The week-long speedrunapalooza titled Awesome Games Done Quick kicks off this weekend, with the opening day featuring high-speed blasts from games like Deathloop, Death’s Door, Dead Space, and Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest. (That’s a lot of D, right?)
Games Done Quick, for those unfamiliar, is a celebration of speedruns – the art of getting through a video game as fast as possible. Any game will do — this year’s AGDQ includes The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Stardew Valley, I Am Bread, and Sailor Moon R, giving you an idea of the breadth of games — and run There can be various rules and restrictions, such as specific achievement requirements or the ability to use glitches. But the bottom line is the same: get from point A to point B as quickly as possible.
This video shows how speedrunners use systems and weirdness to get where they want to go quickly:
The Speedrunning community is passionate (and knowledgeable) about its game, and the whole event is a lot of fun. It’s really exciting to see speed runners pull off these stunts, especially as they try to set their best records. It’s not just a show. Awesome Games Done Quick was also a fundraiser for the Cancer Prevention Foundation and it was very successful. Last year’s event generated more than $2.7 million through 42,000 donations.
PC-centric highlights planned for this year include Death Loop, one of last year’s most popular games; the “serious intellectual” indie puzzle game Antichamber; The Typing of the Dead, I’m Curious Because I Don’t Know You how to run a typing game fast; it takes two, because nothing adds stress more than a partner; and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, because it’s a blindfolded speedrun — literally, running a game with a blindfold on.
(This isn’t the first blindfolded run, nor the first race: The 2021 Summer Games completed fast events with two blindfolded fast runs, Trackmania Nations Forever and Super Mario 64.)
Awesome Games Done Quick 2022 will once again be held exclusively online and will be held at twitch, starting with a preview on January 9 at 8:30AM PT / 11:30AM ET.The full fast-run schedule is available on gamedonequick.com.