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Summer Games Done Quick 2021 will include two blindfolded speedruns

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I've never really understood the appeal of speedruns. I respect the effort and ingenuity required to pull them off—finishing Fallout: New Vegas in under 15 minutes is definitely an accomplishment—but it's not something I'd want to sit and watch for hours on end. Lots of other people feel differently, though, and thus we have events like Summer Games Done Quick, the week-long speedrun extravaganza for charity that will return on July 4.

This year's event will once again be entirely online because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and will feature a diverse array of games, many of which aren't obvious candidates for speedruns. The very first game, for instance, is the 100-hour RPG Dragon Age: Inquisition, which according to speedrun.com can be wrapped up in under 30 minutes if you know what you're doing. Max Payne 2, which has an almost identical speedrun record time despite being a much shorter game, is on the list as well.

Frictional's Penumbra Trilogy is also on tap, which is an interesting choice (and probably not nearly as scary when it's played this way), as are GTA3, Dishonored, The Evil Within 2, Dead Space, Earthworm Jim, Mass Effect 2, Fight Crab, I Am Fish, Destiny 2's Deep Stone Crypt raid, Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods (both parts), Black Mesa, Dark Souls 3, and a whole bunch more—the full event runs for a week, remember, and nobody's lingering over these games.

There are also a couple of games on the schedule that may not be done especially quickly, but should be a blast to watch anyway: Trackmania Nations Forever and Super Mario 64, both of which will be played while blindfolded. Believe it or not, both of the speedrunners involved—Wirtual on Trackmania and Bubzia on Super Mario—have pulled it off previously, but playing in front of a live (well, online) audience will hopefully add to the excitement.

Funds raised during the event will go to support Doctors Without Borders. Last year's event drew in $2.3 million for the medical aid organization, and hopefully this year's will be even more successful. Summer Games Done Quick 2021 will run from July 4-11, and will be streamed on Twitch. The full schedule and other details are up at gamesdonequick.com.

Andy Chalk
Andy Chalk

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.