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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Nov 11, 2019. 6 comments

Someone Mashed Buttons So Fast They Broke Mario Party 4 (Update)

Someone Mashed Buttons So Fast They Broke Mario Party 4 (Update)

Some folks are just really good at mashing buttons. And everyone has their own technique. Maybe you use two fingers. Maybe you hold the controller weird. Odds are though, you aren’t as good at mashing buttons as Ludwig Ahgren, who mashed so fast and so hard in a Mario Party 4 minigame, Domination, that he set a new personal and possibly world record and broke the game.

As first reported by...

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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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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Aug 18, 2019. 6 comments

GTA V Speedrunning Has Changed A Lot Since 2014

GTA V Speedrunning Has Changed A Lot Since 2014

Grand Theft Auto V speedrunner FriendlyBaron recently released a video comparing how different GTA V speedruns are today compared to the first world records set back in 2014. Like older games, such as Super Mario 64, GTA V speedrunners have learned new and improved ways to complete sections of the game. But unlike those older games, GTA V has been updated over the years and this had led to...

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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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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 17, 2019. 21 comments

Déjà Poo: Nintendo Deletes Another Mario Maker Level By Popular Speedrunner

Déjà Poo: Nintendo Deletes Another Mario Maker Level By Popular Speedrunner

A popular Mario speedrunner and Mario Maker level creator said Tuesday morning that Nintendo is once again deleting his Mario Maker levels, this time targeting his popular Super Expert course in Super Mario Maker 2 for the Switch, called “Pile of Poo: Kai-Zero G.”

“I am at a loss for words and extremely sad about this,” said the creator, David “GrandPOOBear” Hunt, in a Twitter thread.

Hunt is...

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Jul 13, 2019. 8 comments

The Twitch Streamers Who Put People To Sleep (Literally)

The Twitch Streamers Who Put People To Sleep (Literally)

I don’t know if I’ve ever been fully conscious for an entire David “Dog” Caero Twitch stream. The Hearthstone personality (and now inaugural Masters Tour champion) lives in Nevada, which means that when he hits the internet, it’s already twilight in my Brooklyn apartment. There’s nothing to blame but human chemistry; Hearthstone is a sedate viewing experience, and Caero maintains a placid,...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Jul 07, 2019. 10 comments

The History Of Rainbow Road Speedrunning Is Filled With Bugs, Shortcuts, And Rivalries

The History Of Rainbow Road Speedrunning Is Filled With Bugs, Shortcuts, And Rivalries

The various Rainbow Road tracks that have appeared in every Mario Kart game are some of the most famous tracks in the entire franchise. They each are unique in their own ways and have attracted a large number of talented speedrunners, all hoping to set the fastest time. YouTuber Summoning Salt has put together a wonderfully detailed documentary going over each version of Rainbow Road and how...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jul 02, 2019. 16 comments

The Best Speedruns From SGDQ 2019

The Best Speedruns From SGDQ 2019

You have not truly lived until you’ve watched speedrunner MitchFlowerPower play through Grand Poo World 2, one of the most brilliant and devious takes on Super Mario World I’ve ever seen. Mitch’s genius platforming was just one highlight of this year’s excellent Summer Games Done Quick marathon.

Summer Games Done Quick 2019, a week-long speedrunning extravaganza, ended yesterday after raising...

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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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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey May 06, 2019. 7 comments

My Seven-Year-Old Son Is Going To Be A Sonic Mania Speedrunner Someday

My Seven-Year-Old Son Is Going To Be A Sonic Mania Speedrunner Someday
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

My seven-year-old son Archer loves to play Sonic Mania on our PlayStation 4, but only in Time Attack mode. Watching him work his way through Green Hill Zone Act 2 for the umpteenth time in a row, I ask, “Are you going to be a speedrunner?” Archer, eyes locked on the television screen, replies “Yes.”

Archer,

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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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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Apr 12, 2019. 9 comments

Breaking Out Of Bounds In Sekiro Makes It Even More Beautiful

Breaking Out Of Bounds In Sekiro Makes It Even More Beautiful

Sekiro makes it a point to push back at players. From difficult bosses to winding world design, there’s friction that players need to fight against. Speedrunners and glitch hunters buck that trend. Last night while playing it, I broke out of bounds and it was a reminder of how even the most tightly composed game worlds hide beauty behind the scenes.

It started when I watched speedrunner...

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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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Natalie Degraffinried Natalie Degraffinried Apr 02, 2019. 13 comments

Sekiro Speedrunners Discover Wild Techniques To Beat The Game In 40 Minutes

Sekiro Speedrunners Discover Wild Techniques To Beat The Game In 40 Minutes

Since Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice came out, speedrunners have been attacking the game at full force, ripping through the game’s early routes and finding ways to go fast in a game full of difficulty walls. Last week, speedrunner Danflesh managed to knock out the game’s shortest route in 50 minutes. Since then, the record for that run has jumped down to less than 40 minutes, with the current...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Mar 25, 2019. 6 comments

Speedrunner Tries To Complete GTA San Andreas While Viewers Activate Cheat Codes To Stop Him

Speedrunner Tries To Complete GTA San Andreas While Viewers Activate Cheat Codes To Stop Him
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Earlier this month, speedrunner Hugo One streamed himself trying to beat Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. But he made it possible for his viewers to, at any point, activate cheat codes using Twitch chat. The end result is a hilarious speedrun filled with some wild moments.

GTA San Andreas, like...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Mar 22, 2019. 7 comments

Seemingly Unbreakable Getting Over It World Record Turns Out To Be A Fake

Seemingly Unbreakable Getting Over It World Record Turns Out To Be A Fake

In Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy, a man in a pot tries to climb a mountain with a sledgehammer. A Chinese speedrunner named Ccfst recently seemed to help that man climb the mountain faster than anyone before him, setting a new world record that struck some as impossible. The skeptics were right. Over the weekend, Ccfst admitted he had cheated.

On March 17, Ccfst said “I will not send a...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Feb 08, 2019. 8 comments

Club Penguin Speedrunner Sets New Record In Fan Remake

Club Penguin Speedrunner Sets New Record In Fan Remake

In May 2016 a player who goes by supermanover00 decided to speedrun the children’s online browser game Club Penguin by seeing how fast they could complete all 11 missions in the game, which they did at 45:43. Club Penguin is no more, but nearly three years later, supermanover00 has returned and beat their previous record inside a fan recreation of the original game called Club Penguin...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jan 18, 2019. 13 comments

Another Wind Waker HD Glitch Is Rewriting The Rules For The Game's World Records 

Another Wind Waker HD Glitch Is Rewriting The Rules For The Game's World Records 

A trick that lets players finish the third dungeon without collecting the boss key in the Wii U remaster of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, is the latest in a slew of glitch discoveries that have made the game’s speedrunning scene one of the most exciting to follow. Though a new world record was just set in the game yesterday, the discovery of this new glitch means more are likely to...

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