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Posts tagged “speedrunning”

Baldur’s Gate 3 can be beaten in 7 minutes, apparently

7 minutes! It'd take me thrice as long just to get through character creation, at least. Baldur's Gate 3 may only offer a portion of the final planned experience right now, but even that lengthy chunk has been boiled down to a mere 7 minutes by speedrunner Cary “Professor Palmer” Palmer, who's figured out a way to quite literally jump through the entire thing in…

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Speedrunners have already beat Hades in under eight minutes

It's been a real blast over the last few weeks watching my pals and peers pick up Hades. The excellent mythological roguelike left early access last month, and seeing everyone post screenshots of their first clears and fastest times has been lovely. To any of you who think you've gotten good at the game with those cheeky 20-minute runs, however, I'm here to ruin your…

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Summer Games Done Quick raises $2.3 million for Doctors Without Borders, and had some great speedruns

The first fully digital Summer Games Done Quick is over, and they've managed to raise $2.3 million (about £1.7 million) for Doctors Without Borders. This is one of the highest amounts raised at a GDQ event, which is pretty respectable considering it had to move online this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But despite not being able to attend the event in person, the…

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Speedrunner uses VR to crawl under Half-Life: Alyx levels in real life

Speedrunning often involves a lot of running and jumping but that usually takes place in game, which is impressive enough. During this year's Summer Games Done Quick marathon, Half-Life: Alyx speedrunner "Buffet Time" goes full on gaming athlete by actually crawling on the ground to glitch through floors and walls. It's a feat you really need to see for yourself.

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Yes, even Sea Of Thieves has speedrunners

The last game I expected to find a speedrunning community for was Sea Of Thieves. I mean, there's a racing community, sure, but you wouldn't think Rare's online pirate sandbox would really lend itself to the quick and precise play speedruns are known for. And yet, here we have the Sea Of Speed - a small group of players who frequently race through various Sea…

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Here’s Summer Games Done Quick 2020’s online speedrun schedule

Despite being delayed, then later moving entirely online due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Summer Games Done Quick is still preparing for some awfully fast gaming next month. The schedule for this year's event has just gone up, kicking off the annual week of charity speedrunning on Sunday, August 16th. Expect your usual bouts of boundary-breaking and donation shouting, of course, but can you really…

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Speedrunners already have Desperados 3 in their sights and it’s mesmerising

Strategic wild west adventure Desperados 3 is out and yup, it's a gunslingin' good time according to RPS's Desperados 3 review. Your crew of misfits sneak through trains, towns, and other yeehaw settings to take out enemies with stealth and trickery. What good's all that strategy though if you can't do it with frightful efficiency? Ye olde speedrunners are on the case as always and…

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Guinness World Records accidentally copyright claimed a bunch of Super Mario Bros speedruns

Guinness World Records seems to have gotten a bit copyright cuckoo this weekend thanks in part to YouTube's automated Content ID system. A bunch of Super Mario Bros speedrunning videos were sent copyright claim notices based on a record holder's speedrun that Guinness uploaded to their own channel. They say the spree of claims was unintentional and should now be fixed. Whoops.

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Doom Eternal devs watching a speedrun ask “What just happened?” a whole lot

A standard run of Doom Eternal might take 15-20 hours, but you can cut that down to under half an hour with a few cheeky glitches and a whole lot of skill. IGN sat four of Doom Eternal's lead developers down in front of a 27-minute world record speedrun to record their reactions and, well, it involves a whole lot of asking "What just happened?"…

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Record-breaking Half-Life speedrun briefly trades crowbars for lightsabers

Half Life's introduction is famously slow. Long tram rides and lengthy speeches from co-workers preparing Gordon Freeman for an experiment that would destroy the world. An atmospheric start, for sure, but it's a pain for folks trying to beat the game as quickly as possible. For one speedrunner, though, those dead minutes aren't an obstacle - they're the perfect opportunity to start practising for a…

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2020 raised a whopping £2.3 million for charity

AGDQ is over for another year, leaving us with hundreds of hours of fantastic speedrunning VODs to keep us entertained for weeks. I've had a browse through some of the best (and also sat at home binging them because I love me a good speedrun), and found a few more essential runs that I'd be foolish not to point everyone to. Before we get to…

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New GTA: San Andreas trick slashes speedrun from four hours to 25 minutes

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas once took almost four hours to speedrun, even in the anything-goes Any% category. But that time’s been slashed down to a blink-and-you'll-miss-it 25 minutes thanks to a new trick discovered this week. It’s a breezy 40-step thing which includes instructions like “reset if no cop bike before 7:46,” “Avoid Vending Machines,” and “just get lucky loool.” Speedrunning is good. You…

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Summer Games Done Quick 2018’s schedule announced

There are few things as momentous in the gaming calendar as Games Done Quick charity speedrun marathons, and the full broadcast schedule for this June's upcoming Summer Games Done Quick event has just been published. Many of the world's weirdest, most diverse and implausibly skilled players will congregate at the end of June to raise money for a good cause (in this case, the increasingly…

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The world’s fastest Getting Over It speedrunner on handling frustration

I'm still fascinated by Getting Over It, though I've reach the point where I can only handle playing it for about 15 minutes a week. Amazingly, that'd be enough time for speedrunner Christian 'Distortion2' Licht to make his way all the way up the mountain 7 and a half times: last week he became the first person to beat the game in under 2 minutes.While…

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Someone’s beaten Getting Over It in under 2 minutes

Poise. Skill. Patience. Calm.Those are just four of the attributes that speedrunner 'Distortion2' possess, and I am sadly lacking - at least when it comes to ascending a mountain as a man stuck in a cauldron using only a hammer (a sentence that never stops being fun to write). Ok, so you read the headline, you know what you're about to witness: Getting Over It…

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Awesome Games Done Quick raises over $2.25 million for charity

Speedruns themselves can be mind-boggling, but it's the community behind them that interests me the most. There's an infectious joy that comes across in every video that's come out of Awesome Games Done Quick, the annual week-long charity speedrunning event that wrapped up over the weekend. It's an event that provides the triple-whammy of heart warming camaraderie, entertaining speedruns and a whopping $2,269,209.96 so far…

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Summer Games Done Quick is speedrunning away

Seven days of speedrunning have started, as the livestreamed run-o-rama Summer Games Done Quick returned on Sunday. Runners will blaze through 140 games during this week to raise money for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), and we can watch the whole shebang on Twitch. I'm a virtual potterer myself, happy to amble through games staring at digital trees and toilets, but I'm always hugely…

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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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Awesome Games Done Quick speedruns another week

And they're off! Those zippy, glitchy speedrunners are away in this year's Awesome Games Done Quick, a solid week of non-stop speedrunning livestreamed to raise money for charity. Gasp at their mastery of games! Coo at their exploitation of glitches! Groan at how many rubbish NES platformers they play! Wince at their banter! But mostly, genuinely, it's impressive how speedrunners know their games inside-out and…

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Summer Games Done Quick Starts Speedrun-O-Rama

Speedrunning charity event Summer Games Done Quick started on Sunday evening, blazing through almost 200 games over the next week to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. And to show off m@d skillz, obvs. It's all livestreamed on Twitch. It seems to have a few more PC games than usual, or at least in bigger clumps, including Dark Forces, System Shock, Daggerfall, Crypt of the…

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