Today kicks off the 7th Awesome Games Done Quick, a speedrunning marathon that runs non-stop all week to collect money for charity. This year, they’ll be contributing all donations to the Prevent Cancer Foundation and we can expect a good turnout, with last year’s donations totaling $1,216,304 over the course of the entire week!

Donations can be made in any increment, usually towards a raffle during the run. Raffles are for donated items and can including new consoles and fan made works! Some are read on air during lulls in gameplay, such as loading screens, to a live crowd cheering for larger donations. During each run, the player is joined on stage by other speedrunners who provides commentary to explain glitches, sequence breaks, and more. You can watch Awesome Games Done Quick on twitch, they post all speedruns within a couple days of their completion.

The event always closes with Super Metroid, which contains an optional path at the end of the game to save the animal inhabitants of Zebes. Viewers who donate can vote on the speedrunners saving the animals or killing them by skipping the last section. Other donation votes can be used for various games throughout the run and for things such as picking the name of save files, or even community picked games. Following the passing of Nintendo President Satoru Iwata last year, most save files were named after him due to the community donations.

Here’s the game schedule for Sunday, January 8th. All times are in EST and I bolded some of my personal favorites. Don’t forget to check back here with me for your daily AGDQ updates! As always, Save the Animals.

Start Time (EST) Game Runner Est. Completion Time (H:MM:SS) Run Qualification
11:30 AM Pre-Show SpikeVegeta, feasel, Golden, Blechy, Darkman78 0:30:00
12:00 PM Ape Escape 2 iongravirei 1:00:00 Any %
1:10 PM The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D benstephens56 2:00:00 All Dungeons
3:20 PM Borderlands 2 Shockwve, Amyrlinn 2:00:00 2 Player Co-op
5:30 PM Psychonauts demoli 0:57:00 Any%
6:37 PM Shovel Knight Smaugy, MunchaKoopas 0:52:00 Any%
7:39 PM Mega Man WhiteHat94, Endy, dxtr, coolkid 0:25:00 All Stages
8:14 PM Super Mario Kart KVD, Sami Cetin 0:32:00 Time Trial Race
8:56 PM Quake coolkid 0:20:00 Any% Easy
9:26 PM Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Jaguar King 1:40:00 European Extreme
11:16 PM Devil May Cry Maxylobes 1:05:00 New Game, Normal
Ryan M. Holt
I am a Colorado based freelancer and graphic designer who loves games, movies and technology. I love seeing cool characters do cool things. My wife, son and two stupid cats keep me grounded. Follow me on twitter @RyanMHolt

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