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1 year ago

Speedrunner sprints through Prey in 7 minutes

According to Steam, it took me 22 hours to finish Prey [official site]. I wasn’t rushing, but I wasn’t dawdling either. John spent 30 hours on Talos I for his review. Compared to speedrunner Seeker TV, who finished in a blisteringly fast seven minutes, we’re a pair of doddering geriatrics. Check out the run below, though beware of spoilers.

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There’s a great new site showcasing speed-runs and I can’t tear myself away from it

"Hey! We got a world record!" is a phrase I've heard a lot today. I've been browsing Speedrun World Records, and I'm finding it hard to stop. It's a new site dedicated to showcasing some of the more obscure world-record speedruns: you just click the 'new run' button to watch the fastest play through of a random game in a random category. The idea is that…

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2 years ago

Feature: Meet the obsessives deconstructing Mario 64

How Tool-Assisted Speedrunning Reveals The Inner-Life Of Video Games

If you watched this year's Awesome Games Done Quick, you're already familiar with the Olympian feats of endurance and skill that players exhibit as they race through your favorite games and make you realize that, no, you aren't nearly as good at them as you might have thought. But there's another side to the coin that isn't nearly as popular as traditional speedrunning, a niche…

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3 years ago

Speedrunners, Away! It’s Awesome Games Done Quick

There are a few levels I'd say I know like the back of my hand, but top speedrunners are the sort who can not only draw their gamehand perfectly from memory, they've probably also whipped out a scalpel and peeled back their gameskin to examine the workings of the underlying muscles and tendons. This metaphor is falling apart, so I'll say: kids, don't play with…

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Express Train To Hell: Spelunky Speedrun World Record

I inch my way through Spelunky [official site], trying to get a read on the layout of each randomised cavern. Caution doesn't always breed success and I rarely reach the ice levels, let alone the hellscape beneath. It's both chastening and invigorating to begin a weary Friday morning by watching a speedrun that sets a new world record - from start to finish in 3:44.…

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Speedrun Bonanza: Summer Games Done Quick Now On

Summer is here, I'm told, though this weekend I had to buy a hat to keep off this Scottish rain. Still, the festive spirit of summer is alive and well in Summer Games Done Quick, the week-long livestreamed celebration of speedrunning games and raising money for Doctors Without Borders. The event kicked off yesterday, and will end on Sunday. The schedule includes a good number…

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4 years ago

Awesome Games Done Quick Nets $1.5 Million For Charity

Stop! Slow down! The time for speed is over. Now it's time to amble, potter, and slouch it up. Charity speedrun-livestream-o-rama Awesome Games Done Quick 2015 wrapped up on Sunday after a week of folks completing games awfully quickly. They glitched, they tricked, they optimised, they skipped, they shaved, and they raised $1,545,916.03 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Lawks! The streams are saved so you…

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Speedrun-O-Charity-A-Rama: Awesome Games Done Quick

And they're off! Thwapping their glitchsteeds with millisecond-perfect timing, the speedrunners are away. Charity livestream-o-speedrun-a-rama Awesome Games Done Quick has returned once again, kicking off yesterday and running until Saturday. They'll be zipping through games all day and all night, including PC games from Shovel Knight to an Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind run aiming to complete all main quests in 45 minutes. I don't know…

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2015 Schedule Released

In case you've been living under a livestream-shielded rock for the last three years, Games Done Quick is a pair of charity speedrunning marathons ran every year by the community. The larger of the two is Awesome Games Done Quick, taking place in January. It's a massive event, gathering dozens of speedrunners, requiring months of preperation and watched by hundreds of thousands of viewers over…

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Speedrunners Without Borders: Summer Games Done Quick

The Games Done Quick gang have launched another week-long festival of speedrunning, bringing top runners together to raise money for Médecins Sans Frontières. Some are impressive for playing the game flawlessly, perfectly timing every jump and shot, but my favourites are those which have felt around the underlying code and systems for weakness and exploits. They've probed for holes in the scripting, scratched at levels…

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On A High Speed Rail: Half-Life 1 Finished In 21 Minutes

Like any form of competition, speedrunning generates arguments over authenticity. Does a speedrun count if it relies on a bunny-hopping mod, in-game glitches and different runners tackling different parts of the game in short segments? I'm not sure I care either way. No matter the methods, Half-Life 1 being completed in 20 minutes and 41 seconds is an accomplishment of endurance, skill and effort. More…

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5 years ago

Half-Life Free Running: An Amazing HL2 Speedrun

It's only taken 600 days and 14 people, but Half-Life 2 has finally been completed in under 1 hour and 28 minutes. The speedrun I've embedded below is the product of Source Runs team, and it reduces Valve's opus to a dramatic, comedic relay of astonishing keyboard gymnastics. Each player passes off their best run through to the next, completing the game as a team.…

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8 years ago