News: Speedrun Fundraiser launches today.

The ‘Speed Demos Archive’ group today launched their annual fundraiser once again, ‘Awesome Games Done Quick’, where they are aiming to raise $500,000 for the ‘Prevent Cancer Foundation’.

Over the next week, a large variety of games will be completed in the fastest time possible, exploiting glitches that weren’t fixed during their development.

For example, a player by the name of ‘Cosmo Wright’ completed Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in only 15 minutes using specially timed glitches in last year’s event.

He has been practicing a speed run of the recently released remaster, Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, where his world-record attempt will be shown on the 11th January.

He can be found on ‘Twitch’ here where he usually broadcasts his practice runs.

A wide variety of speenrunners showcase their skills by Twitch or YouTube, and have grown in popularity in recent years.

While races in general sports have always been widely accepted, speed runs of games are slowly being accepted to be an official sport, with efforts to have this recognised.

A full list of the games being broadcast for the fundraiser can be seen here, and notable highlights from the list include:

Battletoads – NES

Half Life 2 – PC

Metal Gear Rising – XBOX 360

Ninja Gaiden – NES

Sonic Adventure DX – XBOX 360

Tomb Raider II – PlayStation

The goal is $500,000, and they have been able to exceed the target every year so far since 2010, raising over $1,000,000 in total.

The stream can be found right here, where you can also donate if you wish.

With many records made in previous events, there is sure to be more records broken this year.

Daryl Baxter.

@darylbaxter

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