Jul 18, 2017

A Guide to Overwatch eSports

Overwatch is a ton of fun, and Blizzard’s First-Person Shooter has taken the world by storm. This past week saw the start of the Overwatch World Cup 2017 with the Shanghai Group Stage, and it was a blast to watch all of the great matches over the past weekend. This coming weekend is the Australian Group Stage, so here is a primer for everything Overwatch eSports.

Overwatch World Cup Structure
Group Stages - Like the FIFA World Cup, the group stage is comprised of eight groups of four teams each. Each team will play everyone in their group for points, where one win equals one point. The top two teams from each group will then be sorted into the...

Elimination Bracket - This bracket is single elimination for the 16 remaining teams. The final 8 teams from the 16 in the elimination bracket will compete for the Overwatch World Cup at BlizzCon 2017.

Schedule
The first Group stage was this past weekend in Shanghai. The next Group Stage will be July 21 - 23rd in Sydney, Australia. There will be a short one week hiatus from the tournament, followed by the third weekend of Group Stages on August 4th - 6th in Katowice, Poland. The final Group Stage will be August 11th - 13th in Los Angeles, California. The finals will take place at BlizzCon 2017 in Anaheim, California on November 3rd and 4th. All of the matches can be watched on the official Overwatch Twitch channel.

Map Types
Overwatch has four different map types: Assault, Control, Escort and Hybrid. In the group stage, each team will play one match on each map type. The map types are always played in the same order: Hybrid, Control, Assault and finally Escort. The higher seeded team picks the first map, with the loser of each round picking the next map.

Assault Maps - The four assault maps are Hanamura, Horizon Lunar Colony, Temple of Anubis and Volskaya Industries. The objective of the attacking team is to capture one point on the map, and the capture a second point in the map after capturing the first. The objective of the defending team is to keep the other team from capturing these points. It should be noted that Horizon Lunar Colony is the newest Overwatch map, so it has been seeing a lot of play in order to keep teams on their toes.

Control Maps - The four control maps are Ilios, Lijiang Tower, Nepal and Oasis. Control maps spawn each team in between a center point to capture. After a team captures a control point, they start earning capture points. First team to 100% wins the match. In regular play, it is best of 5, but tournament play for the Overwatch World cup is best of 3.

Escort Maps - The three escort maps are Dorado, Route 66 and Watchpoint: Gibraltar. The objective for the attacking team is to push a payload through a set route to an endpoint, with some checkpoints in-between the start and finish. The objective for the defensive team is to stop them from moving the payload. The payload is moved by having attacking players stand near the payload. As the payload crosses checkpoints, the respawn locations for the teams change.

Hybrid Maps - The four hybrid maps are Eichenwald, Hollywood, King’s Row and Numbani. As the name implies, these maps are a mixture of Assault and Control maps. After the attacking team takes their first point, they then have to escort a payload to an end point. As with Escort maps, there are checkpoints the payload stops at. Each team gets to play a round of offense, and a round of defense. Sudden Death is based on who can push the payload the farthest.

Character Types

There are four different types of character classes: Offense, Defense, Tank and Support. Characters can be changed after any respawn, but only one of each character is allowed per team.

Offense - The offensive characters are Genji, McCree, Pharah, Reaper, Soldier: 76, Sombra, and Tracer. Offensive character have high damage output, and die rather quickly. The upcoming hero Doomfist is also an offensive character, but he is not on live servers yet.

Defense - The defensive characters are Bastion, Hanzo, Junkrat, Mei, Torbjörn and Widowmaker. Defensive characters have kits that are designed to hold points or easily stop pushes. Widowmaker is the most common defense character in pro play, but even then it is a rare pick.

Tank - The tank characters are D.Va, Orisa, Reinhardt, Roadhog, Winston and Zarya. Tank characters are meant to soak up damage in exchange for low or inconsistent attack power.

Support - The support characters are Ana, Lúcio, Mercy, Symmetra and Zenyatta. Support characters are healers.

