SGDQ Speedrunning Marathon Begins Today

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It’s that time of year once again when the unsung heroes of the gaming sphere get together to play games really quickly for charity. Following up January’s massively successful Awesome Games Done Quick, Speed Demos Archive and Speed Runs Live return with 7 days of nonstop gaming goodness to benefit Medecins Sans Frontieres (aka Doctors Without Borders).

Kicking off the festivities is Super Mario 3D World at 2 PM Eastern Time. If you don’t happen to live on the East Coast, the schedule automatically converts to your local time zone. Even the E3 schedule wasn’t this user-friendly.

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Whatever your feelings on speedrunning may be, these events are always fun to watch because of how much energy and excitement the players bring to it. Sure, we occasionally get some facepalm-worthy gifs of a guy dressed in a Link costume picking his nose and eating it. But we also get live world records of Diddy Kong Racing, so it’s a fair trade-off. Also, I mean, it’s for charity.

Mainstays like Super Metroid and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night are featured, of course. I’m pretty surprised though: no one is running Super Mario 64 or Ocarina of Time. Regardless, I’m excited to watch Banjo Tooie, Tomba 2, System Shock 2, and Super Mario Sunshine, among others. Are there any runs you intend to watch? Drop a comment and let us know!