The year is halfway over and that means that Games Done Quick has returned. Summer Games Done Quick officially kicks off today and is here for seven full days of speedrunning action. The best speedrunners in the world will be blazing through some of the top games of the past and present for a worldwide audience on Twitch.
Summer Games Done Quick comes to you from Bloomington, MN. This year's event will raise money for Doctors Without Borders. The fun 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|
|10:00 AM||Spyro Reignited Trilogy: Spyro the Dragon||Any% - PS4||ChrisLBC||1:00:00|
|11:10 AM||Portal 2||Single-Player Inbounds - PC||Can't Even||1:15:00|
|12:35 PM||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project||Any% co-op - NES||PJ, Mecha Richter||40:00|
|1:25 PM||Super Mario Bros. 2||All Stages - NES||coolkid||25:00|
|2:00 PM||Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest||Any% - SNES||MikeKanis||54:00|
|3:04 PM||Kirby Nightmare in Dream Land||Any% - GBA||Mr_Shasta||45:00|
|3:59 PM||Sonic Generations||Any% - PC||thebluemania||1:00:00|
|5:09 PM||The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap||Any% - Wii U VC||quo||1:55:00|
|7:14 PM||Devil May Cry||Any% - PC||Maxylobes||57:00|
|8:21 PM||Streets of Rage||Easy% - Genesis||cestpatou||32:00|
|9:03 PM||Final Doom||TNT-Evilution UV-Speed - PC||KingDime||55:00|
|10:08 PM||Outland||Any% - PC||Vulajin||1:10:00|
|11:28 PM||The Hobbit||Any% No Menu Glitches - GC||Chrixiam98||45:00|
|12:23 AM||Tony Hawk's Underground 2||Classic Normal (All Goals)(NG+) - PC||Plumato||30:00|
|1:03 AM||Zombies Ate My Neighbors||Any% - SNES||teddyras||40:00|
|1:53 AM||Blaster Master||Any% (JP) - FC||davidtki||32:00|
|2:35 AM||Solomon's Key||Any% - NES||metroidmcfly||16:00|
|3:01 AM||Metroid||Any% - NES||metroidmcfly||15:00|
|3:26 AM||Rygar||Any% No WW - NES||Darkwing Duck||25:00|
|4:01 AM||DuckTales 2||Any% - NES||swordsmankirby||12:00|
|4:23 AM||Marble Madness||Any% Co-op - NES||yelsraek, Elipsis||4:00|
|4:37 AM||Jackal||Any% 2-Player - NES||RottDawg, SuperPitFro||10:00|
|4:57 AM||Contra||Low% 2-Player - NES||angrylanks, RottDawg||12:00|
|5:19 AM||Contra III: The Alien Wars||Any% Hard - SNES||FCJ2000||20:00|
|5:49 AM||Alien Soldier||Supereasy - Genesis||chronoon||25:00|
11:10AM - Portal 2
I don't think we've mentioned this enough at Shacknews lately, but we miss Portal. Those were some fantastic puzzle games, ones that redefined the genre as everyone knew it. Portal 2 proved to be one of Valve's last truly great hurrahs as a game developer (Jury's out on Dota Underlords) and here it is on full display to help kick off Summer Games Done Quick.
Can't Even will look to stay inbounds and complete the whole single-player campaign in a little over an hour. Given how complex some of these solutions can get, finishing this one in any kind of quick fashion will be a fun feat to witness.
2:00PM - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
With Nintendo and Rare on speaking terms again, there's a little something extra special about seeing one of their all-time greatest collaborations make the SGDQ 2019 rotation. Donkey Kong Country 2 is arguably the best the series has ever had to offer and while Mr_Shasta won't be running through every level, there are still some fun tricks to check out over the course of this Any% run.
3:59PM - Sonic Generations
Sonic the Hedgehog recently celebrated his anniversary, which makes this a great time to revisit one of the better modern Sonic games. Sonic Generations is a diamond among the pile of coal that is 3D Sonic games, so it should be interesting to see thebluemania attempt to run this game in an hour flat. For those who are new to the Sonic series, come see the stark differences between old-school and new-school Sonic for yourselves.
