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Natalie Degraffinried Natalie Degraffinried Nov 05, 2019. 11 comments

People Are Attempting Ring Fit Adventure Speedruns, Sweatily

People Are Attempting Ring Fit Adventure Speedruns, Sweatily

Humankind has always set about the daunting task of pushing past its boundaries, whether physical or otherwise. Now the gauntlet has been thrown for the next grueling task facing gamers: Ring Fit Adventure speedruns. Armed with water, towels, and a frankly excellent attitude, gamers have taken on the challenge to solve a core conundrum: How in the world do you play through an exercise game...

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Ian Walker Ian Walker Oct 31, 2019. 6 comments

Save Time In The Outer Worlds By Being A Huge Dumbass

Save Time In The Outer Worlds By Being A Huge Dumbass

There are all kinds of speedrunning strategies out there, from finding ways outside the boundaries of the game world to manipulating seemingly random elements for favorable outcomes. Some of the most interesting utilize legitimate gameplay mechanics in interesting ways. In The Outer Worlds, for instance, a decent chunk of time can be saved by simply making your character a complete buffoon.

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Oct 06, 2019. 13 comments

Someone Beat Minecraft Without Mining Any Blocks

Someone Beat Minecraft Without Mining Any Blocks

Minecraft is a game where you sometimes mine stuff and sometimes craft stuff. But one player decided to skip the whole mining bit of Minecraft and decided to beat the game without ever mining a single block. This isn’t easy and involves a lot of scavenging, some expert bucket skills, some luck and a lot of patience.

First spotted by PC Gamer, Reddit user SpikyHedGey posted a video on the...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Aug 14, 2019. 6 comments

It Only Took Five Hours To Beat Super Mario Odyssey Blindfolded

It Only Took Five Hours To Beat Super Mario Odyssey Blindfolded

The best speedrunners in the world can beat the Nintendo Switch game Super Mario Odyssey in under an hour. On Monday, it took speedrunner Katun24 just over five. It would have been a pretty bad performance if not for the fact that he was wearing a blindfold.

His final time, now a world record for beating the game while blindfolded, was 5:24:18, and were it not for some mistakes and bad luck,...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Aug 14, 2019. 7 comments

New Glitch Leads To Fastest Mario Kart 7 Track Time

New Glitch Leads To Fastest Mario Kart 7 Track Time

Did you know Daisy has a cruise ship? And also that it’s full of holes? Nearly eight years after the game’s release, Mario Kart 7 players have found a new way to glitch through the vessel’s hull and complete the course in under a minute. That’s the shortest time of any track in all of Mario Kart 7.

Austrian speedrunner Thomas S. is one of Mario Kart 7’s most prolific racers, and over this past...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Aug 12, 2019. 2 comments

Getting The Highest Score Possible In Mario Maker 2 Is Harder Than You Might Expect

Getting The Highest Score Possible In Mario Maker 2 Is Harder Than You Might Expect

If I asked you what is the highest possible score achievable in Super Mario Maker 2, you would assume 999,999,990. That’s usually how video games work. And technically you would be right. But actually reaching that perfect high score is basically impossible through normal gameplay, due to the limited amount of time players have in Mario Maker courses. However, one dedicated player decided to...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Jul 29, 2019. 12 comments

You Can Beat GoldenEye On N64 With Only One Bullet

You Can Beat GoldenEye On N64 With Only One Bullet

GoldenEye is a first-person shooter released for the N64 back in the 90s. You might notice a keyword in that previous sentence. “Shooter.” This means the player is equipped with various guns and then shoots them at enemies. But is it possible to beat this classic shooter without actually shooting? No. But you can beat it by only firing one bullet.

Ryan White, better known as Goose in the...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 25, 2019. 10 comments

Speedrunner Beats His Punch-Out!! World Record With New King Hippo Trick

Speedrunner Beats His Punch-Out!! World Record With New King Hippo Trick

Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! for the NES hasn’t had a new speedrunning world record in over a year. The last one recorded was set in April 2018 by Summoningsalt with a time of 15 minutes and 10.5 seconds. But over the weekend, Summoningsalt returned, shaving a fraction of a second off his previous record. He was able to do that thanks to a new strategy for manipulating the fight against King...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 20, 2019. 3 comments

Three Incredible Mario Kart Wii Shortcut Glitches Discovered Within 24 Hours

Three Incredible Mario Kart Wii Shortcut Glitches Discovered Within 24 Hours

Mario Kart Wii remains the best-selling game in the series, and despite being over a decade old, players are still discovering new secrets hidden deep inside its 32 courses. Just last week, three new shortcuts were discovered, continuing the race to try and find one for every course in the game.

Prior to July 11, there were only 18 known Ultra Shortcuts in Mario Kart Wii. While the game is...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Jul 01, 2019. 22 comments

Summer Games Done Quick 2019 Raised Over $3 Million In One Week, Setting A New Record

Summer Games Done Quick 2019 Raised Over $3 Million In One Week, Setting A New Record

Summer Games Done Quick 2019 has been a huge success and earlier this morning it was announced that the event had raised $3,003,889 for the charity Doctors Without Borders. This easily beat last year’s total of $2.1 million and is a new record for the popular SGDQ event.

The week-long event showcases a variety of speedruns of different games, all streamed across the internet. Fans can donate...

