I never really understood the appeal of speedruns. As for the effort and ingenuity required to finish them off (finishing Fallout: New Vegas in less than 15 minutes is definitely a success), but it’s not something I’d want to sit and watch for hours and hours. However, a lot of people feel different, so we have events like Summer Games Done Quick, the week-long speed loading extravaganza that will return on July 4th.
This year’s event will be fully online again due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and will feature a wide range of games, many of which are not obvious candidates for fast racing. The first game, for example, is the 100-hour RPG Dragon Age: Inquisition, which according to speedrun.com it can close in less than 30 minutes if you know what you’re doing. Max Payne 2, who has almost one identical speed racing record time, despite being a much shorter game, is also on the list.
The Frictional Penumbra Trilogy is also available, which is an interesting option (and probably not as scary when played this way), as are GTA3, Dishonored, The Evil Within 2, Dead Space, Jim Earthworm, Mass. Effect 2, Fight Crab, I Am Fish, Destiny 2's Deep Stone Crypt Foray, Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods (both parts), Black Mesa, Dark Souls 3 and lots more: the full event lasts a week, remember, and no one stops these games.
There are also a couple of games in the lineup that may not be done quickly, but they should be a fantastic experience: Trackmania Nations Forever and Super Mario 64, which will be played blindfolded. Believe it or not, the two speed racers involved — Virtual in Trackmania and Bubzia in Super Mario — have already left it behind, but playing in front of a live audience (well, online) we hope will add to the il · Illusion.
Funds raised during the event will be used to support Doctors Without Borders. Last year's event came $ 2.3 million for the health care organization, and I hope it will be even more successful this year. Summer Games Done Quick 2021 will run from July 4-11 and will be played live on Twitch. The full calendar and other details are available at gamesdonequick.com.