Examining Why Speedrunning is Fun with Running with Speed: The Fastest Gamers on Earth

6 Jan

Running with Speed Documentary PosterToday, Wild Arrow Media, in conjunction with Good Deed Entertainment, officially released the feature documentary film Running with Speed: The Fastest Gamers on Earth, chronicling the surprisingly rich and complex history of the fastest video game players in the world (known as speedrunners) and the unprecedented millions these unsung heroes have raised for charity over the past decade. The film is available on major VOD platforms including Apple TV, iTunes, Amazon, Google, YouTube Movies, Vudu, and Microsoft.

From January 6 through 15, in conjunction with and in support of this year’s Games Done Quick, a portion of the proceeds from each download of Running with Speed will be donated to the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

“Speedrunning is as popular as it has ever been and runners continue to push boundaries — like beating Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!, while blindfolded! A big part of the thrill for fans is witnessing speedrunners execute high level strategies in real-time, as they whittle world record times down to the millisecond,” said director Patrick Lope. “With the onset of streaming platforms like Twitch, select runners are finding ways to make a living from their persistent endeavors. It’s both uncanny and remarkable.”

“These are masters of the most popular games in the world, and no matter your age, their cutting-edge gameplay and endless dedication is something to behold,” said director Nicholas Mross. “Many people have fond memories of these classic games from their childhood, and to watch speedrunners break them down and present them in a way most never experienced is nostalgically satisfying.”

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Running with Speed: The Fastest Gamers on Earth begins its unconventional story in 2010 when a small group of speedrunners gathered in one kid’s mom’s basement to showcase their skills in a one-off event and in an effort to raise money for charity, and to everyone’s wonderment, it worked! This unlikely group of philanthropists streamed their speedruns live for a week straight and were ecstatic when they collected $10,532 in donations. Now, more than 10 years later, that same group organizes Games Done Quick, which has exploded in scope and raised more than $41 million for causes like Doctors Without Borders and the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

“This first-of-its-kind documentary not only celebrates the gaming community at its very best, but also illuminates the relentless pursuit of perfection within the human spirit”, added Andy Myers, EVP of Distribution and Production at Good Deed Entertainment.

Running with Speed: The Fastest Gamers on Earth is directed by Patrick Lope (MTV’s True Life) and Nicholas Mross (The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin), and in addition to narration by Summoning Salt features interviews with renowned speedrunners and gaming personalities including David Hunt (GrandPooBear), Mitch Fowler (Mitchflowerpower), Allan Alvarez (Cheese), Andrew Gardikis (AndrewG), Mason Cramer (GlitchCat7), Brandon Jacobson (Oatsngoats), Asa Tims (Spikevegeta), as well as Narcissa Wright, Zoast, Sinister1, ZFG and more.

For more information, including how to view the documentary, please visit the Running with Speed website.

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