Awesome Games Done Quick is almost here.
From January 5 to 12, speedrunners from all over the world will come together in Orlando, Florida to do what they do best: play games really, really fast.
According to the AGDQ website, the tournament has raised over $22.3 million for charity over the past nine years. The organization is currently the largest fundraising event globally for Doctors Without Borders and Prevent Cancer Foundation.
Each year, over 2,000 people attend AGDQ, including the speedrunners, event staff, volunteers, and people looking to watch competitive speedrunners playing games incredibly fast and accurately.
People attending the event in Orlando can watch the action take place in stream room, or they can play video games, tabletop games, and arcade games throughout the convention area. There’s even a scavenger hunt and other interactive events throughout the week.
AGDQ offers seven days of non-stop speedrunning action. Each game begins at a certain time and has a set time limit. For some games, this means getting through as much of the game as possible under a certain set of rules, while other games must be completed 100%. There’s ten minutes of setup between each game.
The competition on Sunday, January 5 begins at 9 AM PST with A Hat in Time. There will be 14 games on display as the event opens. Here are some of the more notable titles:
10:49 AM – Mega Man 7 (SNES, 100%)
3:49 PM – Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES, 100% race)
5:13 PM – Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii, any percent)
10:40 PM – Bomberman Hero (N64, any percent)
Monday, January 6 will have 20 games being played throughout the day, starting at 12:28 AM with Razor Freestyle Scooter. Here are some of the most popular titles to check out Monday:
7:01 AM – Battletoads & Double Dragon (SNES, any percent)
8:12 AM – Donkey Kong Country 3 (SNES, 103%)
12:17 PM – Sonic 3 & Knuckles (Genesis, beat the game)
4:35 PM – The Outer Worlds (PC, any percent)
6:17 PM – DOOM (PC, 100% nightmare)
Tuesday, January 7th sees the second half of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas four-hour run time. After that, 18 more games will be played that day:
12:01 PM – Super Castlevania IV (SNES, any percent)
12:56 PM – Pokemon Sapphire (GBA, any percent glitchless)
5:26 PM – The Legend of Zelda series (NES/SNES, Zelda relay)
9:06 PM – Final Fantasy VIII (PS2, any percent co-op relay)
The majority of Wednesday night will see the completion of the Final Fantasy run, which is just under nine hours long. 19 games will be played after that, including The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time at 2:50 PM and Mega Man 4 through 6, starting at 7:13 PM.
Thursday, January 9 features a lot of peculiar titles in its line up. This includes The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends at 1:48 AM and Barbie at 4:14 AM. As the day goes on, more popular titles will take over the stream:
6:42 AM – Fatal Frame (PS2, any percent normal)
8:12 AM – Resident Evil 4 (PC, new game pro)
11:33 AM – Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4, The Heist any percent)
1:42 PM – Devil May Cry 5 (PC, new game human)
5:25 PM – Destiny 2 (PC, Last Wish – all encounters)
Friday, January 10 features 26 speedruns, including a handful of PC titles at the start of the day. Here are some of the more notable games later in the day. Later on, a couple Mega Man games will be streamed, including Mega Man X on SNES at 3:19 PM. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker appears at 4:09 PM.
Saturday, January 11 has a lot of fan favorites appearing throughout the schedule. Here are some notable games to check out:
11:09 AM – The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Randomizer (SNES, Open Mode, Crowd Control Difficulty)
2:49 PM – Untitled Goose Game (PC, all main tasks)
3:34 PM – Super Mario Maker 2 (Switch, 4v4 blind relay race)
The marathon ends with a finale at 9:24 PM. Check out the full schedule here.
You can catch Awesome Games Done Quick’s many competitions on their Twitch channel. Until the action begins tomorrow, they will be streaming last week’s 10th anniversary broadcast.
AGDQ has a very wholesome stream with a lot of guidelines. No racist, sexism, or hate speech of any kind is allowed in the chat, and politics and religion are off limits. Spamming is also not allowed. This echoes the in-person stream rules as well, due to the streams not only representing AGDQ, but the charities they’re supporting.
In recent years, AGDQ has allowed only subscribers to the channel to participate in the chat in order to make it easier to moderate. This is a response to the channel regularly hosting over 100,000 concurrent viewers, many of whom would spam the channel’s chat.
While in the stream room, it’s very important to not distract the runners, although many have their friends appear on stream with signs, cosplay, and even holding stuffed animals. It’s asked that others in the audience remain more quiet so the runners can focus on the intricacies of the game.