Games Done Quick hit us with a bit bad news/good news today. Let’s provide the excellent news first! GDQ introduced immediately that will probably be internet hosting a mini-marathon, Corona Relief Done Quick.

CRDQ will happen from April 17 to April 19. Sure, it’s not a week-long marathon, however that’s nonetheless three full days of speedrunning bliss. Plus 100% of the donations that GDQ receives in the course of the occasion will go to Direct Relief, a humanitarian support group that helps individuals affected by poverty or emergencies (like this pandemic). And don’t fear, the speedrunners can be taking part in safely from dwelling.

If you comply with this column frequently, you’ll know that I’m an enormous fan of this speedrunning group, which places on marathons that usher in donations for charity, elevating tens of millions of {dollars} within the course of. The final Summer Games Done Quick raised simply over $three million for Doctors Without Borders.

But to be much less altruistic, I additionally love GDQ as a result of it’s an awesome celebration of retro gaming. Sure, they showcase speedruns of contemporary video games too, however a lot of the main focus is on older titles. It’s a good way to relive reminiscences of some my favourite video games. It’s additionally an superior solution to expertise some retro titles that I’ve by no means performed earlier than.

GDQ runs two main occasions annually. Summer Games Done Quick 2020 was speculated to be the subsequent, and it was going to happen from June 21 to June 28. Obviously, with the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the nation, it’s not an enormous shock to see that GDQ has delayed the occasion. It will now happen from August 16 to August 23.

The RetroBeat: Games Done Quick will hold a special marathon to help with COVID-19 relief

Speedrunning for aid

It’s a little bit of bummer realizing that we’ll have to attend a few further months for Summer Games Done Quick. But we received’t be and not using a speedrunning marathon for lengthy due to Corona Relief Done Quick. We don’t know which video games or speedrunners can be part of the occasion but, however GDQ all the time places on present. I’m positive we’ll get one other one right here.

And if it contains some Mega Man of any form, you understand that I’ll be pleased. I additionally we hope we get at the least one basic RPG run that’s like eight hours lengthy. I all the time get pleasure from these.

Anyway, it’s all the time good to see communities come collectively to assist individuals throughout powerful instances, and good for GDQ to make the very best out of a tough state of affairs.

Plus, I’ll now have one thing to look at after I’m deep into April isolation.

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