It’s that time of year again! No, not the one where you “skip the gym just one time” and never return, or the one when you try to remember if the wrapping paper is recyclable – this is Awesome Games Done Quick, a charity marathon of speed that lasts a full week. … week!
This year’s AGDQ is supported by the Cancer Prevention Foundation and will run from Sunday January 9th to Sunday January 16th. After Summer Games Done Quick raised a record $ 2.9 million for Médecins Sans Frontières, AGDQ will unveil a huge roster of speed races throughout the week in an effort to get closer to that $ 3 million mark.
Of course, this year’s AGDQ will be digital only (due to the pandemic), but the live broadcast will GDQ Twitch Page, and Videos on demand will be uploaded to the channel a few hours after the broadcast.…
In terms of our choices of what to watch, here are the high-speed walkthroughs and games we’re most excited to see:
Death Door – 6:52 p.m. ET, Sunday, January 9th.
This 12-minute run will be hosted by the current second world record holder in the game, Scrublord, and will be featured by Mr. Game and Shout, GDQ volunteer and streamer. TWELVE MINUTES. Oh my God.
UFO Part-Time – 9:35 AM ET, Monday, Jan 10.
It’s worth a look just to see how awesome PTUFO is, and also because ykrin’s speedrunner hopes to run less than 10 minutes. They are currently # 1 in the world at Any% to play, but their last recorded record is nearly 25 minutes long – a significant improvement if they can get it right!
Chicory: A Colorful Fairy Tale – 12:20 pm ET, Monday, January 10.
There’s always something special about taking a great, healthy, calm game and breaking it completely to get ridiculous acceleration. However, the 10-minute Punchy Speed Run is the norm: the current world record holder is a 5-minute 2-second run. They should be Indeed good at painting.
The entire NES block is from 5:58 am to 9:30 am ET, Tuesday, January 11.
The NES block is a staple of GDQ’s high-speed runs and usually happens at wacky times because it’s a bunch of games that no one has played or heard of. Still, it’s fun to watch speedrunners break into these old, niche games including Bucky O’Hare, Willow and Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger… Elsewhere on the schedule, there will be more immersive NES games – like Mega Man 2 on Sunday 9th – but GDQ is all about weird stuff as well.
Pokémon Crystal Key Item Randomizer – 11:06 ET, Wednesday, January 12
Randomized playthroughs are achieved with mods that basically shuffle whatever you want – items, dungeons, bosses, etc. – to create a relatively unpredictable playthrough. This can break the game in a funny way or make it nearly impossible; it’s probably a lot more fun to watch, that’s for sure.
Will you tune in to any of these speedruns? Leave a comment below.