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Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 Raises Over One Million Dollars for Charity

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

An exceptional effort

Around a week ago we told you about the start of Awesome Games Done Quick 2014, which was seven days of live streaming of speed-runs and assorted challenges, all with the goal of raising plenty of money for the Prevent Cancer charity.

The events are now closed, and the current total — post-event donations may add a little extra — is an exceptional $1,007,041USD; that's a dramatic increase over the 2013 total of $448,000. The seven days of the event attracted 27,168 donations from 17,899 separate donors, while nearly 200 prizes were up for grabs over that period. There were 154 runs in total, including plenty of retro Nintendo goodies; one particularly notable event for fundraising (thanks MC Augstkalns) was a Super Metroid race between four runners — Garrison, Ivan, Krauser and Zoast. A vote for that run titled "What to do with the Animals" — with choices of Kill or Save — raised $67.288.29 all on its own.

To break into seven figures is an amazing achievement for this week-long event. Once some official videos are released on YouTube we'll upload a selection; did you watch any of the events over the past seven days

[via gamesdonequick.com]

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User Comments (18)

SLiM

#1

SLiM said:

What an amazing achievement! I watched the Super Metroid race and it did not disappoint. More races please! :-)

Einherjar

#2

Einherjar said:

To bad gamers are the worst kind of people, just doing harm to others ;)
What an amazing achievment indeed :D I love that such events exist.

KeeperBvK

#3

KeeperBvK said:

"To break into six figures is an amazing achievement for this week-long event"

Isn't a million seven figures?

Smitherenez

#4

Smitherenez said:

Haha, they brought 'save or kill the animals back'? They did that last time too! It was hilarious back then!

Greenalink

#6

Greenalink said:

"Once some official videos are released on YouTube we'll upload a selection;"

Those official MP4 videos that will be downloadable on archive.org will take a couple of months, AGDQ 2013 encodes started in January and all games were done in March/April time . UraniumAnchor usually encodes the 160+ hour marathon supporting full framerate on the gameplay and 2 audio tracks (or 1 for PC/DS games). Right now the runs can be watched on Twitch VODs or reuploads on Youtube.

FarukoSH

#7

FarukoSH said:

The most impressive run was the guys that did Punch Out and Super Punch Out... BLINDFOLDED, OMGWTFBBQ

Lobster

#14

Lobster said:

http://www.reddit.com/r/speedrun/comments/1ui4dn/agdq_vods_thread/
You can watch the videos here in the mean time. The OP has highlighted the Super Metroid race, among others.

Last night, watching the donation totals climb to a million, actually eclipsed the Chrono Trigger run for me. I wasn't even watching it; I had the page up where the tracker refreshed automatically! (With Chrono Trigger on in another tab of course.)

BF-Medic

#15

BF-Medic said:

This year was great, and the blindfolded runs of those punch-out games was awesome! The hours they put in those games are just crazy.
But the best about this; Gamers donating over $1million to a good cause!

ledreppe

#16

ledreppe said:

The donations should have gone to more than just one charity. It's not everyone that gets cancer, I might've donated had there been an alternative. Don't get all angry at me, but it is a valid point.

Lobster

#17

Lobster said:

@ledreppe AGDQ in January always goes to the Prevent Cancer Foundation; however Summer Games Done Quick, which is obviously held in summer, I believe changes every year. 2013 was Doctors Without Borders. You should check that out, maybe it's more up your alley. Either way you can't disagree gamers raising $1 million for charity is a feat to be praised.
Also everyone is affected by cancer in some way. Maybe not you but a loved one, surely.

SamiCetinSMK

#18

SamiCetinSMK said:

It was a very good choice, and as Lobster says, there are different ones at other events so there is an even spread over the long term. I had a few friends doing some speed running there, was great to watch on twitch, wish i was there tho!

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