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Harvey Relief Done Quick raises $227,000 for Hurricane Harvey victims

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First held in 2010, Games Done Quick is a biannual series of speedrunning marathons—Awesome and Summer—that raise money for charity. And we're not talking chump change here, either: The 2017 Summer Games Done Quick event brought in well over $1.7 million for Doctors Without Borders, while the January AGDQ event earned $2.2 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.   

Over this past weekend, the GDQ folks held a special event in support of victims of Hurricane Harvey, which deluged much of eastern Texas and has resulted in at least 66 deaths and untold billions of dollars in damage. Despite the short notice it too was a major success, wrapping up with $227,876.53. 

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The final total could (and probably will) be even higher, as donations to Harvey Games Done Quick will be accepted until September 8 at the Game Done Quick donation tracker. All funds raised will be donated to the Houston Food Bank.

One other thing for speedrun fans to be aware of: Because of HGDQ's overlap with the previous Awesome Game Done Quick 2018 registration and submission dates, they've been pushed back by a week. AGDQ2018 will still run from January 7-14, however. Full details, including the adjusted schedule, are up at gamesdonequick.com.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.