Terms
Kerlos will respawn before Oplito, Soon has an Ultimate available
Push -When a team of 5 or 6 players move attack together.

Staggered Respawn/Respawn Rotation - Like any first-person shooter, after a character dies, they respawn back in their starting area. Increasing a Respawn Rotation is when a player intentionally lets a character with low health live after most of their team mates have died, only to kill them as their team mates start to respawn. Usually it is a good thing to do with Tank-class characters. This forces the other team to wait for a push until their last team member respawns.

Zoning - Controlling a specific zone of a map, like a key corner the payload goes around, the hallway a team spawns from, or the capture point. This can be done by dropping an ultimate on top of the capture point to force your opponents away from the point.  After taking an objective, most teams will opt to zone the respawn door, and retreat back to the objective if someone gets around them.

Dive-Comp - Short for Dive Composition. This is the make up of a team that focuses on high mobility. The staple of this team composition is a Winston, a Tracer, a Genji and a Lúcio, with the final two character slots being filled by a rotation of either Soldier: 76, Zenyatta, Ana and D.Va. These last two characters can really be any character, but it is dependent on factors such as the stage and the player. Sometimes it is Sombra, sometimes it is Reaper. The strategy behind Dive-Comp is to overwhelm your opponents with jump-in, jump-out pushes.

Ult Economy - How often a team uses and gains their ultimate abilities. It is very rare for all players to have the alts at once in such high level play. Pushes generally start with a Support Ultimate, and the remaining Ultimates get rotated out based on counters and what the other team has available. See a D.Va try to Mech-Bomb? Zenyatta pops his Transcendence to counter it. Soldier 76 uses Tactical Visor? D.Va stands right in front of him and uses her Defense Matrix. Not all Ultimates are used offensively though. Winston’s Primal Rage is typically used as a last second health boost or an escape method.

4 Tank - This team composition is exactly what it sounds like: 4 tanks. Usually there is one support and one offense hero with them. This is a sound strategy for the initial spawn on control maps.

Teams to Watch
Russia and South Korea made it to the finals last year, so it is pretty safe to say these two will end up getting pretty far in the tournament. China and France have both done very well in previous tournaments. China completely dominated their Group stage matches, and traditional eSports team Rogue was an all-French team to begin with, so their teamwork is un-matched. Sweden was the underdog last year, after sweeping their Group Stage they ended up in 3rd place. Both China and France have already secured their spots at BlizzCon with their strong play last weekend.

This weekend's Group Stage in Australia will see Group's C and D play. Group C is comprised of Sweden, Australia, Italy and Portugal. Group D is comprised of Finland, Japan, Spain and Vietnam.

This post originally appeared on RoguesPortal.com.

Jul 17, 2017

Badass, Manipulative, and Pixelated


1998 was a big year for me. I was turning 12. The big 1-2. It was my golden birthday. Turning 12 on the twelfth. A lot happened for me that year. It was the year of our last move as a family, and the year I found my passion for storytelling, cool characters, and cool moments.

I had flirtations and crushes throughout my years with girls and boys my age, and one who was way not my age, but those were solid tangible relationships. I could talk to my first crush at lunch time, or stare in wonderment at the 17 year old life guard at the neighborhood pool, or hold hands with the guy next to me in science class under the desk. All of these were real.

A few years after moving for our fifth, and final time, as a family, my Mom and Dad told us they were separating, and I instantly shut everyone out of my life. They called down the thunder, and I retreated to video games. Sure, Mario could die, but he was reliable. I wouldn't let him down, and he wouldn't let me down. I was blowing through games left and right, and thanks to my Blockbuster Pro membership, new adventures were always at my fingers, for a couple days at a time anyway.


Then one day when my mother was at her new job, and my brothers were hanging out with friends, I found myself home alone. I didn't have a car, and Blockbuster was way too far to walk to, so I started digging through our old computer desk for games. I had fond memories of playing an old school Duck Tales game on a 7 and a half inch floppy disk, so maybe I could find something cool to entertain myself, since only a loser would do homework while he was home alone.

