Some of you may know this already, but this week is Awesome Games Done Quick, an annual speedrunning event where runners from around the world get together to perform a week-long marathon to raise money for charity that started yesterday, and will continue until Saturday, January 10. Since this is such an amazing event and it shows the best sides of what gamers can accomplish… I’ve decided to spotlight some of my favourite games to watch speedruns for and one of my favourite runners who will be at AGDQ this year.
Super Metroid (Game)
One of my favourite games of all time, the amount of talent shown by the speedrunners who run this game is simply mindboggling. While Super Metroid is not a difficult game, I cannot fathom being able to complete the entire game in less than an hour. The Super Metroid run is always one of the biggest highlights of AGDQ, with the famous ‘save the animals / kill the animals’ bidwar being among the largest sources of donations each year. If you’re looking to take a first look at this game’s speedrun, there’s a 2 man race happening at approximately 2:30 PM CST on the final day of the marathon showcasing the 100% run of the game, meaning they collect every item in the fastest time possible.
This upcoming contra-style sidescrolling shooter is one of my most anticipated games of this year, but speedrunners have already sunk their clever little talons into it and created some exciting and awesome runs. This year will be Broforce’s debut at AGDQ, and – while I am tremendously disappointed that one of my favourite speedrunners is no longer going to be at AGDQ like he’d originally hoped (since he stopped speedrunning and the world mourns eternally) – I am still really excited for the speedrun of it this year, which will be happening tomorrow in the wee hours of the morning at 12:30 CST – so I might have to just watch a highlight of it afterwards but you should watch it if you’ll be around!
Megaman X (Game)
This is the one I’m looking forward to the most. I have always been a huge fan of Megaman, and MMX is one of my two favourites in the series. This is also the only game I actively go out of my way to watch speedruns for… but the real reason why I’m so excited for this is that the most anticipated run of AGDQ for me personally is a 4-man 100% MMX race that is happening Wednesday night right before midnight at 10:35 CST. This should be a really exciting race to watch, and it’d be a shame if anyone missed it since it is going to be amazing.
Domalix (Twitch Streamer)
Continuing on the theme of that MMX race mentioned above, one of my favourite streamers is one of the 4 runners competing. A nice guy who is almost always streaming, Domalix was one of my biggest inspirations to start streaming myself and he’s one of the best MMX speedrunners in the world. So if any of you reading this are going to be watching, cheer for him because we want him to win.