Awesome Games Done Quick 2019: Day 1 schedule and runs to watch

Awesome Games Done Quick is back and raising money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Shacknews has today's full schedule of runs and has picked out a couple that are worth watching.

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It's a brand new year and that means that the people at Games Done Quick are once again getting together to raise money for charity. Awesome Games Done Quick is an annual event, held at the beginning of January, where the world's best speedrunners come together to plow through games of the past and present as quickly as possible, while raising money for charity in the process.

This year kicks off a new era for Awesome Games Done Quick, as this year's event is being held in an all-new venue. The week takes place from the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel in Rockville, Maryland. They will be raising money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The event is about to begin, so Shacknews is here with a handful of noteworthy runs from throughout the week that should not be missed.

Here's the full schedule for Day 1, taken from the Games Done Quick website, along with a handful of noteworthy runs to check out:

Time (All Times PT) Game Run Runner(s) Target Time
8:30 AM Pre-Show -- -- 30:00
9:00 AM Hollow Knight True Ending, No Major Glitches - PC Vysuals 1:35:00
10:50 AM Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Any% - GBA swordsmankirby 32:00
11:42 AM Donkey Kong Country Any% All Stages - SNES V0oid, stew_ 37:00
12:29 PM Mario Kart DS 32 Tracks - DS Keverage 1:05:00
1:49 PM Serious Sam Classic: The First Encounter Any% Co-op - PC mr.deagle, The Master 33:00
2:32 PM Mega Man Zero 2 Hard Mode Any% - GBA Krankdud 1:10:00
3:52 PM The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Any% - Wii VC popsquidward 1:25:00
5:32 PM Portal Inbounds Race - PC alex_sr, ConnorAce 15:00
6:02 PM Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty European Extreme - PS3 Tyler2022 1:35:00
7:47 PM Shadow of the Colossus (2018) Boss Rush (NTA) - PS4 ChurchNEOH 50:00
8:47 PM God of War II Any% NG+ - PS3 RagnellGoW 1:10:00
10:07 PM Bomberman 64 Any% - N64 Puncayshun 30:00
10:47 PM Fe All Songs - PC CorundumCore 1:00:00
11:57 PM Spike Hike 100% - PC SecksWrecks 5:00
12:12 AM Cat Bird Any% All Worlds - iPad MrUppercaseT 28:00
12:50 AM CometStriker Arcade, Hard - PC MrCab 35:00
1:35 AM Khimera: Destroy All Monster Girls Race Mode - PC snapcase 20:00
2:05 AM Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition Any% Glitchless - PS4 Brandooates 15:00
2:30 AM Monster World IV Any% w/Magic Merchant - PS3 Cyclone 1:10:00
3:50 AM Mega Turrican Any% Normal - Genesis d4gr0n 20:00
4:20 AM Ecco: The Tides of Time Any% - Genesis chronoon 17:00
5:10 AM Vectorman Any% - Genesis chronoon 17:00
5:37 AM Generations Lost Any% - Genesis Nubzombie 13:00

9:00AM - Hollow Knight

This year's AGDQ doesn't waste any time getting into the good stuff. Hollow Knight was one of the best games of the year in 2017, both for its charming aesthetic and its crushing difficulty. In 2018, more people discovered the wonder of this game, thanks to its debut on consoles. Now Games Done Quick is bringing further spotlight to this phenomenal Metroidvania, with Vysuals aiming for a true ending in just a shade over an hour and a half. If you're looking to see what the fuss is about with this game, this run is a good place to start.

5:32PM - Portal

It's been over a decade since Valve graced its audience with The Orange Box and Portal's innovations are still affecting gaming to this day. The original still holds up amazingly well and is a blast to watch when two speedrunners are racing to the finish. The first day of AGDQ sees alex_sr and ConnorAce looking to see who can finish GLaDOS' tests first. I can only assume the loser will be incinerated.

