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Games Done Quick! - Posted by LoreOfSerpents on January 3, 2016

Have you heard of Awesome Games Done Quick? It's an annual speedrunning marathon that will run all week (starting today) to raise money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The event usually raises over $1,000,000 for charity every year. They run all kinds of games, so check out the schedule and see if there's anything you're interested in! Also keep an eye out for donation incentives - if you want to see something happen that's listed as a donation incentive, you can donate to make it happen!

Head on over to their Twitch channel and check it out! You can also follow the donations at their donation tracker or check out the FAQ for more info.

Here's a quick guide for anyone who's new to the GDQ events:

What's with people talking about Save the Animals/Kill the Animals and Save the Frames?
- This is a donation incentive for the Super Metroid run that happens at the end of the marathon. You can donate toward making the speedrunner take a small detour to free the animals that are trapped in the last level of the game. If you don't take the detour, the animals can't escape. Saving the animals costs a tiny amount of time (i.e., sacrifices frames). This becomes a huge bidding war throughout the marathon.

Who are the people on the couch behind the runner?
- The couch is usually occupied by other people in that game's speedrun community, or by friends/family of the runner. They're there to help provide game commentary or just moral support for the runner.

Can I donate even if I can't afford much?
- Absolutely! A lot of their donations are between $1 and $20, so don't be scared off by the bigger donations that get read on the stream. Even with some donations exceeding $1k, these events would never make it to $1 million if not for the many small donations made by individual gamers.

What's a TAS, and what is TASBot?
- TAS stands for Tool Assisted Speedrun. TAS runners use tools to pause the game on every frame so they can enter the exact right input for that frame. They repeat the process for every frame in the game, building up a recording of the perfect moves for each frame. If you want to see how insanely impressive this can be, check out this Ikaruga TAS as shown off in SGDQ 2015. Some tricks are so precise that they can really only be seen in a TAS, and they can do some pretty crazy exploits. TASBot is a robot that gets brought out sometimes to perform live TAS runs.

Less exciting but still fun, we also shipped the very last batch of anniversary shirts yesterday after recovering from the holidays. Sorry for the delay! If you won a shirt and don't have it within the next couple of weeks, find ButtaS2sLore!


9th anniversary festivities recap - Posted by LoreOfSerpents on November 21, 2015

Wow, our 9th anniversary party went by in a flash! Thank you to everyone who helped out, joined in, or just wished us luck. A big thanks to [Aura]Haze, brico, crimson, daemonic, Etrigan, La5eR, and princess_faerie for putting up prizes! We had a lot of fun this year, and we hope everyone who participated did, too!

We started off with a couple of well-known favorites: IRC card games! First up was Milestone, which is a classic IRC game around GG. After several rounds of racing and sabotaging opponents' cars, we had our first winners for the party.

1st - rockitude (2450)
2nd - btQ (2400)
3rd - Bickid (2275)

After Milestone, we brought back the always-popular Cards Against Humanity, or in our case, Cards Against GG. We soon learned that not only was a 5-point limit far too low, but that the bot we were using could stand some more tweaking. Even so, lots of laughs were had as is usually the case with Cards Against Humanity games.

Cards Against GG:
1st - Gamabunta
2nd - Weirdo
3rd - HeavensButcher

After getting warmed up with some games we knew pretty well, we tried out a game that was suggested by our very own crimson, Globulos! Globulos is a fun browser-based game where you fling little round globbies across an arena. The goal is to knock your opponents' King globbies into the pit while protecting your own helpless King from being thrown in. It was our first time trying to run this as an event, and it was every bit as chaotic and wonderful as we were hoping for. We ended up with lots of prize winners from this game because everyone was equally baffled. Thanks to everyone who tried it out with us!

1st - HeavensButcher, rockitude, Tanarin
2nd - T3RR0R15T, Gamabunta, shotssynergy, J0E
3rd - Bickid, btQ, toxy, Weirdo

This year also saw the return of a game we've played once before, Teeworlds! Teeworlds is a free, open-source, fast-paced 2D sidescrolling deathmatch game, perfect for large groups to hop into a server and just destroy each other for fun and profit. And for ease of use, it's now available on Steam!

1st - Blizniak (95)
2nd - shots\\synergy (94)
3rd - JMR (75)

We closed out the party with a game that has brought a lot of activity to GG lately, Unreal Tournament 4! In case you missed it, the new UT is being developed in cooperation with the UT community, and many of the Epic developers working on the new UT hang out in #UnrealTournament to chat with the players and get feedback. For our closing event today, we tried something completely crazy: we made everyone join the same free-for-all deathmatch game on our new Hub server. Then, we subjected our victims to two rounds of normal weapon gameplay followed by two rounds of InstaGib. We originally planned on doing 3 rounds each, but had to improvise when the server crashed after 2 rounds. We had around 20 players in each game, and it was beautiful chaos!

Thanks to Se7eN for helping to get the UT event advertised and up and running, and to everyone else who answered Butta's noob questions!

Here's what our intrepid players were in for:

Just look at this map view!

Unreal Tournament (normal weapons):
1st - shots\\synergy (147)
2nd - DREW-TANg (145)
3rd - nux (135)

Unreal Tournament (InstaGib):
1st - solidsnake (188)
2nd - shots\\synergy (183)
3rd - DREW-TANg (164)

Congratulations to all of the winners! We tried a lot of different things this year, and we're grateful that you stuck with us while we stumbled through. :)

And of course, congratulations to our raffle winners!

Again, thank you to everyone who joined in or otherwise helped make this event so much fun. We're incredibly proud of our community, and we're excited about the next year!