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|
|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|