Awesome Games Done Quick 2020: Day 1 schedule and runs to watch

It's that time of year again. Awesome Games Done Quick has returned for 2020 and Shacknews is here with today's full schedule and runs to check out.

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Happy New Year, everyone! The start of a new year means a lot of things. It's time to go back to work or school. It's time to hit the gym. It's time to start over on a lot of things. It also means that it's the return of Awesome Games Done Quick, which officially kicks off 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.

Awesome Games Done Quick comes to you from Orlando, FL. This year's event will raise money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. It's also a special year, as Games Done Quick as an organization is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The fun is about to begin and you can watch Awesome Games Done Quick 2020 right along with Shacknews. We'll also be sure to check in every day this week with the daily schedule and to spotlight particularly noteworthy runs worth following.

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

Time (All Times PT) Game Run Runner(s) Target Time
8:30 AM Pre-Show -- -- 20:00
9:00 AM A Hat in Time Any% Race - PC flarebear, Enhu 47:00
9:57 AM Metroid: Zero Mission Any% - GBA JRP2234 42:00
10:49 AM Mega Man 7 100% - SNES PJ 50:00
11:49 AM Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction Any% - PS3 KillaLombax 1:05:00
1:04 PM Star Wars - Escape from Yavin 4: The Lost Maps Any% no VRGI - PC CovertMuffin 55:00
2:09 PM The Binding Of Isaac Afterbirth+ R+7 (S6) - PC StoneAgeMarcus 1:20:00
3:49 PM Super Mario Bros. 3 100% Race - NES mitchflowerpower, TheHaxor, stewie_cartman 1:14:00
5:13 PM The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Any% - Wii gymnast86 2:30:00
7:53 PM Dino Crisis 2 Any% - PS3 WOLFDNC 1:25:00
9:28 PM realMyst: Masterpiece Edition All Pages - PC Gelly 16:00
9:54 PM Riven: The Sequel to Myst Any% - PC Zaustus 10:00
10:14 PM Myst III: Exile Best Ending - PC Admiral Flapjack 16:00
10:40 PM Bomberman Hero Any% - N64 Liquid Squid 55:00
11:45 PM Chameleon Twist 2 Any% - N64 NecroCopter 33:00
12:28 AM Razor Freestyle Scooter Any% - N64 tapioca 13:00
12:51 AM Tetrisphere Rescue 5-10 - N64 FFR Pro 21 40:00
1:48 AM Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga All Bosses Co-op - GBA Sjorec, murmilio 2:50:00
4:48 AM Skyblazer Any% - SNES Omnigamer 28:00
5:31 AM The Legend of the Mystical Ninja Low% Race - SNES KLM1187, Teleo1 38:00
AGDQ 2020 - A Hat in Time

9:00AM - A Hat in Time

It's easy to overlook some great indies in a crowded field of them and that may have proven to be the case with A Hat in Time, a whimsical platformer from the team at Gears for Breakfast. For those looking for precision 3D platforming, flarebear and Enhu will have what you're looking for, as they look to navigate the game's five massive worlds and make the most of their hat-based arsenal. Those interested in an underrated platformer will want to tune in as Summer Games Done Quick gets underway.

AGDQ 2020 - Metroid Zero Mission

9:57AM - Metroid: Zero Mission

As the week goes on, there will be more than a couple of throwbacks to the original Games Done Quick marathon. The first Metroid was a big part of that, but in lieu of running the original, JRP2234 is going to treat everyone to the Game Boy Advance modernization. While Nintendo has been discovering the merits of bringing the old school Legend of Zelda games to a new audience, they first noticed that updating the old school Metroid games with a few modern elements has led to some incredible gaming experiences. For those who love Super Metroid, carve out some time for Metroid: Zero Mission, one of the last great 2D Metroid efforts.

AGDQ 2020 - SMB 3 Race

6:49PM - Super Mario Bros. 3

There's a special magic to Super Mario Bros. 3, considered to be one of the greatest video games ever made. Solo runs are enjoyable in themselves, but the speedrunning community is at its best when there's friendly competition involved. With that said, mitchflowerpower, TheHaxor, stewie_cartman are all racing to 100%, which means this is going to be a little different than the standard SMB3 runs we're used to. Players are going to be treated to every single SMB3 stage, which should be a treat to witness. May the best runner win.


