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January 15, 2019

Meet MASHBot, the touchscreen-tapping, Nintendo DS-playing robot


Since making its public premiere at 2014’s Awesome Games Done Quick marathon, TASBot (the tool-assisted speedrun robot) has repeatedly amazed audiences by performing seemingly impossible in-game feats. Using nothing but pre-recorded electrical signals sent through a game console’s standard controller ports, TASBot has done everything from beating Super Mario Bros. 3 in under a second, to running Twitch chat through a standard SNES, to coding an SNES version of Super Mario Maker on the fly.

But no matter how amazing TASBot’s performances are, there’s still a group of naysayers out there who argue that the robot’s [...]

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January 13, 2019

Awesome Games Done Quick Ends with $2.3 Million Raised For Charity

On Friday, the charity speedrunning stream hit one million dollars for US charity Prevent Cancer Foundation. Late on Saturday night, it hit two million dollars, and the crowd went wild.

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November 28, 2018

Games Done Quick ‘Indefinitely’ Splits With Speedrunners Over Sexist And Transphobic Comments

Yesterday, a thread full of conversations between a handful of speedrunners gained traction on Twitter. Said to be screenshotted from a private Discord, these conversations included derogatory comments about women as well as transphobia and antisemitism. After some initial hesitation, speedrun charity organization…

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October 28, 2018

Charity streaming event Games Done Quick Express is still happening, and it will continue through th

Charity streaming event Games Done Quick Express is still happening, and it will continue through this afternoon and into the early evening. The automated hijinks of TASBot and a speedrun of Super Mario 64 are still coming up, so check it out.

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