I had known about Starcraft since it came out, but mostly played it as a multiplayer game with my brothers or friends. I had never dived into story mode beyond the tutorial, so I installed it on my laptop that I bought for myself after slaving away at my first job, and started to play through the story mode.

The game is simple enough to understand, you use your mouse to manipulate tiny armies of people to fight off aliens, or play as aliens trying to kill all of the people. Building your base up means you get access to things like tanks or giant aliens made of light. But there was an honest to god great story behind all of that. The first of three standard campaigns follows a gruffy Terran marine named Jim Raynor as he fights against a government who didn't care about the little guy. Pretty basic stuff.


Enter Sarah Kerrigan, a special psionic operative known as a Ghost in the StarCraft lore. She was everything Jim Raynor was, except she wasn't a cry baby bound by morals. She could cloak and become invisible to armies, picking off helpless units standing outside of bunkers without them even knowing. Sure, gaming as a whole is full of power fantasies like this, but having access to so much power without any repercussions made me connect with Sarah Kerrigan unlike any other character I had manipulated over the past few months. She was cool, confident, and could get shit done.

And then they killed her. They took my power away from me. I was helpless again. Jim Raynor, the stupid trope machine that he is, vowed to take revenge on Arcturus Mengsk for sacrificing her. The second campaign focused on the slimy and vicious Zerg race, as they protected a new biological weapon growing inside of a chrysalis. Sure, standard sci-fi fare. The chrysalis hatches during the fourth mission to reveal...

Sarah Kerrigan.

Ghost Kerrigan
Infested Kerrigan


This time though, she is a half alien psychic hybrid who just murders and manipulates everyone. She has ditched the latex stealth suit for chitinous armor and a badass pair of bone wings. Throughout the remainder of the Zerg campaign, Kerrigan remains a slave to the Zerg Overmind, acting as it's right-hand, bringing terror and vengeance to the galaxy. At the end of the Protoss campaign, Tassadar kills himself to destroy the Overmind, shattering the control of the Zerg and turning them into a primal race from hell. Kerrigan doesn't really start to become the badass I fell in love with until Brood War, though.

The Zerg campaign starts the Brood War expansion, and Kerrigan takes center stage. She begins going from planet to planet taking control of the scattered Zerg Broods with a clawed fist. The other races are shattered from the events of Starcraft as well, with the Protoss trying to heal a racial divide between the Dark Templar and the Templar, and the UED fighting to lay claim to the remains of the Terran Confederacy.

Kerrigan seizes this opportunity of strife to manipulate her enemies through the use of double agents, sending the Infested Ghost Duran undercover in the UED, and taking control of the Dark Templar Matriarch Raszagal. Duran completes his mission for Kerrigan and then disappears, revealing that he was never under Kerrigan's control. On the Protoss side of the betrayal, Zeratul, the Dark Templar hero, ends up murdering Raszagal to break Kerrigan's control of the Dark Templar caste. The finale of Brood War has Arcturus Mengsk, Artanis of the Protoss, and the remains of the UED try to kill Kerrgian. Emphasis on try. She ends up kicking their ass and leaves them to lick their wounds as she builds her forces up. She declares herself the Queen of Blades, and nobody fucks with her.


Starcraft exploded in South Korea and Blizzard attempted to bring the franchise to consoles with the cancelled stealth shooter Starcraft: Ghost. Finally 12 years later, Blizzard released the first of three planned versions of Starcraft II, dubbed Wings of Liberty. The entire story followed Jim Raynor in a quest to reverse the Zerg infestation from Kerrigan using an alien artifact. Blizzard uses Raynor's guilt to showcase the climatic moment when Kerrigan is betrayed in the original Starcraft in a brand new gorgeous cinematic.

