Imagine going back in time, to an eight-year-old version of yourself who can’t beat the last boss in the Zelda / Metroid / Mario game you have for Christmas, and sadly saying that frustrated pre-teen that , one day, someone might succeed the the whole game in less than 15 minutes. Presumably, then you can step back in the timestream, hitting badly while the baby cries. Isn’t that fun?
However, all that means is that speedrunning – the act of completing a game as quickly as humanly possible – is one of the greatest achievements of civilization to date, and Games Done Quick, the charity fundraising marathon of one week, back with Summer Games Quick Facts.
All the old favorites are on this year’s program: Super Metroid, Super Mario 64, Mask of Majora, various Mega Mans (Mega Men?), È Breath of the Wild, but we’re in it for the weird and wonderful speeds too, like Nintendogs, External wilds, and Geoguessr.
The marathon started on Sunday, July 4th and will continue until next Sunday, July 11th, and so far the completed tests have included a 25-minute run. James Bond 007: Nightfire and a sub-20-minute run of Pikmin 3 Deluxe.
Later today (Monday July 5th) there will be a Super Mario Odyssey race that aims to complete the game in ten minutes from using only the History Moons and moons given by the Talkatoo, and also a Stop ‘n’ Swop run of Paper Mario, which one we’ve written about it before, because it’s really beautiful.
The Summer Games Done Quick 2021 Fundraising efforts are moving towards that Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian aid organization that provides medical care to more than 70 countries around the world. At the time of writing, SGDQ has raised more than $ 130,000, thanks to community donations.