Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2019 - 06:12 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: esa, speedrun, charity
It’s been a few weeks since the European Speedrunner Assembly (ESA) Winter 2019 marathon ended, although the organizers have, just last Thursday, announced the results in a press release. Combining both streams, the event raised $30,080 USD in the six days that it ran. All of this money went to Save The Children.
Moreover, ESA Winter 2019 was the first event from the group that was sold-out.
In previous years, ESA had sponsors that did donation matching up to some amount; I distinctly remember something like a 10:1 multiple a couple of years ago. As far as I can tell, that was not the case this time, so that was all contributed by the fans, including the runners and attendees.
Two more events are planned for this year. In April, on the 13th and the 14th, ESA will be at TwitchCon Europe. ESA Summer 2019 will take place from July 19th through July 28th, which is about a month after Summer Games Done Quick 2019 (June 23rd to June 30th).
Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2019 - 10:37 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: water, twitch, streaming, logitech g, logitech, IWD, International Women’s Day, gaming, fundraiser, event, charity, blue microphones, ASTRO Gaming
Logitech is hosting a 24-hour live stream beginning today (March 7) at 2:00 PM Pacific Time / 5:00 PM Eastern to celebrate International Women’s Day; with Logitech G, ASTRO Gaming, and Blue Microphones also involved in this "multi-city live stream".
"To celebrate International Women’s Day, we want to acknowledge the women who contributed to gaming. Some of our favorite games have women at the helm, and many women are involved in creating the amazing technology used to play these great games.
As a part of this celebration, Logitech, Logitech G, ASTRO Gaming and Blue Microphones will host a 24-hour, multi-city live stream on March 7 and 8 to raise funds for charity: water. Their goal is to bring clean and safe drinking water to developing countries improving health, education and opportunity – especially for women and children, who spend up to 40 billion hours a year walking to collect clean water. It’s our goal to help improve the quality of life for women globally."
You can access the stream via the Logitech G Twitch channel and on TILTIFY, featuring "female gamers and Logitech employees around the world." Donations can be made to the foundation during the live stream, with Logitech matching the first $15,000.
"Please join us for this one-of-a-kind event. Help us celebrate diversity and donate to a worthy cause. As little as a $30 donation will bring clean water to an individual for an entire year. And if we hit our $30,000 goal, we’ll be able to bring three full communities clean water!"
Logitech provides this 24-hour stream schedule:
Thursday, March 7
- 2pm – 10pm PT
- Broadcast from the Logitech office in Newark, Calif.
- Guest Streamer: @JessBrohard
- 10pm – 2am PT / Mar 8 7pm – 11pm Napier, New Zealand
- Broadcast from New Zealand
- Guest Streamer: LoriiPops
Friday, March 8
- 2am – 6am PT / 10am – 2pm GMT
- Broadcast from the Logitech office in Cork, Ireland
- Guest Streamer: Fuzzy Freaks
- 6am – 10am PT / 8am – 12pm CST
- Broadcast from Mexico City, Mexico (in Spanish)
- Guest Streamer: Why So Sara
- 10am – 2pm PT
- Broadcast from ASTRO Gaming in San Francisco, Calif.
- Guest Streamer: @JessBrohard
Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2019 - 11:27 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: esa, speedrun, charity
Another video game speedrun marathon has just begun. The European Speedrunner Assembly (ESA) Winter 2019 event started a few hours ago, at 7am EST, and will continue until the games are done, which should be Saturday evening. The last item on the schedule is a race of Cuphead between kalevan_herra, Kirthar, and TwoCPlus in the All Bosses, Regular, Legacy category, although there is a $1,000 donation incentive where kalevan_herra will do an extra solo run of All Bosses, Regular, Current Patch after the race.
One interesting feature of ESA is that they tend to run two streams with separate games. While the second stream is not online for the whole marathon, it allows them to separate out some (not all) of the long runs so that the main stream can have a faster pace. The Stream 2 game with the fastest estimate (2 hours and 10 minutes) is Jade Empire on Tuesday at 4:30pm EST, and Stream 2 game with the longest estimate (10 hours and 45 minutes) is Final Fantasy X on Thursday at 7am EST.
ESA Winter 2019 benefits Save the Children.
Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2019 - 05:40 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: speedrun, gdq, charity, agdq
The latest Games Done Quick marathon wrapped up at around 1 o’clock (EST) last night as the reverse boss order run of Super Metroid killed the poor, harmless animals. The runner took the detour to the “Save the Animals” room, opened the door, then fired a few times through it without entering… just to troll. I can appreciate that (despite donating to save the animals -- after the other incentives were met, of course).
A few minutes later was the closing ceremony. Organizers thanked the staff, volunteers, and partners, and then added revenue from Twitch subs and bits, $217,226.12 USD, to the donation tracker. This brought the overall total to $2,394,423 USD, which is more than any other Games Done Quick event; the next highest was last year’s AGDQ at $2,295,191 USD. As usual, donations are still being accepted even though the stream has ended. It is currently sitting at $2,397,767.51 USD from 46377 donors, which benefits the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
The next Games Done Quick is Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ) 2019, which starts on June 23rd, 2019 in Bloomington, Minnesota. Next year’s Awesome Games Done Quick 2020, despite just moving to Maryland this year, will move again for its 10th anniversary… to Orlando, Florida.
If you don’t want to wait until the summer, then a different organization, the European Speedrunner Assembly (ESA), are holding their Winter 2019 event starting on February 18th.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 5, 2019 - 05:25 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: agdq, gdq, agdq 2019, speedrun, charity
Twice each year, Games Done Quick hosts a week-long, 24-hour marathon of games done quick… or blindfolded… or two games done on one controller… etc. The entire event is donation-based, with the money raised going to a specific charity. Typically, the winter event (Awesome Games Done Quick) raises money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation and the summer event (Summer Games Done Quick) benefits Doctors Without Borders.
Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 continues with the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The last two AGDQ events brought in over $2.2 million USD, and the most recent Summer Games Done Quick was just under $2.2 million USD.
The whole schedule is available at their website. One interesting slot should be Friday evening’s TASBot plays mari0, which is Super Mario Bros. 1 with a Portal gun on custom levels. TASBot blocks also sometimes contain innocent-looking segments that are much more entertaining than they let on. For example, one year TASBot played Pokémon Red, although “playing” actually meant overloading the game’s controller input and using that memory access to install a Twitch chat client. As such, it’s always a good idea to watch the entire TAS block... just in case.
I also want to check out The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 1-Hit K.O. block on Saturday early afternoon. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars was also entertaining in the past, and it’s being run again on Tuesday evening.
Subject: Editorial | December 19, 2018 - 05:52 AM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: extra life, charity
The PC Perspective team is joining up with Extra Life this holiday season to raise funds in support of our local children's hospitals, and we want you to join us!
For those unfamliar, Extra Life is a gaming-focused fundraising event in support of Children's Miracle Network hospitals throughout the US and Canada. Participants set a fundraising goal which culminates in a 24-hour gaming marathon, with all proceeds going to support the treatments and care of millions of hospitalized kids each year.
So before the year comes to a close, head on over to our Extra Life team page and make a tax-deductible donation to help us reach our goal of $10,000. Making a donation in someone else's name can also be a great holiday gift, and allows you to avoid the retail store rush for those last-minute shopping trips! And unlike George Costanza, you'll actually be supporting an amazing and worthwhile cause!
We don't yet have a date scheduled for the 24-hour gaming marathon, but we'll let you know as soon as we have that locked down. And, on that same topic, please leave a comment or send us a tweet with some game recommendations that you'd like to see us play during the marathon.
Thank you all so much for your support. Let's smash our goal and together do something great to end the year!
Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2018 - 02:41 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: speedrun, pc gaming, esa, charity
The European Speedrun Assembly begun yesterday (July 21st) at 10am EDT with a two-player Dark Souls III All Bosses race. Like Games Done Quick, it is a week-long, 24-hour charity marathon on Twitch. They do not have GDQ levels of viewers and money raised, but they do have a sponsor that pledged to double donations up to $50,000 USD. Note that they have two streams, listed one after the other in the schedule, so be sure to look through both parts of the schedule (in case there’s a Stream 2 game that catches your eye).
They are currently sitting at $11,686 USD, which, I believe, is pre-match, so it should double to $23,372 USD. ESA Summer 2018 benefits Save the Children, which helps children affected by conflicts and natural disasters.