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Peter Tieryas Peter Tieryas Jun 24, 2019. 4 comments

Where, When, And How To Watch Summer Games Done Quick 2019

Where, When, And How To Watch Summer Games Done Quick 2019

Summer Games Done Quick is back! Speedrunners will be playing through a mix of modern and retro games and doing amazing things all around while racing against the clock. This year’s event just started with Spyro Reignited Trilogy and will run from today until the 30th where the event will end with a speedrun of Chrono Trigger. SGDQ will be livestreamed on GamesDoneQuick’s Twitch Channel and...

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Peter Tieryas Peter Tieryas Jun 23, 2019. 14 comments

Speedrunners Helped Me To Better Understand The Weird Games Of My Childhood

Speedrunners Helped Me To Better Understand The Weird Games Of My Childhood

Summer Games Done Quick starts this Sunday at 11:30AM CDT and will be livestreamed on GamesDoneQuick’s Twitch Channel here. The event runs from June 23rd to the 30th and is raising money for Doctors Without Borders.

I’m honestly in awe of speedrunners. The dedication, skill, and stamina they show in their playthroughs is impressive. There’s so many games that mystified me as a kid or totally...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey May 29, 2019. 13 comments

Streets Of Rage 2 Champ Pulls Off Nigh Impossible No Death Mania Run

Streets Of Rage 2 Champ Pulls Off Nigh Impossible No Death Mania Run
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Speedrunner Anthopants is one of the best Streets of Rage players in the world, but even he couldn’t complete Streets of Rage 2 on Mania difficulty as the character Max without dying...until this weekend, that is, when he downed the final boss with a mere sliver of health left. His reaction upon becoming the first to...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach May 21, 2019. 3 comments

Rage 2 Has Already Been Beaten In Under Two Hours

Rage 2 Has Already Been Beaten In Under Two Hours

Rage 2, Bethesda’s new post-apocalyptic shooter, takes place in a big, open world full of enemy outposts to clear and quests to grind through. That hasn’t stopped one speedrunner from already beating it in under two hours.

Over the weekend, speedrunner CreeperHntr set the Any% world record for Rage 2 with a time of 1:53:26 after days of trying to work out an ideal route through the game and...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra May 11, 2019. 11 comments

Zelda: Skyward Sword Speedrunning Has Been Stale For A While, But A New Trick Might Change That

Zelda: Skyward Sword Speedrunning Has Been Stale For A While, But A New Trick Might Change That

It has proven difficult to find big glitches in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which is why speedrunners haven’t yet figured out how to complete the game in less than five hours. Other big Zelda games, like Ocarina of Time, are far glitchier and therefore far easier to speedrun. But a new discovery, which has led to a plethora of fresh skips and sequence breaking, has brought new life to...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra May 08, 2019. 10 comments

Speedrunner Shows Off What A 'Perfect' Ocarina of Time Run Looks Like

Speedrunner Shows Off What A 'Perfect' Ocarina of Time Run Looks Like

Most players take at least a few days to complete The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, especially if they’re collecting everything. Speedrunners do it in a few hours, using tricks and glitches to rush through the game. Every game has its limits, though: a peak of what’s possible for a human to perform. The current world-record holder has created a special kind of speedrun, showing what a...

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Natalie Degraffinried Natalie Degraffinried May 02, 2019. 11 comments

Speedrunner Smashes A Computer-Assisted Super Mario Bros. Record By A Single Frame

Speedrunner Smashes A Computer-Assisted Super Mario Bros. Record By A Single Frame

A tool-assisted Super Mario Bros. speedrun category that had seen no significant improvements for years may be getting a second wind after a single-frame improvement submitted by runner Maru370.

Super Mario Bros. speedrunning is a highly popular activity, and today has hit a point where every significant improvement made is down to a matter of milliseconds. The current record for an RTA, or...

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Cameron Kunzelman Cameron Kunzelman Apr 28, 2019.

Yooka-Laylee World Record Speedrun Requires Clipping Through Walls, Bee Avoidance

<i>Yooka-Laylee</i> World Record Speedrun Requires Clipping Through Walls, Bee Avoidance
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There’s a new world record speedrun for Yooka-Laylee. Held by runner Kainalo and coming in at a lightning-fast 13:57, the run is a great example of all the tricks in a runner’s bag.

I’ll admit that my interest in Yooka-Laylee is pretty thin, and that Heather Alexandra’s criticisms that “it pads playtime with demanding...

Apr 09, 2019. 10 comments

Insanely Difficult DOOM Record Beaten After 20 Years

Insanely Difficult DOOM Record Beaten After 20 Years

While speedrunners are finding new angles and breaking records all the time, the nature of some levels and games means that some records truly do stand the test of time.

One quirk of the original DOOM was the in-game timer that you see at the end of every level. Rather than rounding up or rounding up or down on the precise time a level was finished, the game always rounds down, regardless.

Now...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Apr 06, 2019. 6 comments

Major Speedrunning Hub Forced To Roll Back Rankings After Security Breach

Major Speedrunning Hub Forced To Roll Back Rankings After Security Breach

The most popular speedrunning website, Speedrun.com, has reverted all its rankings to their April 1 state after a security breach left many leaderboards at risk of tampering. After a similar issue in November 2018, the site’s owner is considering strengthened security measures to prevent future breaches.

Speedrun.com is the place to go for a game’s latest world record or tips on how to break...

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