Summer Games Done Quick 2015: Day 5 Highlights and Day 6 Runs to Watch

It's Friday and Summer Games Done Quick is sending gaming fans into the weekend right. Shacknews takes a look at some of Thursday's best runs, as well as some eye-opening speed runs that are set to take place later today.


If you missed them, be sure to check out highlights from Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4 of Summer Games Done Quick 2015.

Summer Games Done Quick 2015 heads right into the weekend, Friday upping the ante on some truly intense speed runs across some of the best (and most interesting) video games. Games Done Quick continues to raise money for Doctors Without Borders today and through the weekend, easily surpassing the $500,000 mark. Shacknews is looking back at the best highlights across the week and here are the best runs from Thursday.

Day 5 Highlights

Shovel Knight low-percentage shovel only (PC)

Earlier this year, Yacht Club Games decided to drop in on Awesome Games Done Quick 2015 and witness their game get torn to shreds by plucky speed runner Capndrake. Yesterday, Yacht Club returned to watch MunchaKoopas attempt the same, only with a twist. He would attempt to finish the game solely with the shovel and do so in less than 50 minutes. For those that want a sprinkling of informative developer commentary to go along with their speed runs, it doesn't get better than the Shovel Knight runs.

Mega Man 4 race (NES)/Mega Man 10 hard mode (Wii)

The Blue Bomber had quite a block of games on Thursday, but no two runs stood out more than the traditional NES-style games that were on display. Mega Man IV was not only on the docket, but it was time for a race to the finish between speed runners almondcity and Chelney. Both streamers went neck-and-neck all the way through Dr. Cossack/Dr. Wily's castle, with few obstacles able to trip them up. It comes right down to the wire and may be one of the tightest races in GDQ history.

And yet more impressive was the more recent Mega Man 10, with viewers raising enough money to have speed runner usedpizza run through the game on Hard Mode. Mega Man games are already hard enough on their own, but when the enemies and obstacles are upped as much as they are, it becomes an exercise in masochism. Even the Robot Masters have whole new attacks. So watch as usedpizza tries to get through in under 42 minutes and be amazed.

Day 6 Runs to Watch

Dustforce DX (PC) - 11:51AM PT

It's immensely difficult to narrow down which speed runs to watch for Friday, because the day is packed. But here's a game that was designed with speed runs in mind. Now is Dustforce DX's time to shine, as the sweeping platformer demands every ounce of precision to avoid dangerous spikes and clean up every speck of dirt. It's one of the most underrated platformers of the last five years and a speed run is often its greatest showcase, so don't miss the virtual ballet of Dustforce.

I Wanna be the Boshy (PC) - 1:41PM PT

Yes, it's another masochistic fan-made game in the vein of I Wanna be the Guy. In many ways, Boshy is far more sinister with its trap placement and its demand for perfection. And just like IWBTG before it, it gets downright unfair at points. But won't stop speed runner witwix from giving it a shot.

Super Mario Bros. 3 warpless race (NES) - 4:36PM PT

With no warp whistles at the ready, Super Mario Bros. 3 still stands in the annals of history as one of the more challenging 8-bit Mario efforts. But cujiihsv and whenchukaattacks will also be racing each other, trying to get through each and ever SMB3 level in the game faster than their opponent. SMB3 was another crowd-pleaser at AGDQ earlier this year and a two-man race is a recipe for a fantastic Friday afternoon.

Summer Games Done Quick will air all week on Twitch. To donate, be sure to visit the Games Done Quick website.

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From The Chatty
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    July 31, 2015 6:00 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Summer Games Done Quick 2015: Day 5 Highlights and Day 6 Runs to Watch

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      July 31, 2015 6:43 AM

      Now: Cave Story
      Next: Bionic Commando: Rearmed 2
      Then: Fallout
      Soon: Fallout 3

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      July 31, 2015 7:17 AM

      Now: Bionic Commando: Rearmed 2 100%
      Next: Fallout
      Then: Fallout 3
      Soon: Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

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        July 31, 2015 7:26 AM

        HYPE Mode engaged!