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Summer Games Done Quick starts TODAY, Sunday, June 23rd at 1 PM EDT / 10 AM PDT and is raising funds for Doctors Without Borders. A pre-show starts 30 minutes earlier. 🌞🎮⌛⏩
SGDQ is a speedrunning marathon that is taking place from June 23rd to June 30th, 2019, in Bloomington, MN. Speedrunnners will play through over 125 games in seven days while raising funds for Doctors Without Borders. Classic games such as Super Mario World and Gauntlet, modern games such as Octopath Traveler and Tetris Effect, and modified games such as Grand Poo World 2 and The Legend of Zelda Randomizer will all be played, so there is something for everyone! This will all be streamed on twitch.tv and at http://gamesdonequick.com .
You can donate at http://gamesdonequick.com or or making a purchase from one of their affiliated sponsors such as https://theyetee.com/collections/sgdq or https://www.fangamer.com/collections/games-done-quick . Additionally, any Twitch channel subs to GamesDoneQuick or bits donations all go to the charity.
VODs: https://www.reddit.com/r/speedrun/comments/c3tjzg/sgdq_vod_thread_2019/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/gamesdonequick
Twitch Channel: https://www.twitch.tv/gamesdonequick
Speedrun - playing a game with the intent of getting to the ending as quickly as possible
100% - a speedrun that also collects 100% of collectible items, the definition of which varies per game. For Super Metroid, 100% means getting all suit upgrades, but not necessarily collecting everything enemies drop.
Any% - a speedrun that does not try to collect 100% of items, just whatever amount is quickest
Low% - a speedrun that attempts to collect as few items as possible and still beat the game. For Super Metroid, this is considered to be 14% (with 7 different ways to accomplish this, although 12% is technically possible although it requires getting out of bounds and has only been completed in a single sitting by one person.
Race - a race is when 2 or more players speedrun a game at the same time to see who can complete it the fastest
Co-op - playing a 2 player game with 2 players. Depending on the game, this may make it easier or harder.
1p2c - 1 Player, 2 Controllers - A co-op run when one person controls both players at the same time.
2p1c - 2 Players, 1 Controller - A single player run of a game where 2 players share control of the game at the same time, using one controller - usually with one person holding the left half of the controller, controling movement, while the other player holds the right half, pressing the buttons.
NG+ - New Game plus - This run starts a new game after the completion of then game (typically having a save with the game already completed) which for many games starts the game at a harder difficulty, but typically caries over character level or items.
OOB / Out of Bounds - This is a run in which the player is about to leave the intended play area of the game, generally skipping areas or boss battles to get to the end faster. Some runs specify 'No Oob', where a known out of bounds method won't be used.
Frame Perfect - This is used to describe a trick or technique that can only be accomplished with input or timing that must be done on a specific frame of video output. This will typically be a 1/30th or 1/60th of a second window to do the input in for most games.
Pacifist - This is playing a game in such a was as to not kill any enemies unless it is absolutely necessary (such as boss fights). This means avoiding enemies instead of killing them.
Good Ending / Bad Ending - Some games have multiple endings, typically with less requirements to get the 'bad' ending. This specifies which ending the runner is going for.
TAS / Tool Assisted Speedrun - A TAS is a speedrun done on an emulator (however, usually verified on actual hardware), where save states can be used to figure out the fastest way through a game. TASes allow the runner to reset the game state and try many different options for getting through an area to determine the fastest way, generally only playing a fraction of a second at a time. Typically, every time a save state is reloaded during a TAS is counted as a re-record, and many TASes get over 100,000 re-records before they are completed. Many tricks and techniques are first found in a TAS, and later are picked up by the unassisted, real-time speedrunning community. The output of a TAS is typically a list of which buttons were pressed on which frame of the game, although the resulting video is also typically recorded and posted.
