It is that point of yr once more! No, not the one the place you “skip the gymnasium simply this one time” and by no means return, or the time the place you attempt to keep in mind if wrapping paper is recyclable — it is Superior Video games Finished Fast, the charity speedrunning marathon that lasts for a complete week!
This yr’s AGDQ is in assist of the Forestall Most cancers Basis, and can happen from Sunday, ninth January via to Sunday, sixteenth January. Following on from Summer time Video games Finished Fast’s file $2.9 million raised for Medical doctors With out Borders, AGDQ will function an enormous listing of speedruns over the course of every week in an try and inch nearer to that $3 million mark.
AGDQ is, after all, a digital-only occasion this yr (due to the pandemic), however the livestream shall be on GDQ’s Twitch web page, and VODs shall be uploaded to the channel a couple of hours behind the stream.
As for our picks of what to look at, listed below are the speedruns and video games that we’re most excited to see:
Loss of life’s Door — 6:52pm ET, Sunday, January ninth
This 12-minute run shall be carried out by the present holder of a second-place world file for the sport, Scrublord, and narrated by Mr. Recreation and Shout, a GDQ volunteer and streamer. TWELVE MINUTES. Goodness.
Half Time UFO — 9:35am ET, Monday, January tenth
Value watching simply to get a way of how completely beautiful PTUFO is, but in addition as a result of speedrunner ykrin is hoping for a sub-10-minute run. They’re at the moment the #1 on the planet at Any% for the sport, however their final registered file is nearly 25 minutes lengthy — that is fairly the development, in the event that they pull it off!
Chicory: A Colourful Story — 12:20pm ET, Monday, January tenth
There’s at all times one thing particular about taking a beautiful, healthful, tranquil sport and completely breaking it to get a ridiculous speedrun time. Punchy’s ten-minute speedrun is par for the course, although: the present world file holder is a 5 minute, two second run. They should be actually good at portray.
The Whole NES Block — from 5:58am – 9:30am ET, Tuesday, January eleventh
The NES block is a staple of GDQ speedruns, and normally takes place at silly o’clock as a result of it is a bunch of video games nobody has performed or heard of. Nonetheless, it is enjoyable to look at speedrunners blast via these outdated, area of interest video games, together with Bucky O’Hare, Willow, and Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger. There shall be extra thrilling NES video games elsewhere within the schedule — Mega Man 2, for instance, on Sunday ninth — however GDQ is all concerning the bizarre stuff, too.
Pokémon Crystal Key Merchandise Randomizer — 11:06am ET, Wednesday, January twelfth
Randomised runs are achieved via mods that principally shuffle no matter you need — objects, dungeons, bosses, and so forth — to create a comparatively unpredictable run. It will probably break the sport in enjoyable methods, or it may well make it practically unattainable to play; it is most likely much more enjoyable to look at, that is for certain.
Will you be tuning in to any of those speedruns? Go away a remark down under.