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        July 31, 2015 8:35 AM

        wow, this run is really entertaining!

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      July 31, 2015 7:46 AM

      Some guy did a Wheel of Time speedrun. Haven't thought about that game in years..

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      July 31, 2015 9:02 AM

      PC Block
      Now: Fallout
      Next: Fallout 3
      Then: Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
      Soon: Dustforce DX

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        July 31, 2015 9:18 AM

        I always thought Fallout was a much longer game ;)

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      July 31, 2015 9:19 AM

      Now: Fallout 3
      Next: Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
      Then: Dustforce DX
      Soon: Wings of Vi

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        July 31, 2015 9:23 AM

        This Fallout 3 is going to be a low% run, so don't blink or you may miss the whole run, like what just happened with Fallout.

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        July 31, 2015 9:55 AM

        Wow, somehow, crippling yourself makes you go faster in this game!

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        July 31, 2015 12:49 PM


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          July 31, 2015 1:03 PM

          Steam says that I have 34 hours in Fallout 3, but I skipped most of the side content.
          I have over 100 in New Vegas though.

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      July 31, 2015 9:41 AM

      TL;DR No more videos from the SpeedMarathonArchive channel, which is a shame, because the official GDQ is VERRRRRRRRRY slow to upload these runs.

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        July 31, 2015 9:59 AM

        Hmm, I understand their point of view, but I wish the official channel put the videos up withing a few hours of the run, instead of the day or more that they are currently taking.

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        July 31, 2015 10:39 AM

        well then I am done with bothering to stay updated with this stuff. I don't have time to seek out each and every individual's personal video of their speedrun and the GDQ uploads are terrible and not synced/edited.

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      July 31, 2015 10:00 AM

      Now: Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
      Next: Dustforce DX
      Then: Wings of Vi
      Soon: I Wanna be the Boshy

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        July 31, 2015 10:47 AM

        Did he just use some collision cheat? I wasn't fully paying attention.

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          July 31, 2015 10:51 AM

          Yes, BUT...

          I was in a meeting and came back just as that part occurred.
          Apparently, he had to kill two guys to open some area. He did kill them, but the second one didn't register for some reason, so he was basically locked out of getting what he needed to complete the game. Therefor, to complete, he turned off collisions just long enough to grab the item, and then he turned collisions back on and continued the run.

          Apparently this was the first time this has happened to him.

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      July 31, 2015 10:09 AM

      Great article about the Sands of Time run that ran into a bunch of issues:

      Video of run:

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      July 31, 2015 11:04 AM just donated to meat thos goal, so Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion any % glitched run is now.

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      July 31, 2015 11:14 AM

      Now: Dustforce DX
      Next: Wings of Vi
      Then: I Wanna be the Boshy
      Soon: Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

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        July 31, 2015 11:21 AM

        I wanna be the boshy? I never heard of that game, then again, there's only a few games I've heard of during SGDQ.

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        July 31, 2015 11:51 AM

        The comments from the developer is interesting during this run.

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        July 31, 2015 11:58 AM

        I can't even keep up with the posts, much less the games. lol

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        July 31, 2015 12:12 PM

        First time seeing that secret level, holy shit. Brutal.

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        July 31, 2015 12:17 PM

        I had no idea what Dustforce was, but man that was an amazing run.

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          July 31, 2015 12:18 PM

          It's on steam, if you want to play it yourself!

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          July 31, 2015 12:23 PM

          It's a great platformer with the best soundtrack ever. They were doing any% but otherwise the goal is to perfect (SS rank) each level by sweeping up all the dust without dying, it gets fucking hard, even before the "difficult" tier levels. They mentioned it during the stream but after you finish a level you can watch a replay of anyone on the leaderboard friends and top tier, which can really help you improve your play. Trying to emulate the #1's off the bat is a mistake.

          It takes a while to get used to the platforming mechanics, a lot of people wrote it off as having bad controls because they couldn't adjust. The controls are super tight as you can see from the maneuvers they pull off, but the mechanics are very deliberate and off putting for some.