TASbot - This is a special bot created to play back TAS on actual hardware. It only connects to console through the controller ports, and therefore can only do things that humans could do if there could press the controller buttons quickly enough. TASbot takes the recorded button press file for the game, and plays it back to the actual console. The verify that the run is actually possible on real hardware, and that the emulator that was uses is accurate to the hardware (at least enough that that run is identical on real hardware)
Save / Kill the Animals - NOT HAPPENING THIS TIME - One of the last games run is Super Metroid and it is usually done as a race between a few different speedrunners. During the intense ending escape, you can either spend some extra time and rescue some animals (which is the cannon ending), or you can leave them to die, completing the game a bit faster. There is a bid war for which ending the runners have to go for. This bid war is the most intense through the marathon, going back and fourth between saving and killing the animals, raising sever hundred thousand dollars itself!
WR - world record - the fasted recorded time a game has been completed in.
PB - personal best - the best time this runner has completed the game. This is longer than the world record for everyone except the world record holder.
RNG - Random Number Generator - The part of the game program that creates 'randomness' by generating a 'random' number (typically using some algorithm), and then making a decision based upon a property of the number (even/odd, above or below some percentage, etc.) Random Number Generators are typically used for determining what item an enemy drops, or which items are in certain location or boxes, or from controlling enemy behavior, movement or spawning locations. Is usually praised or vilified depending on the result of the last random event. TASes will typically manipulate the random number generator by causing more or less random number to be generated to get the desired result for a particular random occurrence such and what item is a a box, or beneficial enemy movement. Sometimes called 'luck'.
Takes damage to save time - Also called a damage boost, used mostly to describe TASes (where some runs complete the game without ever taking damage), this is intentionally taking damage to save time in the run. This can be taking a little big of damage to that the player has invincibility frames to survive a larger, potentially fatal amount of damage, such as getting hit by a small enemy so that an area of spikes can be run trough without taking damage. Some games knock you back when getting hit, however if you turn around just before getting hit, you will be knocked forward instead.
Invincibility Frame - Typically, in games where your character can take multiple hits before dying, after getting hit, your character cannot be damaged immediately after taking damage. For a second or two, the player can't be damaged after taking damage, and this is usually accompanied by your character flashing. For the frames of the game where you cannot be damaged, these are the invincibility frames.
Uses death to save time - This is a technique that intentionally causes a player death in order to save time. This is sometimes to restore full health, but can also be used to quickly backtrack to an earlier area, or in some game may actually move you forward past an obstacle. This term is used more when describing TASes.
ACE - Arbitrary Code Execution - This is typically used when describing TASes, although it can be done by humans, although typically not as fast. This is when, using only the controls provided by the game, the player is able re-write some of the game code, typically skipping to the end much quicker than intended, however, some TASes have completely re-written the game to be a different game (and then beating that game). This was first accomplished on GBC Pokemon Yellow, where doing certain actions would corrupt the list of items held, allowing more item slots to be accesses, and by reording the items and changing their amounts, assembly code could be written that later, the items past the normal end of the list, would actually be run. Similar techniques have since been found in several different games, including Yoshi's Island, Super Mario World, Super Mario Bros. 3 and several of the Pokemon games. See the list here: http://tasvideos.org/Movies-C3050Y.html ('Game end glitch' uses this to just skip to the end of the game quickly, where 'arbitrary code execution' actually executes code that wasn't originally in the game. Shown off in previous GDQs with 'Mario Maker in Super Mario All-Stars' and 'Super Super Mario Bros. 3'
Super Mario Maker All Stars: https://youtu.be/IOsvuEA2h4w?t=11m8s
Super Super Mario Bros. 3: https://youtu.be/eM8Z9e-WoFs?t=6m59s
SethBling turning Super Mario World into Flappy Bird (first human done ACE): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hB6eY73sLV0
I wish they also streamed to YouTube at the same time as Twitch. Not going to ever watch this at my pc but i do on my TV. At least they got better last year about getting videos up typically within 24 hours though.
