Last week saw the return of the Awesome Games Done Quick marathon. This is a weeklong event that raises money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. It is essentially gamer’s speed running their favorite games, many of which are old school games. This event, combined with my recent trip to Arizona and playing GoldenEye 007 with my brother-in-law got me all kinds of nostalgic.
Last week I saw many games that I have cursed, raged at, thrown controllers to, and quit in anger just get utterly destroyed in record times. Heck, even my beloved Dark Souls II was no match as it was completed in under 30 minutes. Well, that was thanks to the use of glitches, but still. During this event, nothing was sacred, not even the highly beloved Final Fantasy VII.
I watch speed runners on Twitch.TV from time to time. Their skills and in-depth knowledge of the game always astounds me. While it is improbable that I’ll ever take up speed running myself, there is some joy in watching others obliterate games that I found too difficult or time consuming. On the flip side, watching various games of my childhood played also brings back so many memories. Last week was a great trip down memory lane, and a testament of just how awesome the video games, and gamer’s, are.