#AGDQ2014 is Blowing My Mind

The Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 livestreaming project for cancer research is almost at a close. And it’s so well done and so skillful it’s blowing my mind — a rather significant amount of my week was consumed watching these speedruns live.

Here are my favorite moments:

  • Metroid Prime 4-runner speed race. I didn’t know it was possible to play as these runners did. They levitated up walls.
  • Minecraft speed run that set a new world record. As a bonus, the runner died at the end but his body went back through the portal and that was enough to finish with credits!
  • Finding out the reason for the Spanish language choice in Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD was due to decreased dialogue prompts for extra cycles / seconds in the runs. That’s hardcore.

I’m also told there was a one life original Contra run and a few other spots that were amazing too (actually the whole thing really is tops). Each run is archived so eventually I’m going to casually watch the rest of the runs I missed.

The real question for me is if there any games I’m so good at, so skilled at, that I could speedrun? And are there any that I would want to train on? Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest could qualify. I’ll have to think on it.