Awesome Games Done Quick 2019: Day 2 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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January has begun and that means that Games Done Quick is back to raise money for charity. Awesome Games Done Quick is an annual event featuring the world's best speedrunners, who have come together to play through games of the past and present as fast as possible and make a difference by raising money for charity.

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 has begun and GDQ has raised over $120,000 in a single day. Shacknews is here with a handful of noteworthy runs from throughout the week that should not be missed.

Before getting into the Day 2 schedule, let's look back at a Day 1 highlight. Look how close this Hollow Knight run came to ending in disaster at the very end.

Here's the full schedule for Day 2, 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
6:16 AM Bloody Wolf Any% - TG-16 RottDawg 20:00
6:46 AM Earthworm Jim 2 Any% Normal - SNES Gargon100 32:00
7:28 AM Pocky & Rocky Any% Normal - SNES d4gr0n 25:00
8:03 AM Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts Any% (Normal) - SNES NME 40:00
8:53 AM ActRaiser 2 Hard Difficulty - SNES PJ 50:00
9:53 AM Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Alucard - PSTV Satoryu 16:00
10:19 AM Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Glitchless Hard Mode - Wii U VC VB__ 58:00
11:27 AM Castlevania Chronicles Any% Arranged Mode x68k sound on - PSTV lurk 35:00
12:12 PM Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Any% - NES jc583 40:00
1:45 PM Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon Any% Normal/Veteran - PC Laxxus 33:00
2:38 PM Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Any% No Death Abuse - Switch Kruncha, michael_goldfish, spikevegeta2 1:30:00
4:18 PM Jak 3 Any% No OoB - PS2 ThaRixer 45:00
5:23 PM Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Crash 2 100% - PC Blunts Moses 1:45:00
7:18 PM Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion Any% - Switch TonesBalones 1:25:00
8:53 PM Resident Evil Any% - PC RawDerps 45:00
9:48 PM Silent Hill 2 New Game - PC Punchy 55:00
10:53 PM Tomb Raider II Any% Glitches - PC SmoothOperative 1:13:30
12:16 AM Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness Any% - PC PlasticRainbow 30:00
12:56 AM NieR: Automata [E] Ending (Normal) - PC Fullest 4:35:00
5:41 AM The Battle of Olympus Any% - NES Karma 40:00

9:53AM - Castlevania block

This year's AGDQ has a full Castlevania block set to unfold throughout Monday morning and it runs the gamut from old-school 8-bit series entries through the PlayStation era classics. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, in particular, should be a fascinating watch, as VB__ attempts to complete Hard Mode in just under an hour.

2:38PM - Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Last year, Nintendo Switch owners got their taste of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, many of them getting to play through DK's latest adventure for the first time. Three plucky speedrunners will race through this game in a quick 90 minutes. It won't be easy, as many who have played Tropical Freeze will attest that it's the most difficult entry in the DKC series. Can the addition of Funky Kong help speed things up a tad and make this run a little easier?

8:53PM - Resident Evil

Perhaps you've heard that Resident Evil 2 is getting a remake later this month. So why not prepare for that by checking out the original Resident Evil, which is kicking off a night-long horror block? RawDerps will look to complete the original game in 45 minutes and whet everyone's appetite for the second game, set to arrive in just a few weeks.


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 7, 2019 5:00 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Awesome Games Done Quick 2019: Day 2 schedule and runs to watch

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      January 7, 2019 6:21 AM

      Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 is in it's second day, having raised $141,000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation!
      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 . Additionally, any Twitch channel subs to GamesDoneQuick or bits donations all go to the charity.
      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 at https://gamesdonequick.com/ or: https://www.twitch.tv/gamesdonequick
      Donate: https://gamesdonequick.com/tracker/ui/donate/agdq2019
      Schedule: https://gamesdonequick.com/schedule
      Donation Incentive Tracker: https://gamesdonequick.com/tracker/bids/agdq2019
      VODs: https://www.reddit.com/r/speedrun/comments/ad3lp0/agdq_vod_thread_2019/
      Videos of past GDQs: https://www.youtube.com/user/gamesdonequick/playlists

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      January 7, 2019 6:23 AM

      Now: Generations Lost Any%
      Next: Bloody Wolf
      Then: Earthworm Jim 2
      Soon: Pocky & Rocky

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      January 7, 2019 6:27 AM

      Now: Bloody Wolf Any%
      Next: Earthworm Jim 2
      Then: Pocky & Rocky
      Soon: Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts

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      January 7, 2019 6:55 AM

      I get shit having this on at work all week on my second monitor. Noone bats an eye when half of the departments have the world cup or any other sporting event on!

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      January 7, 2019 6:58 AM

      Now: Earthworm Jim 2 Any% Normal SNES BLOCK
      Next: Pocky & Rocky
      Then: Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts
      Soon: ActRaiser 2

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      January 7, 2019 7:40 AM

      Now: Pocky & Rocky Any% Normal SNES BLOCK
      Next: Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts
      Then: ActRaiser 2
      Soon: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Castlevania Block Start

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      January 7, 2019 8:17 AM

      Now: Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts Any% Normal SNES BLOCK
      Next: ActRaiser 2
      Then: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Castlevania Block Start
      Soon: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

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        January 7, 2019 9:06 AM

        Wow, beat the estimate by 1 second - that's amazing for this difficult game!

