Games Done Quick, AKA the Thumb Olympics, wrapped up its summer incarnation last night. Since you likely don’t have a literal week to spend watching the footage that is now archived on YouTube, we’ve picked out the best moments and greatest achievements from the marathon. You’ll definitely want to see some of these; they’re something else!
Link to the Past was the most memorable playthrough of E3, not only for its effortless exploitation of glitches but for the hysterical banter between Andy, the man playing the game, and Patty, the bespectacled man on the couch. They started a wave of bad puns that didn’t let up for the rest of the marathon.
Tetris Grand Master 3: Terror Instinct is THE most amazing run of Tetris I’ve ever seen. Player kevinDDR displays a superhuman level of reflexes as he breezes through the hardest play setting of any Tetris game ever created. It’s exhausting just watching this!
This GDQ may have set a record for longest playthrough with Final Fantasy VII, which took an entire night to finish. Somehow, the three commenters stayed awake and alert without a single meal or bathroom break, and not only that, their commentary remained intelligent and insightful throughout the run. This is not just a playthrough, but a thorough analysis of FFVII’s plot and characters, and well worth the watch even at eight hours in length.
This Majora’s Mask playthrough happened toward the end of the run. Try not to bite your nails off as player Trevperson completes three out of the four dungeons within the final five minutes before the moon is due to crash. With a wizard-like exploitation of glitches it’s possible!
Cheese05 cheeses Super Mario 64 by grabbing all 120 stars in less than two hours. It’s a near-flawless performance with barely a kick or jump wasted.
This year’s Kaizo Mario hack was Super Panga World. The game’s existence was kind of an inside joke between the bros who created it, but they let us all in on the humor by explaining it was a response to a harsh sarcastic article written about its creator.
It wouldn’t be a GDQ without “Save The Animals” vs. “Save The Frames.” The obligatory Super Metroid playthrough took a dark turn when two of the contestants in the race wiped out early. This left just player Zoast to complete the entire game with as little power-ups as possible. It’s tense!
This year’s SGDQ ended up raising $1,760,857.89 for Doctors Without Borders, through the contributions of 30,041 people. The next Games Done Quick marathon begins next January.