This was an Awesome Games Done Quick unlike any other, for several reasons, but the week-long marathon has concluded. AGDQ 2023 has wrapped up and has raised more than $2.64 million for the Prevent Cancer Founation. While the $2,642,493 didn't quite hit the record set by last year's AGDQ, it's still a remarkable number given the return to virtual speedrunning that was caused by some logistical upheavel.
Awesome Games Done Quick 2023 Online wrapped up with an exciting pair of Super Mario Bros. 3 runs from GDQ staple Mitchflowerpower. Over the course of the last batch of runs and the event's finale, GDQ was able to reach its final total. The organization maintained a good pace throughout the week with exciting runs of games like Stray, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Shredder's Revenge, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and many more. The final day featured runs of recent hits like Metroid Dread, Half-Life: Alyx, and Pokemon Legends: Arceus before ending on the perennial Nintendo classic SMB3. 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.
This week's marathon wasn't without a few dark clouds. The event was originally meant to be GDQ's second live speedrunning event since the COVID-19 pandemic. That did not happen, as Games Done Quick pulled out of its Florida venue citing the state's disregard for COVID safety protocols, as well as its escalating hostilities towards LGBTQ+ people, some of whom comprise both GDQ's community and labor force. On top of that, GDQ founder Mike Uyama announced he would exit the company just days before the marathon was set to begin. Uyama is the second high-profile GDQ departure in the last year, following Kasumi "Sumichu" Yogi's exit back at Summer Games Done Quick 2022. Uyama will be succeeded by GDQ Director of Operations Matt Merkle. You can revisit our conversation with Merkle from TwitchCon 2018 to learn more about his work with GDQ.
Despite all of this, GDQ's future is looking bright. In-person events are expected to return with Summer Games Done Quick. On top of that, Games Done Quick will continue to add regular content through GDQ Hotfix and side events like Frame Fatales. Frost Fatales 2023 already has its schedule posted and will run from February 26 through March 4. For more, you can visit Games Done Quick on YouTube and the Games Done Quick website.
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Awesome Games Done Quick 2023 😎🎮⌛⏩ has raised $2,643,325 for Prevent Cancer Foundation! It is the FINAL day and runs until the 15th.
AGDQ 2023 is a speedrunning marathon that is taking place from January 8th to 15th, 2023, completely online. Speedrunnners will play through almost 150 games in seven days while raising funds for Prevent Cancer Foundation. Classic games such as Super Mario Bros. 3 and Ape Escape 2, modern games such as TMNT Shredder's Revenge and Splatoon 3, and silly games such as Office Race and "I'm going to die if I don't eat sushi!" 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
Merch (with a % going to Doctors Without Borders): https://theyetee.com/collections/agdq or https://www.fangamer.com/collections/games-done-quick
VODs: https://www.reddit.com/r/speedrun/comments/106tyto/agdq_vod_thread_2023/ https://gdqvods.com/event/agdq-2023/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@gamesdonequick https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLz8YL4HVC87Vmvi2kxPNI8CVeplodtTt_ (about 24 hours later)
Twitch Channel: https://www.twitch.tv/gamesdonequick (live stream of games)
FINALLY: Finale - The End
What the best way to see individual runs?
They put them all up on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLz8YL4HVC87Vmvi2kxPNI8CVeplodtTt_
See the VODs links in my post. Both the reddit link and gdqvods have links to the twitch vod, and the YouTube link for the run ( YouTube links appear at least 24 hours after the run finishes).
YouTube won't have the twitch chat, but many people don't like the twitch chat and just want to see the run and hear the commentators.
Run suggestion thread:
Or just find a game you are familiar with, and what it's run!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vomk5XfxyUs https://twitch.tv/videos/1701447354?t=27h57m22s
Super Mario Galaxy 2 Race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTpXQ9hSq_w https://twitch.tv/videos/1703076112?t=13h01m54s
Stephen Seagal is the Final Option: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdkt_fS-zKY https://twitch.tv/videos/1704970423?t=22h56m32s
PowerWash Simulator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdkt_fS-zKY https://twitch.tv/videos/1704970423?t=22h56m32s
Castlevania: SotN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfclFTn2Mco https://twitch.tv/videos/1701447354?t=05h43m53s
Cuphead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kjo2i0_FFc https://twitch.tv/videos/1701447354?t=08h29m52s
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeros: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFW-QAhTIKs https://twitch.tv/videos/1701447354?t=11h32m00s
Cultic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViHZuGM0z0U https://twitch.tv/videos/1701447354?t=25h09m40s
Portal - Airboat%: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGEQH21SsSI https://twitch.tv/videos/1701447354?t=32h12m36s
Ape Escape 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk_lpeocvFY https://twitch.tv/videos/1701447354?t=37h42m28s
Frogun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsoSSXnxfGc https://twitch.tv/videos/1701447354?t=38h46m02s
Blade 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfRtV9MrXho https://twitch.tv/videos/1703076112?t=00h56m22s
Fashion Police Squad (FPS): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS0Ah6zFIwM https://twitch.tv/videos/1703076112?t=10h32m49s
Ratchet and Clank: Up your arsenal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eogfSMvfMGM https://twitch.tv/videos/1703076112?t=18h40m31s
Resident Evil 7: End of Zoe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34_8eJ-EN9w https://twitch.tv/videos/1703076112?t=21h27m50s
Sonic Colors: Ultimate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sv28Ks8x6U https://twitch.tv/videos/1703076112?t=38h11m18s
Neon White: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9aZBcuCvhQ https://twitch.tv/videos/1703076112?t=45h47m38s
Metal Slug: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znP4yOmONQE https://twitch.tv/videos/1704970423?t=11h23m45s
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5XY36xCpuU https://twitch.tv/videos/1704970423?t=17h54m19s
Worms: Armageddon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NFwlcoLlYw https://twitch.tv/videos/1704970423?t=24h20m36s
Metroid Prime 1 + 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz3Jsa-bBxY https://twitch.tv/videos/1706067726?t=02h48m47s
TrackMania Turbo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt1uI9Ep1sQ https://twitch.tv/videos/1706363161?t=02h41m54s
StepMania: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ-P3MZKCvA https://twitch.tv/videos/1706363161?t=06h56m52s
Super Mario All-Stars Shuffler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MO-TiCsScQ https://twitch.tv/videos/1706363161?t=08h56m28s
Metroid Dread: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP_2YfEJPp8 https://twitch.tv/videos/1706363161?t=21h52m27s
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin: No YT Yet https://twitch.tv/videos/1706363161?t=27h16m00s
Pokémon Legends: Arceus: No YT Yet https://twitch.tv/videos/1706363161?t=30h44m36s
Super Mario Bros. 3: No YT Yet https://twitch.tv/videos/1706363161?t=34h51m26s
Finally Awful Block started with
Yo! Noid 2: Game of a Year Edition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1nHu0ttghg&list=PLz8YL4HVC87Vmvi2kxPNI8CVeplodtTt_&index=72 https://twitch.tv/videos/1703076112?t=46h53m24s
and ended with
Stephen Seagal is the Final Option (1994) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JYFqhcUx6w&list=PLz8YL4HVC87Vmvi2kxPNI8CVeplodtTt_&index=85 https://twitch.tv/videos/1704970423?t=05h37m03s
(with Kirby sneaking into that block because of a scheduling change, not because it is an awful game).
Salamander County Public Television (2022) is recommended https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX_-6QgIifI https://twitch.tv/videos/1704970423?t=02h16m15s
6 player power wash 🤣 so so so good