That Super Mario 64 Race! – SGDQ – Frost Front Games Videogame Podcast Ep. 15.7

Today we cover the last day of SGDQ. We talk about Mario 64, the expectations for today and the exceptionally awesome Final Fantasy 6 speed run that is 7 hours long!

Super Mario 3 SGDQ was so awesome! – Frost Front Games Video Game Podcast Episode 15.6

Shiva and Mike are back talking about what may have been the highlight of SGDQ so far. The Mario 3 run went every way but right and ended up being the most entertaining and fun run we have seen so far at the event. We also talk about some of the cool stuff showing today, some highlights of what we caught so far including some of the beat em ups like Double Dragon, Streets of Rage and Golden Axe. SGDQ continues!

Why Games Done Quick appeals to the gamer in all of us

Games Done Quick (GDQ) is a bi-annual speedrunning event that supports the Prevent Cancer Foundation at the beginning of the year and Doctors Without Borders during the summer. What started out as a small group packed into a room and on a makeshift couch has escalated into a beloved global event. People from all over the world come to a pre-specified location for a full week of non-stop gaming, showing off the best tips and tricks for running through a game as quickly as possible.

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Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) saw over two million dollars raised for cancer research, and the current Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ) is well on its way to hitting the one million dollar mark. Not to mention, it pulls in viewers in excess of one hundred thousand daily on Twitch. The popularity of GDQ proves something quite special – comradery and positive gaming groups and very much alive and well. Single player.co-op games, especially classic ones, continue to hold a special place in gamers’ hearts. And retro gaming is definitely not going away any time soon.

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While there is a competitive aspect to the event, in the form of speedrun races through certain games, there is a grassroots feel to it that you’d be hard pressed to experience in e-sports or online gaming. Personally, watching this event yearly is a reminder that you don’t need to be a Fornite or Call of Duty player to make an impact, be it online or offline.  

GDQ is one of those rare moments when the gaming community comes together to have a great time. No one is anticipating nor are there letdowns on anticipated releases and people are not debating who is better at something. To me, this event is exactly the nostalgia we all need, a reminder of what we loved and love about gaming. I believe this sense of togetherness is what keeps people coming back to the live stream, what keeps attendance high, and what keeps donations flowing.

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Watching the speed run of Ninja Gaiden for XBOX immediately made me feel to fire up my original system. The Contra Shattered Soldier run conjured memories of growing up, logging endless hours across the series with my friends and family. And, there are the unforgettable personalities like Covert Muffin, people who truly exude the passion that I’m sure we’ve all felt as gamers.

I always write about my love of games that are less competitive in nature and more leisurely to play. Games are my way to unwind, and disappear into worlds we can sometimes only dream about. My experience in the industry has been mostly focused on competitive games, and as enjoyable as it was, it was also very demanding. GDQ is a happy place, a therapy of sorts, an inspirational ode to why I wanted to dive into a career as volatile and intense as video games. I would imagine as a developer that there is at least one game on SGDQ’s roster that makes you smile.

A break from building games to playing games; that’s GDQ to me.

Twitter: @_shivadee

SGDQ Day 5: Contra, Thief, Zelda, Cuphead and more – Frost Front Games Video Game Podcast Episode 15.5

Today we recap what we saw on Day 4. Shiva talks about Contra Shattered solder, remembers the awful but fun Neo Contra and Mike talks about his love for Thief, his eager anticipation for the Mario block scheduled for later today and why he doesn’t really enjoy watching RPG speedruns. Check us out on twitter @frostfrontgames

SGDQ day 4: Metroid, Castlevania and all the awesome things – Frost Front Games Video Game Podcast Episode 15.4

Day 4 of SGDQ continues with a run down of how awesome of Metroid and Castlevania block was. SGDQ also hit an great milestone with donations during yesterday runs. We also look at today’s runs. Quite a diverse lineup in store from Halo 2 to Contra Shattered Soldier.

SGDQ Day 3! Metroid, Castlevania, Sonic and more! – Frost Front Games Video Game Podcast Ep. 15.3

Our super short cast gives a quick breakdown of what we loved yesterday and are looking forward to for Day 3 at Summer Games Done Quick. With multiple Metroid, Castlevania and Sonic runs planned and a recap of some crazy stuff that happened yesterday with records being set and intense upsets.

SGDQ Day 2 Episode 15.2 – Frost Front Games Video Game Podcast (supercast)

Part 2 of the SGDQ following from Frost Front Games! Once again this is a turbo cast, it is super short for every day at SGDQ. Today we chat about what we saw yesterday at the event. We then focus on Day 2! Some good stuff that is planned including the Megaman block scheduled for this evening. Tune in to hear more!

SGDQ is upon us! It runs all week and so will we! – Episode 15.1 Frost Front Games Video Game Podcast

We are doing something special this week. Every day for the next 6 days we will be putting out a super short 10-12 Minute (excluding intro/outro) podcast dedicated to SGDQ. We will be talking about what we are excited for that day and what we thought of the previous runs from the day before. Also, if we have time we will talk about a retro game or current game we are playing. Should be a fun week!