Awesome Games Done Quick 2020 will take place from now through Saturday, January 11. For more, check out the Games Done Quick website and be sure to watch all of the action from Twitch

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    January 5, 2020 6:00 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Awesome Games Done Quick 2020: Day 1 schedule and runs to watch

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      January 5, 2020 7:00 AM

      Awesome Games Done Quick 2020 starts today at Noon Eastern and will raise funds for Prevent Cancer Foundation. 😎🎮⌛⏩
      AGDQ 2020 is a speedrunning marathon that is taking place from January 5th to 12th, 2019, in Orlando, FL. Speedrunnners will play through over 125 games in seven days while raising funds for Prevent Cancer Foundation. Classic games such as Super Mario World and Ghouls 'n Ghosts, modern games such as Cadence of Hyrule, The Outer Worlds and Untitled Goose Game, and modified games such as Super Metroid Impossible 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 by making a purchase from one of their affiliated sponsors such as https://theyetee.com/agdq or https://www.fangamer.com/gdq . Additionally, any Twitch channel subs to GamesDoneQuick or bits donations all go to the charity.

      Site: http://gamesdonequick.com https://twitter.com/GamesDoneQuick
      Schedule: https://gamesdonequick.com/schedule
      Donate: https://gamesdonequick.com/donate
      VODs: https://www.reddit.com/r/speedrun/comments/ek9zmz/agdq_vod_thread_2020/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/gamesdonequick/videos
      Stats: https://gdqstat.us/
      Twitch Channel: https://www.twitch.tv/gamesdonequick

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        January 5, 2020 8:01 AM

        1 hour to go. Stream is live. Pre-show starts in 30 minutes, but there may be something special now.

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        January 5, 2020 8:30 AM

        Now: Pre-Show Fun and Games
        Next: A Hat in Time
        Then: Metroid: Zero Mission
        Soon: Mega Man 7

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        January 5, 2020 8:33 AM

        If you donate, don't forget to put your donation towards one of the bonuses, which are listed here:
        https://gamesdonequick.com/tracker/bids/agdq2020

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        January 5, 2020 8:39 AM

        They have already passed the first GDQ donation total!

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        January 5, 2020 9:01 AM

        Now: A Hat in Time Any% Race - PC
        Next: Metroid: Zero Mission
        Then: Mega Man 7
        Soon: Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction

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          January 5, 2020 9:57 AM

          That was a close race! It basically came done to some RNG and a few small missed tricks, with the runners finishing within 15 seconds of each other!

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        January 5, 2020 9:20 AM

        Nice, they read out your donation, TroZ.

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        January 5, 2020 9:20 AM

        Woot! Got a donation read!

        • rms legacy 10 years mercury mega
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          January 5, 2020 9:21 AM

          I just heard that!!!

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        January 5, 2020 9:48 AM

        Now: Metroid: Zero Mission Any% - GBA
        Next: Mega Man 7
        Then: Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
        Soon: Star Wars - Escape from Yavin 4: The Lost Maps

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        January 5, 2020 9:53 AM

        If you need to brush up on your speedrunning terms, check out these links:
        https://www.gamecrate.com/speedrunning-terminology-glossary/17892
        http://www.speedrunslive.com/faq/glossary/

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        January 5, 2020 10:51 AM

        Now: Mega Man 7 100% - SNES
        Next: Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
        Then: Star Wars - Escape from Yavin 4: The Lost Maps
        Soon: The Binding Of Isaac Afterbirth+

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        January 5, 2020 11:57 AM

        Now: Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction Any% - PS3
        Next: Star Wars - Escape from Yavin 4: The Lost Maps
        Then: The Binding Of Isaac Afterbirth+
        Soon: Super Mario Bros. 3

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        January 5, 2020 12:08 PM

        Blue shirt guy in the audience jamming to the music is the real GDQ hero.

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        January 5, 2020 1:21 PM

        Now: Star Wars - Escape from Yavin 4: The Lost Maps Any% no VRGI - PC
        Next: The Binding Of Isaac Afterbirth+
        Then: Super Mario Bros. 3
        Soon: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

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          January 5, 2020 1:22 PM

          The Bonus Rosh Level is currently at $3k of $7.5k

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          January 5, 2020 2:31 PM

          That run was absurd. Beautifully absurd.

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          January 5, 2020 2:36 PM

          Wonderful run as always from CovertMuffin! Such a great guy. I'd never seen that mod before! The swoop launches were hilarious.

