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Awesome Games Done Quick's 2017 schedule has me excited again

Just under three months to go until you have to put your backlogs on hold for a week to watch a cavalcade of insane and informative speed-runs. The next event will be held from January 8 through January 15, and with the schedule now finaliz...   read

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Blindfolded speedrun
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This blindfolded Castlevania: Symphony of the Night speedrun is nerve-wracking

I haven't kept up with this week's Summer Games Done Quick super well, but each time I remember to check in on the speedrunning-for-charity livestream, I'm enthralled, whether it's watching a player strategically fall through the Tower of ...   read

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Mario 3
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Stephen Colbert races to eat a Hot Pocket against a Mario 3 speedrunner

As a promotion for Summer Games Done Quick (and its subsequent charity push), the speedrunning record holder for Super Mario Bros. 3 Mitch Fowler appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert to demonstrate one of his runs. Colbe...   read

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Speedrun marathon Summer Games Done Quick starts this weekend

Oh, heck yes! Not only is it a holiday weekend, but Summer Games Done Quick starts this Sunday. Be sure to get your fun in the sun out of the way so you can watch some of this 160-hour speedrunning-for-charity live stream. It has become one...   read

Doom record speed run photo
Doom record speed run
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You can beat Doom in under an hour and a half

Sure, beating Doom on the hardest difficulty with perma-death on is kind of impressive, I guess. But it also takes like five hours, to say nothing of the numerous multi-hour runs in which you'll inevitably fuck up and die and have to start...   read

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Dark Souls III

Speedrun Dark Souls III and you might win $10,000

Are you in Australia or New Zealand? Are you already really good at Dark Souls III, less than a week after launch? You might be able to win $10,000 in Bandai Namco’s speedrunning competition. If you email [email protected]..   read

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Super Mario Bros.
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There's a new Super Mario Bros. world record speedrun

Video game masterpiece Super Mario Bros. is more than 20 years old [correction: 30 years, math is hard], but the very best attempts at playing it have all been fairly recent. The past two years have brought about many new world r...   read

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Dark Souls III
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These badasses have completed Dark Souls III in less than 90 mins

Dark Souls III might not even be out yet, but that’s not stopping people ripping through the game at bollock-shattering speed.  Japanese YouTuber muzi_nasu has zipped through in just 1:23:18 (or 1:29:10 if you account for loading...   read

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This Mario 64 glitch walkthrough broke my brain

What is the meaning of life? I'm not sure, but I'm beginning to believe it's lurking somewhere in this ridiculously in-depth Super Mario 64 glitch video commentated by pannenkoek2012. The video, a breakdown of the game's inner workings and ...   read

Mario Maker insanity photo
Mario Maker insanity
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Watch an absurd race through Mario Maker's hardest levels

"Mario Maker has really provided an opportunity for very sadistic individuals, like this man playing right here, PangaeaPanga, to create horrifying levels for our amusement," speedrunner Carl Sagan said during the gaming marathon Awesome Ga...   read


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Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) ends, full charity haul tops $1.2 million

Awesome Games Done Quick 2016 just ended yesterday after a week-long stretch, bringing in over $1.2 million dollars to support the Preventing Cancer Foundation. Runners played everything from the popular Super Metroid to Grand Theft Au...   read

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Here's what Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) looks like on location

I had the chance to attend the Awesome Games Done Quick event at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel (right near Super Smash Con), and in addition to all of the great runs so far, it's been one of my favorite industry events in ...   read

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SNES Disney speedruns
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These Disney platformer speedruns bring back fond memories

Some of my favorite video games as a kid were based on Disney properties. You didn't even need to like the source material to appreciate them -- they were just plain good games. Tough, too. Back then, a typical rental often wouldn't cut it....   read

Fallout 3 photo
Fallout 3
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Watch someone beat Fallout 3 in under 15 minutes

Fallout 3: a huge, sprawling game that will eat hundreds of hours of your time… unless you’re speedrunner Rydou, in which case it’s only about 15 minutes long. Rydou has broken the world record for an Any% (anything goes...   read

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AGDQ 2016

It's time for Awesome Games Done Quick 2016

Awesome Games Done Quick is one of my favorite yearly events, yet I always seem to miss the opening day of the marathon broadcast. The holiday break kept me in a relatively unplugged and intoxicated state, away from the live stream, but I'm...   read

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Awesome Games Done Quick

Awesome Games Done Quick 2016 starts next week, benefiting the Prevent Cancer Foundation

Awesome Games Done Quick is one of my favorite events of the year. It gathers some of the best speedrunners all across the globe to complete games as quickly as possible, benefiting charity in the process. The next event is slated for Janua...   read

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Azure Striker Gunvolt
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Azure Striker Gunvolt is getting a new speedrun mode on PC

Speedrunning is one of my favorite things in gaming right now. It's not so much the rush you get from actually doing it well, but the journey you embark upon -- learning just about every facet of a game along the way to truly master it. Az...   read

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Gotta go fast
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Is this new Super Mario Bros. world record a perfect run?

A new Super Mario Bros. speedrun world record has been set (as seen above) and it looks damned near perfect. It's mostly a vanilla run, meaning the player doesn't use many glitches aside from one allowing access to the second warp pipes in...   read

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Nintendo's cracking down on speedrunning and ROM hacking videos

Nintendo really, really hates YouTube, doesn’t it? The policy of using copyright strikes and ContentID matches against videos of their games are draconian, and now it’s targeting speedrunners and ROM hackers under the guise of &...   read

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This is not about you!

Control Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in Terminus aka Speed The Game

If the classic hit movie Speed were turned into a video game it would be Terminus. In case you're not familiar with Speed this is what you need to know: Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock are on a bus with a bomb attached, if the bus...   read

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Spelunky record
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This Spelunky run through hell is astounding

The new world record for clearing Spelunky, including hell, is 3:44:411. Holy shit. Despite knowing this run by D Tea would end successfully, I still got nervous watching it all unfold. What can I say? Rapidly navigating randomized areas wi...   read

Mario 64 Glitch photo
Mario 64 Glitch
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Some guy will pay $1,000 if you can recreate this Mario glitch

In the world of Super Mario 64 speed running, the idea of a new glitch appearing is a bit of a holy grail. The game has been played so many times over so many years that the idea of a way to shave even a second off from the top speed run re...   read

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Be sure to watch Summer Games Done Quick this weekend

Brett and I have gotten way into Games Done Quick. Seeing people excel at beating video games as quickly as possible is such a blast, especially when it's happening live. The next event, Summer Games Done Quick, begins on Sunday, July 26 a...   read

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There are some real winners on the Summer Games Done Quick schedule

Even though watching streams of people playing video games is all the rage, I can never get into it. I have a backlog that never seems to get any smaller, so it feels a bit unproductive to watch other people whittle away at theirs instead o...   read

HL2: Ep 2 speedrun photo
HL2: Ep 2 speedrun
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Nauseating Half-Life 2: Episode 2 world record speedrun

Watch as the SourceRuns team impressively moonwalks its way through a majority of Half-Life 2: Episode 2. This is a segmented speedrun, meaning it is recorded in several takes and put together, as well as assisted with custom scripts. Many...   read

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