Awesome Games Done Quick is always a great time of year. This year, of course, it’s a little bit sadder than usual, because the AGDQ staple – a crowd of fans yelling support from behind the speedrunners on stream – won’t be possible, thanks to this pandemic thing going around. Nevertheless, the charity fundraising stream is going ahead, and it’s a jampacked schedule as always.

This year’s AGDQ kicked off on Sunday, January 3rd with a sub-45 minute run of Mirror’s Edge, and it only got better from there, with speedruns on the SNES, the N64, and the Game Boy Advance.

Today (Monday, January 4th) the lineup has so far included Pikmin 2, Yooka-Laylee, and Startropics on the NES, with the customary AGDQ Sonic chunk taking place at the time of writing (gotta go fast).

Highlights of the next few days include Hades, which will be played to completion on Tuesday, January 5th, in just over an hour (don’t tune in if you don’t want spoilers, obviously), a one-hour-forty run of Skyward Sword on Wednesday, a run of the unappreciated CD-i Zelda game, The Wand of Gamelon, on Thursday, and, for the first (and probably last) time at a GDQ event, Super Mario Bros. 35, which looks like it’s being tag-teamed by four different speedrunners.

There are also a couple of TASBot runs, including the Game Boy version of Link’s Awakening, which are always worth watching. TASBot – short for “Tool-Assisted Speedrun Robot” – is a clever little thing that watches a bunch of speedruns of a game, then uses those inputs to create the ultimate speedrun better than human hands could ever manage. Take a look at the video below to watch TASBot flying through Celeste:

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