Yesterday’s tool-assisted speedrun (TAS) block at Summer Games Done Quick ended with a Super Mario Bros. 3 run that lasted barely longer than a blink.
Any time Kotaku writes about speedruns, we find that a good chunk of the community can’t understand why someone would willingly use glitches and cheats to play through a game. Doesn’t that make the playthrough less valid? Isn’t abusing glitches, you know, wrong?
As of a few days ago, the fastest anyone has beat the original Halo: Combat Evolved is in one hour and thirty eight minutes—it's a new world record held by Andrew "goatrope" Halabourda, and you can watch him nail it here.
If you immediately thought "must use a glitch," you'd be right: this run of Super Mario Bros. 3 posted by TASVideosChannel makes use of a bizarre pipe glitch which allows Mario to tunnel down to princess Peach in world 7-1.
120 stars, all collected in under two hours—1:43:54, to be exact. The time is a new world record, and you can watch speedrunner Siglemic collect it with a mesmerizing efficiency here.
Last month, speedrunner Cosmo Wright beat The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in 18 minutes and 56 seconds. Over the weekend, he hit 18:40.
After months of theorycrafting and planning, speedrunner quadrazid and his friends were able to run through Half-Life—a game that's anything but short—in 20 minutes. And the fact that it's almost 10 minutes faster than the previous world record shows how perfectly executed their run was.
Reaper of Souls introduced huge, randomized dungeons called Nephalem Rifts to Diablo 3. One run usually takes more than 10 minutes, depending on the difficulty level. Well, here's one Korean gamer who completes a relatively huge dungeon in under 4 minutes on Torment difficulty.
If you're like me, you might have missed a few of the many great runs during Awesome Games Done Quick 2014. Which is why, with assistance from many fine Redditors, here is a list of links for watching every single speedrun! (Now with Bonus Stream!)
Awesome Games Done Quick wrapped up its weeklong speedrun extravaganza yesterday, and it succeeded in raising $1 million—$1,008,320.99 exactly—for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. All of the runs are listed, with links to video, in this thread, or check out Punch-Out!! while blindfolded, and a world record in Goldeneye.
Awesome Games Done Quick has, no lie, delivered some absolutely compelling video game theater this weekend already. That's a genuine roar from the audience when these runs are finished, and the cheering is richly deserved. Early this morning we got another instant classic: A world-record run of Goldeneye.
It's time again for the annual Awesome Games Done Quick charity marathon, where gamers who are experts in a variety of classic games come together and broadcast their best runs for your entertainment and donations.
Speedruns on most games don't particularly enthrall me though I do acknowledge the skill and knowledge it takes to pull off one in record time. This sub-7 minute dash through Spelunky is a different story—probably because of the element of luck involved in procedurally generated levels. And the fact Spelunky's damn…
You want to help a worthy cause like Doctors Without Borders, don’t you? And you love seeing great games like Okami HD, Metal Gear Solid and Dark Souls being finished in record-beating time, right?
Watch this insanely perfect speedrun of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 done in under 4 minutes.
The news that GTA V will be bigger than Red Dead Redemption, San Andreas, and GTA IV combined is impressive. It makes on think back to the vast expanses of GTA III, the game that pioneered huge open-world experiences. People spent weeks on that game, trying to complete every last side quest and find every package. …
Speed-runs of video games can be hypnotising. Not to simply see people run through a game flawlessly, but because in order to get through them quickly, players think up weird and wonderful ways to get their digital asses moving.
You'd be amazed at how fast a game developer and a quality assurance tester can burn through The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim when there's pie on the line.
Long story short, this modder built a controller that, when plugged into a Nintendo Entertainment System, auto speedruns Super Mario Bros. in just a shade under 5 minutes. Naturally, commenters have shouted it down as a fake, but the Tool-Assisted Speedrun community is unanimous in calling the mod real.