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Posts tagged “speedruns”

The European Speedrunner Asssembly charity marathon runs all week

We're a couple days late to this party, which probably ensures our exile from the speedrunning community. This Saturday, the summer's other major charity speedrun marathon began streaming on Twitch. No, not Games Done Quick, but the lesser-known (though no less impressive in scale) European Speedrunner Assembly - ESA, for short. Hosted at the amusingly named Quality Hotel View in Malmö, Sweden and running across…

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The RPG Scrollbars: Quests Done Quick II

It's Summer Games Done Quick time again! You know what that means. The final seal has been broken, the rivers are turning to blood, and High Dread Azagorath is free to destroy the land. But while people wait, they're doing speed-runs. And in celebration of that, I thought I'd take a dig through the archives for a few particularly impressive and interesting ones that take…

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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 Raises More Than $1,000,000

I play games very slowly, whether they're awesome or not. I can perform a speed run of the first level of just about any first-person shooter released between 1993 and 1999 but beyond that fairly limited subset of locations (mostly military bases and pump stations), I'm cautious and methodical. On top of that, I'm also more likely to explore new worlds instead of returning to…

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A Timely Test: Portal 8 1/2 Minute Speed Run

The Sourceruns team have completed a 8:31.93 run of Portal, which is absolutely ridiculous, brilliantly devious and laudably investigative. The latter descriptor is appropriate because of the level of understanding required to complete the run. These glitch-hunters have an in depth knowledge of each chamber, of the Source engine and of the strange ways in which portals work. You can watch the run below, and…

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Speed Raiser: Charity Gaming For Autism Research

Blisteringly fast gamers are currently racing their way through top games in front of a live audience to raise money for autism research. It's the Speed Demos Archive Summer Games Done Quick event, running from the 24th to the 28th, and you can watch it live. There are prizes to be won, games to be played, and large generous donations to be made.

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What can change a nature of a man… quickly?

I was passing through RPGCodex and noticed something you can file under either "Huh?" or "Blimey!" depending on how you're wired. It's a Speed run. Of Planescape Torment. That's the first of seven parts. Total time? 1:01:06 and he didn't even skip the final movie. If only the resolution was a little better, then you could actually pause to read the text and have a…

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