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            July 31, 2015 2:35 PM

            Not only without dying, but SS rank requires you to keep the combo chain going to the end of the level. If you take too long in getting the next piece of dust or hitting the next enemy, you'll drop the chain then your rank goes down. Requires a lot of finesse and finding the optimal route, it is pretty different from other platformers because of this.

            But the levels are fairly short and there's a quick restart ala super meat boy, and when you stay in it, (most of) the amazing music loops infinitely which keeps you calm through many retries on a single challenging stage.

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          July 31, 2015 2:09 PM

          There's a reason I said it was one of the more underrated games of the last five years. It's pretty fantastic.

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      July 31, 2015 12:16 PM

      Now: Wings of Vi
      Next: I Wanna be the Boshy
      Then: Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
      Soon: Kid Icarus

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      July 31, 2015 1:09 PM

      Now: I Wanna be the Boshy
      Next: Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
      Then: Kid Icarus
      Soon: Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels

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        July 31, 2015 1:15 PM

        be sure to witness boshy if you never have before!

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      July 31, 2015 2:00 PM

      Now: Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
      Next: Kid Icarus
      Then: Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels
      Soon: Super Mario Bros. 3

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        July 31, 2015 2:02 PM

        good lineup

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        July 31, 2015 2:05 PM

        Isaac will be an Eden run.

        SMB3 is a Warpless 100% Race (I think that means no warps, all levels, even optional ones)

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      July 31, 2015 2:40 PM

      Now: Kid Icarus
      Next: Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels
      Then: Super Mario Bros. 3
      Soon: Super Mario Sunshine

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      July 31, 2015 3:23 PM

      MARIO BLOCK [?]
      Now: Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels
      Next: Super Mario Bros. 3 100% Race
      Then: Super Mario Sunshine
      Soon: Luigi's Mansion race

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        July 31, 2015 4:12 PM

        I don't know who the runner was for Lost Levels, but he was entertaining as hell. I like that guy.

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          July 31, 2015 4:18 PM

          an egg roll connoisseur

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          July 31, 2015 4:45 PM

          Big john is awesome. His streams are always great.

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      July 31, 2015 4:20 PM

      Now: Super Mario Bros 3 Warpless 100% Race
      Next: Super Mario Sunshine Race Hoverless
      Then: Luigi's Mansion Race 100%
      Soon: Pokemon Blue

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        July 31, 2015 4:21 PM

        I'll probably be seeing a movie tonight, I should be back later. Would be nice if someone could keep this thread updated. Thanks!

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        July 31, 2015 5:05 PM

        Races are hard to follow.

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        July 31, 2015 5:48 PM


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      July 31, 2015 5:53 PM


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      July 31, 2015 5:55 PM

      Now: Super Mario Sunshine Race Hoverless
      Next: Luigi's Mansion Race 100%
      Then: Pokemon Blue
      Soon: Pokemon Blue blindfolded race

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      July 31, 2015 7:52 PM

      Thanks davislovestacobell and OzzieMejia, I'm back now. Sounds like I have some good races to watch on Sunday!

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      July 31, 2015 7:53 PM


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      July 31, 2015 7:54 PM

      Now: Luigi's Mansion race
      Next: Pokémon Blue 151 Pokemon Run
      Then: Pokemon Blue Blindfolded Race (!)
      Soon: Pokemon Puzzle League

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        July 31, 2015 9:16 PM

        Wow, the one runner of the three got behind on money, and at the last Boo, missed picking up a diamond that would have put him back on track! I think he can't finish the run now.

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          July 31, 2015 9:21 PM

          Yeah, Firedragon missed the required ending money for the 100% ranking! The other two racers completed it, with Veman3000 finishing in 1:13:58!

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      July 31, 2015 8:44 PM

      Looks like Games Done Quick has uploaded videos up to this morning's Zombies Ate My Neighbors run.

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      July 31, 2015 9:24 PM

      Now: Pokemon Blue Catch 'em All Run
      Next: Pokemon Blue Blindfolded Race
      Then: Pokemon Puzzle League
      Soon: Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

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