Annnd, Unclench…

Your guts are in knots and you’re gritting your teeth because you have half a second to beat the game—without collecting a single coin—to set a new record. The incredible new strategies, glitches, and fast reflexes these gamers use to beat games is amazing and definitely worth watching live, but bring a backup pair of pants, just in case.

Fri, May 31st

Ninjafalcon2

10AM

Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader

ruunix2

10:51AM

Bust-A-Move 2: Arcade Edition

maniacal

11:11AM

Kid Icarus

Moo_Moony

11:44AM

Kirby Dream Land

Cosmic Heart

12:04PM

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

Qaotik

1:39PM

Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

The Speaker

2:34PM

Nefarious

rooseSR

3:54PM

Crypt of the Necrodancer

hopefulness

4:19PM

VVVVVV

davidtki

4:46PM

Blaster Master

40wattrange

5:31PM

Super smash tv

garnitrex

5:46PM

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

Pianotorious

6:33PM

Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse

ooomoomanoo

7:18PM

perfect dark

charlieboy

7:53PM

Halo 2 Anniversary (MCC)

PCK PharrohYami

7:53PM

Halo 2 Anniversary (MCC)

rose

9:58PM

Outlast

Sat, June 1st

Draco

10AM

Nanoquest

drex

10:20AM

Puggsy

woopvonwoop

10:55AM

Ninja Jajamaru: Ginga Daisakusen

starwin

11:21AM

Oddworld Adventures

vaati

11:41AM

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath

charlieboy

1:16PM

Mega man 2

Cookiepocalypse

2:11PM

Deltarune

smashyle

2:51PM

Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition

csottyw

3:46PM

Metroid: Zero Mission

sghtblinder

5:04PM

Metroid

csottyw

5:34PM

Metroid II: Return of Samus

kipp

6:41PM

Super Metroid

tyler2022

7:56PM

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

Thelevelbest

9:36PM

Resident Evil 2 (2019)

Sun, June 2nd

emoarbiter

10AM

Donkey Kong 64

kaptainkohl

10:40AM

Duck Dodgers Starring Daffy Duck

rubberduckyassassin

11:25AM

Spyro 2: Season of Flame

ultrauberness

12:05PM

Mega Man x4

8bitisgr8

1:00PM

Mega Man x5

shadowzero

2:02PM

Mega man x6

electroniclogic

3:02PM

Invictus

mkosler

4:22PM

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

ecdycis

5:02PM

Zombies Ate My Neighbors

A Little History

If you don’t know much about speedrunning, here’s a short history to catch you up on the important bits!


SPEEDRUNNING is simply completing a game in the fastest time possible, but there are different categories. Any %, or fastest completion, means completing the game as quickly as possible. 100%, or full completion, means the player must complete all of the game’s challenges in the fastest time including collecting all key items or upgrades, finding all secrets, etc. (the definition of which can very from game to game). Low %, or minimalist completion, means the player must complete the game in the fastest time while obtaining the fewest key items, etc. (and it also varies from game to game).

THE FIRST DOCUMENTED speedrunning game was an arcade racing game called Drag Race (released in 1977) because it featured an in-game timer. It was ported to the Atari 2600 in 1980 as Dragster and a couple years later, in 1982, the world record was set by Todd Rogers at 5.51 seconds. Out of his success and video game playing skills, he became the first paid professional gamer. But, in 2017, he was knocked down from his pedestal when a computer scientist called Omnigamer researched Dragster and found that it is impossible to achieve a time less than 5.57 seconds. It’s still debated whether Rogers achieved his record time or not (perhaps there was an error in his system or game that gave him a shorter time?) but, as there is no video evidence or any pictures, the claim remains unsubstantiated.

THE MOST NOTABLE first speedrunning game is Doom, released in 1993. It became popular for speedrunning because the game allowed you to record a demo file that captures all the buttons you press in-game which you can playback later like a recording. Probably the coolest run of the time was the 1997 Quake Done Quick, completed in 19 minutes and 49 seconds. But it was a segmented run because the levels were done separately by different players and then the demo files were stitched together after as one complete run. The idea of speedrunning an entire game was considered daunting at the time, but it’s cool to know one of the first big speedruns was a collaborative effort of some really incredible players!

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