Prepare for a gaming event like no other, as a four-legged contender is all set to dash into the spotlight at Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) 2024, making history as the first dog to complete a speedrun in a video game for the popular event.
— JSR_@TwitchCon/GDQx (@JSR2gamers) October 17, 2023
In a post on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter), user @JSR2gamers posted an announcement video teasing his dog Peanut Butter (also affectionately called P.B. by his owner) and the milestone he is set to embark on next year. This is not the first time Peanut Butter has speedrun a game; three months ago, his owner uploaded a video of the good boy speedrunning the NES game Gyromite, which P.B. completed in 25 minutes and 29 seconds.
How the pup will speedrun Zelda 2
Now, Peanut Butter does not have any thumbs (obviously), making it difficult to hold a controller. Yet, his owner can have the dog play a game thanks to a custom controller built by JSR_. The controller is mapped to four separate buttons: A, B, both buttons, and the Select button, according to JSR_’s YouTube description.
Based on the Awesome Games Done Quick 2024 schedule, which will run from January 17 through January 24, JSR_ and Peanut Butter will be speedrunning Zelda II: The Adventure of Link on Saturday, January at 2:20 pm E.T. / 11:20 am P.T.
Since 2010, Awesome Games Done Quick has been a popular gaming event where the event broadcasts creators speedrunning various games, all while raising money for charity. For numerous reasons, next year’s Awesome Games Done Quick event will be historic. Aside from Peanut Butter being the first dog to speed run a game, AGDQ will mark a return to the event being held in-person since 2020 and the first one held in downtown Pittsburg, PA, as the event was previously held annually in Florida.
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