37]
January 6–13, 2019[38] Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Rockville, Maryland $2,425,791[39]
January 5–12, 2020[40] DoubleTree Hilton, Orlando, Florida $3,164,002[41] Second GDQ event to raise over $3 million
January 3–10, 2021 No in-person venue $2,739,612[42] Conducted as a virtual event with no central venue due to the COVID-19 pandemic
January 9–16, 2022 $3,442,033[43] Conducted as a virtual event due to COVID-19. Current donation record set at a GDQ event,[43] and the first to raise $1 million by Wednesday[44]
January 8–15, 2023 $2,672,553[45] Conducted as a virtual event due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of its venue contract.[46]
$23,446,555 Total money raised

Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ)

Introduced in 2011 as a companion to AGDQ, this marathon is usually held in late June or early July and raises money for Doctors Without Borders. Since 2015, the event has typically been held in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul region.

Dates Venue Charity Amount raised Notes
August 4–6, 2011 A participant's residence in West Bountiful, Utah Organization for Autism Research[47] $21,397[48]
May 24–28, 2012 $46,279[49]
July 25–30, 2013 Sheraton Denver Tech Center, Greenwood Village, Colorado Doctors Without Borders $257,181[50]
June 22–28, 2014 Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport, Denver, Colorado $718,235[51] $82,985 of the funds were raised through the SGDQ 2014 Bundle.[52]
July 26–August 2, 2015 Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront, Saint Paul, Minnesota $1,215,601[53]
July 3–9, 2016[54] Hilton Minneapolis Downtown, Minneapolis, Minnesota $1,294,140[55] First SGDQ to raise more than the AGDQ of the same year
July 2–9, 2017[56] Minneapolis Marriott City Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota $1,792,342[57]
June 24–July 1, 2018[58] DoubleTree Hilton, Bloomington, Minnesota $2,168,914[59]
June 23–30, 2019[60] $3,039,596[61] First GDQ event to raise over $3 million,[62] and first time an all-time GDQ donation record was set at SGDQ[63]
August 16–23, 2020 No in-person venue $2,345,786[64] Delayed from the original date, and conducted as a virtual event due to COVID-19[65]
July 4–11, 2021[66] $2,938,715[67] Conducted as a virtual event due to COVID-19
June 26–July 3, 2022[68] DoubleTree Hilton, Bloomington, Minnesota $3,053,827[69] First in-person GDQ event since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic
May 28–June 4, 2023[70]
$18,892,013 Total money raised

Special marathons

Games Done Quick Express (GDQx) is an annual three-day marathon held at TwitchCon since 2018. There was no Games Done Quick Express event held in 2020 or 2021 due to the cancellation of TwitchCon those years.

Frame Fatales is a week-long marathon featuring only women and non-binary runners. It started in 2019 as a four-day event and started fundraising for the Malala Fund in 2020.[71]

Marathon Dates Venue Charity Amount raised Notes
Japan Relief Done Quick April 7–10, 2011 Runners streamed from their residences Doctors Without Borders $25,800[72] A marathon to support victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami
Speedrun Spooktacular October 26–29, 2012 Lindsey King $9,733[73] A marathon to help medical bills for Lindsey King, an artist for Speed Demos Archive
God of War Done Quick March 20, 2015[74] Santa Monica Studio Studio AbleGamers Foundation $3,500+[75] Special event at Santa Monica Studio as part of the 10-year anniversary of the God of War franchise
Harvey Relief Done Quick September 1–3, 2017[76] Runners streamed from their residences Houston Food Bank $229,455[77] A marathon to support victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas
Games Done Quick Express October 26–28, 2018[78] San Jose Convention Center 10 charities[b] $139,879[80]
Games Done Quick Express September 27–29, 2019[81] San Diego Convention Center AbleGamers Foundation $152,595[82]
Classic Games Done Quick (CGDQ) 10th Anniversary December 27–29, 2019[83] No in-person venue N/A N/A Exact recreation of the schedule of the 1st event in January 2010 to celebrate 10 years of GDQ
Frost Fatales 2020 February 23–29, 2020[84][85] Malala Fund $54,287[86] A marathon dedicated to women in speedrunning. Ran 8 hours a day instead of 24[87]
Corona Relief Done Quick April 17–19, 2020 Direct Relief $403,632[88] A marathon to help improve the health and lives of people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic[89][90]
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 Launch Celebration September 4, 2020[91] The Trevor Project $4,434[92] A marathon celebrating the release of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2
Fleet Fatales 2020 November 15–21, 2020[93][94] Malala Fund $81,396[95] An all-women speedrunning event[71]
Flame Fatales 2021 August 15–21, 2021[96] $127,266[97]
Frost Fatales 2022 February 27–March 5, 2022[98] $132,982[99]
Flame Fatales 2022 August 21–27, 2022[100] $135,512[101]
$1,500,471 Total money raised