In Heart of the Swarm, the Zerg based expansion, Kerrigan straight up rejects her new human form, and proceeds to reclaim her Zerg form by incubating herself with Primal Zerg DNA. The narrative follows a lot of going back and forth on if she is really Kerrigan or the Queen of Blades. I am happy to say at the end of the Protoss expansion, Legacy of the Void, the Queen of Blades is the only visage left of the red-haired sniper I fell in love with.

What's great, is that now that Blizzard is expanding their games and reach, I can enjoy Kerrigan outside of Starcraft. She is one of the playable characters in Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard's Free-to-Play MOBA game. She regularly appears in the Starcraft comics and novels, and Blizzard uses her for a lot of promotional artwork. For some, she is the face of Blizzard.

Kerrigan in Heroes of the Storm
For me? Kerrigan is everything I want, and got, in a woman. She overcomes a situation outside of her control to put herself in an even more powerful position. She see's the long game and plans for it. She makes people cower, and makes the best of her situation. Sarah Kerrigan is not only my first fictional crush, but my absolute favorite villain in all of fiction.

This post originally appeared on RoguesPortal.com.

Jul 14, 2017

Overwatch is getting it’s own eSports League and World Cup


It is finally happening. After being out for one year and a nebulous promise from BlizzCon 2016, Overwatch League is finally coming to life. The initial season will feature seven teams, five from the US and two international teams. The US teams will hail from Boston, New York, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles, while the international teams will be from Shanghai and Seoul. The video below is all we have to go on right now, so there is no word on how season play will be constructed.


As we have been discussing on Not Enough Resources, there is a lot of controversy with the formation of the league. First off, there is no representation from Europe or South America in the League, which seems like a gross oversight. On top of that a lot of fan run tournaments, or even tournaments at major events like Dreamhack, have been squashed in the planning phases to avoid competition with the Blizzard backed Overwatch League. Then there is the financial side of things. The buy in for teams to join the league is a gigantic $20 million each, which is why you see things like Robert Kraft, the general manger of the New England Patriots, throwing his hat in the ring. This has created a huge barrier of entry that professional eSports groups like Cloud9 gaming cannot participate in. Will professional gamers that have signed on with already established teams jump ship to play in the Overwatch League? That remains to be seen.


The other big event Blizzard announced is the 2nd Overwatch World Cup. Just like the actual World Cup, this is a more robust tournament focusing on teams from 32 different countries. The group stages of the tournament started last night, with match ups like Romania V China, and Norway V Hong Kong. Eventually, through all of the group play, the final 8 teams will be sorted into a more traditional tournament bracket. The Shanghai group stages are this weekend, with the Australia group stages next weekend. Poland and US group stages will be in August, with the grand finale taking place at BlizzCon 2017 in November.

It is great to see Overwatch step into the eSports world in two big ways. The World Cup is a cool concept that breaks teams up, and make the game a true international touchstone. I feel it reflects the idea of the world of Overwatch in a modern way. There are still way too many questions about the Overwatch League to see how it will function, but it is nice to see Blizzard making this big push into the mainstream.

This post originally appeared on RoguesPortal.com.

Jul 8, 2017

Not Enough Resources: Episode 11 - Diablo III, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Ms. Pac-Man AI and Ethics, Summer Games Done Quick

Dylan and Ryan return from the holiday to dive into the past few weeks of gaming.



For Now Playing, Ryan is loving the addition of the Necromancer in Diablo III, while Dylan gushes about the co-op in Splinter Cell: Conviction.

In News, Dylan and Ryan discuss the ethics and morality of AI development after a Microsoft AI sets a perfect High Score in Ms. Pac-Man.

Competitive Corner brings about one of our favorite events of the year: Summer Games Done Quick, which has been raising money all week for Doctors Without Borders.

Follow us on Twitter @NERPodcast! You can subscribe to Not Enough Resources on iTunes or Google Play.

Summer Games Done Quick 2017 Saturday Schedule


This is it! The grand finale for Summer Games Done Quick 2017! Total donations crossed over the $1 million mark for Doctors Without Borders last night, and the runners are still going strong!

