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Every year, a bunch of very autistic pasty-skinned neckbeards converge upon an exhibition hall somewhere in America to speedrun games in SGDQ (Summer Games Done Quick). The stream is usually filled with cringeworthy moments, awkward long pauses without commentary and also strange people sitting behind the speedrunners that oftentimes garner more attention than the actual speedrunners themselves (imagine E3 sans the pity clapping and laughter). Having said all of that, these guys are transformed into superheroes of video gaming for the duration of the event, because the fruits of their labour will go to their charity of choice: Doctors without borders.

I have a great amount of respect for the speedrunning community, because of AGDQ (Awesome games done quick) and SGDQ - because they love their game of focus so much that they play it at a level that most people would prefer to have a huge cry about. Even if you're not actively watching it, you can have it on in the background to show your support: SGDQ Stream. It'd be nice if SGDQ could be number one on the Twitch stream list, but they're doing pretty good considering it's off-peak for North America.

Highlights
  • Twitch chat continuously mocking the speedrunner who usually has zero social skills and context.
  • Sometimes a sexy sounding female voice or a hunky macho movie announcer is announcing pledge messages.
  • The completely inappropriate and disrespectful usage of the word autistic, autism and autismo etc.
  • Huge donations out of fucking nowhere, followed by applause from the audience.
  • Spooky moments where it's an off-time for America, and there's literally nobody watching in the hall except for the speedrunner.
  • If you're not feeling discomfort watching someone unused to attention spaghetti the fuck out of himself, you're not doing GDQs right.
  • The most recent speedrunner (Crash Bandicoot) said on stream that he would become a psychopath and murder everyone.
  • Video games for an amazingly good cause.

My personal picks of the event
(Based on times people will actually be awake, fuck timezones)
  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time [[10.29 AM WAST / 12.29 PM EAST]] Friday, July 31st
  • Pokemon Blue [[11.54 AM WAST / 1.54 PM EAST]] Saturday, August 1st
  • Pokemon Blue Blindfolded Run [[2.24 AM WAST / 4.24 PM EAST]] Saturday, August 1st
  • Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker [[4.29 PM WAST / 6.29 PM EAST]] Saturday, August 1st

Donations

MSF doesn't really need an introduction, but if you're unfamiliar with their work - they go to places where most modern-day doctors would rather die than go to. My image of them was forever immortalized when I read that the U.N was pulling out their science and medical teams because of the Ebola outbreak that was ravaging the West African region. MSF however, completely disregarded the danger of Ebola and continued to work, even when reports of doctors and nurses that were bleeding out from their eyes and assholes were streaming in. People like us who consider holding a door open for longer than ten seconds for a complete stranger, as the 'good deed of the day' (5 GBP) will probably never understand selflessness of that ball-crushing magnitude. If you've redeemed some GBP and can spare some tendies:-

Donation Page
The money goes directly to Doctors without borders.
Fork
How the hell does one do a blindfolded run? Memorise it? Or just fucking spammy/lucky?

Looks like a good cause for spare tendies though.
Darkshaunz
The Resident Evil 4 run was very entertaining and special, but the best run yesterday belongs to TRAG (Tactical Rescue Assault Group). The commentator was funny, and the game was fucking batshit insane. Sanic and I were in tears after watching the terribleness that was a poor RE2 rip-off on the PSone.

Tetris Grand Master speed challenge coming up, but Zelda: Twilight Princess comes right after that.
Spoon
Who's running OoT this year?

The OoT blindfold run was amazing at AGDQ, it was almost all memorisation but also lots of audio cues. I imagine it'll be about the same for Pokemon, but that definitely sounds interesting.

Tetris was pretty amazing at AGDQ too, so maybe I'll watch some of that
Spoon
Ah interesting, I don't think I've seen him play before. I've seen Cosmo many times and Skater once or twice.

I just watched two guys play two controllers each on Tetris to race each other in 2 player co-op (each). One of them wasn't even asian.
Spoon
Shrewmkin wrote:
Darkshaunz wrote:
Jodenstone, he's the world number two on OoT Any%


The killer for OoT is lord Juba Jubas belly and water temple...

Neither of these are part of an Any% run though. The only dungeon they do is the Deku Tree and then they skip straight to the Ganon fight.
Darkshaunz
retsgip wrote:
Tetris is fucking nuts.


I thoroughly enjoyed the TGM block. It was superb, the level of skill and dedication that all the players displayed was awe-inspiring.

Good job to SQR (TGM2), KAN & Kevin (TGM3). Watching KAN play Tetris at that level puts a lot of other "skill" videos of pros playing games I watched online to shame.
retsgip
Darkshaunz wrote:
retsgip wrote:
Tetris is fucking nuts.


I thoroughly enjoyed the TGM block. It was superb, the level of skill and dedication that all the players displayed was awe-inspiring.

Good job to SQR (TGM2), KAN & Kevin (TGM3). Watching KAN play Tetris at that level puts a lot of other "skill" videos of pros playing games I watched online to shame.



When shit goes invisible and he's still slamming pieces down i feel like puking a rainbow of cash straight through the internet right into his face but I'm poor so I'll just settle with drooling onto my desk.
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