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Yeah, Zallard1 is playing Super Punch-Out!! blindfolded. Gotta teach Cancer who's boss!note 
"3... 2... 1... Go."

Awesome Games Done Quick/Summer Games Done Quick is a twice-yearly charity marathon, hosted by Speed Demos Archive and Speedruns Live. Inspired by The Speed Gamers, AGDQ and SGDQ aim to raise as much money as possible for their charity of choice by bringing in speedrunners from around the world and playing games non-stop in shifts over the course of several days. Viewers are offered incentives for donations that range from deciding a runner's choices in a game to entry into raffles for video game memorabilia. Throughout the experience, there is usually always a donation reader (again, working in shifts) that fills lulls with messages from donators and supporters as well as news regarding goals and incentives.

The games scheduled are often an eclectic mix; it's common for an NES platformer with an estimated run time of ten minutes to be aired several hours prior to an epic RPG with an estimate of five hours, for example. The events also feature several consistent blocks of games that have appeared in multiple marathons, such as WTFJapan (back-to-back Widget Series) and Awful Games Done Quick (a stream of games widely considered as terrible). It's also not uncommon to see variants on typical speedruns; multi-runner races, blindfolded runs, one-handed runs, and two-player-one-controller sessions up the excitement immensely.

To date, the following marathons have been held:

    List of Marathons 
  • 1-3 January 2010: Classic Games Done Quick — $10,531.64 raised for CARE
    • Of some note is the story behind CGDQ: It was supposed to happen at MAGFest, a large convention for music and gaming. And then it turned out that the hotel didn't have the Internet connection required, so the organizers, at the last minute, moved the event to Mike Uyama's mother's basement. (Uyama was one of the organizers, and his mother lived in the same area that MAGFest took place that year.)
  • 6-11 January 2011: Awesome Games Done Quick 2011 — $52,519.83 raised for the Prevent Cancer Foundation
  • 7-10 April 2011: Japan Relief Done Quick — $25,800.33 raised for Doctors Without Borders
  • 4-6 August 2011: Summer Games Done Quick 2011 — $21,396.76 raised for the Organization for Autism Research
  • 4-9 January 2012: Awesome Games Done Quick 2012 — $149,044.99 raised for the Prevent Cancer Foundation
  • 24-28 May 2012: Summer Games Done Quick 2012 — $46,278.99 raised for the Organization for Autism Research
  • 6-12 January 2013: Awesome Games Done Quick 2013 — $448,423.27 raised for the Prevent Cancer Foundation
  • 25-30 July 2013: Summer Games Done Quick 2013 — $257,181.07 raised for Doctors Without Borders
  • 5-11 January 2014: Awesome Games Done Quick 2014$1,031,665.50 raised for the Prevent Cancer Foundation
  • 22-28 June 2014: Summer Games Done Quick 2014 — $718,235.07 raised for Doctors Without Borders
  • 4-10 January 2015: Awesome Games Done Quick 2015$1,576,085.00 raised for the Prevent Cancer Foundation
  • 26 July - 1 August 2015: Summer Games Done Quick 2015$1,215,601.49 raised for Doctors Without Borders
  • 3-10 January 2016: Awesome Games Done Quick 2016$1,216,304.02 raised for the Prevent Cancer Foundation
  • 3-9 July 2016: Summer Games Done Quick 2016$1,301,654.48 raised for Doctors Without Borders
  • 8-15 January 2017: Awesome Games Done Quick 2017$2,215,040.31 raised for Prevent Cancer Foundation
  • 2-9 July 2017: Summer Games Done Quick 2017$1,778,400.20 raised for Doctors Without Borders
  • 1-3 September 2017: Harvey Relief Done Quick — $227,876.53 raised for Houston Food Bank
  • 7-14 January 2018: Awesome Games Done Quick$2,261,823.19 raised for Prevent Cancer Foundation

When a Games Done Quick marathon is active, you can find the stream, schedule, donation info, and other such information at the Games Done Quick website. You can also find the stream directly at the SDA Twitch page. Speedrunner (and marathon coordinator) UraniumAnchor uploads highlight reels and behind-the-scenes footage to his own channel, and there are a number YouTube channels for archive footage:

  • Speed Demos Archive, the original official channel, started out showcasing segmented speedruns. It has archives of every event from Classic Games Done Quick to AGDQ 2014. The archives are rather messy, though; the earliest marathons having segmented playlists dedicated to each individual game, and the only marathons having all-encompassing playlists are SGDQ 2013 and AGDQ 2014. Due to the creation of the Games Done Quick channel, this is now considered an unofficial channel.
  • Games Done Quick, the new official channel, archives every marathon from SGDQ 2014 onwards.
  • Speed Marathon Archive, an unaffiliated channel, has archives for SGDQ 2014 and AGDQ 2015. It originally had uploads from SGDQ 2015, but they've been removed (see below).
  • Speedrunners Archive, another unaffiliated channel, has archives for every event from 2012 to AGDQ 2015.

