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Classic Games Done Quick (CGDQ) was held January 1-3, 2010 in Arlington, VA and raised over $11,000 for CARE (http://care.org). The marathon focused mostly on 8 and 16-bit classic games, and there were over 20 participants for the event. CGDQ was fondly referred as Mike's Abode Gaming festival in reference to MAGFest (http://magfest.org/), where the marathon was originally supposed to take place, and the fact the marathon had to take place in Mike Uyama's basement (Mike Uyama is the head coordinator for Games Done Quick events). Despite the MAGFest not working out, Uyama's basement ended up working better because it provided a more intimate location that MAGFest could not provide.
This was the first event officially held by Speed Demos Archive (SDA), and what begun the tradition of an annual charity event. While $11,000 might seem like a small amount raised compared to recent Games Done Quick marathons, back in 2010, raising that much money was unprecedented.
Awesome Games Done Quick 2011 was held January 6-11, 2011 in the National 4-H Center and raised over $53,000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation (http://preventcancer.org). This marathon was the first SDA marathon held outside of a house because quite frankly, even the first marathon was too big for Mike's basement.
Awesome Games Done Quick 2011 was a series of many firsts for the SDA marathons — it was the first marathon to be held at the National 4-H Center, the first to raise money for The Prevent Cancer Foundation, the first marathon to cover all eras of gaming, and the first to go over 100 hours (partially due to going over schedule!). There were over 50 participants and games from a variety of generations were played, ranging from Nintendo Entertainment System to Nintendo Wii.
The National 4-H Center is located in Chevy Chase, MD, just north of Washington D.C.
PCF's article about the success of the marathon can be found here.
Japan Relief Done Quick (JRDQ) was held April 7-10, 2011. Unlike the previous two marathons, JRDQ was primarily organized by Andrew 'Romscout' Schroeder in a mere two weeks to quickly assist the 2011 Japan earthquake relief efforts.This marathon was not streamed from one location and was held entirely online. The event raised over $24,500 for Doctors Without Borders.
This marathon was not streamed from one location and was held entirely online. The event raised over $24,500 for Doctors Without Borders.
Doctors Without Borders mentions JRDQ on their fundraiser page.
Soon after Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) 2011, people on the SDA forums were wondering if there could be a west coast marathon for people who have trouble making it to the east coast for AGDQ.
SDA forum member Kari 'Essentia' Johnson graciously offered her house in serene West Bountiful, Utah, and Summer Games Done Quick was born. While not quite on the west coast, Utah was still a better location for people in the western half of the United States.
Summer Games Done Quick 2011 was held August 4-6, 2011 and had around 20 participants. The marathon raised over $20,500 for the Organization for Autism Research (http://www.researchautism.org).
OAR posted an article on the event's success!
Awesome Games Done Quick 2012 was held January 4-10th, 2012. AGDQ 2012 was yet again held in the National 4-H Center and had over 85 participants. Donators exceeded 8,500 from around the globe and the average concurrent viewership was 5,000 viewers, and the peak was 12,000 viewers. At the date of AGDQ 2012, it was SDA's most successful marathon, and raised more than the rest of the marathons to date (CGDQ, AGDQ 2011, JRDQ, and SGDQ 2011) combined. SDA raised a total of $149,000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
Since Essentia's house was a big success for the first Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ), SGDQ 2012 was once again held in her house. SGDQ 2012 was held May 24-28th, 2012 and raised over $45,000 for the Organization for Autism Research with about 40 people participating in the event. After SGDQ 2012, it was apparent that SGDQ could not always happen inside Essentia's house, because the event was growing too big.
Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) 2013 was held January 6-12, 2013, and raised over $448,000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation! This was the last AGDQ held in the National 4-H Center. Over 140 people attended the event. The average concurrent viewership during AGDQ 2013 was around 27000 viewers, which was over double AGDQ 2012's peak viewership! The peak concurrent viewership was nearly 55,000 viewers during Super Mario 64. Yet again, AGDQ managed to crush all expectations and raise more than all of the other previous marathons combined!
The marathon archive for AGDQ2013 is now available. We will have a fresh new section for the archive soon, but until then, you can find the archived videos here: http://archive.org/details/AwesomeGamesDoneQuick2013. Runs are listed in order of when they were ran at the marathon (follows the schedule below). Each run has several qualities, with 4M being the highest.
It was clear that Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ) couldn't last at Essentia's house, considering how growth exploded since Awesome Games Done Quick 2013. SGDQ 2013 was held July 25-29, 2013 at the Sheraton Denver Tech Center hotel, and raised over $255,000 for Doctors Without Borders! Over 100 people attended the event. Shockingly, SGDQ 2013 had a average concurrent viewership of around 27,500, which is greater than AGDQ 2013's 27,000! Also, the $255,000 raised is more than 5 times what last year's SGDQ raised ($45,000). SGDQ 2013 was a hallmark moment, because it marked when the Games Done Quick marathons raised over 1 million dollars for charity!
The marathon archive for SGDQ2013 is now available. We will have a fresh new section for the archive soon, but until then, you can find the archived videos here: http://archive.org/details/SummerGamesDoneQuick2013. Runs are listed in order of when they were ran at the marathon (follows the schedule below). Each run has several qualities, with 4M being the highest.
Overall, SDA has raised over 1 million dollars across four separate charities.