Three times the charm: After spending lots of money on Black Friday (formerly known as Thanksgiving) as well as on the Steam Winter Sale (formerly known as Christmas), now you can hurt your wallet a third time - for charity!
Awesome Games Done Quick will commence once again, from January 4th (12 PM EST) to January 11th (12 AM EST).
For those of you unfamiliar with the event:
AGDQ is a marathon where people play through many video games as fast as possible, for a full week 24/7. The event is being streamed via Twitch, and people can win prizes by donating during a game's run. All donations will go to the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
The event offers all kinds of speedrunning.
Some games have some difficult to pull of, but mindblowing gitches that allow players to skip through big parts of the game. Others are not prone to glitches, and in this case the high skill level, as well as a well-planned route, is being displayed. On top of all that, the speedrunner's commentary is both informative and fun to watch.
In other words, it's like an oversized LAN party: 10 times the size, but also 10 times the fun.
You can find the schedule here (the times are being converted into your local timezone automatically). There is an equal amount of newer games (both indie and big console games) as well as older games.
Please note that there can and
will be some games that
will run longer than anticipated, so the schedule can become a bit out-of-date. In a rare case, they even skip a game to get back on track with the schedule.
Be sure to keep that in mind before you check in with the stream too early or too late.
I'm sure everyone has their own favorites they want to watch, but here are my personal highlights. I repeat, personal.
- Tasbot Demonstration - January 4th, 8 PM to 9 PM EST
You thought Twitch plays Pokemon was the biggest thing ever? Well, maybe it was, but this time they're removing the human element completely, for better or worse.
A TASbot (a simple robot that presses buttons as dictated by a pre-defined program, usually from a recorded TAS run) uses the controller and executes commands that are so precise and fast that, at times, they're humanly impossible (well, almost impossible anyway).
One of the games being played by the TASbot is Pokemon Red, which according to the schedule will take just 15 minutes. Finishing Ocarina of Time in 15 minutes is one thing, but having such a glitch in Pokemon is new to me, so it should be interesting to watch this one.
- Goof Troop - January 6th, 8 AM EST
I remember playing this game when I was young. It's equal parts of combat and puzzles, and it was hard for me at least.
This be a race, which is interesting as normally they pick up a Castlevania or Metroid game for races. To see two players finish this puzzle/combat game as fast as possible, is interesting for me at least.
- Batman: Arkham X - January 8th, 4 PM EST
Depending on which game receives the most donations, they'll run either Arkham Asylum or Arkham City.
I've seen a speedrun of both games, whether it be on a former AGDQ or hosted on SDA - and they were both impressive! Each game has an equal amount of skill, route planning and glitch abuse (especially Arkham City had some cool skips).
- Metroid/Zelda Block - January 9th, 9 AM to 6 PM EST
The obligatory Metroid and Legend of Zelda block. A must-watch.
This year they'll play Metroid Prime, Metroid Zero Mission, The Minish Cap, A Link to the Past and Majora's Mask (The two NES Zelda games are being played before this).
Both Super Metroid and Ocarina of Time are being saved for the very end of the run.
In case of Ocarina of Time, they probably won't use the teleport glitch as the running time is longer than an hour. So for all those of you who think that these huge skips are too much, this is a more traditional speedrun.