Seen At Summer Games Done Quick 2015
Summer Games Done Quick 2015, the annual charity speedrunning marathon event, is going strong, and we went and checked it out and snapped a few pictures.
This year, for the first time, the event is taking place in St. Paul, the nearby sister city to Minneapolis, where Game Informer's offices are located in Minnesota. We stopped by late last night to check out The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess' speedrun live, and were lucky enough to get a tour of the event. Above you will see the main hall where the speedruns take place.
Here's a much closer, and much darker look at where all the action happens.
Here's what it looks like form the other side looking out onto the audience.
The unsung heroes of Games Done Quick – the ones tracking the donations as they come in just to the side of the stage.
Games Done Quick's Chris Grant shows off one of the many practice rooms set up for the runners to use to prep before going on stage. Chris knew I was taking a picture.
This where speedrunners or the average gamer can gather to play classic in between watching runs live.
There's a collection of classic consoles and games available for attendees to check out and play.
Tony Ogbot (seated furthest form the camera), who stopped by our offices to play Gunstar Heroes, is preparing for his upcoming Gunstar Heroes run.
You won't see a whole lot of modern gaming here. Everyone was playing games on classic platforms.
If you tire of video games, I don't know why you're attending a Games Done Quick event, but if you do, there are plenty of board games to play as well.
Another room of CRT televisions for practice or attendees to play. Everyone in this room was playing Mega Man games for some reason.
See? All Mega Man.
Another picture that Games Done Quick's Chris Grant definitely knew I was taking – this room is reserved for speedrunners who need a quiet room to practice in before playing live. It was empty last night, which is a rare occurrence.
One final important aspect of the tour (and one more picture of Chris he knew I was taking), the Games Done Quick staff had a contest to see who had the best handwriting, and they all lost.
You can tune into the Summer Games Done Quick 2015 Charity stream by heading here.