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      January 7, 2019 9:08 AM

      Now: ActRaiser 2 Hard Difficulty
      Next: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Castlevania Block Start
      Then: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
      Soon: Castlevania Chronicles

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      January 7, 2019 9:25 AM

      Apparently GDQ has the meats, as Arbys is on hand and will be making things out of their food boxes based upon donation comments and giving the things they create away!

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      January 7, 2019 10:18 AM

      Now: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Alucard Castlevania Block
      Next: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
      Then: Castlevania Chronicles
      Soon: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

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      January 7, 2019 10:53 AM

      Now: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Glitchless Hard Mode Castlevania Block
      Next: Castlevania Chronicles
      Then: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
      Soon: Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse

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        January 7, 2019 11:01 AM

        Actually this is Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Glitchless All Bosses (was upgraded from Hard Mode), with a Glitch Exhibition afterwards.

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      January 7, 2019 12:04 PM

      Now: Castlevania Chronicles any% arranged mode x68k sound Castlevania Block
      Next: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
      Then: Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
      Soon: Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon

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      January 7, 2019 12:46 PM

      Now: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Castlevania Block
      Next: Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
      Then: Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
      Soon: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

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        January 7, 2019 1:42 PM

        A bit over estimate, but he had some bad luck at the beginning of the run and had to waste 3 minutes twice waiting for daytime.

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      January 7, 2019 1:43 PM

      Now: Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon Any% Normal/Veteran
      Next: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
      Then: Jak 3
      Soon: Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy Crash 2

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        January 7, 2019 2:15 PM

        Oops - I missed Castlevania III!
        The runner for Castlevaini III just died while hitting the boss for the last time!

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          January 7, 2019 2:16 PM

          And then he came back and killed the boss without dying!

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      January 7, 2019 2:17 PM

      Now: Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon Any% Normal/Veteran
      Next: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
      Then: Jak 3
      Soon: Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy Crash 2

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        January 7, 2019 2:17 PM

        (Actually this time)

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      January 7, 2019 2:19 PM

      yay they read my donation comment

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      January 7, 2019 2:28 PM

      Wow, Arby's has been killing it with their game references!
      https://twitter.com/Arbys
      Be sure to scroll back to Dec 14th and 11th, or even further!

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      January 7, 2019 3:01 PM

      Now: Tropical Freeze Any% No Death Abuse
      Next: Jak 3
      Then: Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy Crash 2
      Soon: Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion

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        January 7, 2019 3:23 PM

        Obviously, this is a three way race

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        January 7, 2019 3:30 PM

        Spike hasn't learned to stfu

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      January 7, 2019 3:31 PM

      Dang, missed the Castlevania block. Will have to check the replays.

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      January 7, 2019 4:37 PM

      $200,000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation!

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      January 7, 2019 4:48 PM

      Now: Jak 3 Any% No OoB
      Next: Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy Crash 2
      Then: Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion
      Soon: Resident Evil PC Block

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      January 7, 2019 5:56 PM

      Thanks a ton for doing this, TroZ.

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      January 7, 2019 6:01 PM

      Now: Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy Crash 2 100%
      Next: Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion
      Then: Resident Evil PC Block
      Soon: Silent Hill 2

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        January 7, 2019 6:13 PM

        any idea what RE games they are going to have?

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          January 7, 2019 7:59 PM

          The schedule just says Resident Evil PC, so I'm assuming 1

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      January 7, 2019 7:58 PM

      Now: Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion Any%
      Next: Resident Evil PC Block / Horror Block
      Then: Silent Hill 2
      Soon: Tomb Raider II

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        January 7, 2019 8:21 PM

        This will have the Agent 3 rematch after the Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion run, and will be done with the girl with a ponytail!

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        January 7, 2019 8:24 PM

        Just donated for my first time ever. Love this event, and have been watching them quite a lot these last couple years.

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        January 7, 2019 9:24 PM

        Flossing demonstration commencing!

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        January 7, 2019 9:40 PM

        The Splatoon 2 run was way more entertaining than it had any right to be.

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        January 7, 2019 9:42 PM

        This was a really fun run!

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        January 7, 2019 9:43 PM

        That dude was entertaining as hell.

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        January 7, 2019 9:50 PM

        I bought Splatoon 2 back when I got a switch and barely played it. I guess I should put more time into it, sp looked fun enough

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      January 7, 2019 9:23 PM

      $300,000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation!

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      January 7, 2019 9:39 PM

      Now: Resident Evil Any% PC Block / Horror Block
      Next: Silent Hill 2
      Then: Tomb Raider II
      Soon: Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness

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      January 7, 2019 10:40 PM

      Now: Silent Hill 2 New Game PC Block
      Next: Tomb Raider II Any% Glitches
      Then: Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness Any%
      Soon: NieR: Automata [E] Ending (Normal) +Cosplay +Hack A2 (second longest run at about 4 hours 30 minutes)
      Later: The Battle of Olympus Any% NES Block
      Followed By: Vice: Project Doom Any%
      and Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers 2 any% 1 Player 2 Controllers Race

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        January 7, 2019 10:42 PM

        This is my last update for the night, and this thread is about to expire. If anyone would like to take over, go ahead. I'll pick up again in the morning.

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      January 7, 2019 10:46 PM

      Not sure if anyone will find these highlights useful, but someone has made a Day 1 highlights video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMLgzBaqeto

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      January 7, 2019 10:47 PM

      The YouTube channel for Games Done Quick seems to have all the first day run up: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLz8YL4HVC87WJQDzVoY943URKQCsHS9XV