Charity speedrun event AGDQ 2018 starts this weekend

Games Done Quick

Update, January 5, 2018: AGDQ is set to bring another week of awesome speedruns for charity starting January 7.

In case you forgot to mark your calendars, this is your reminder that Awesome Game Done Quick begins this weekend, bringing another full week of entertaining speedruns for a charitable cause. The event begins January 7 at 9:00 PST / 12:00 EST / 17:00 GMT, with a preshow starting thirty minutes beforehand.

Stealth games always make for good, often-hilarious speedruns. Here are the best stealth games on PC  to try and break.

The first day’s games include Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Skyrim, Hollow Knight, Yooka-Laylee, and Batman: Arkham Asylum. The organizers are making some notable changes to the lineup this year – biggest of all, there’s no Super Metroid on the schedule, so we won’t be hearing a week’s worth of save or kill the animals donations.

You can check the full schedule here, with nearly 200 hours of games being run.

Original story, October 14: TheGames Done Quickevents are highlights on my gaming calendar each year. Every Summer and Winter, some of the world’s best gamers gather to absolutelydemolishsome of your favourite games, back to back, for a whole week solid. All of this in the name of raising money for charity, the final figure raised having risen every year.

After a lot of tension and more submissions than ever before,the 2018 lineup (Starting January 7th) has been announced, and it’s a surprisingly PC-heavy collection of games in amongst the 190 hours of material.

While it would be a very long list even if I were to just share the PC titles here, there’s a lot of true classics and modern hits lined up. Baldur’s Gate 2: Enhanced Edition is going to be beaten in a mere 24 minutes, Diablo in 23, and the expansions for both Dishonored and Dishonored 2 will be flattened in 15 and 20 minutes or less. And here I thought I was doing well at clearing the first mission of Death of The Outsider in just an hour.

Arkane’s games have been regular fixtures at GDQ events for the past few years. Normally contemplative in their pacing, stealthy, taken at their own pace, these games shatter into a million pieces if you run at them hard and fast enough. Walls become little more than friendly suggestions as opposed to the solid barriers that they should idealy be. Have a look at Dishonored 2 being turned inside-out above.

The complete and utter ruination of Arkane’s titles will continue this year, with the addition of Prey (2017). An excellent game, but as standard for Arkane, it crumbles if you push hard enough against its boundaries, and the estimated time to grind it into dust is 15 minutes or less. It’s not all blink-and-you’ll-miss-it action though. Zombie parkour sandbox Dying Light is estimated at taking a solid 1 hour, 45 minutes in co-op.

Some of the games being featured this year are positively cutting-edge, with Edmund Mcmillen’s latest release, The End Is Nigh, set to last a solid 40 minutes. A run long enough to at least let us hear the lovely soundtrack. This year is set to be an exciting showcase of gaming skill and bug-exploiting action. What favourites will you be tuning in at 3am to watch? Share your picks in the comments below.