Awesome Games Done Quick 2019: Day 5 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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Games Done Quick has returned to begin a new year of speedrunning for charity. Awesome Games Done Quick kicks off every January and brings together the world's best speedrunners to play through the greatest games of the past and present as quickly as possible. It's a celebration of the speedrunning community and it's one of the biggest examples of players coming together for a good cause.

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 $315,000 in just two days. Shacknews is here with a handful of noteworthy runs from throughout the week that should not be missed.

Before getting into the Day 5 schedule, let's look back at a Day 4 highlight. Here's a special message from Halfcoordinated.

Here's the full schedule for Day 5, 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
6:28 AM Metal Gear (NES) Any% - NES Eriphram 28:00
7:06 AM Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake Original Difficulty Big Boss Rank - PS2 miniomegaking 1:00:00
8:16 AM Ninja Five-O Any% Normal - GBA just_defend 30:00
8:56 AM Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Any% NG+ - PC RandomPinkBunny 35:00
9:41 AM Overload Trainee Any% - PC SpootyBiscuit 36:00
10:27 AM Prey Mooncrash DLC - PC bloodthunder 1:40:00
12:17 PM Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Any% - PC Metro72 20:00
12:47 PM Ultimate Doom Any% - PC KingDime 30:00
1:27 PM Doom 2: Hell On Earth Any% UV-Speed - PC KingDime 33:00
2:10 PM Chex Quest Extreme Ooze Speed - PC peaches 15:00
2:35 PM Crypt of the NecroDancer: AMPLIFIED Coda Low% - PC SpootyBiscuit 30:00
3:15 PM The Messenger 8-Bit - PC strizer86 40:00
4:15 PM Dead Cells Any% - PC BIGHONKINBURGER, scaz.zaf, ChurchnSarge 20:00
6:05 PM Celeste All Chapters - PC TGH 1:40:00
7:55 PM The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD 100% - Wii U Linkus7 6:00:00
2:05 AM Pac-Man: Championship Edition 2 Any% - PC Pinballwiz45b 28:00
2:43 AM Klonoa: Door to Phantomile Any% - PSX Trob 45:00
3:38 AM Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal Any% - PS3 Xem 1:05:00
4:53 AM Metroid Fusion Any% Memory Corruption - GBA CScottyW 55:00
5:58 AM Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction Any% Normal Amazon - PC MrLlamaSC 2:20:00

3:15PM - The Messenger

The Messenger was one of the big breakout indie hits of 2018. Here, it's making its Games Done Quick debut. And given the game's retro aesthetic, it'll fit right in with the rest of the lineup. Let's see if strizer86 can finish this in under 40 minutes.

4:15PM - Dead Cells

Speaking of games that are making their Games Done Quick debut, here's Dead Cells. This is another major breakout indie hit from last year, standing out as a unique Metroidvania action game. Three runners will look to race to the game's finish in just under 20 minutes, wowing everyone in attendance and amazing those who are tens of hours in and still struggling to finish.

6:05PM - Celeste

Celeste rounds out an exciting Indie Games Done Quick block, as TGH looks to wrap up all of the game's chapters in one hour and forty minutes. Celeste proved to be an outstanding game, topping most indie game of the year lists and also making several general game of the year lists. It's also one of the most difficult games to arrive last year, so don't expect TGH to get through the run unscathed. The question is how many deaths will get piled up along the way?


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 10, 2019 5:00 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Awesome Games Done Quick 2019: Day 5 schedule and runs to watch

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      January 10, 2019 6:03 AM

      Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 is in it's fifth day, having raised $645,000 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/
      YouTube recordings of runs (about a day or so behind): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLz8YL4HVC87WJQDzVoY943URKQCsHS9XV
      Videos of past GDQs: https://www.youtube.com/user/gamesdonequick/playlists


      Partners:
      The Yetee: https://theyetee.com/collections/games-done-quick
      Fangamer: https://www.fangamer.com/collections/games-done-quick
      World 9 Gaming: http://world9gaming.com/
      Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/gamesdonequick

      Sponsors:
      Magfest: https://www.magfest.org/
      Devolver: https://store.steampowered.com/sale/devolver/
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      January 10, 2019 6:04 AM

      Now: Trio the Punch: Never Forget Me Any% Awful Block
      Next: Metal Gear (NES) Metal Gear Block
      Then: Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
      Soon: Ninja Five-O

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      January 10, 2019 6:12 AM

      Now: Metal Gear (NES) Any% Metal Gear Block
      Next: Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
      Then: Ninja Five-O
      Soon: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

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        January 10, 2019 7:06 AM

        I actually had no idea that the original metal gear had a story, much less that it's THE story they continued through the rest of the series. Today that's a safe assumption, but tons of nes and snes games in series had basically filler for story or unrelated to a series.

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      January 10, 2019 6:17 AM

      Today's bonus game is a Cuphead All S+P Grades run by The Mexican Runner, which if met would be about 7:30 PM Eastern. It is currently at about $32K of $75K.

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      January 10, 2019 6:52 AM

      Now: Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake Original Difficulty Big Boss Rank
      Next: Ninja Five-O
      Then: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light PC Block
      Soon: Overload

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      January 10, 2019 7:01 AM

      If you missed a run:
      Youtube (about a day behind): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLz8YL4HVC87WJQDzVoY943URKQCsHS9XV
      Reddit's Twitch VOD thread (kept up to date): https://www.reddit.com/r/speedrun/comments/ad3lp0/agdq_vod_thread_2019/

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      January 10, 2019 8:01 AM

      Now: Ninja Five-O
      Next: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light PC Block
      Then: Overload
      Soon: Prey

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      January 10, 2019 8:36 AM

      Now: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Any% NG+ PC Block
      Next: Overload
      Then: Prey
      Soon: Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

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      January 10, 2019 9:12 AM

      Now: Overload Trainee Any% PC Block
      Next: Prey Mooncrash DLC
      Then: Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
      Soon: Ultimate Doom

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        January 10, 2019 9:29 AM

        This and the portal run are nuts. Navigating a 3D space like this is fun to watch.

