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AGDQ 2022 full schedule revealed: Speedruns we’re looking forward to

The schedule for Awesome Games Done Quick 2022 has been revealed, and as always, we’ve got a week’s worth of speedruns to sift through now that it’s live. Previously, Games Done Quick announced the games list for AGDQ 2022, but now with the full schedule out in the open, we get to see how each day of the event will play out. For Games Done Quick veterans, there’s even one surprising change this year.

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AGDQ 2022 schedule and details

The full schedule can be found on the Games Done Quick website. Awesome Games Done Quick will run 24 hours a day for nearly an entire week, starting at 11:30 AM EST on Sunday, January 9th, 2022, and wrapping up sometime after midnight on Sunday, January 16th. In fact, the schedule says that the finale should be going live right around midnight on the 16th, but Games Done Quick events tend to run long by a few hours.

For those who may be new to Games Done Quick, the gist is that the organization hosts a pair of week-long speedrunning marathons each year in which speedrunners from all over the world attend to show off their skills and their games. Awesome Games Done Quick takes place in the winter, while Summer Games Done Quick takes place in – you guessed it – the summer. At AGDQ, the money raised goes toward the Prevent Cancer Foundation, while SGDQ raises funds for Doctors Without Borders.

Recent events have been forced to go online because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and AGDQ 2022 will be no different in that regard. There was some hope that Games Done Quick would be able to resume in-person events beginning with AGDQ 2022, but with the COVID-19 pandemic still in full swing in many regions of the world, we’ll have to wait until at least SGDQ 2022 – and possibly even later – before in-person events resume.

AGDQ 2022 runs we’re looking forward to

Since AGDQ 2022 is a week-long event, it’ll be packed with a ton of speedruns. There are too many good speedruns to count, but there are a few we’re looking forward to specifically. The marathon gets off to a strong start with speedruns of Deathloop, Mega Man 2, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, and a blindfolded tanker run of Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance all on the first day, though that last one is a bonus run that will only be played if a certain donation incentive is met.

Throughout the rest of the marathon, a few of the runs that stick out include Gunstar Heroes on expert difficulty, a Super Mario Galaxy Luigi race between four different players, a New Game+ speedrun of the fantastic Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart on PS5, and a speedrun of Sonic Jam on the beyond terrible Game.com handheld.

The last day, as always, is filled with some big runs, including Mario Kart Wii, Earthbound, Subnautica, Sonic Adventure DX, and Halo: Combat Evolved. The show will be closing with a speedrun of Metal Gear Solid, so there won’t be any six-hour RPG runs to cap off AGDQ this time around.

Interestingly, there’s a rather sparse showing from the Metroid series at AGDQ 2022. While Games Done Quick marathons typically have a Super Metroid speedrun or race toward the end of the show – such as the Super Metroid Impossible run by Oatsngoats that we’ve embedded above – there will be no Super Metroid at AGDQ 2022. The only Metroid speedrun comes on the very first day, with a run of Metroid Prime Hunters on the Nintendo DS.

Still, even without Super Metroid or a long RPG to end the show, AGDQ 2022 is looking like a pretty stacked marathon. Sadly, we’ve still got a couple of months to wait before the marathon kicks off, as the show won’t be kicking off until Sunday, January 9th 2022. When the time comes, you’ll be able to watch the entire marathon on the Games Done Quick Twitch channel.

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E3 2021 schedule live stream start times: Bethesda, Capcom, Nintendo

After taking 2020 off because of the COVID-19 pandemic, E3 is returning this year. While Sony and Microsoft don’t have any big consoles to detail this time around – Sony, for its part, is sitting E3 2021 out entirely – it should still be a big show as we move deeper into the new console generation. Today, E3’s organizers announced the full broadcast schedule for E3 2021, and it looks like it’s going to be a pretty packed show.

The event kicks off on Saturday, June 12th, with a rather quiet day in comparison to all of the rest. We’ll see the Ubisoft Forward event kick off at 12 PM PDT/3 PM EDT, which will be followed by Gearbox’s E3 Showcase at 2 PM PDT/5 PM EDT.

On Sunday, things really start to pick up steam with what is arguably the biggest show of the entire event: the Xbox and Bethesda Game Showcase. That will be happening at 10 AM PDT/1 PM PDT, and it’ll be followed by Square Enix Presents at 12:15 PM PDT/3:15 PM EDT. Later that day, we’ll have the PC Gaming Show and the Future Gaming Show to look forward to as well.

