Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) 2018 kicked off Sunday night and runs through the end of this week. For anyone unfamiliar with Games Done Quick, their events bring together speedrunners who have mastered the art of glitching, breaking, and manipulating games for the sake of beating them quickly. Hosted in Herndon, Virginia, AGDQ 2018 showcases titles from the earlier eras of gaming (Donkey Kong Country, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and Metroid to name a few), games released more recently (Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Prey, Bloodborn, and many more), as well as games anywhere between. So far, my favorite run was done by Seraphim1313 and a_moustache, which was a race to see who could beat Sonic Adventure 2: Battle the fastest. You can watch a live-stream of the entire event on Games Done Quick’s Twitch channel.
You will also be able to listen to and learn from many figures in the speedrunning community about this unique way of playing games, as well as how to get into it if you are interested. Speedrunners are accompanied by “a couch”, members of the community for the game that’s being presented, who offer insight on the kind of tricks being performed and the challenges of speeding through that particular game. After a speedrun, there is typically a block of time set aside where we can learn about the player(s) who have mastered these games. It’s a really cool way to exposing viewers to figures in the gaming world we might not otherwise know about.
My favorite part of Games Done Quick is that they use this time where they highlight speedrunners and the games they are passionate about to bring to light various charities. Throughout the event fans donate their hard-earned cash to be given to these charities. AGDQ 2018 is being held for the benefit of the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Donation incentives, other than for the sake of donating, allow people to choose character names, if NPCs should be saved or sacrificed, how runners go about breaking the game, and more. If you are interested in donating, or if you want to see a list of the donation incentives, click here.
Check out AGDQ 2018’s complete schedule here. Be sure to let us know if you see a speedrun in particular that you enjoyed, or if a game you love was broken beyond recognition!