Despite the number of unofficial channels that have uploaded archives for past events, event organizers have announced that unauthorized uploads will no longer be tolerated from SGDQ 2015 onward.

For the European equivalent, check out the European Speedster Assembly.

For a related event also done by Speed Demos Archive, check out RPG Limit Break (formerly Crystals For Life), which focuses solely on speedrunning RPGs with all proceeds going toward the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). While RPG Limit Break is a once a year event, it also hosts franchise-based relay races throughout the year.

Awesome/Summer Games Done Quick events typically contain the following tropes:

  • Anti-Frustration Features: Runners are allowed to use "safe" strategies to avoid things that could result in the game crashing, soft-locking, or otherwise cause a massive loss in time that could kill the run.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • "This game isn't broken at all...", followed by the runner exploiting a ridiculous/hilarious glitch. The Sonic games especially are notorious for this. TenShotsTV played with this in his I Wanna Be the Guy run in AGDQ 2014, where he built up the fake Windows error message built into the game as a potential run-ending glitch (after earlier having died to Mike Tyson because of Windows device driver pop-ups).
    • Other common Blatant Lies include "Very technical boss", "Frame-perfect trick", "Most important trick in the game" and similar stuff.
    • Some runners will claim that, if they mess something up or get hit, it's "manipulating RNG for later". Though occasionally, this actually is the case.
  • Book Ends: The AGDQ 2016 Majora's Mask run more or less starts with them visiting Anju's grandmother and listening to her story so they can skip forward a day. Near the very end, they visit her again to get two of the remaining few heart pieces. And the last heart piece they get that isn't on the moon is the very first one they saw, but utilized a glitch to avoid (so they could more easily do a death warp later on), in front of the door to the top of the clock tower.
  • Brick Joke: About halfway through the Mario Kart 64 run in AGDQ 2014, a donation read-off asks for everyone to shout "LEEROY!", to which they comply. At the very end during the credits, a second donation references this one, admonishing them because "there wasn't a single 'Jenkins'" and asking for closure on that.
  • The Cameo: Sometimes game developers and Let's Players donate during the event.
  • Canon Discontinuity: SGDQ 2015's Crash Bandicoot 2 run has become this, due to the runner's commentary. So far, it's been the only run they've completely skipped over uploading.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: medibot, who played Yoshi's Cookie in ADGQ 2014 for the Global Yoshi's Cookie League; his attitude also ends up rubbing on everyone else, leading to very weird conversations and donations.
  • Companion Cube: Plushies were often found lying on the sofa or in the hands of someone in the crowd. They're usually treated affectionately by the runners and the stream chat alike. This is best demonstrated by the infamous fire alarm cat rescuer. This was stopped around AGDQ 2014, though, due to rule changes—but they still adorn the interview table.
  • Dance Party Ending: The Splatoon 2 run at AGDQ 2018 attempted to have one of these, only for it to be one of the most cringe-worthy moments ever seen at a GDQ, not helped by the fact the runner's gyro sensor went nuts any time they tried to join in.note 
  • Deadpan Snarker: Most of the runners tend to show shades of this, but special mention goes to runners such as Breakdown, Duke Bilgewater, M1_Account and tminator64.
  • Downer Ending: Sometimes, thankfully not often, runs may come to an abrupt end due to gamebreaking glitches or even technical difficulties. On fewer occasions the runner is unable to finish inside the estimate time, like werster during his Pokémon Gold and Silver glitch manipulation run.
    • The 2014 The Binding of Isaac run ended with the runner dying. On True Final Boss Isaac. (It was a Judas run.)
    • Keizarion's HeartGold run at SGDQ 2017 ended on a self Mercy Kill after he failed to beat Red twice due to bad luck. Though he wasn't too cut up about it, as he felt he was there to demonstrate, not break records.
    • Keizarion runs tend to go over estimate in general, although it usually happens when he runs games in the awful block. When he ran Animorphs: Shattered Reality at AGDQ 2018, he ran over estimate because he phased through a platform for no reason.
  • DVD Commentary: Occasionally, developers of the games being ran will phone in and talk about them. Examples include runs of Shovel Knight, Battleblock Theater, and The End Is Nigh. In the case of Wonder Boy: The Dragon 's Trap, one Lizardcube staff member was physically present on the couch, while another provided commentary for the French restream.
  • Dwindling Party: Usually happens during multi-person races. It depends on the game, but usually happens during the Super Metroid race.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The setup for Classic Games Done Quick was much more amateurish, being completely done in event founder Mike Uyama's basement, and it was less family-friendly than what they do now.
    • SGDQ 2011 and 2012 had 3- and 4-day schedules, was hosted at Essentia's house, and they raised money for the Organization for Autism Research. All subsequent Summer events have week-long schedules and raise money for Doctors Without Borders.