On Monday, June 14th, we’ll see presentations from a wide variety of companies, including Verizon, Intellivision, Razer, Capcom, and Take-Two. In terms of the sheer number of events, Monday is the biggest day for E3, but many of the events that day are slated to last under an hour while big shows like Ubisoft Forward, Square Enix Presents, and the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase are slated to run closer to two hours.

Finally, on Tuesday, June 15th, Nintendo will close things out with its usual Direct and Treehouse: Live event, which will take up most of the day. It’ll be followed by Bandai Namco’s presentation, GameSpot’s Play For All Showcase, and the Official E3 2021 Awards Show.

Keep in mind that not every event is listed here. Devolver Digital’s showcase, for instance, isn’t on the official E3 schedule, but there’s probably good reason for that as it’s more adult-oriented than every other showcase. We also have the Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live event to look forward to this Thursday, well before any of the official E3 conferences go live. E3 also says that there will be interviews and panels that aren’t listed here too, so there will be plenty more happening that isn’t listed on the schedule you see above.

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Summer Games Fest 2021: Schedule, Publishers, and More

While E3 2021 is right around the corner, it isn’t the only gaming event planned for June. Taking place in the same month is Summer Game Fest 2021, a lengthy celebration of all things gaming, featuring announcements, world premieres, and performances. It won’t be exactly like E3, but if last year’s Summer Game Fest is any indication, it will be jam-packed with things to look forward to.

To make things easy, we’ve compiled everything there is to know about Summer Game Fest 2021 so far, including the attendee list, how to watch, and what to expect from it. We’ll update this post as more information becomes available.

When is Summer Game Fest 2021?

Summer Games Fest 2021 begins at 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 10, starting with its Kick Off Live! event. This will be hosted by The Game Awards creator Geoff Keighley and will feature a performance by Weezer. It’ll feature a Days of the Devs showcase, which aims to highlight upcoming games from independent studios. Throughout the month of June 2021, more events that fall under the Summer Game Fest umbrella will take place as well.

How to watch Summer Game Fest 2021

Summer Game Fest 2021 will be streamed live across many platforms including Facebook, Twitch, Twitter, YouTube, and more. The event will be free to all, so there will be no need for a press badge or tickets. We’ll update this with links to each platform when it gets closer to the event’s start date.

What to expect from Summer Game Fest 2021

As Geoff Keighley explains, this event is a “free, fan-first, global experience,” that aims to “bring the entire video game community together for a memorable month of announcements and updates.” Throughout the month, many of the industry’s leading publishers will make game announcements while celebrating the medium. It will be an all-digital experience, just like it was in 2020.

The Kick Off Live! showcase plans to have “more than a dozen” world premieres and announcements for upcoming games, setting the tone for the entire month-long celebration. Currently, it seems there are many plans for the event that have yet to be revealed. In addition, the list of participating companies will grow as we get closer to the start date.

Which companies will attend Summer Game Fest 2021?

There are over 30 companies that will participate in Summer Game Fest this year. These companies will provide “updates for fans,” presumably in the form of E3-style announcements. These are the companies that plan to attend Summer Game Fest 2021:

  • 2K
  • Activision
  • Amazon Games
  • Annapurna Interactive
  • Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Battlestate Games
  • Blizzard Entertainment
  • Capcom
  • Devolver Digital
  • Dotemu
  • Electronic Arts
  • Epic Games
  • Finji
  • Frontier
  • Gearbox Publishing
  • Hi-Rez Studios
  • Inner Sloth
  • Koch Media
  • Mediatonic
  • MiHoYo
  • PlayStation
  • Psyonix
  • Raw Fury
  • Riot Games
  • Saber Interactive
  • Sega
  • Steam
  • Square Enix
  • Tribeca Festival
  • Tencent Games
  • Warner Bros. Games
  • Ubisoft
  • Wizards of the Coast
  • Xbox

How much of a presence each company will have at Summer Game Fest 2021 remains to be seen, but fans can at least expect to see something from each — whether it’s a game announcement or update on an existing project.

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Summer Games Done Quick 2021 full week schedule revealed

The 2021 installment of Summer Games Done Quick – an annual, week-long event in which gamers from all over the world showcase speedruns to raise money for charity – is quickly approaching. Set to take place at the beginning of July, today Games Done Quick revealed the schedule for SGDQ 2021. Previously, the organization revealed the games list for the event, but now we know the order in which these speedruns will be showcased.

