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Charity Speedrunner Has Mastered One of My Favorite Games Ever

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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.

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This week's Awesome Games Done Quick 2015 charity speedrunning marathon has featured some really cool runs, including gamers trying to "finish" Animal Crossing, destroying Vanquish one-handed and more. But nothing has impressed me so much as watching speedrunner Checkers beat Super Mario RPG in less time than it took seven-year-old me to figure out how to leave Mario's house. I'm not kidding.

He spends his time mainly fighting bosses and collecting experience in as many non-combat ways as possible to save time. He slips up right at the beginning by running into one of the very first enemies—hilariously, during a spot in the game where you don't actually earn any experience anyway—but it seems things turned out pretty well in the end.

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This isn't the first time the game has been played this way, but it is the first time I've seen it. I'm definitely going to watch the entire run when I have time, and then I'll probably wind up picking the game up yet again. Who needs Destiny anyway?

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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.

What... dude, it's RPG for dummies. I mean, it just so happens to be the best RPG around but it's also easy as cake.