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Speedrunning events exhibit the art of completing video games in a minimal amount of time. This can sometimes mean playing through the game legitimately or using glitches to bypass certain parts of the game. The process gained popularity through the Awesome Games Done Quick and Summer Games Done Quick charity marathons and is commonly seen on Twitch.tv. It is a fascinating spectacle to observe games from yesteryear played at a masterful rank or broken and glitched to ridiculous levels.
Heading the list of gamebreakers are Mychal "Trihex" Jefferson and Asa "Spikevegeta" Tims, who have become legends in the speedrunning community. They will be running Mario Maker and Donkey Kong Country, respectively, all while entertaining audiences live and via stream. Spikevegeta will also be demonstrating how to complete not only one of the speedrunners' favorite games but one of the most popular games of all time, Super Mario 64.
This is not just a sprint, this is a marathon. Classic runs of Megaman X games by Tiki 7747 and Shoepercent, Tetris Grand Masters, and even a blindfolded playthrough of Mike Tyson's Punchout by Zallard1. All of this mayhem begins Saturday, February 13th at the Santa Clara Convention Center with a parallel broadcast on AOD's Twitch channel (twitch.tv/aodsf). Streaming will begin Friday night, adding Q&A panels on Saturday and Sunday.
Founded in 2003, Animation on Display is a Bay Area haven for those sharing interests in Japanese anime, video games, manga, and the like. This year's AOD takes place at the Santa Clara Convention Center February 13th and 14th, and has a fantastic lineup of guests from both America and Japan, video game tournaments, vendors and artists exhibit, musical performances, and, of course, cosplay.
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