While many looked forward to Awesome Games Done Quick 2022, few expected it to be a record-breaking event. Games Done Quick didn't necessarily go in with that expectation, either. Their mission was to raise money for the Prevent Cancer Founation. However, at the conclusion of the marathon week, this year's AGDQ has broken the all-time fundraising record for a Games Done Quick event. AGDQ 2022 has ended with a total of $3,418,087 raised for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. This surpasses the previous record for all Games Done Quick events, which was set two years ago at Awesome Games Done Quick 2020. It's even more remarkable considering that this was not a live, in-person event.
It took some strategic stalling for the Games Done Quick crew to reach this total. There was a bonus incentive for a second Deltarune run offered for passing the $3 million milestone, but the goal had come up just short upon the conclusion of the first exhibition. Fortunately, the hosts were able to run with an extended weekly recap to give viewers time to drum up that extra money. Following the second Deltarune run, all that was left was the week's finale, which was the classic Metal Gear Solid. Within the last five minutes of the run, the runners and the GDQ team were able to pass the previous record of $3,164,003.
Awesome Games Done Quick had been on a record pace throughout the week. On the strength of games like Death's Door, Super Mario Galaxy, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Returnal, and Psychonauts 2, this week's marathon hit the $1 million milestone faster than any GDQ event in its 12 year history. The week's runners hit $2 million on Saturday morning, heading into a packed final day, which featured runs of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Tetris: The Grand Master, and a blindfolded run of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The final AGDQ's donation total also includes all proceeds from Twitch Bits donated throughout the week, GDQ Twitch channel subscriptions, and purchases from AGDQ partners, such as The Yetee and Fangamer.
Games Done Quick had hoped to return to in-person running, but was cautious about taking such a step throughout the latter half of 2021. The decision was ultimately made to return to an online-only format, which proved pragmatic, given the ongoing spread of the omicron COVID-19 variant.
The omicron variant's continued spread, as well as the uncertain future of the pandemic means that Games Done Quick remains in a holding pattern, as far as live events go. Kasumi "Sumichu" Yogi noted at the conclusion of the broadcast that the team cannot commit to on-site events at the moment, due to the current state of the world. More information about Summer Games Done Quick is expected later this year. In the meantime, Games Done Quick continues to add content on a regular basis through GDQ Hotfix and side events like Frame Fatales. In fact, Frost Fatales already has its schedule posted and is set to run from February 27 through March 5. For more, you can visit Games Done Quick on YouTube and the Games Done Quick website.
Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Awesome Games Done Quick 2022 Online raises record-breaking $3.41 million
Thank you, as always, to TroZ for keeping track of this year's runs!
He is a machine :o
Runs to watch:
VODs Thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/speedrun/comments/rzmh6m/agdq_vod_thread_2022/
YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLz8YL4HVC87UfmV905519CIbopOHMghVz
GDQ VODs Site: https://gdqvods.com/event/agdq-2022/
YMMV. Twitch VODs should have viewer chat, Youtube won't. Last few YouTube videos will be posted about 24 hours after the run finished.
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Race
Axiom Verge 2
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance
Crash Team Racing
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania
Super Mario Galaxy Race
PAON-ぱおん- BEYOND THE PIEN (wtf?)
Sonic Robo Blast 2
Sonic Adventure DX
Pokemon Crystal Randomized Race
Crossbeats Rev Sunrise
It Takes Two
Yugioh Forbidden Memories Race
Super Mario 3D Land
Stepmania / NotITG
Casio Mario World
World Record Runs:
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Garshasp: The Monster Slayer
Awful Block was from
Zelda's Adventure (1994)
I missed some WRs and found another thread of run reviews / suggestions.
World Record Runs:
Kena Bridge of Spirits
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II
Garshasp: The Monster Slayer
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (some technicality about IGT/RTA? Still counting it)
SYNTHETIK: Legion Rising
Thank you for these summary posts! I definitely missed a bunch of the recommended and WR runs.
Webbed looks like a super fun game. Glad I saw this.
No HL2 link???
Anything special in that Super Mario 3D land run that you call out. I guess what makes these interesting is what I’m asking if you can add.
I didn't watch that run completely, but I did see two reddit post calling it out for being good. One of those was the run review / suggestion subthread I linked in my second post, if you want to read about it before watching.