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Watch Someone Speedrun Portal Without Using Any Portals

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Speedrunner 097AceOfSpades beat Portal in 52 minutes using no portals and a lot of airboat cheats.

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Usually, Portal takes about three hours to complete. And, as the title implies, you complete it by using portals to solve the game’s tricky puzzle-based campaign mode.

097AceOfSpades relies on one main hack to get through the game sans portals: spawning airboats. They’re assets from Valve’s Half Life 2. Because Portal was made with the same engine, 097AceOfSpades says, he’s able to spawn them in Portal to help get around puzzles. That way, he can climb on top of the structures to reach platforms or, by spawning airboats midway through walls, he can use them to clip through locked rooms:

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Sometimes, he’ll spawn a few dozen airboats that launch him onto higher platforms like so:

The fastest Portal speedrun with portals is about 8 minutes.

(via Reddit)

Senior reporter at Kotaku.

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DISCUSSION

I remain baffled by the ubiquitous belligerent attitude this community takes towards speedrunning.

No, not all speedruns are done by playing through the game normally, but quickly.

Yes, there are different categories of speedrun. Depending on the game, you’ll find 100%, any%, low%, glitched or glitchless, and even more specific categories specifying what ending of the game is being reached or what specific tools are used or omitted to reach the end. For example, Ocarina of Time has categories where the game is beaten without glitches and all items are collected (100% glitchless, ~5:45), all the way down to a category where any possible exploits are employed outside of an edited rom to reach the end-state (~17 minutes). There’s something like a dozen different Ocarina categories in which someone can compete.

Yes, anyone could just turn on noclip and run to the end. That would be a pretty specific category, I guess, because you’ve used noclip.

No, that’s not what’s happening here. Speedruns are about placing or removing specific limitations on the game, and completing it as quickly as possible under those specific parameters. In this case, the specific parameters are “no portals” and “allowed to spawn airboats.”

That’s not the same as claiming that he’s beaten the game as typically intended except without portals, because that’s not what speedrunning necessarily means. No, this doesn’t mean he could’ve done it better by turning on noclip, because using noclip is not within the set parameters. He has set specific parameters for completion (again: no portals, spawn airboats) and beaten the game as quickly as he can using those parameters.