For Saturday, I highly recommend watching the 120 Star Super Mario 64 run, and hopefully the bit donation for the blindfolded Majora's Mask run will be met.

The marathon will be running all week, for 7 days straight starting Sunday July 2nd. You can watch Summer Games Done Quick on twitch, and they post all speed runs within a couple days of their completion on their youtube channel. You can donate here, while voting for various goals throughout the week. Here's the game schedule for Saturday, July 7th. All times are in EST and I bolded some of my personal favorites. Don't forget to check back here with me for your daily SGDQ updates!

Start Time (EST) Game Runner Est. Completion Time (H:MM:SS) Run Qualification
12:55 AM Final Fantasy VII ajneb174 8:00:00 Any% No Slots
9:00 AM The Maitre D Nerd_Squared 0:15:00 Any%
9:23 AM Rise of The Triad psychoripper 0:35:00 Any%
9:03 AM SUPERHOT Bullets 0:22:00 Any%
10:30 AM Titanfall 2 An Angry Albino 1:42:00 Any%
12:17 PM Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction MrLlamaSC 1:50:00 Any% Normal Assassin
2:12 PM Dark Souls 3 ThorW 1:40:00 All Bosses /w DLC1
3:57 PM SETUP BLOCK 4 Tech Crew 0:33:00
4:35 PM Super Panga World DoDeChehedron 1:10:00 Any%
5:55 PM Super Mario 64 cheese05 1:55:00 120 Star
7:55 PM The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask TrevPerson 2:40:00 All Masks
9:55 PM SETUP BLOCK 5 Tech Crew 0:50:0
11:55 PM Earthbound UltimoIce 4:40:00 Any% Glitchless

This post originally appear on RoguesPortal.com.

Jul 7, 2017

First Look at Overwatch's Newest Hero: Doomfist

Doomfist has a storied history in the world of Overwatch, being teased since Overwatch was announced in 2014. In the original Cinematic trailer for the game, one of the un-named children characters goes on and on about him, causing his brother to finally steal the gauntlet himself only to punch Widowmaker in the face, causing Talon to retreat from the Overwatch themed museum. Through multiple hints in the Overwatch comics and previous in game events, we have learned that Doomfist is a legacy hero, similar to how there are multiple Flash’s and Green Lanterns, so the final version coming to the game as a playable character. Luckily, Blizzard has released this anime-style teaser for the latest addition to the roster.


They have also put Doomfist up on the PTR for PC players to test out as well! So the ultimate question is: Does Doomfist live up to the nearly 3 year hype that has been built up?


Overall, Doomfist has a pretty solid kit. His high mobility and focusing on combo-ing between multiple abilities makes him a force to be reckoned with, especially if he is left ignored. His high HP and ability to self generate shields will make him a beast once he gets into a mix of enemies. His ultimate is pretty solid and I think will bring a great way to start a push to capture the point style maps, as your Doomfist player could jump in to disrupt the enemy while your team mates pour in from an entrance. I can’t wait to see him thrown into meta of Overwatch, and how people will end up countering him.

This post originally appeared on RoguesPortal.com.

Summer Games Done Quick 2017 Friday Schedule

The final days for Summer Games Done Quick 2017 are upon us, and so far over $800,000 has been raised for Doctors Without Borders! Friday starts off continuing the Legend of Zelda block started on Thursday with The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, including a run of the controversial Zelda 2: The Adventures of Link.

There is a solid 90's platformer block, but the big event tonight is the Super Mario Series Warpless Relay race, which will include Super Mario Brothers, Super Mario Brothers 2, Super Mario Brothers The Lost Levels, Super Mario Brothers 3 and Super Mario World.

Summer Games Done Quick will be running all week, for 7 days straight starting Sunday July 2nd. You can watch Summer Games Done Quick on twitch, and they post all speedruns within a couple days of their completion on their youtube channel. You can donate here, while voting for various goals throughout the week.