The Android Twitch app supports Chromecast, so if you have one, you can use that to show it on your TV.
The iOS app does too
The pre-show is starting!
I'm glad they've been able to up the production quality. Skits and humor still remain awkward haha
Summer Games Done Quick starts NOW!
Now: Spyro Reignited Trilogy: Spyro the Dragon
Next: Portal 2
Then: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project
Soon: Super Mario Bros. 2
The Spyro remake looks fantastic! Love the art style. I've seen them speed run the original, this is definitely easier on the eyes.
Now: Portal 2 Single Player Inbounds — PC
Next: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project
Then: Super Mario Bros. 2
Soon: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Haha, watching the Portal 1 speedrun inside the Portal 2 speedrun.
That Portal speedrun was insane. The only problem with speedrunning games like that is it skips or talks over all the dialogue. So now I guess i have to go replay Portal 2.
Now: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project Any% co-op — NES
Next: Super Mario Bros. 2
Then: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Soon: Kirby Nightmare in Dream Land
That was a skilled run, for sure.
Another case where some years-buried trick or observation makes a huge difference to the game and community. Crazy how often that happens. Like that one for OoT that massively improved runs for the next generation, discovered almost twenty years later
Now: Super Mario Bros. 2 All Stages — NES
Next: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Then: Kirby Nightmare in Dream Land
Soon: Sonic Generations
Now: Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest All Stages — SNES
Next: Kirby Nightmare in Dream Land
Then: Sonic Generations
Soon: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
The Kutlass wrong warp tech at work in this run was amazing!
If you are donating, you can put the money you are donating towards various incentives. These can be changing the category of a run, showing cut scenes, naming categories, bonus games or other incentives. A list of these incentives is here: https://gamesdonequick.com/tracker/bids/sgdq2019 Keep a eye on this page as incentives are added throughout the marathon (in particular, the bonus runs are added as they are approached).
You can donate at: https://gamesdonequick.com/tracker/ui/donate/sgdq2019
That page also lists the prizes you are eligible for if you make a minimum donation amount.
Now: Kirby Nightmare in Dream Land Any% — GBA
Next: Sonic Generations
Then: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Soon: Devil May Cry
Here is that rocking Kirby remix they were playing: https://soundcloud.com/djroborob/sets/ben-briggs-roborob-castle
Now: Sonic Generations Any% — PC
Next: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Then: Devil May Cry
Soon: Streets of Rage
Oh, damn nice table.
Now: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap Any% — Wii U VC
Next: Devil May Cry
Then: Streets of Rage
Soon: Final Doom
I've never played Minish Cap, I actually thought it was a DS game. My daughter read the manga and wants to play it after she finishes BotW, but we're watching together.
Chrono.gg has a special store for SGDQ:
Now: Devil May Cry any% — PC
Next: Streets of Rage
Then: Final Doom
The Legendary Cutscene incentive still needs about $1000 to be met.
This has now been met!
$100,000 raised for Doctors Without Borders
Now: Streets of Rage Hard% — Genesis
Next: Final Doom
Soon: The Hobbit
Haha definitely one of the biggest couches I've seen. Good humor too.
Yeah, that was a very good couch.
Stoked for final doom
Oh nice I tuned in at the right time. Final Doom should be good.
Now: Final Doom TNT-Evilution UV-Speed — PC
Then: The Hobbit
Soon: Tony Hawk's Underground 2
Now: Outland Any% — PC
Next: The Hobbit
Then: Tony Hawk's Underground 2
Soon: Zombies Ate My Neighbors
Now: The Hobbit Any% No Menu Glitches — GC
Next: Tony Hawk's Underground 2
Then: Zombies Ate My Neighbors
Soon: Blaster Master
I'm going to sleep. If anyone wants to take over, I have a Google Doc with the upcoming game runs already typed out:
I'll be back about 10am EDT.