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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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My 5 favorite SGDQ 2021 speedruns to stave off the post-GDQ blues

Summer Games Done Quick 2021 wrapped up over the weekend, and while it’s always a bit of a bummer to see these GDQ marathons come to an end, it gives all of us a chance to catch up on any runs we may have missed while the event was live. With more than 150 speedruns performed during SGDQ 2021, it can be difficult to know where to start, so here I’ve listed five fantastic speedruns from SGDQ 2021 that are sure to entertain.

Gone Golfing

For a lot of people, it seems one of the surprises of SGDQ 2021 was the Gone Golfing run by Teddyras with commentary from Jeff! In 3D. While the name of Gone Golfing suggests it’s one of the dime-a-dozen golfing games available on Steam, it’s actually a survival horror game with a creepy antagonist and some spooky golf-themed puzzles. Teddyras and Jeff play it straight the entire time, making for one of the funniest runs of the entire event.

Pokemon Black & White Race

Sometimes, races at Games Done Quick events can be lopsided affairs. After all, these are competitions between speedrunners, so one mistake is often all that needs to happen to give one runner the lead for the entire race. However, that wasn’t the case with the Pokemon Black & White race between PulseEffects and Swiftalu, as it was a close, competitive showdown the entire time. Before SGDQ 2021 kicked off, I said that this race would be one to set aside some time for, and it turns out that prediction was right on the money.

Sonic Adventure 2: Battle

There’s nothing particularly special about the Sonic Adventure 2: Battle speedrun because we’ve even seen it numerous times at past GDQs. However, what’s special about this one is its runner, Dage4, who manages to make nearly every risky time-saving trick in the run look effortless. Even Dage4’s commentators are left dumbfounded by the tricks he pulls off during the speedrun. It’s definitely one to watch if you’re looking to be wowed by technical skill.

Halo 2

Like Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, Halo 2 is a speedrun we’ve seen at GDQ many times in the past. This any% run is filled with glitches, most notably one called “arbitrary unit possession,” which allows runner Monopoli to glitch into the bodies of NPCs, enemies, and vehicles. It’s a completely broken run that’s super interesting in large part because of Monopoli’s excellent commentary.

Kingdoms Hearts II Final Mix

Being the final run of the event, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix by Ninten was always going to have some level of hype behind it. Even without that, however, it turned out to be a fantastic run full of technical skill and the commentary from SpikeVegeta and JHobz – two very familiar faces for those who watch Games Done Quick regularly – was top notch. The fact that it capped off what was largely a fantastic marathon is just icing on the cake.

How to watch every run from Summer Games Done Quick 2021

The five runs listed here are really just the tip of the iceberg. GDQ has already uploaded each run from SGDQ 2021 to its YouTube channel, so if you’re having a hard time picking a jumping-off point, just start at the beginning and work your way to the end of the marathon from there. What was your favorite run from SGDQ 2021? Head down to the comments section and let us know!

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8 more must-watch speedruns at SGDQ 2021 this week

Summer Games Done Quick 2021 officially kicked off yesterday, and while we’re about a day into the event at the time of this writing, there’s still a lot of marathon left to go. This year’s SGDQ happens to have a packed schedule full of solid runs, so even though I’ve already published a list of eight speedruns to catch throughout the week, I’ve got another batch of speedruns that you should set aside some time for.

For each game on the list, I’ve embedded videos of past runs at Games Done Quick events when possible. In some cases, these past runs are even played by the same runners showcasing them at SGDQ 2021. The videos of previous runs should give you a good idea of what to expect when you tune into the event this week.

Shadow of the Colossus

The first run on the list is taking place later today. At 3:55 PM EDT today, TikTak will be performing an Any% Hard run of Shadow of the Colossus on PlayStation 4. Various Shadow of the Colossus speedruns have been featured at GDQ events many times, but the version on display is usually the PS3 remaster rather than the PS4 remake. TikTak is the current world record holder for Any% Hard, and with an estimate of two hours, this should make for a pretty impressive run.

Blast Corps

Rare had a lot of hits on the N64, but before games likes Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, and Jet Force Gemini, there was Blast Corps. Blast Corps launched early in the N64’s lifecycle, and while it may not have the name recognition of the Rare games that followed, it’s managed to become something of a cult classic for the console. If you’re one of the ‘90s kids who lost hours to this game back in the day, then you’ll definitely want to catch nielde’s Any% run of the game at 6:23 AM EDT on Tuesday, July 6th.