Here is the game schedule for Friday, July 7th. All times are in EST and I bolded some of my personal favorites. Don't forget to check back here for daily SGDQ updates!

Start Time (EST) Game Runner Est. Completion Time (H:MM:SS) Run Qualification
3:01 AM Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link ERROR72 1:00:00 Any% No Scroll Lock (NSL)
4:11 AM The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX TGH, BambooShadow 1:05:00 Any% No WW/OOB (No S+Q) Race
5:26 AM Crypt of the NecroDancer: AMPLIFIED SpootyBiscuit, mudjoe2 0:18:00 Nocturna All Zones Race
6:04 AM Shantae: Half-Genie Hero skateman222 1:10:00 Any% Out of Bounds v1.0
7:19 AM Alwa's Awakening InfestedRiche 0:50:00 Any%
8:14 AM Splasher Gyoo 0:50:00 Speedrun Selfish
9:09 AM Super Win The Game GamerDomey 0:20:00 Any% Current Patch
9:34 AN Shadow Complex Remastered ajfirecracker 0:24:00 NG+ No Major Glitches
10:17 AM Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel bjw, LV Creed 0:38:00 Any% Freudia Race
11:00 AM Hammerin' Harry pip_johnson 0:09:00 Any%
11:14 AM Mega Man 4 Chelney 0:45:00 Any%
12:09 PM Avenging Spirit johncarls 0:12:00 Any%
12:26 PM Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Radical Rescue ZorlaxSeven 0:34:00 Any%
1:05 PM X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse LRock 0:25:00 Any%
1:40 PM Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast CovertMuffin 0:50:00 Any%
2:40 PM Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix Bl00dyBizkitz 3:15:00 Any% (Critical Mode)
6:20 PM SETUP BLOCK 4 Tech Crew 0:40:00
7:20 PM Super Mario Series Warpless Relay Race Just_defend, bjw, Svenne, darbian,
Dotsarecool, xsvArea51, truman, LackAttack24,
grandpoobear, Kosmicd12, MrCab, Kirua,
SuperSonic71087, Aweglib, RaikouRider
2:55:00 Warpless Relay
10:25 PM Metroid Fusion JRP2234 1:45:00 0% or 100%
11:54 PM Super Metroid oatsngoats, zoast, Overfiendvip 1:00:00 Low% Ice Race

This post originally appeared on RoguesPortal.com.

Jul 6, 2017

Summer Games Done Quick 2017 Thursday Schedule

We are rounding the final bend for Summer Games Done Quick 2017, and so far over $600,000 has been raised for Doctors Without Borders! Thursday brings some classic runs like Portal and closes out big with Tetris the Grand Master.

Summer Games Done Quick 2017 is raising money for Doctors Without Borders. The marathon will be running all week, for 7 days straight starting Sunday July 2nd.

You can watch Summer Games Done Quick on twitch, and they post all speedruns within a couple days of their completion on their youtube channel. You can donate here, while voting for various goals throughout the week. Here's the game schedule for Thursday, July 6th. All times are in EST and I bolded some of my personal favorites. Don't forget to check back here for your daily SGDQ updates!

