Thu. Mar 23rd, 2023

One of the best live gaming events of the year kicks off on Sunday. That’s when the Summer Games Done Quick marathon kicks off about 160 straight hours of live video game speedrunning broadcast on Twitch from a hotel ballroom in St. Paul, Minn.

During that time, you can watch dozens of runners work their way through dozens of games, both classic and modern, as fast as they can. Sometimes they abuse glitches or warps or pause to get to the end as quickly as possible. More often, they use simple frame-perfect inputs, refined over countless hours of play, to pull off a seemingly supernatural performance. It’s all for the benefit of a good cause, with viewers encouraged to donate to Doctors Without Borders to reach a million-dollar goal (additional speedruns will be added to the proceedings as fundraising milestones are reached).

Of course, you can check out many similar speedruns archived on YouTube (including many recorded from previous Games Done Quick events), and even check out “tool-assisted” speedruns where players use emulators to beat a game often much faster than a live player ever could. Still, there’s something to be said for watching a human speedrunner play in real time on real hardware, improvising through errors and nerves in front of a live audience. Plus, the Games Done Quick stream features excellent live commentary from volunteers to explain different techniques and strategies throughout the run, and a live audience cheering on the best moments.

Above is a quick selection of some of the must-see speedruns we’ll be looking at this week, along with estimated times to tune into Twitch to see them (the times may vary slightly if previous runs or setup take too long to finish). long).

By akfire1

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