Summer Games Done Quick 2019: Day 1 schedule

Summer Games Done Quick is raising money for Doctors Without Borders all week. Shacknews is here with today's schedule and runs to check out.


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
9:30 AM Pre-Show -- -- 20:00
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
Portal 2

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.

Donkey Kong Country 2

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.

Sonic Generations

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.

Summer Games Done Quick 2019 will take place from now through Saturday, June 29. For more, check out the Games Done Quick website and be sure to watch all of the action from Twitch.

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    June 23, 2019 6:00 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Summer Games Done Quick 2019: Day 1 schedule

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      June 23, 2019 8:33 AM

      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 and at .
      You can donate at or or making a purchase from one of their affiliated sponsors such as or . Additionally, any Twitch channel subs to GamesDoneQuick or bits donations all go to the charity.

      VODs: Youtube:
      Twitch Channel:

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      June 23, 2019 8:38 AM


      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.

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        June 23, 2019 8:38 AM

        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: ('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:

        Super Super Mario Bros. 3:

        SethBling turning Super Mario World into Flappy Bird (first human done ACE):

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      June 23, 2019 8:53 AM

      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.

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        June 23, 2019 9:47 AM

        The Android Twitch app supports Chromecast, so if you have one, you can use that to show it on your TV.

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      June 23, 2019 9:31 AM

      The pre-show is starting!

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      June 23, 2019 9:47 AM

      I'm glad they've been able to up the production quality. Skits and humor still remain awkward haha

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      June 23, 2019 9:58 AM

      Summer Games Done Quick starts NOW!

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      June 23, 2019 9:58 AM

      Now: Spyro Reignited Trilogy: Spyro the Dragon
      Next: Portal 2
      Then: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project
      Soon: Super Mario Bros. 2

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        June 23, 2019 10:11 AM

        The Spyro remake looks fantastic! Love the art style. I've seen them speed run the original, this is definitely easier on the eyes.

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      June 23, 2019 10:48 AM

      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

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      June 23, 2019 11:50 AM


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      June 23, 2019 12:10 PM

      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

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        June 23, 2019 12:55 PM

        That was a skilled run, for sure.

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        June 23, 2019 1:12 PM

        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

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      June 23, 2019 12:55 PM

      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

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      June 23, 2019 1:34 PM

      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

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        June 23, 2019 2:41 PM

        The Kutlass wrong warp tech at work in this run was amazing!

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      June 23, 2019 2:36 PM

      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: 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:
      That page also lists the prizes you are eligible for if you make a minimum donation amount.

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      June 23, 2019 2:37 PM

      Now: Kirby Nightmare in Dream Land Any% — GBA
      Next: Sonic Generations
      Then: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
      Soon: Devil May Cry

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      June 23, 2019 3:28 PM

      Now: Sonic Generations Any% — PC
      Next: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
      Then: Devil May Cry
      Soon: Streets of Rage

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      June 23, 2019 4:25 PM

      Oh, damn nice table.

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      June 23, 2019 4:45 PM

      Now: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap Any% — Wii U VC
      Next: Devil May Cry
      Then: Streets of Rage
      Soon: Final Doom

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      June 23, 2019 5:37 PM has a special store for SGDQ:

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      June 23, 2019 6:55 PM

      Now: Devil May Cry any% — PC
      Next: Streets of Rage
      Then: Final Doom
      Soon: Outland

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        June 23, 2019 6:56 PM

        The Legendary Cutscene incentive still needs about $1000 to be met.

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          June 23, 2019 7:16 PM

          This has now been met!

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        June 23, 2019 7:01 PM


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      June 23, 2019 7:04 PM

      $100,000 raised for Doctors Without Borders

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      June 23, 2019 7:35 PM


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      June 23, 2019 7:57 PM

      Now: Streets of Rage Hard% — Genesis
      Next: Final Doom
      Then: Outland
      Soon: The Hobbit

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        June 23, 2019 8:14 PM

        Haha definitely one of the biggest couches I've seen. Good humor too.

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          June 23, 2019 8:48 PM

          Yeah, that was a very good couch.

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        June 23, 2019 8:19 PM

        Stoked for final doom

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        June 23, 2019 8:40 PM

        Oh nice I tuned in at the right time. Final Doom should be good.

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      June 23, 2019 8:48 PM

      Now: Final Doom TNT-Evilution UV-Speed — PC
      Next: Outland
      Then: The Hobbit
      Soon: Tony Hawk's Underground 2

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      June 23, 2019 9:49 PM

      Now: Outland Any% — PC
      Next: The Hobbit
      Then: Tony Hawk's Underground 2
      Soon: Zombies Ate My Neighbors

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      June 23, 2019 11:11 PM

      Now: The Hobbit Any% No Menu Glitches — GC
      Next: Tony Hawk's Underground 2
      Then: Zombies Ate My Neighbors
      Soon: Blaster Master

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      June 23, 2019 11:12 PM

      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.

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