Start Time (EST) Game Runner Est. Completion Time (H:MM:SS) Run Qualification
12:01 AM Divinity: Original Sin Shaddex, DrTChops 0:35:00 Any% (Co-op)
12:41 AM Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven CapnClever 0:35:00 Good Ending
1:21 AM Ys Origin Ghost King 1:30:00 Any% Toal EX
3:01 AM Ghosts'n Demon Aquas 0:22:00 Any%
3:28 AM Kero Blaster Metallama 0:40:00 Zangyou
4:13 AM Bleed 2 Studio 0:30:00 Single-Life Very Hard
4:53 AM Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose! namux 0:30:00 Any% Normal
5:28 AM The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt ColonelFatso 0:20:00 Beat the Game
5:53 AM The Firemen Omnigamer 0:23:00 Deathless
6:21 AM Plok Countdown42 0:40:00 Any%
7:06 AM Ratchet and Clank Xem 1:20:00 All Gold Bolts
8:31 AM Jak II sickynar 1:12:00 Any%
9:48 AM Shadow of The Colossus Plush 0:55:00 NTA
10:53 AM Marathon Infinity aperturegrillz 0:30:00 Total Carnage
11:28 AM Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Henneko_ 1:30:00 Any% Zipless
1:03 PM The Talos Principle Azorae 1:00:00 All Sigils
2:08 PM Portal alexh0we 0:20:00 Inbounds
2:33 PM SETUP BLOCK 3 Tech Crew 0:55:00
3:33 PM Bionic Commando Rearmed PJ 0:50:00 100%
4:33 PM Chrono Trigger puwexil 3:15:00 Any% (No Wrong Warp)
7:58 PM Mario Kart 64 abney317 0:35:00 150cc All Cups (Skips)
8:43 PM Mario Kart Wii Jcool114 0:42:00 Nitro Tracks (No Skips)
9:45 PM Tetris: The Grand Master aperturegrillz, Poochy.EXE,
KevinDDR, EnchantressOfNumbers,
JBroms, MxKai3,
PARTY MAN X, eihoppe
0:15:00 8-way 100% Race
10:25 PM Tetris: The Grand Master Protomagicalgirl, aperturegrillz, KevinDDR, MxKai3 0:15:00 2-players 1-controller race
10:50 PM Tetris: The Grand Master 3 - Terror Instinct KevinDDR 0:06:00 Shirase
11:18 PM The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Andy 1:20:00 All Dungeons (Swordless)

This post originally appeared on RoguesPortal.com.

Jul 5, 2017

Summer Games Done Quick 2017 Wednesday Schedule


Today is a huge day for Summer Games Done Quick! Early this morning they crossed over $450,000 for Doctors Without Borders, so sometime today they should cross half a million!

Starting this afternoon into the closing hours of the night are some great blocks, including a huge indie block with platforming madness from Super Meat Boy, followed by a Kirby block, then a Mega Man X block with two races. Finally the night will be closed out with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. Get hype!

Summer Games Done Quick is raising money for Doctors Without Borders. The marathon will be running all week, for 7 days straight starting Sunday July 2nd. You can watch Summer Games Done Quick on twitch, and they post all speedruns within a couple days of their completion on their youtube channel. You can donate here, while voting for various goals throughout the week.

Here's the game schedule for Wednesday, July 4nd. All times are in EST and I bolded some of my personal favorites. Don't forget to check back here for your daily SGDQ updates!

Start Time (EST) Game Runner Est. Completion Time (H:MM:SS) Run Qualification
12:19 AM Silent Hill 2 tekkie 1:00:00 Any%
1:24 AM Resident Evil RawDerps 0:45:00 Any% (Jill or Chris)
2:19 AM Resident Evil: Code: Veronica X Pessimism 1:43:00 Gltiched
4:12 AM Onimusha: Warlords BOWIEtheHERO 1:25:00 Any%
5:47 AM Shuriken SuccinctAndPuncy 0:10:00 Normal
6:07 AM Alex Kidd in Shinobi World berlindude1 0:10:00 Any%
6:22 AM Ninja Gaiden (Sega Master System) soothingplumtea 0:22:00 Any%
6:54 AM Ninja Gaiden 3 InfestedRiche 0:20:00 Any%
7:19 AM Kyatto Ninden Teyandee usedpizza 0:15:00 Beat the Game
7:39 AM Marble Madness Elipsis 0:05:00 Any%
7:49 AM Bucky O'Hara Garrison 0:30:00 Any% Hard Mode
8:24 AM Jackal Toad22484 0:10:00 Any%
10:39 AM G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor Toad22484 0:12:00 Any%
8:56 AM Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Chelney 0:40:00 Trevor Only
9:46 AM Castlevania: Rondo of Blood Just_defend 0:25:00 Richter Any%
10:16 AM 1001 Spikes doubletaco 0:22:00 Any% Ukampa
10:53 AM Super Meat Boy warm_ham, Fimbz 0:20:00 100% Race
11:23 AM VVVVVV FieryBlizzard, Chadwelli 0:18:00 100% Race
11:51 AM Startropics thetantalus 1:10:00 Any%
1:06 PM Kirby's Dream Land 2 zorlaxseven 0:50:00 Best Ending
2:06 PM Kirby: Planet Robobot Theguesst 1:10:00 Meta Knightmare Returns
3:26 PM Mega Man X6 orsa 0:54:00 All Stages (Normal)
4:30 PM SETUP BLOCK 2 Tech Crew 0:45:00
5:35 PM Mega Man X2 Trogdor, calebhart42, ColonelFatso, Tokyo90 0:36:00 Any% Race
6:21 PM Mega Man X3 Trogdor, Nu_ 0:45:00 Any% Race
7:16 PM The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Pheenoh 3:50:00 Any%
11:11 PM The Elder Scrolls IV: Obilvion Garish 0:40:00 Any% No-Out of Bounds