7:47PM - Shadow of the Colossus (2018)

Speaking of games that still hold up, Shadow of the Colossus continues to impact generations of players with its boss rush style and its vast, scenic world. Its timeless nature is a good reason that Sony keeps trotting it out for newer consoles. Those looking to behold the beauty of the recent PS4 remaster can check out ChurchNEOH's run, as he attempts to complete the whole thing in just under an hour.


Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 will take place from now through Saturday, January 12. For more, check out the Games Done Quick website and be sure to watch all of the action from Twitch. Also, be sure to check out our TwitchCon interview with GDQ's Matt Merkle.

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    January 6, 2019 5:00 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Awesome Games Done Quick 2019: Day 1 schedule and runs to watch

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      January 6, 2019 8:07 AM

      Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 is starting soon!
      AGDQ is a Speedrunning Marathon that will take place January 6-13th, 2019 in Rockville, MD, and is raising funds for the Prevent Cancer Foundation ( https://preventcancer.org/ ).
      You can watch on https://gamesdonequick.com/ or on https://twitch.tv/gamesdonequick once it starts, and you can contribute by donating at https://gamesdonequick.com/ or making a purchase from one of their affiliated sponsors such as https://theyetee.com/collections/games-done-quick or https://www.fangamer.com/collections/games-done-quick .
      Over 128 games will be played and completed as quickly as possible, including recent games like The Messenger and Dead Cells to classics like Sonic The Hedgehog and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Additionally, they aren't just playing the good games, as it seems that the awful game block returns Thursday morning. They are also returning to having the marathon end with a Super Metroid run. While 128 games may seem to be less than past GDQs, this time they are having some marathon runs, with Final Fantasy IX expected to be finished in under 9 1/2 hours, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD in under 6 hours, Nier: Automata [E] ending in under 4 1/2 hours, and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess in just over 4 hours.

      Watch and Donate: https://gamesdonequick.com/
      Or watch at: https://www.twitch.tv/gamesdonequick
      Schedule: https://gamesdonequick.com/schedule
      Videos of past GDQs: https://www.youtube.com/user/gamesdonequick/playlists

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        January 6, 2019 8:14 AM

        I'm excited for the Prey: Mooncrash run. That seems like it will be interesting! (Thursday at noon-ish)

        However, am I the only one who doesn't like the marathon runs? Nine and a half hours for a single game--any game--just doesn't do it for me.

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          January 6, 2019 8:49 AM

          Marathon runs aren't my favorite, but sometimes it's fun to keep one on if it's a game I really liked.

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        January 6, 2019 8:16 AM

        The stream is live - Pre-Show starts in 15 minutes! https://www.twitch.tv/gamesdonequick

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        January 6, 2019 8:57 AM

        AGDQ starts NOW!!!

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        January 6, 2019 2:48 PM

        It's the most

        wonderful tiiiiiime

        of the yeeeeear

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      January 6, 2019 8:59 AM

      Now: Hollow Knight - True Ending
      Next: Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
      Then: Donkey Kong Country
      Soon: Mario Kart DS
      Later: Serious Sam Classic: The First Encounter

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        January 6, 2019 9:08 AM

        I missed the preamble, the run description on stream says no major glitches, did they go over what makes for a major glitch in this game vs a minor glitch?

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          January 6, 2019 9:34 AM

          They didn't go over that, thy just jumped into the run at the start.
          From https://www.speedrun.com/hollowknight#True_Ending (view rules button on the right):
          Banned glitches:

          - Quick Map Storage
          - Inventory Storage †
          - Super Dash Storage
          - Bench Storage
          - Wallcling Storage ††
          - Notch Duping
          - Unovercharm Glitch
          - Float Glitch
          - Any Invulnerability Glitch
          - Any Out of Bounds Glitch
          - Any glitch that results in an invisible character
          - Room Duping
          - Superslides
          - Thorn Warps
          - Breaking Boss AI such that they become unresponsive
          - Item Duping
          - Elevator clipping or teleportation

          † Allowed in situations where it is clearly accidental so long as no benefit is gained (eg falling into Deepnest)
          †† Allowed when gained by dashing through opening doors so long as no major benefit is gained by it

          More detailed rules are available here: https://pastebin.com/VtzvMpyW

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        January 6, 2019 9:55 AM

        This has been a great first run of the event.

