This past week has been filled with tragedy as a tropical storm has wrought havoc upon southeastern Texas. However, it’s the outpouring of support and great examples of caring humanity assisting those affected by the disaster that’s become a warm beacon of hope to push through the despair of Hurricane Harvey. Numerous charitable funds and events have sprung up to help those in need, and among them are the video game nerds of Harvey Relief Done Quick, a 3-day video game marathon charity event to raise money for the more than 30,000 people affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Games Done Quick is known for hosting their annual Awesome Games Done Quick and Summer Games Done Quick events that raise millions of dollars for the Prevent Cancer Foundation and Doctors Without Borders every year. With the Harvey Relief Done Quick gaming marathon, 100 percent of donations raised this weekend will go to the Houston Food Bank, an organization dedicated to domestic hunger relief by providing meals to those in need.
As their name implies, Games Done Quick’s specialty is video game speed running, the act of completing a game as fast as possible. If you’re not familiar with speed running, it’s not simply beating a game fast, but mastering a game completely. These speed runs show off games in ways you’ve probably never seen before, with some truly wild, outside-the-box play. And, fittingly enough, the GDQ crew has put together Harvey Relief Done Quick in just two days. Just this last Thursday, they put out a call for speed runners to submit games for their weekend marathon and they’ve already received more than 350 submissions.
The 3-day gaming marathon starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 1st to 7 p.m. Sunday night. Unlike most GDQ events, Harvey Relief Done Quick won’t be run from a central location, but runners will be streaming remotely from all over the world.
A few of the games being run for the event include Chrono Trigger, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Metal Gear Solid, Portal, Super Mario Galaxy 2, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Undertale.