Battletoads

Battletoads is a famous NES game for more reasons than one, but the biggest reason is probably its blistering difficulty. Because of that reputation, we’ve seen Battletoads at several GDQs in the past. One of the most prolific Battletoads runners is The Mexican Runner, and he’ll be the one performing this 100% run of the game at SGDQ this year. It’s always great to see high-level speedruns of super difficult games, so if you struggled with Battletoads when you were a kid, check out The Mexican Runner speed through it at 1:01 PM EDT on Tuesday, July 6th.

Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus

In the time since I published my last list regarding SGDQ 2021 speedruns, a certain PlayStation 5 exclusive has put Ratchet & Clank back on my radar. After playing through the fantastic Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, I’m going to be setting aside some time to watch a New Game+ run of Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus performed by mobius. The entire run is estimated to only take 25 minutes, and it’s slated to happen at 3:35 PM EDT on Wednesday, July 7th.

DOOM Eternal: Ancient Gods 1 & 2

Technically this entry comprises two separate speedruns that will be happening back-to-back and will be performed by the same runner. Since I’m guessing that you probably won’t want to watch one without catching the other, I’m counting them as one for this list. On Thursday, July 8th at 6:24 PM EDT, runner BloodShot9001 will be running both parts of DOOM Eternal’s Ancient Gods DLC on Nightmare difficulty. Each run is slated to take only 30 minutes, and anyone who has tried to play DOOM Eternal on Nightmare difficulty knows how impressive that estimate is.

Arabian Nights

Awful Block – a late-night block of time devoted to speedruns of bad video games – may be an AGDQ thing, but that doesn’t preclude terrible games from being run at SGDQ. Arabian Nights is one of those awful games, and I know this because I watched it the last time it was at GDQ. So if you’re the type who actively seeks out media that’s so bad it’s good, you might want to set the alarm for Goost’s Any% with Dialogue run of Arabian Nights, which is happening at 4:17 AM EDT on Thursday, July 8th.

Factorio

In a schedule packed with big-name runs, this Any% Set Seed run of Factorio might go unnoticed by a lot of folks. I’ve never seen a Factorio speedrun before, but the fact that Factorio is an open-world game with a focus on making complex industrial systems as efficient as possible gets me interested in checking this out. I’m absolutely terrible at this game as a casual player, so it’ll be fascinating to see how a speedrunner approaches it. Franqly will be running Factorio at 10:37 AM on Friday, July 9th.

Mario Kart 64

The final day of SGDQ will be a big one, and smack in the middle of the action is abney317’s 150cc All Cups with Skips run of Mario Kart 64. Throughout the years, Mario Kart 64 runners have found a lot of crazy skips and glitches, and since this is a Skips run of the game, we’re bound to see some interesting techniques here. The run is only expected to last 35 minutes, so you can bet that abney317 is going to zipping through each race. Look for this run at 12:36 PM EDT on Saturday, July 10th.

Wrap-Up and a note about times

Since Summer Games Done Quick is a live event, the schedule is something that’s constantly shifting. The start times published here reflect the times listed in the SGDQ 2021 schedule at the time of this writing. As we move through the week, the start times for all of these runs will likely shift as runs finish under or over estimate. Be sure to check the SGDQ 2021 schedule regularly if there’s a run you’re looking forward to because the estimated start time will probably change at least a little as we get deeper into the week.

Summer Games Done Quick 2021 is raising money for Doctors Without Borders. You can catch the stream on Twitch, or you can head over to the Games Done Quick tracker to donate directly. You can also check out my previous list for even more awesome runs that are happening this year.

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The 8 Speedruns I’m most excited for at Summer Games Done Quick 2021

Summer Games Done Quick 2021 is quickly approaching. The dates have been set, the games have been revealed, and now the schedule has been finalized. There will be a full week’s worth of speedrunning action to take in at Summer Games Done Quick 2021, and though the event will once again be all-digital thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, it should still be just as big a show as any other year. Below I’ve listed eight speedruns I’m looking forward to in particular – each run is listed with the approximate time they’ll air so you know what time to tune in.

Ninja Gaiden

Ninja Gaiden is one of the most famous NES games of all time due to its brutal difficulty. High-level speedruns of this game – those near or in competition with the world record time – are a sight to behold on their own, but this is is no normal Ninja Gaiden run. Performed by Edo_87, SDGQ 2021’s Ninja Gaiden run will be a pacifist run, which means no killing any enemies unless it’s necessary to advance the game. That essentially means that the only enemies Edo_87 will actually be fighting are bosses, so if you thought Ninja Gaiden was difficult before, think of how hard it is when you can’t do anything to dispatch the enemies who stand in your way.

