© 2023 Connecticut Public

FCC Public Inspection Files:
WPKT · WRLI-FM · WEDW-FM · Public Files Contact
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

'Speedrunners' Are Beating Video Games In Record Time For Charity


Many people know the satisfaction of beating a video game after many hours, even weeks of playing, and some know the satisfaction of beating games in a matter of minutes.

PABLO MUNOZ-SNYDER: Speedrunning is completing a video game from start to finish as quickly as possible.


That is Pablo Munoz-Snyder, who has a different online name and this humble take on his speedrunning skills.

MUNOZ-SNYDER: You should introduce me as Dayoman, the very cool and beautiful world record-holder for Spyro 1.

KELLY: He's taking part in this summer's semi-annual Games Done Quick event. It's a roster of speedrunners playing their favorite games as quick as they can.

SHAPIRO: And they've got a big audience, too. Games Done Quick raises millions of dollars for charity. This summer, proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders.

Games Done Quick Director Kasumi Yogi says the event has grown a lot in recent years.

KASUMI YOGI: For a lot of the runners, it became an opportunity for them to make their passion their career.

KELLY: And Dayoman is grateful. His passion for Spyro, which he's been playing since age 3, by the way, has given him this spotlight.

MUNOZ-SNYDER: Coming full circle, like, you just get to play the game in front of a whole audience of people, and it's really special. You know what I'm saying?

SHAPIRO: And in case you're wondering, Spyro can typically take six hours to beat. Dayoman has done it in 37 minutes and 57 seconds.

(SOUNDBITE OF JON BATISTE'S "GREEN HILL ZONE") Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Summer Thomad
Ashley Brown is a senior editor for All Things Considered.

Stand up for civility

This news story is funded in large part by Connecticut Public’s Members — listeners, viewers, and readers like you who value fact-based journalism and trustworthy information.

We hope their support inspires you to donate so that we can continue telling stories that inform, educate, and inspire you and your neighbors. As a community-supported public media service, Connecticut Public has relied on donor support for more than 50 years.

Your donation today will allow us to continue this work on your behalf. Give today at any amount and join the 50,000 members who are building a better—and more civil—Connecticut to live, work, and play.