Gaming for a Cause

Games_Done_Quick_LogoCreativity comes in many forms–a beautifully written poem that resonated long after the words are read, a suspenseful novel that puts you on the edge of your seat, an oil painting residing in a museum that allows you to travel to a different time, and sometimes creativity can be beyond something permanent as words or paint on a canvas. Sometimes creativity is gaming, especially for a cause. In a week-filled event, Awesome Games Done Quick put on an expedition of gaming skills for the purpose of raising money, an event that has been going on since 2010. This year’s donations were for the Prevent Cancer Foundation and according to the AGDQ from 5 am this morning, the donations reached $1,116,163.26 (due to a glitch in their system, some donations are still being collected, making the final donation closer to $1.5 million) – their most successful event to date. With over a hundred games showcased over the week, one in particular caught my eye. I found myself caught up watching the event (streamed live online) of a gamer Runnerguy2489 who played The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time blindfolded using glitches to beat early stages of the game. The amount of skill it took was impressive. Events such as the one put on annually by AGDQ provide an important aspect to the perspective of gaming and how the creativity and skill of gaming can have an impact on raising funds for a cause in a fun way.
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This post is by Editor-in-Chief S.McClory

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