Awesome Games Done Quick 2020 (AGDQ 2020) has raised $3,131,475 for Prevent Cancer Foundation, breaking its own extraordinary record of $3.039 million raised for Doctors Without Borders set at Summer Games Done Quick 2019 (SGDQ 2019). AGDQ 2020 took place Jan. 5 – 12, being a full week of nearly nonstop video game speedrunning across multiple dozens of different titles, and it yielded so many memorable and awe-inspiring moments.
The final total for #AGDQ2020 is: $3,131,475!
— Games Done Quick (@GamesDoneQuick) January 12, 2020
For me in particular, I was really dazzled by a hardcore demonstration of how to obliterate Mega Man X4 with Zero by Qttsix. But the standout of Awesome Games Done Quick 2020 just had to be the concluding game, a Super Metroid hack called Super Metroid Impossible, played by famed speedrunner Oatsngoats. True to its name, Super Metroid Impossible is an excruciatingly difficult hack that requires use of the most advanced technical skills in existence just to make it through the game’s core path. It also requires, among other things, traversing areas like Norfair without the Varia Suit, and defeating the final boss requires shooting her literally hundreds of times.
The game was so nightmarishly difficult that I sometimes didn’t even enjoy watching because I was just so worried for Oatsngoats. But he did it. He conquered an impossible game in under 2 1/2 hours, just as we hope to conquer the daunting task of toppling cancer.
Summer Games Done Quick 2020 will take place in Bloomington, Minnesota June 21 – 28, so the magic can begin anew.