Games Done Quickly closes tomorrow, and one of the best races of the past week was for Stardew Valley. Speedrunner Olenoname completed the agricultural simulator in 17 minutes using a mix of flaws and extreme skills.
To get a sense of what they expect, the race begins with the player taking advantage of a mistake to bring up the inventory menu during a cutscene so they can throw away their farming tools. Although it probably starts already before that, where the main character is named after a large number of item codes.
You can watch the entire race in the Twitch stream below if you jump to around 26:11:00:
There are glitch and no-glitch speedrunners, but I tend to prefer the former. At first glance, it may seem like it would be easier to complete a game quickly with exploits, but the exploits that speedrunners find tend to be both bizarre and difficult to perform. It’s also just more fun to watch a Stardew Valley player complete the game by, for example, instantly blowing up their garden the second they see it for some reason.
Awesome Games Done Quick is a speedrunning marathon held twice a year, with donations to charity during the stream. It’s been running for almost a week now, and at the time of writing it has raised $ 2.3 million (about £ 1.6 million). You can see which speedruns are yet to come on the full AGDQ schedule.
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