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Prevent Cancer Foundation

Prevent Cancer Foundation

The Prevent Cancer Foundation (PCF) is a United States-based charity, and one of the leading US health organizations devoted to the early detection and prevention of cancer.

Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria is an independent city in the northern region of the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States. It lies on the western bank of the Potomac River approximately 7 miles (11 km) south of downtown Washington, D.C. Alexandria is the third-largest "principal city" of the Washington metropolitan area which is part of the larger Washington-Baltimore combined statistical area.

MAGFest

MAGFest

MAGFest is an annual festival held in the Washington metropolitan area that celebrates video games and video game music, as well as their surrounding culture. MAGFest's primary features are a large open video gaming room, a hall of arcade cabinets, concerts by chiptune artists and video game cover bands, and a bring your own computer (BYOC) LAN party.

4-H

4-H

4-H is a U.S.-based network of youth organizations whose mission is "engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development". Its name is a reference to the occurrence of the initial letter H four times in the organization's original motto "head, heart, hands, and health", which was later incorporated into the fuller pledge officially adopted in 1927. In the United States, the organization is administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 4-H Canada is an independent non-profit organization overseeing the operation of branches throughout Canada. There are 4-H organizations in over 50 countries; the organization and administration varies from country to country.

Chevy Chase, Maryland

Chevy Chase, Maryland

Chevy Chase is the name of both a town and an unincorporated census-designated place that straddle the northwest border of Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County, Maryland, United States. Several settlements in the same area of Montgomery County and one neighborhood of Washington include Chevy Chase in their names. These villages, the town, and the CDP share a common history and together form a larger community colloquially referred to as Chevy Chase.

Herndon, Virginia

Herndon, Virginia

Herndon is a town in Fairfax County, Virginia, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area of the United States. The population was 23,292 at the 2010 census. In 2020, the population was estimated to be 24,532, which makes it the largest of three incorporated towns in the county.

Rockville, Maryland

Rockville, Maryland

Rockville is a city that serves as the county seat of Montgomery County, Maryland, United States, and is part of the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area. The 2020 census tabulated Rockville's population at 67,117, making it the fifth-largest community in Montgomery County.

Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Orlando is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. Part of Central Florida, it is the center of the Orlando metropolitan area, which had a population of 2,509,831, according to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2017. It is the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States and the third-largest metropolitan area in Florida behind Miami and Tampa Bay. Orlando had a city population of 307,573 in the 2020 census, making it the fourth-largest city in Florida behind Jacksonville, Miami, and Tampa. It is the state's largest inland city.

COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic

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Minneapolis–Saint Paul

Minneapolis–Saint Paul

Minneapolis–Saint Paul is a metropolitan area in the Upper Midwestern United States centered around the confluence of the Mississippi, Minnesota and St. Croix rivers in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It is commonly known as the Twin Cities after the area's two largest cities, Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Minnesotans often refer to the two together simply as "the cities". It is Minnesota's economic, cultural, and political center.

Greenwood Village, Colorado

Greenwood Village, Colorado

The City of Greenwood Village is a home rule municipality located in Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 15,691 at the 2020 United States Census. Greenwood Village is a part of the Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Front Range Urban Corridor.

Bloomington, Minnesota

Bloomington, Minnesota

Bloomington is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, on the north bank of the Minnesota River, above its confluence with the Mississippi River, 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown Minneapolis. At the 2020 census, the city's population was 89,987, making it Minnesota's fourth-largest city.