While this run has already ended, I was fascinated by the Co-Op GeoGuessr segment. One user is given a Google Streetview location from somewhere in the world, and the other has a Google Maps view of the world. The two then need to work together to find where in the world they are, by the one looking around Google Streetview and the other trying to piece the clues together.
Subject: General Tech | July 1, 2018 - 11:03 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: speedrun, gdq, charity, pc gaming
While there are still a few late donations coming in, the Summer Games Done Quick 2018 event has ended with a seven-hour run of Final Fantasy VI… and $2.1 million USD. This donation amount ranks it as first place of all Summer Games Done Quick events by almost $400,000 dollars (and third place of all Games Done Quick events).
Its last day, however, did not break $1 million dollars, unlike what we’ve seen in Awesome Games Done Quick. I was expecting, assuming it would have a similar last day, that SGDQ 2018 to be the highest grossing of all events when I went to bed on Friday night / Saturday morning, but it didn’t. I don’t know why. The line-up seemed good, especially with the Super Mario Odyssey donation incentive being met, but it brought in just a little less by the end.
(It’s possible that they calculate their values slightly lower this year, because they kept saying that the donation total doesn’t include their sponsors at the end, but I don’t think that’s the case.)
Even though its last day was slightly low, relative to previous years, breaking $2 million USD is still amazing for Doctors Without Borders. I was out of town for much of the event, but, if I were to pick a highlight from what I’ve seen, it would probably be the TAS block at the end of the second-last day. The tool-assisted runs were interesting, and the creative segment involved taking over F-Zero GX to connect with a Gameboy Advance and play a 3D cutscene via zero-day exploits. It’s worth checking out when it comes out on their YouTube channel if you missed it live.
The next event will be Games Done Quick Express in October (during TwitchCon). Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 will follow on January 6th – 13th in Rockville, Maryland.
If you cannot wait that long, then you can check out ESA Summer, from the European Speedrunner Assembly, running from July 21st at 10am (North American EDT) through some time in the afternoon or evening (North American EDT) of July 28th. It's run by a different organization, but it's a similar blend of fast video games and charity donations.
Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2018 - 12:30 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: speedrun, pc gaming, gdq, charity
The twice-annual, week-long marathon of gaming speedruns has just begun. First up is a 30-minute pre-show at 12:30pm EDT with SpikeVegeta, feasel, Protomagicalgirl, darkman78, and JHobz. This is where they go over what they feel will be the highlights of the week, from the most interesting runs to the donation incentives and raffle prizes. Also, puns.
At 1pm EDT, the show will transition into the first two games, Banjo-Tooie and Spyro the Dragon, which are good examples of speed-run games because of their platforming / collecting mechanics. This will go round the clock until next Sunday at around 1:15am (plus or minus a bit) with Final Fantasy VI and a “thank you” speech. Unless this event is different than the previous, they will also slowly add the runs to YouTube in case you couldn’t check out your favorite game at 4am or something.
Last year’s Summer Games Done Quick set a record for the summer event at $1.79 million USD. That said, they have been steadily increasing year over year, and the last two winter events have surpassed $2 million USD each. As usual, Summer Games Done Quick 2018 benefits Doctors Without Borders.
Is there any event that you’re looking forward to? Point it out in the comments!
Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2018 - 11:59 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: speedrun, pc gaming, gdq, charity
This winter’s event set another new record for Games Done Quick. The current total, although they leave the donation form open a little while after the event for late entries, is $2,263,633.19 USD. This is the sum of 44471 donations from 32286 unique donors. The previous record was set a year ago at January’s AGDQ 2017: $2,222,791.52 USD. The current record set for a Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ) event, typically held in July, is $1,792,342.37 USD.
AGDQ 2018, like the previous eight AGDQs, benefits the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
The premise of these events is simple – the organizers bring in enough video game speedrunners to run a 24-hour stream for almost a solid week. These segments can be several hours or just a handful of minutes, depending on how long it takes to accomplish the set goal. While most are typical speedruns for a well-known category, some of them are races, some of them are glitch expositions, and some of them even force the runner to play in a non-typical way, such as blind-folded or two different games on a single controller.
If you're interested in the runs, then check out their YouTube channel.