We also know when, approximately, each speedrun will be happening, so if you looked through the games list back when it was published and found a few runs you were interested in watching, now you’ll be able to make a note of when they’re happening and set aside some time.

The schedule for SGDQ 2021 can be found over on the Games Done Quick website. The event will be starting at 11:30 AM EDT on Sunday, July 4th, and is currently slated to conclude in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 11th. While the SGDQ 2021 finale is scheduled for 1:49 AM EDT on the 11th, that’s likely going to move back at least a little bit thanks to runs and set up blocks that take longer than anticipated.

In any case, there are some big runs happening this year. One run in particular that GDQ itself drew our attention to is the a GeoGuessr Perfect Score run by havrd that’s going to take place on Wednesday, July 7th at 11:49 PM EDT. As always, the final day – which in this case is Saturday, July 10th – will be home to some particularly noteworthy runs, including a Super Mario 64 70 Star blindfolded run performed by Bubzia and a Bowser’s Fury any% run performed by AmoebaUK. The run to close out the show will be Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, performed by ninten866.

While Games Done Quick events typically take place in person, Summer Games Done Quick 2021 will once again be held remotely, with the runners streaming from their homes. Depending on how the worldwide vaccine roll out goes, this could be the last time Games Done Quick is forced to go all online, but it’s definitely too early to make that call. As always, Summer Games Done Quick 2021 will be raising money for Doctors Without Borders.

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E3 2021: Who’s Attending Virtual Event, Schedule, and More

Despite the persistence of the global pandemic, E3 will take place this year. The only catch is that it won’t be held in person as it has in the past. This year, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) will host a digital version of E3 that still aims to showcase new and exciting game announcements, as well as updates on games we already know about.

Since E3 is usually jam-packed with games and announcements, things can get overwhelming for viewers. Fortunately, Digital Trends has all the details for this year’s E3, including the participating companies, when the event will take place, and the overall confirmed schedule.

Here’s what to expect from E3 2021.

When is E3 2021?

E3 2021 will run from June 12 to June 15, and is planned to feature digital showcases from major publishers, as well as from media outlets. Think of them as Nintendo Direct-style events that last 15 minutes to upwards of an hour, with plenty of game announcements sprinkled throughout.

The ESA also pitched an idea to include game demos at E3 2021 in some capacity, though it is unconfirmed if this plan will come to fruition. At other events in the past, publishers have given the press access to game demos for coverage purposes remotely, so it’s possible we’ll see some version of this at E3.

Before getting into the E3 2021 schedule, it’s worth mentioning that no publisher has confirmed games for the show. We know that games will, of course, make up the bulk of the event, we just don’t know which ones. Sometimes, a publisher will announce what games it will showcase ahead of time, but for the most part, it’s meant to be a surprise. We’ll keep this article updated with any game confirmations as the event approaches.

E3 2021 schedule

The E3 2021 schedule is evolving, but so far, we already have a substantial list of publishers/media outlets that are confirmed to be in attendance. The schedule (so far) is as follows:

June 12

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  • Ubisoft Forward — 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET
  • Future Games Show — TBA

June 13

Unannounced dates

  • Summer Games Fest
  • Microsoft E3 Showcase
  • Square Enix Presents
  • Nintendo Digital Direct

It’s possible more publishers/outlets will have events scheduled for E3, but as of right now, that’s what we know. We will continue to update this post with specific dates and times as they’re confirmed.

What other companies will be at E3 2021?

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Although most participating companies won’t have their own dedicated showcases at E3 2021, they will make an appearance throughout the event in some way. Many publishers will show up during other major digital events. For example, it’s possible Capcom will have a game featured during the Nintendo Direct.

