I hope you got a chance to check out the Awesome Games Done Quick marathon last week. The week-long charity event that puts gamers to work raising money for charity ended Sunday, raising $1.2 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

Games Done Quick produces gaming marathons for charity twice a year. Volunteer gamers speedrun through games. The gameplay is streamed live, and all donations go to the charity.

Last year the winter marathon event raised more than $1.5 million. The event made a little less this year because it didn’t include the sale of a Humble Bundle, which was part of last year’s event. But this is the third year in a row the event has made more than $1 million for charity.  The marathon attracted viewership in the hundreds of thousands.

According to Polygon, the best speedruns were: a Super Mario Maker hard-level run, an Animorphs run, a blindfolded tour of Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!!, and Super Metroid with the bosses beaten in reverse order.

We’re already looking forward to Summer Games Done Quick, to be held July 3-9.

Linda Breneman

Linda Breneman

Linda learned to play video games as a way to connect with her teenaged kids, and then she learned to love video games for their own sake. At Pixelkin she wrangles the business & management side of things, writes posts as often as she can, reaches out on the social media, and does the occasional panel or talk. She lives in Seattle, where she writes, studies, plays video games, spends time with her family, consumes vast quantities of science fiction, and looks after her small cockapoo. She loves to hear from people out there. You can read more about her at her website, Linda Breneman.com or her family foundation's website, ludusproject.org.