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        January 5, 2020 2:32 PM


        Now: The Binding Of Isaac Afterbirth+ R+7 (S6) - PC
        Next: Super Mario Bros. 3
        Then: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
        Soon: Dino Crisis 2

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        January 5, 2020 4:05 PM

        Now: Super Mario Bros. 3 100% race - NES
        Next: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
        Then: Dino Crisis 2
        Soon: realMyst: Masterpiece Editio

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        January 5, 2020 5:42 PM

        Now: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Any% - Wii
        Next: Dino Crisis 2
        Then: realMyst: Masterpiece Edition
        Soon: Riven: The Sequel to Myst

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        January 5, 2020 5:58 PM

        $100,000 raised for Prevent Cancer Foundation

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        January 5, 2020 8:32 PM

        Now: Dino Crisis 2 Any% - PS3
        Next: realMyst: Masterpiece Edition
        Then: Riven: The Sequel to Myst
        Soon: Myst III: Exile

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          January 5, 2020 8:42 PM

          🌫️ MYST BLOCK 🌫️ Up next

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        January 5, 2020 10:20 PM

        Now: realMyst: Masterpiece Edition All Pages - PC CYAN BLOCK
        Next: Riven: The Sequel to Myst
        Then: Myst III: Exile
        Soon: Bomberman Hero

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          January 5, 2020 10:23 PM

          I should really go to sleep, but I'm going to try to stay up for this Myst block.

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        January 5, 2020 10:55 PM

        Now: Riven: The Sequel to Myst Any% - PC
        Next: Myst III: Exile
        Then: Bomberman Hero
        Soon: Chameleon Twist 2

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        January 5, 2020 11:14 PM

        Now: Myst III: Exile Best ending - PC
        Next: Bomberman Hero
        Then: Chameleon Twist 2
        Soon: Razor Freestyle Scooter

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        January 5, 2020 11:34 PM

        Now: Bomberman Hero Any% - N64 N64 Block
        Next: Chameleon Twist 2
        Then: Razor Freestyle Scooter
        Soon: Tetrisphere

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        January 5, 2020 11:35 PM

        Overnight:
        Chameleon Twist 2 any% - N64
        Razor Freestyle Scooter Any% - N64
        Tetrisphere Rescue 5-10 - N64
        Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga All Bosses Co-op - GBA
        Skyblazer any% - SNES
        The Legend of the Mystical Ninja Low% Race - SNES
        ActRaiser Professional! Mode Race - SNES
        If someone wants to take over posting until morning, go ahead!
        Text to paste for each game already typed and styled (game list starts on page 2): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nCcN2y3mp9cXPG6dSikU4wRfjxsfzLZR3zZj8I612Wg/edit?usp=sharing

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      January 5, 2020 9:20 AM

      Oh, it started already.

      Always fun to watch this stuff.

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      January 5, 2020 10:54 AM

      I'm excited for CovertMuffin's Escape from Yavin run today.

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      January 5, 2020 1:35 PM

      There are six alternate language restreams available for AGDQ 2020: -- Français: https://twitch.tv/lefrenchrestream -- Deutsch: https://twitch.tv/germench -- Español: https://twitch.tv/speedrunsespanol -- Português do Brasil: https://twitch.tv/speedrunsbrasil -- 日本語: https://twitch.tv/japanese_restream -- русский: https://twitch.tv/r_u_s_c

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      January 5, 2020 1:36 PM

      OD Pixel with the $322 donation


      ODPixel is a dota2 caster, $322 is a meme from when a pro player placed a bet on his own team to lose and would have won 322 - so now when someone does a bad play or looks like they're throwing the game, twitch chat gets spammed with 322

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      January 5, 2020 1:59 PM

      Is there a good alternative to this event? That still does speed runs and charity fund raising?

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      January 5, 2020 2:55 PM

      I love these events so much. It almost makes it worth it to see my winter break from work come to an end.

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      January 5, 2020 9:21 PM

      seems like there's one of these every other month. is it the same company? i'm cool with charity, but it seems like they do it so often it's kind of overkill

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        January 5, 2020 9:34 PM

        Games Done Quick has two main events a year, ADGQ in January, and SGDQ in June/July. The past two years they have also done a smaller event during TwitchCon, GDQx, and also have done some relief events such as Harvey Relief and Japan Relief. Last weekend they held a small event that wasn't for a charity, that celebrated the 10th anniversary of the first GDQ event by re-running the same games 11 hours quicker than originally done.

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