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Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) video game marathon participants playing to raise over $1 million for cancer prevention.  (PRNewsFoto/Prevent Cancer Foundation)

A weeklong marathon of gaming speedruns raised more than $2 million to fight cancer


Don't let anyone tell you playing video games for a week isn't a good cause.

Awesome Games Done Quick, a yearly marathon of speedrunning video games, raised $2.2 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The marathon ended early Sunday morning. 

That's $1 million more than last year's total, Polygon reports. It's also nearly $1 million more the total for 2016 Summer Games Done Quick, which takes place in July. 

Super Metroid in 1:22:30 - AGDQ 2017 - Part 173

Wait, what's speedrunning?

Beating a game as fast as possible. This often involves using game-breaking glitches and insanely precise gameplay. You can see speedrunners beat "Super Metroid" in less than 90 minutes here.

GDQ organizers were ecstatic with the results.

The background on GDQ

While speedrunning has a cult popularity on its own, Games Done Quick marathons are something special. It runs 24-7 for a week and features dozens of games and speedrunners. Special prizes are raffled off and "incentives," such as making two speedrunners share a controller for a game or making critical story decisions, encourage donations. 

GDQ events regularly raise more than $1 million, but this was the first event to break the $2 million mark. 

If you want to see another Games Done Quick event, you can either catch up on the 2017 highlights on GDQ's YouTube channel, or mark your calendars for July 2, when Summer Games Done Quick begins. 

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