Another Summer Games Done Quick, the summer rendition of the bi-annual charity speedrunning event, has come and gone. This year, SGDQ 2021 managed to raise $2.9 million for the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders.
Over the past week, a wide variety of speedrunners played their runs at the 11th SGDQ event to help raise money for Doctors Without Borders, or Médecins Sans Frontières, as it's known in its native French. This international humanitarian group provides medical care to people affected by disasters and armed conflict no matter who they are. After the event wound down, SGDQ 2021 managed to raise a grand total of $2,909,369.35 from 40351 donors, just shy of their record of $3 million in the 2019 SGDQ. As for their next events, Games Done Quick will be holding Fleet Fatales, which features female and non-binary speedrunners, from August 15-21, and AGDQ 2022 will be held January 9-16.
What are some of the highlights of SGDQ 2021?
- Zooketra's attempt to get gold on all the beginner tournaments in Nintendogs was foiled by a naughty labrador puppy named Korone.
- Bubzia gets a personal best as they play through Super Mario 64 while blindfolded, having to rely on muscle memory and audio cues to know what to do and when.
- During Tohelot's run of Styx: Shards of Darkness, he went out of game boundaries to accomplish his goals by messing around with some leftover developer tools in the form of in-game flowcharts.
- GeoGuesser, a game about guessing where you are in the world based on a Google Maps view, makes an appearance as Havrd tries to get a perfect score by guessing exactly where they are through five different locations.
- JCog manages to beat Paper Mario in under half an hour through the Stop 'n' Swop strategy, which relies on playing Ocarina of Time on a physical cartridge and quickly swapping it to manipulate stored up effects and code to reach the ending screen.
- SGDQ 2021 ended off with Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, where Ninten plays over three hours to beat the game on the hardest difficulty while staying at level one.
The runs at SGDQ 2021 can be found on their Twitch or YouTube channel.