This post originally appeared on RoguesPortal.com.

Jul 4, 2017

Summer Games Done Quick 2017 Tuesday Schedule


Today is the third day of Summer Games Done Quick 2017! We are rounding up to the half way point and over $250,000 has been raised for Doctor's Without Borders. Everyone is settling into their groove for the marathon, and there have even been some world records broken during the marathon!

Shout out to Dr4gonBlitz who beat his own world record for Castlevania: Symphony of the Night twice in one day! Unfortunately the practice run in which he beat his time wasn't recorded, but that didn't stop him from beating his time yet again during while he was on stage.

I highly recommend watching the Pokémon Puzzle League run, as Pokémon Puzzle League an adaptation of one of the greatest puzzle games ever made, Tetris Attack. The night closes out with a great PC Gaming Block too!

Hereis the game schedule for Tuesday, July 4th. All times are in EST and I bolded some of my personal favorites. Don't forget to check back here for your daily SGDQ updates! And remember, save the animals.

Start Time (EST) Game Runner Est. Completion Time (H:MM:SS) Run Qualification
12:50 AM Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness SluckySeven 0:45:00 Carrie Any%
2:02 AM JSRF: Jet Set Radio Future FingerQuick 2:00:00 Any%
4:12 AM Astal Gyra 0:30:00 Any%
4:47 AM Tryrush Reppy EggmaniMN 0:35:00 Any%
5:27 AM Clustertruck 097Aceofspades 0:25:00 Any%
5:57 AM Defunct Grimelios, Celestics 0:21:00 All Collectibles Race
6:23 AM OmniBus Konasumi 0:35:00 Any%
7:03 AM Poi 097Aceofspades 0:35:00 Any%
8:08 AM Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 guished 0:19:00 All Goals and Golds
8:32 AM Tony Hawks Pro Skater 4 TkMala 0:45:00 Any%
9:22 AM I Am Bread Blood_Thunder 0:15:00 Any%
9:42 AM Hollow Knight Qurolen 0:55:00 Any% Glitchless
10:47 AM Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment MunchaKoopas 0:58:00 Any%
11:55 AM The Wheel of Time Shaddex 0:20:00 Any%
12:20 PM Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons otdq 1:20:00 Any%
1:50 PM Banjo-Kazooie Stivitybobo 2:20:00 100%
4:15 PM Pokémon Puzzle League FFR Pro 21 0:40:00 1P Stadium (Super Hard)
5:05 PM Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver Keizaron 2:40:00 Any%
7:50 PM Half-Life alexh0we 0:50:00 Any%
8:45 PM Dishonored 2 Blood_Thunder 0:35:00 Any% (Emily or Corvo)
9:25 PM Doom (2016) TheFuncannon 1:27:00 All Secrets
10:57 PM Half-Life 2 Woobly 1:45:00 Any% (no scripts, new engine)

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