These are the companies that will appear throughout E3 2021:

  • Activision Publishing, Inc.
  • Amazon Game Studios
  • Bad Button Studio
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.
  • Bethesda Softworks
  • Capcom USA, Inc.
  • Click Entertainment
  • DvG
  • Deep Silver, Inc.
  • Epic Games Inc.
  • Funcom
  • GAMELOFT
  • GFUEL
  • GTR Simulator
  • GungHo Online Entertainment America
  • HORI USA
  • Hyperkin, Inc.
  • Kalypso Media Group
  • KontrolFreek
  • Limited Run Games
  • LGA Enterprises
  • NCSOFT
  • nDreams
  • NEXT LEVEL RACING
  • Nintendo of America Inc.
  • NVIDIA
  • PureArts
  • Oculus from Facebook
  • RDS Industries Inc.
  • Rebellion
  • SEGA
  • Square Enix, Inc.
  • Take-Two Interactive Software
  • Tastemakers
  • TECHNISPORT
  • THQ Nordic
  • Ubisoft Entertainment SA
  • UnnamedVR by Paracosma
  • Warner Bros. Games
  • Xbox
  • XSEED Games
  • Xsolla

There are a couple of interesting things to note from the list above. One is that Bethesda is listed separately from Microsoft, which could mean the companies will host independent events. In the past, prior to being acquired by Microsoft, Bethesda would host its own live press conference, so it’s possible the company will continue that trend this year.

Another noteworthy point is the inclusion of Devolver Digital, a publisher that usually has its own dedicated event at E3. The company has not announced what to expect, but has confirmed that “E3 plans have been made.”

E3 plans have been made.

— Devolver Digital (@devolverdigital) May 5, 2021

The list of attending companies is growing and will likely continue to expand as the event draws near.

Which publishers won’t be at E3?

While there is a laundry list of publishers that won’t be in attendance at E3 2021, the most notable ones are Sony and Electronic Arts.

With Sony, its lack of participation isn’t unusual, as the company hasn’t attended E3 for the past few years. Recently, the company doubled down on its own presentation called State of Play, which is set up much like a Nintendo Direct. It’s possible Sony could air a State of Play this summer around the time of E3, though nothing has been confirmed.

As for Electronic Arts, it will also be skipping E3 this year, but will host its EA Play Live event on July 22, 2021. In previous years, EA Play Live was an in-person event, but this year’s edition will be virtual, giving its audience a way to safely enjoy the show from home.

EA Play Live is coming back July 22nd. Save the date! pic.twitter.com/qh9OOGhPTm

— Electronic Arts (@EA) May 11, 2021

EA hasn’t detailed what to expect from this event, but many fans are hoping for updates on the next Battlefield installment, along with Dragon Age 4 and other games.

In 2020, the publisher hosted a digital version of EA Play Live, which notably had an announcement about the next Skate game.

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Ubisoft Details Release Schedule Leading into 2023

A host of upcoming Ubisoft titles received new release windows, per a recent earnings report. According to the report, games like Far Cry 6, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine, Tom Clancy’s The Division: Heartland, Roller Champions, and Riders Republic are all planned to launch before March 31, 2022, while Skull & Bones is now scheduled for a release between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023.

Far Cry 6, Rainbow Six Quarantine (Working title), Riders Republic, The Division Heartland, Roller Champions and other smaller titles are planned to release before March 31, 2022.

Skull and Bones will release in the year between April 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023. pic.twitter.com/K61mEtpLhu

— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) May 11, 2021

Notably, many of these titles have been delayed at least once, with some of them — such as Skull & Bones — suffering a tumultuous and lengthy development cycle. It was initially planned to launch in 2018, then was pushed to 2019, and was delayed once again to 2021. Now, Ubisoft expects it to be ready by the end of March 2023.

Originally, Far Cry 6 and Riders Republic were supposed to launch in the first half of 2021, while Rainbow Six Quarantine (which has reportedly been renamed to Rainbow Six Parasite) was planned to launch in 2020. None of these games have firm dates, but are now planned to come out within the next year.

Ubisoft also made mention of the upcoming Avatar, Beyond Good & Evil 2, and the untitled Star Wars game, but did not announce release windows for those titles — only referring to them as portfolio expansions.

The company stated it aims to move away from relying on multiple AAA game releases each year and shift some of its focus on free-to-play experiences.

“We said for a number of years that our normal template is to come with either three or four AAA games, so we’ll stick to that plan for fiscal 2022,” Ubisoft Chief Financial Officer Frederick Duguet said. “But we see that we are progressively, continuously moving from a model that used to be only focused on AAA releases to a model where we have a combination of strong releases from AAA and strong back catalog dynamics, but also complimenting our program of new releases with free-to-play and other premium experiences.”

The company also announced that the revenue generated by the Assassin’s Creed franchise is up 50% year-over-year, while unique players across PC and consoles have reached 141 million, an increase of 20% year-over-year. Finally, The Division franchise is up to 40 million players across all consoles.