Edo_87’s Ninja Gaiden Pacifist run will be taking place on Monday, July 5th, at 8:02 AM EDT.

GeoGuessr

I don’t know a lot about high level GeoGuessr play, but I do know that the game is very difficult. How could it not be? You’re dropped in a random location on Earth through Google Street View and are tasked with figuring out where you are. I’m not sure what a perfect score speedrun entails either, but that should be easy enough to figure out from the name of the category. The implications alone make this a run to watch.

havrd’s GeoGuessr Perfect Score run will be taking place on Wednesday, July 7th at 3:23 PM EDT.

Mass Effect 2

I’ll be completely honest: I don’t think I’ve watched more than a couple minutes of any Mass Effect run. I absolutely love the series, so I will be checking out MikeWave’s New Game+ with DLC run of Mass Effect 2 when it happens. Mass Effect 2 is a game that took me probably 40 or 50 hours to complete the first time I played, while MikeWave’s run has an estimate of just one hour and 36 minutes. Given the sprawling narrative Mass Effect 2 offers, a speedrun with a sub-two hour estimate has to be worth watching.

MikeWave’s Mass Effect 2 NG+ w/DLC run will be taking place on Wednesday, July 7th at 8:38 PM EDT.

ALTF4

ALTF4 is one of those ridiculously difficult meme games like QWOP or Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy and it’s a delight to watch someone play it. In this game, you play as an armored knight trying to make your way through a deadly obstacle course. Someone playing through it casually for the first time can expect to die hundreds of times trying to complete it, so this speedrun should be very cool for anyone who has seen the ALTF4 struggle first hand.

ChirpingMatt’s ALTF4 Any% run will be taking place on Thursday, July 8th at 8:20 AM EDT.

X-Men 2: Clone Wars

X-Men 2: Clone Wars is on the list because I love this game and I’ve always been terrible at it. I don’t know how far I’ve made it in the past, but I do know that I never beat it without using cheat codes. Still, I think X-Men 2: Clone Wars is one of the best looking games on the Genesis, with excellent sprite work and backgrounds, and it has some fantastic music as well. All in all, this game is great, so you should watch a speedrun of it.

A-Frame’s X-Men 2: Clone Wars Any% run will be taking place on Thursday, July 8th at 10:50 AM EDT.

Pokemon Black/White

It isn’t a Games Done Quick event without a Pokemon game on the schedule, but this isn’t just any Pokemon speedrun. This is a race between runners PulseEffects and Swiftalu, with one person playing Pokemon Black and the other playing Pokemon White. While the differences between the two games are rather small in the grand scheme, they could be big enough to result in different routes for our two runners. This race has an estimate of three hours and thirty minutes too, so this is definitely a run to settle in for.

PulseEffects and Swiftalu’s Pokemon Black vs Pokemon White Any% race is taking place on Thursday, July 8th at 7:44 PM EDT.

Astro’s Playroom

Astro’s Playroom is a pack in game for the PlayStation 5 and has the distinction of being one of the few new-generation games scheduled in the marathon. Astro’s Playroom also happens to be a delightful little game – worth watching for that reason alone – that probably has some impressive speed techs to it given some of the platforming segments in the game. Along with Resogun, Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition, and Demon’s Souls, this is just one of four PS5 games on the SGDQ 2021 schedule, with the console making its GDQ debut (sadly, it seems there are no games being played on Xbox Series X this year).

Xeilius’s Astro’s Playroom Any% run will taking place on Friday, July 9th at 9:21 AM EDT.

Super Mario 64

Yes, it’s Super Mario 64, and yes, Super Mario 64 has been run many times at GDQ events in the past, but this is 70 star blindfolded speedrun of the game. Runner Bubzia is going to collect 70 stars entirely blindfolded. That’s ridiculous. It seems like it’s also impossible. I’m definitely watching because it’s going to be impressive no matter what.

Bubzia’s Super Mario 64 70 star Blindfolded run will be taking place on Saturday, July 10th at 3:39 PM EDT

Wrap-Up

Of course, this is not some kind of definitive list – there are going to be a ton of great runs on display at SGDQ 2021 and the schedule is packed with some awesome games. As always, I’m going to spend as much time watching SGDQ as I can, but I will be making a special effort to catch the eight runs I’ve listed above. Are there any SGDQ 2021 speedruns that you’re looking forward to? Head down to the comments section and let us know!

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