The annual Awesome Games Done Quick speedrunning marathon kicked off yesterday in Virginia, US. Speedrunners from tonnes of different games will be talking spectators through all of their tricks while demoing their best runs in real time while donations are taken for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
The event started back in 2010 and has quickly become one of gaming’s yearly highlights. Basically, a bunch of people crowd into a hotel ballroom and play games as quickly as they can while discussing the tricks and glitches they use to do so every day late into the night for an entire week. As audiences and interest have grow, so have charitable contributions, with last year’s marathon raising over £1.4 million, nearly double what was raised the year previous. Since the event goes a week long, with festivities running through until January 14th, it also features just about every type of game you could imagine, from Burnout Paradise to Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy.
In addition to fan favourites, past Awesome Games Done Quick have also featured games famous for their speedrunning communities, and AGDQ 2018 is no different. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Mario Sunshine, and Battletoads will all be present, along with newer games like Dishonored, Halo 5: Guardians, and Hyper Light Drifter. In addition, this year’s event will feature games that weren’t even out last time like, most notably, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild which will conclude the proceedings late Saturday night.
Some games, like the latest Zelda, are a shoe-in due to popularity and speedrunner interest. But others, like Tintin in Tibet, only make it into the lineup after a handful of people devoted to the game make their case for it by setting aside countless hours racing through it and demonstrating why it’s worth showing off. In addition to being a sort of gaming concert then where people show off and perform, AGDQ is also a curation of some of the most interesting discoveries and world records set during the previous year.
Click here to see a schedule of all the speedruns and what time they'll start.