AGDQ2015 BBT Speedrun Recap

It isn’t often that we get to watch people speedrun through the entirety of one of our games in one sitting! We spent three hours on a Skype call with Games Done Quick for their charity event, Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ), which raises funds to benefit the Prevent Cancer Foundation. In their speedrun of BattleBlock Theater, PJDicesare & MechaRichter played the full game in the 100% category, which involved getting an A++ rating on every single stage (including secret stages), collecting every gem and yarn in the game, and getting the time bonus–all in under 2:45. And they did it!


PJDicesare & MechaRichter were phenomenal performers in every way. We were extremely impressed with their ability to focus on the speedrun, give us insight on their strategies, crack jokes, and manage not to get distracted by Dan & Will (especially Will). This morning, we couldn’t stop talking about how much we enjoyed every minute of the event: omega jumps, blastarangs, re-naming our prisoners, the color yellow, pigs vs. horses, etc. There were plenty of moments they left us stunned at how they manipulated the game mechanics to their advantage.
If you missed the live stream yesterday, then you missed out on 2 hours and 45 minutes of pure fun. Or did you? Games Done Quick have posted the video of the entire speedrun! (Spoiler Alert! If you didn’t guess already, the ending is revealed since the speedrun goes through the whole game.) Here’s the video:

We wish AGDQ the best of luck in hitting their fundraising goal of $500K towards the Prevent Cancer Foundation. AGDQ continues its speedrun events through January 10th, 2015. Check out their website HERE for the schedule of live streams and to learn how to help.
Now it’s time for us to get back to work! Top of our to-do list: Do Stuff??


Awesome Games Done Quick – BattleBlock Theater

The amount of time spent perfecting a speedrun can be off the charts since speedrunners will learn the ins and outs of a game to find the fastest ways to the end. We certainly respect all the hours any player puts into the games we’ve made. We’ve seen numbers as high as 300 in hours spent playing BattleBlock Theater Steam!
Next week, two players are putting themselves up to the challenge of finishing BattleBlock Theater Steam within 2 hours and 45 minutes while playing cooperative story mode. PJDicesare & MechaRichter are playing in the 2015 Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) event on January 5th, 5PM PST (8PM EST). AGDQ 2015 is a live speedrunning event that will benefit the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
During the BattleBlock Theater segment, our co-founder & art director, Dan Paladin, and our game narrator, Will Stamper, will be joining the event via Skype. During the live stream of the event, Dan and Will are going to give dev commentary along with the host of the event and two other speedrun commentators. You’ll be able to ask us questions while watching PJDicesare & MechaRichter go as fast as they can through the treacherous Theater stages.
Come join in on the fun! Do what we’re doing and watch from home or your office! You can watch on the Games Done Quick Twitch page or watch it on their website on the day of.
Finally, since this is a charity event, we hope that you’ll consider donating to the Prevent Cancer Foundation through the Games Done Quick website. They will be posting information on how to donate in the next few days.
Until then, let’s go back and clock in some more hours in the game! How fast could you beat the game in one sitting?