Last weekend, Games Done Quick put together a three-day speedrunning event to raise cash for the humanitarian group Direct Relief. This was a miniature version of the week-long GDQ hosted from the living rooms and bedrooms of speedrunners, with the expected glitches every now and then. Though the event may be smaller, there were still plenty of great moments worthy of post-event binging. These are our favorites.
The unique do-it-from-home format of Corona Relief Done Quick allowed for some games to be played that would normally be impossible at the usual ballroom gathering. A man with the appropriate screen name of happyf333tz happens to own a full arcade dance machine in his house, and he spent an entire hour dancing, slamming, pivoting and basically doing everything a speedrunner normally does with their thumbs….with his FEET. It looks exhausting after just ten minutes, and he keeps it going for nearly an hour. This guy is a true champ.
Alien Isolation is one of the most tense stealth games in existence. Trapped on a space station with a Xenomorph stalking your every move, making a single sound can and will kill you. This game should be impossible to “run” through, but Nikoheart manages to pull it off, exploiting two glitches of the PC version…one that lets you clip through all doors, and another that lets you sprint without making a sound.
We’ve seen a few “randomizer” runs at GDQs of the recent past, but we haven’t seen how a 3D Zelda like Ocarina of Time works with such a mechanic. Pretty well, actually. Though this game is a two-player race, it’s actually called “co-op” because the two players share hints and locations with one another.
Celeste is starting to become a mainstay of GDQ, but this marks the debut of the game’s bonus areas, which were added to the game a few months ago for free.
Finally, the crunched timeframe didn’t allow for much in the way of goofy games, but here’s another arcade playthrough, this one the bizarre Japan-exclusive WarioWare-like quick response game The*Bishi Bashi.
Despite having just three days to work with, Corona Relief Done Quick brought in over $400,000 for Direct Relief. The next GDQ event is Summer Games Done Quick which, for now, will be held from August 16 through August 23 in Bloomington, Minnesota.