Awesome Games Done Quick wrapped this year breaking it's all time high for money raised in a single event to 2.2 million dollars for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. GDQ over time has become a twice yearly staple where I try and glue myself to the stream all week to soak in the amazing runs. It's actually something that my partner and I watch together and as a non gamer she actually finds many of the runs fun to watch. I find that the best runs to watch are games i've played before but occasionally there is a particularly amazing run of something i've never heard of.

Since GDQ's speedruns go day and night for an entire week I don't have the ability to watch them all. GDQ dropped all the runs on YouTube and I added the ones I missed to my watch later queue. I have certain runs I want to talk about today and then i'll drop about five or six posts over the upcoming months talking about everything else. There are way too many great runs for one post so piecing them out over a month or so makes the most sense.

The Legend of Zelda by JSR2gamers, BT and RandomEffekt in 37:43 The first run embedded above is the Legend of Zelda race I got up for on Saturday to watch at 5am. If you love Legend of Zelda this is a must watch and honestly one of the coolest runs of GDQ. It might have also been that I had a ton of strong coffee so I definitely had a pretty epic coffee buzz going but it's also just a kick ass run featuring some of the best Zelda runners around.

Diablo by Funkmastermp in 34:17 Stay awhile and watch this Diablo run where Funkmastermp tears up the game in 34 minutes! It's a well done run but I had a hard time understanding what was going on all the time. Since Speed Runners run the game a lot there are many inside jokes and sarcastic one liners I don't always get making it hard to understand what's happening with a run. That said, it's a great run but at times I had to mute the commentary.

Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition by KowalLazy in 24:31 I didn't know you could beat a Baldur's in under and hour but KowalLazy does it in less than 30 minutes! The Baldur's series is something I missed the first time around but I really appreciate the games and how they impacted RPG gaming. This run is of the enhanced version of Baldur's 2 and it's very well done in how KowalLazy explains the techniques he uses to run the game in the fastest way possible.

Super Dram World 2 by grandPOObear in 49:34 If you're going to only watch one run, check out the Zelda speed race embedded at the top of the post. If you're gonna watch another one you need to watch Grandpoobear play Super Dram World 2. Dram World 2 is the sequel to Dram World which is a Super Mario World community ROM game that is extremely, extremely difficult. Grandpoobear currently holds the world record for speedrunning Dram World 2 and he completes the whole game in an impressive 49 minutes. But enough of reading, seriously just click the link below and treat yourself to the run, it's really that good.

Batman: The Video Game by dxtr and EndySWE in 10:18 Wrapping things up with this super solid NES Batman race by dxtr and EndySWE. NES Batman was even positively reviewed by the Angry Video Game nerd but rightfully declared "a hard son of a bitch" but EndySWE and dxtr make it look easy. And clocking in at 10 minutes it's a short run well worth watching.

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member wrote on 01/18/2018 at 05:23pm

I had Batman for the NES! I think I beat it. I may need to pick it up again.

Travis   Admin wrote on 01/18/2018 at 08:21pm

Batman is one of my faves on the NES. It taught me how to be angry at games while still loving them.

Travis   Admin wrote on 01/18/2018 at 08:42pm

Also I’m shocked that, while this was an impressive run, it shows how short that game is. I guess because I found it hard as a kid, I thought it was way longer than that.

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member wrote on 01/18/2018 at 11:31pm

Zelda run was awesome!

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 01/19/2018 at 03:57am

NES Batman isn't a game I've played but I want to. I think it looks easy because the runners plow through it in minutes but it might be similar to NES Ninja Turtles in that skillful runners make it look easy. I have NES Turtles and it isn't easy but if you memorize it can be. For those games that we put so much time into as kids we could beat quickly too but they upped the difficulty to make the shorter gameplay work. I remember breezing through Donkey Kong Country but I played it all day every day for months and just ran it over and over.

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