Posted on November 13 2020 by Emi Curtis
We are approaching the end of the year, and that of course means that Awesome Games Done Quick is just ahead in January. The annual speedrunning event, one of two hosted by Games Done Quick, is set to be no less of a blast than previous years even given the circumstances of the world right now. The schedule for the event has been released, and a lovely little handful of Zelda titles seem to be gracing the stage this year among many other beloved and… not-so-beloved games.
For those unfamiliar with Awesome Games Done Quick, the event is a week-long show in which speedrunners of all persuasions come in and perform live for the sake of raising money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. All the runs are broadcast onto Twitch, and viewers are encouraged to give donations in order to have messages of theirs read out or to have the runners perform specific tricks and challenges. Along with GDQ’s other event, Summer Games Done Quick, it is one of the biggest speedrunning events of the year and a wonderful wholesome time for runners and video game fans alike.
AGDQ’s 2021 line up is set to feature six different Zelda games across seven different runs, all between January 6th and 9th. The list includes Any% runs (Complete the game by any means necessary) of Majora’s Mask and Skyward Sword, 100% or All Dungeon runs of A Link to the Past, Link’s Awakening DX, and Ocarina of Time, as well as a goofy “all cutscenes” run of The Wand of Gamelon. Also on feature is a “TASBot” (Tool-Assisted Speedrun Bot) run of Link’s Awakening DX, a feature where a bot is essentially programmed to complete the game without input from a human at all.
It is inspiring in many ways to see AGDQ still determined to run even with circumstances preventing them from maintaining their usual format, and it looks set to be an incredible time as always. As a speedrunner myself, it is one of events I make sure to tune in for each year and drop a couple donations whenever I can knowing it’s for an incredible cause and operated by some pretty fantastic folks.
What do you think of the AGDQ schedule this year? Will you be tuning in and dropping down? What games are you excited to see run? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: Games Done Quick