Neil “PresJPolk” Stevens has been trying to achieve a particular goal in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link for months. When he pulled it off earlier this week, it was overwhelming. »
No one’s managed to speedrun the entirety of The Plutonia Experiment, some of the hardest levels ever made for DOOM 2, on the unbelievably tough “Nightmare” difficulty. Until now.
I’ve played more than 100 hours of Spelunky. Olmec? No problem. Yama? Done. Speedlunky? Did it on PC and Vita. But that didn’t stop this world record run from making me feel terrible.
When I finished Bloodborne on Sunday afternoon, my playtime was 46 hours, 21 minutes, and 13 seconds. The current world record is, well, way faster. How much faster? It's 44 minutes! »
Before the world knew him as Mario, Nintendo's iconic plumber had a simpler name: Jumpman. That name makes sense, when you think about it: Mario is defined by his ability to jump. But lately, I've become fascinated by the people who play—and beat—Super Mario 64 without jumping a single time. »
Did you know it's possible to beat Super Mario 64 without ever getting a single star? Ah, the wonders of speedrunning. »
It's fun to watch people speedrun Dark Souls. It's a game famous for its punishing difficulty, yet speedrunners show how it's possible to bend the game to your will. 19-year-old Alex (aka NaxHPL) just achieved the world record for one way to complete the game, allowing him to finish it in 25 minutes and 17 seconds. He… »
Last week, I watched someone pull off one of the most impressive gaming feats I've seen in a long time. He was playing Tetris, and the pieces were invisible. I had to find out how he did it. »
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars was the first role-playing game I ever played, and it took me years to beat it when I was a kid. Then this guy did it in under three hours. »
One of the most impressive things I've seen yet during Awesome Games Done Quick 2015, the speedrunning marathon for charity, is disabled gamer "halfcoordinated" demolishing Platinum Games' Vanquish with only one hand. »
If I were to take a guess, I'd say most players probably never make it through more than half of Skyrim's story, if that—finishing it at all is a feat, nevermind finishing it fast. »
It's been eight months since The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds came out for 3DS, and already, speedrunners have pretty much hacked it apart. »
Don't miss Summer Games Done Quick, the speedrunning marathon for charity that starts this Sunday and runs throughout the week. »