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        January 6, 2019 9:58 AM

        Wow, the Hollow Knight developers made a $10,000.00 donation!

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      January 6, 2019 9:05 AM

      Oh, here's the thread. Sweet! (mine can be deleted).

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      January 6, 2019 9:25 AM

      Awesome, thanks for the reminder!

      I haven't played Hollow Knight yet so I can't watch, as tempted as I am.

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      January 6, 2019 10:32 AM

      Amazing

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      January 6, 2019 10:35 AM

      Now: Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Any%
      Next: Donkey Kong Country
      Then: Mario Kart DS
      Soon: Serious Sam Classic: The First Encounter

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      January 6, 2019 11:17 AM

      Now: Donkey Kong Country Any% All Stages
      Next: Mario Kart DS
      Then: Serious Sam Classic: The First Encounter
      Soon: Mega Man Zero 2

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        January 6, 2019 11:38 AM

        This is a race between V0OID (WR holder) and Stew_

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      January 6, 2019 11:29 AM

      Um, this interviewer's (KungFuFruitCup) hair is lit af.

      That is all.

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      January 6, 2019 12:15 PM

      Now: Mario Kart DS 32 Tracks
      Next: Serious Sam Classic: The First Encounter
      Then: Mega Man Zero 2
      Soon: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

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      January 6, 2019 1:45 PM

      Now: Serious Sam Classic: The First Encounter Co-op
      Next: Mega Man Zero 2
      Then: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
      Soon: Portal

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        January 6, 2019 1:46 PM

        They need about $1500 more to play the two bonus levels, Moon Mountains and Sacred Yards, during the Serious Sam Classic: The First Encounter run.

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          January 6, 2019 1:54 PM

          And it has been met!

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        January 6, 2019 2:13 PM

        So far, two "I've never done that before"'s in this run!

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      January 6, 2019 2:27 PM

      Now: Mega Man Zero 2 Hard mode any%
      Next: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
      Then: Portal
      Soon: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

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        January 6, 2019 6:21 PM

        This was a world record run!

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      January 6, 2019 3:47 PM

      Now: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Any%
      Next: Portal
      Then: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
      Soon: Shadow of the Colossus

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      January 6, 2019 3:57 PM

      Did the audio just cut off for others?

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      January 6, 2019 5:35 PM

      Now: Portal Inbounds Race
      Next: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
      Then: Shadow of the Colossus
      Soon: God of War II

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        January 6, 2019 6:16 PM

        Portal was so fast, I couldn't figure out what was happening.

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      January 6, 2019 6:14 PM

      Now: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty European Extreme
      Next: Shadow of the Colossus
      Then: God of War II
      Soon: Bomberman 64

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        January 6, 2019 6:54 PM

        Is this a remaster of MGS2? It looks really really good!

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          January 6, 2019 7:14 PM

          It's playing on a PS3, so it must be the remaster.

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      January 6, 2019 6:15 PM

      Also over $100,000 raised so far for the Prevent Cancer Foundation!

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      January 6, 2019 7:59 PM

      Now: Shadow of the Colossus (2018) Boss Rush (NTA)
      Next: God of War II
      Then: Bomberman 64
      Soon: Fe

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      January 6, 2019 8:53 PM

      Now: God of War II Any% NG+
      Next: Bomberman 64
      Then: Fe
      Soon: Spike Hike

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      January 6, 2019 10:16 PM

      Now:Bomberman 64 Any%
      Next: Fe
      Then: Spike Hike
      Soon: Cat Bird

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      January 6, 2019 10:17 PM

      This thread will expire soon, and I'm going to bed. If anyone want to take over, go ahead!

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      January 6, 2019 10:18 PM

      In the morning there will be a Genesis block, followed shortly by a SNES block and then a Castlevania block!