    • Before around 2014 when the event started getting big sponsorship endorsements and switched to a family friendly image, the staff were generally alright with swearing, as demonstrated by noone even telling Werster off for saying something very racist in exchange for a $1000 donation, when these days that would immediately get him permabanned.
  • Epic Fail:
    • The run of Halo: Combat Evolved from AGDQ 2011, which started the "Halo Rule" for future events. The runner finished almost 23 minutes after the estimate time. Then it was found out that in 2006, said runner faked a no-death speedrun of Halo 2 just so he could get into the Guinness Book of World Records.
    • The AGDQ 2014 Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones run, which was so bad that the Halo Rule was renamed for it. By the time the run was ended by marathon staff, the runner was 27 minutes over estimate, with two missions to go. Although to be fair, the only reason it bombed so badly was due to bad RNG.
    • The Crash Bandicoot 2 run during SGDQ 2015 was a complete and utter clusterfuck. Runner gamepro11 had already completed a run for Sonic Adventure DX earlier in the marathon, but he was still so nervous that he spent the entire Crash 2 run making poorly-received jokes about suicide and murder, with the run culminating in him soft-locking the game at the final boss right as he hit the estimated completion time. Saying the Twitch chat hated the guy is an understatement: the chat mod/admin had to set the word "cringe" to auto-censor because it was being spammed so much, and a good chunk of the chat hivemind reported the runner's Twitch channel en masse for "violating terms of service". The GDQ staff later banned him from the event, Twitch temporarily hit him with an IP ban, and SDA has deliberately skipped over the run while uploading the marathon to both their YouTube channel and to the Archive. The only way to even watch it is to either watch the VOD on Twitch or find one of the alt language re-streams that has uploaded the run to YouTube.
    • SGDQ 2016 surprisingly had a few:
      • The Bioshock run ended with the runner, Blood_Thunder, accidentally ignoring the donation incentive. Due to reloading the game from the wrong backup save, he completed the run with the good ending. He did man up to his mistake and they showed the bad ending before he ran Wolfenstein: The New Order.
      • The runner for Ty the Tasmanian Tiger, Kythol, had one of the worst received runs in the event. He set a $5000 donation incentive for a pacifist run, made it, then completely ignored the fact that it was even met until closer to the end of the run. One of the developers even donated during the run and he never said anything. While he did end up donating for every unneeded kill he made, he only donated 1 dollar per kill.
      • Shockingly, not one against the runner, even though the run was over estimate. Shortest explanation: the game was Pikmin, and the Epic Fail comes from YouTube. When the run was uploaded to YouTube, the video was automatically hit with an audio copyright claim, resulting in the audio for the entire run being muted. The mistake was later fixed.
  • Everything's Better with Plushies: During the 2013 Rosenkreuz Stilette run, the contest to win a Freudia plush was a large incentive to donate.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: invoked During his AGDQ 2014 Super Empire Strikes Back run, Striker invokes this trope when he mentions the Prequel trilogy.
  • Four Is Death: During the Super Metroid race in SGDQ 2015 between Zoast, David Clemens, Straevaras and Oatsngoats, David died while fighting against Mother Brain. His time? 44 minutes and 44 seconds.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Towards the end of AGDQ 2017's great Super Metroid 100% race, in response to the repeated Waluigi WAHs from the audience, one of the people near the couch took someone's live microphone and told audience members to stop... by telling them that they were cancer and that they should kill themselves by stepping in front of the hotel shuttle. He succeeded in stopping the WAHs...and also horrified everyone watching, to say nothing of overshadowing the race itself (Which was too bad, as the race was great, the margin of victory being about 7 seconds).
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Due to the family-friendly nature of the events, they sometimes resort to this.
    UltraJMan: You mother-licking father-sucker.
    (Laughter, then...)
    spikevegeta: Keepin' it clean.
  • Handicapped Badass: Recurring runner Halfcoordinated has a medical condition that prevents him from using one of his hands. He doesn't let it stop him from crushing games.
    • There are also runs where the players do it blindfolded, as shown in the header image.
  • Large Ham: If the runner isn't a Deadpan Snarker as mentioned above, then they're probably this instead. Notable examples include RWhiteGoose, Naegleria and ProfessorBroMan.
  • The Hyena: Whether CovertMuffin is present as a runner or as a couch commentator, he'll consistently pepper his commentary with laughter.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Most runners are calm and lighthearted despite the challenge they face during the runs, so when they ask for moments of silence to focus - mostly known as "serious time" - something big is about to happen.
  • Overused Running Gag: One of the couch commentators during AGDQ 2017's Super Metroid race called out the people doing the Waluigi "Waaahhh!" and told them they weren't funny after they'd been doing so multiple times over the run.