Controversies

As GDQ events have become more popular, there have been several controversies, with players and commentators being banned, and with the stream chat having to be muted.[102] GDQ has noted they advise attendees to avoid "topics of conversation that are polarizing or controversial in nature" as well as avoiding harassing other players. Some attendees have been banned[103] for making inappropriate comments, although there are criticisms that some of the bans may be without merit.[102]

In 2017, a commentator, PvtCinnamonBun, on a speedrun for the game Ape Escape 2 for AGDQ 2017, was banned from all future events for supposedly wearing a "Make America Great Again" (MAGA) hat on stream shortly after Donald Trump's controversial election to the United States presidency. However, according to Kotaku, PvtCinnamonBun's ban was revoked since it was not actually a MAGA hat, but GDQ officials banned him again for supposedly unplugging a power strip cable. Another speedrunner, Cyberdemon531, was also banned from the event for owning the MAGA hat in the first place.[102]

In 2018, speedrunner "BubblesDelFuego", who speedruns Dark Souls and Fallout 4, was banned from all future GDQ events after sharing edible medicinal cannabis with a friend, which resulted in that friend having a panic attack and being transported to the hospital by paramedics. Bubbles consumed edible cannabis for chronic pain resulting from complications with Hodgkin lymphoma. Bubbles told Kotaku that although he understood why he was banned, he believed that the GDQ "enforcement" staff abused their power and were misinformed about tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active chemical in cannabis.[104]

At SGDQ 2019, speedrunner "ConnorAce" used a spliced run to illegitimately claim the world record on Clustertruck for the "NoAbility%" category, depriving the legitimate record holder from being invited. The run was treated with suspicion due to it not being submitted officially to speedrun.com, with the video being unlisted on YouTube prior to ConnorAce's acceptance into SGDQ. In October 2019, ConnorAce's run was exposed by the YouTuber documentarian Apollo Legend.[105][106]

At AGDQ 2020, various runners, including "Luzbelheim" (or "Luz"), were scheduled to run a relay playthrough of Final Fantasy VIII. Hours before, however, Luz's Twitter bio went viral for his comment that he hates "feminazism", identifies as "deminonbinary", and he uses the pronouns "luz/luz".[107] Other online news publications negatively reacted to GDQ organizers allowing Luz to play in the relay playthrough.[108] Luz was given a ban without details about its length.[107]

During Summer GDQ 2022, Russian speedrunner "Mekarazium" admitted that he faked a run of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Blade Wolf DLC. The game was played remotely, unlike most of the other games at the event, and the DLC was a donation incentive. While the main game was played live by Mekarazium, the DLC was pre-recorded. Viewers quickly noted discrepancies with the run. Mekarazium admitted to faking the run and was banned from future GDQ events.[109][110][111]

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Ape Escape 2

Ape Escape 2

Ape Escape 2 is a platform video game developed and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 2 video game console. It is the second game in the Ape Escape series, and is also used as the basis for the animated series by Frederator.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Donald John Trump is an American politician, media personality, and businessman who served as the 45th president of the United States from 2017 to 2021.

2016 United States presidential election

2016 United States presidential election

The 2016 United States presidential election was the 58th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The Republican ticket of businessman Donald Trump and Indiana governor Mike Pence defeated the Democratic ticket of former secretary of state and First Lady of the United States Hillary Clinton and the United States senator from Virginia Tim Kaine, in what was considered a large upset. Trump took office as the 45th president, and Pence as the 48th vice president, on January 20, 2017. It was the fifth and most recent presidential election in which the winning candidate lost the popular vote. It was also the sixth presidential election, and the first since 1944, in which both major party candidates were registered in the same home state.

Kotaku

Kotaku

Kotaku is a video game website and blog that was originally launched in 2004 as part of the Gawker Media network. Notable former contributors to the site include Luke Smith, Cecilia D'Anastasio, Tim Rogers, and Jason Schreier.

Dark Souls (video game)

Dark Souls (video game)

Dark Souls is a 2011 action role-playing game developed by FromSoftware and published by Namco Bandai Games. A spiritual successor to FromSoftware's Demon's Souls, the game is the first in the Dark Souls series. The game takes place in the kingdom of Lordran, where players assume the role of a cursed undead character who begins a pilgrimage to discover the fate of their kind. A port for Windows featuring additional content, known as the Prepare to Die Edition, was released in August 2012. It was also released for consoles under the subtitle Artorias of the Abyss in October 2012.

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Notes
  1. ^ One speedrun was completed at the Hilton in 2010 before the venue was changed, due to poor Internet upload issues
  2. ^ Charities at Games Done Quick Express 2018 included: AbleGamers, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Call of Duty Endowment, Direct Relief, Doctors Without Borders, Extra Life, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Save the Children, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and To Write Love on Her Arms.[79]
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