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Destiny 2 Cross-Play goes live months ahead of schedule

MMOs have never really gone away but they have definitely moved on from cookie-cutter RPGs. Some of the most popular ones like Destiny 2 do have RPG elements but focus more heavily on the cooperative and competitive aspects of gameplay. As massive as these worlds may be, however, some of them are still confined within the worlds of their respective platforms, even if they’re actually available on multiple ones. Destiny 2 finally breaks down those barriers with Cross-Play support that just went live well ahead of its estimated launch date.

It was actually late last year when developer Bungie announced full cross-play support coming to Destiny 2. That meant that all players on all platforms will be able to play with and against one another, whether they’re on consoles, PC, or streaming via Google Stadia. The initial target date for the feature’s release was sometime in the Fall of 2021 but, lo and behold, someone flipped the Switch now.

Stadia Source reports Stadia players seeing Destiny 2 players with usernames that wouldn’t have been allowed on Stadia. They’ve also started seeing friends who were on other platforms, like Steam or NVIDIA GeForce NOW. It isn’t yet clear how widespread cross-play availability is but it’s looking good for players indeed.

It’s also uncertain whether the availability of cross-play was accidental or intentional. Judging by those same reports, users are getting mixed results in getting the feature to work. Cross-platform invites, in particular, are still missing and workarounds are needed to get any sort of cross-play started.

Destiny 2 Cross-Play arrived with the new Season of the Splicer update, though it definitely didn’t mention that critical new feature. That season brings Armor Synthesis, among other things, that was already earning a lot of criticism even before it became available.

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Google I/O 2021 schedule revealed with focus on What’s New

Google released the schedule of events set for Google I/O 2021, including keynotes, sessions, and breakouts of several sorts. On the first day of Google I/O 2021, Google will deliver sessions and keynotes in three key areas: Android, Google Play, and “web platform.” They also have Chrome in the title of events on the schedule – same for “Wear”, but they’re not part of the big three on day 1.

The first part of this extravaganza you’ll want to watch for is the Google I/O Keynote – the main event, taking place at 12PM (noon) Pacific Time on May 18, 2021. After that there’s a more developer-focused “Developer Keynote” that starts at 2:15PM, just 15 minutes after the scheduled end of the main Google I/O Keynote.

Then we see three events that take place one after the other: What’s new in Android, What’s new in Google Play, and What’s new for the web platform. At that point we start to dive into sessions like “Create your first Tile in Wear” and AMA sessions like “AMA: Chrome and Web.”

The next What’s new session is at 11AM on May 19 – that’s “What’s new in Machine Learning.” At 11:45 on May 19 is “What’s new in Google Assistant.” There’s a 12:15 session on May 19 called “What’s new in Material Design,” then a “What’s new in Chrome OS” at 12:45PM. At 1PM on May 19 is “What’s new in Flutter”, 2PM is “What’s new in Android Accessibility”, 2:30PM is “What’s new in Firebase.”

At 4:15 on the 19th is a “What’s new in Google Pay” session – note: that’s PAY, not Play. The 19th has a session at 6:15PM called “What’s new in smart home.”

If you’re looking for Augmented Reality sessions, start with the 5:15PM “New capabilities in ARCore” on the 19th. THere’s a 5:45 “Build an AR application using the WebXR API” immediately after that, and a 6:45PM event that same day called “AMA: ARCore.”

The entire event takes place over three days, and the most basic access is free for everyone. You may still want to take a peek at the registration process regardless of what part of the Android / Google universe you’re involved in. General Google I/O registration is free and can be accessed now.

If you’re going to consumer and developer keynotes or technical sessions, you won’t need to make reservations. If you’re looking to take part in workshops, AMAs, or meetups, you’ll need to do a little extra work. It all depends on how deep you’ll wish to dive!

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How to schedule a message on Telegram

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.

Whether you’re new to Telegram or have been using it for a while, it’s worth knowing that it has plenty of nifty features. that other chat apps might not offer. One of the features that caught my eye is the ability to schedule a message to be delivered at some point in future. Here’s how you can use it:

  • Open the Telegram app on your phone.
  • Head to the conversation where you want to send a scheduled message.
  • Type in your message, and long-press the send button.
  • Select the “Schedule Message” option, and select the date and time.