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      January 10, 2019 9:54 AM

      Now: Prey Mooncrash DLC PC Block
      Next: Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
      Then: Ultimate Doom
      Soon: Doom 2: Hell On Earth

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      January 10, 2019 11:36 AM

      Now: Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Any% PC Block
      Next: Ultimate Doom
      Then: Doom 2: Hell On Earth
      Soon: Chex Quest

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      January 10, 2019 12:18 PM

      Now: Ultimate Doom Any% DOOM Block
      Next: Doom 2: Hell On Earth
      Then: Chex Quest
      Soon: Crypt of the NecroDancer: AMPLIFIED

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      January 10, 2019 12:45 PM

      They got some pretty interesting games today.

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      January 10, 2019 12:55 PM

      Now: Doom 2: Hell On Earth Any% UV-Speed DOOM Block
      Next: Chex Quest
      Then: Crypt of the NecroDancer: AMPLIFIED
      Soon: The Messenger

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        January 10, 2019 1:11 PM

        Doom 2 was my first PC fps. I really loved all the levels and sound in that game.

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      January 10, 2019 1:39 PM

      Now: Chex Quest
      Next: Crypt of the NecroDancer: AMPLIFIED
      Then: The Messenger
      Soon: Dead Cells

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        January 10, 2019 1:54 PM

        This will be a Chex Quest Extreme Ooze Max run

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      January 10, 2019 2:12 PM

      Now: Crypt of the NecroDancer: AMPLIFIED Coda Low%
      Next: The Messenger
      Then: Dead Cells
      Soon: Cuphead All S+P Grades by TheMexicanRunner (? $72K of $75K)

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        January 10, 2019 2:29 PM

        How many keyboards does this guy go through?

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        January 10, 2019 2:36 PM

        Well, the game locked up, so they are fixing that now. Looks like they are ready to go again.

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        January 10, 2019 2:52 PM

        I'm hearing this in the other room and it just sounds like someone beating off.

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      January 10, 2019 2:57 PM

      Now: The Messenger 8-Bit
      Next: Dead Cells
      Then: Cuphead All S+P Grades by TheMexicanRunner
      Soon: Celeste

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      January 10, 2019 3:10 PM

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      January 10, 2019 3:50 PM

      Now: Dead Cells Any% Race
      Next: Cuphead All S+P Grades by TheMexicanRunner
      Then: Celeste
      Soon: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

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        January 10, 2019 4:14 PM

        I'm so curious about how this dead cells race is going to go. I feel like it's way too random for this to be any kind of real competition.

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          January 10, 2019 4:15 PM

          I heard that they are using some sort of mod so that the get similar, but not the same, RNG

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            January 10, 2019 4:43 PM

            Yep, the got their choice of 4-cell difficulty weapons to start with (though Church's was slightly less strong?), and they all played the same level seed with no prior knowledge of the layout. Was pretty close. Fun to watch.

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      January 10, 2019 4:40 PM

      Now: Cuphead All S+P Grades by TheMexicanRunner
      Next: Celeste
      Then: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
      Much Later: Pac-Man: Championship Edition 2

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        January 10, 2019 4:50 PM

        This should be one of the runs to not miss!

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        January 10, 2019 5:00 PM

        5 mins in and it's already amazing.

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        January 10, 2019 5:48 PM

        Man, that was nuts, even better than last year.

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      January 10, 2019 5:07 PM

      If you missed the Sonic Block on Tuesday, It has now been uploaded to YouTube:
      https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLz8YL4HVC87WJQDzVoY943URKQCsHS9XV

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      January 10, 2019 5:46 PM

      Now: Celeste All Chapters
      Next: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
      Much Later: Pac-Man: Championship Edition 2
      Then: Klonoa: Door to Phantomile

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      January 10, 2019 6:07 PM

      It's disheartening to see for all the work TroZ is doing to keep these posts up how few people are posting or discussing this at all. It's lots of popular games run by some of the greatest players, with knowledgeable commentary on their development, history and running process, and it's raising money for a great cause. We have megathreads for some of these games, bad timing maybe? Everyone too busy or don't care?

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        January 10, 2019 6:15 PM

        I'd guess a lot of us treat it as a news source and lurk and appreciate but don't really have anything to add

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        January 10, 2019 6:23 PM

        I still enjoy the races and seeing a few new games here and there, but most of those I wind up watching the vod archive of when I have the time.

        And I don't know what to say about most of them besides superficial stuff like 'that was cool' so I usually don't say anything at all. Even though I may not have the interest in these evens that I once did, TroZ's work is definitely appreciated. I hope he knows that.

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        January 11, 2019 5:53 AM

        I've been watching as much as I can, but it is mostly in the middle of the work day.

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      January 10, 2019 7:34 PM

      Now: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD 100% (~6 hour run)
      Later: Pac-Man: Championship Edition 2
      Then: Klonoa: Door to Phantomile
      Followed By: Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal

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      January 10, 2019 9:08 PM

      Games overnight: (as this thread will expire long before the next game starts)

      Pac-Man: Championship Edition 2 Any%
      Klonoa: Door to Phantomile Any%
      Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal Any%
      Metroid Fusion Any% Memory Corruption
      Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction Any% Normal Amazon

      If anyone feels like taking over after this thread expires, go right ahead!

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