  • Precision F-Strike: Swearing is a no-go at the marathons, as they attempt to keep things family-friendly as best they can, so when you hear a heavy swear get dropped, you know something serious has happened.
  • Retool: AGDQ 2015 onwards focused more on the charity aspect (and included an actual on-screen money raised counter), focused more on the actual games than the runners, and generally had a more professional presentation than the borderline anarchy of previous GDQ's.
  • Running Gag:
    • Twitch emotes — Kappa and FrankerZ, especially — have become these.
    • If a game begins to take a turn for the slow, expect the couch commentators to crack a few jokes about the run becoming a Let's Play.
    • They tend to mention Die Hard runs pretty often. This in particular refers to the Final Fantasy IV Any% run... because there are lots of stairs in that game.
    • Donkey Kong Country 2 runners always go for the Castle Crush skip.
    • During toufool31's run of Super Mario Sunshine at SGDQ 2013, the runners on the couch began singing along to the soundtrack every time the a cappella cover of the Super Mario Bros. main theme would begin to play. Some donors began calling them the "doo-doo-doo crew." For the next few years, donors would request that the people on the couch do the same thing over and over again, even though it seemed to stop after the run by Averagetrey at SGDQ 2015, when the people on the couch didn't seem too enthusiastic about it and were doing it out of sync and out of tune.
    • Final Fantasy VI runs always have people singing during the Opera scene. Since then, GDQ has turned singing into a donation incentive, such as singing One Winged Angel in Final Fantasy VII or Disney songs during Kingdom Hearts runs. GameJ06's impromptu singing during his Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels run even racked up serious donations.
    • The Demon Chocobo has become one as a way to troll Essentia. Long story short, she and speedrunning partner Puwexil unveiled a running incentive throughout their playthrough of Final Fantasy VI at SGDQ 2014, where every text box would either be the default blue, or a hideously re-coloured in-game Chocobo scheme. During their playthrough of Chrono Trigger at SGDQ 2015, donations were being sent in to name each character in their preferred end-game party "Hail", "Demon" and "Choco" (due to the five character name limit). It sadly didn't work out, with the Demon Chocobo's followers swearing revenge for SGDQ 2016, and they got it. It even crosses over to RPG Limit Break, mainly because that event and GDQ have the same staff and many of the same runners.
    • Sonic Adventure 2 runs always have the audience acting out the infamous Faker cutscene.
    • Donations starting with "Hey Brossentia" and including a bad pun based on the group the marathon is raising money for tend to happen especially during the RPG runs even when Brossentia isn't the runner or on couch.
    • "That's never happened before" and variations thereof crop up surprisingly often considering how much speedrunners play their game of choice. It's especially hilarious when the runner has no idea what went wrong or why.
      • The most hilarious use of it came with AGDQ 2018, when, during an early run, the Twitch stream itself declared it on a We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties card.note 
    • Since SGDQ 2016 started on the weekend of Independence Day for the United States, there were many chants of "USA! USA!" whenever the New Super Mario Bros. runners triggered fireworks.
    • On the note of SGDQ 2016, the audience going "Wah" started picking up after ProtoMagicalGirl's run of Super Mario Land as "Waluigi" (using the Super Game Boy colour palettes to make Mario purple). If what happened at AGDQ 2017 is any indication, this particular gag had a short lifespan.
  • Shout-Out: One of the bid war options for Ayla's name in SGDQ 2017's Chrono Trigger run was Eegah!.
  • Speedrun: That's the name of the game.
  • Stealth Insult: It can happen: For context, the runner had slept with the donator's wife at the previous event, hence the message of "I lost my wife this past June".
  • Take That!: As the runners kept pointing out, Super Panga World was created as a giant Take That! towards a USA Today article that insulted PangeaPanga for spending enough time on Super Mario World to play it blindfolded. They actually read the article out on the stream.
  • Unwinnable by Mistake: Sometimes, the sheer number of bugs that a runner exploits can wind up doing it.
    • In Vulajin's Bastion run at AGDQ 2014. It was brought to a rather anti-climactic end by "soft-locking" the game they're running, inevitably bringing an abrupt end to the run. He did it through a combination of a number of Game Breaking Bugs and Vulajin himself accidentally, on instinct, selecting the wrong ending.
    • In Wall Of Spain's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim run, there were several times where the game had a crash-to-desktop, but the most embarrassing, and nearly run-ending glitch was when they accidentally quicksaved during a boss with practically no health, forcing them to ask the couch to look away as, on the stream, it shows him open up the console and use the God Mode cheat to get past the boss.note 
  • Wham Line: Occasionally, the declaration of "Time!" can be this. AGDQ 2015's Super Pitfall run is a good example, since the ending is triggered after the runner game overs.

And... Time!