Even though watching streams of people playing video games is all the rage, I can never get into it. I have a backlog that never seems to get any smaller, so it feels a bit unproductive to watch other people whittle away at t... read
Watch as the SourceRuns team impressively moonwalks its way through a majority of Half-Life 2: Episode 2. This is a segmented speedrun, meaning it is recorded in several takes and put together, as well as assisted with custo... read
Conrad lost a lot of his life to Pillars of Eternity when he reviewed it. Clearly the poor sap was playing it wrong because Jiseed beat the damn thing in less time than it takes to watch the newest watercooler TV episode.
Everyone knew that The Witcher 3:Wild Hunt would be a massive game. CD Projekt Red's been touting that since early development, and, frankly, it was just kind of assumed anyway. Sure, there will be plenty of non-integral... read
Oginam has beaten Bloodborne with an in-game time of 36 minutes and 59 seconds, currently the world record for an any percentage completion. As with most speedruns, multiple game-breaking glitches are used to achieve this sh... read
Back in Pokémon's heyday, it was difficult enough to catch 'em all with legitimate friends, additional cartridges, and link cables, let alone do it in record time. One talented 21-year-old speedrunner from Ohio who go... read
Glitches, man. Glitches be crazy.
Take, for example, this one in Super Mario World, as executed by YouTuber SethBling. Thanks to what can only be described as witchcraft, the magician man manages to warp to th... read
Awesome Games Done Quick ended this weekend, and what a show it was! The week-long live-streaming gaming marathon raised more than $1.5 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
We covered several breakouts from the event, i... read
First, a quick thank you to Destructoid reader lunarwhale for bringing this Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels speedrun to my attention. I naively thought I'd watch a minute or two, tops, right before going to bed, but ended... read
"This is what happens when a very sadistic person gets ahold of a level editor."
Some of us get a huge kick out of watching strangers overcome the odds in near-impossible games, and as far as those go, Kaizo Mario World (or ... read
This, kids -- this is what happens when you sell your soul to the devil in exchange for Tetris immortality. There simply has to be some sort of higher power at work, or some kind of black magic in play. Otherwise, ... read
What is even happening here?
Here's speedrunner witwix playing I Wanna Be The Boshy -- a precision platformer meant for so-called "humans" who find I Wanna Be The Guy, one of the most challenging games ever devised, too easy -- for the charity marathon ... read feature
"If you've ever wondered what would happen if you pressed your buttons perfectly -- if you pressed them a little bit earlier, a little bit later, or if you had perfect timing, perfect reactions, and you knew exactly what ... read
If this morning's Humble Bundle didn't already tip you off, this year's Awesome Games Done Quick event is now running. Every year it gathers some of the best speed runners to show their stuff, streaming the event and collecti... read
Deadcore is a futuristic first-person shooter/platforming hybrid that got its start in a 7DFPS game jam in 2012 by five friends who met while studying videogame design in Angoulême, France. Extended work on the prototy... read
Not every objective, but enough to 'beat' the game
YouTuber and speedrunner GeorgeThePlushie has set a new record for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 -- an any percent speedrun of three minutes and 26 seconds. How does he do it? By navigating the menus faster than most humans ... read feature
Ocarina of Time is a timeless classic that many have tried their hand at being the world's best at over the years. As of this past weekend, one player cemented his hold on the any percent completion category, and he goe... read
Mmm, Metroid Prime. One of my all-time favorites, and yet it's been far too long since I've last played it. For that matter, I don't know that I've ever watched a speedrun of the game in its entirety. This 55:53 single-segme... read
One minute and fifty five seconds -- that's the new world-record any% time for Spelunky set by Pibonacci. It hurts my brain thinking about how many runs must have happened before the right conditions presented themselves for this to unfold.
To think, I was happy to clear Olmec in under eight minutes for the "Speedlunky" achievement. read
Speedrunner BubblesDelFuego completed a new world record Fallout 3 run in a ridiculous 23 minutes and 55 seconds, beating out his old record of 24 minutes and 20 seconds. I spent more time than that on my first playthrough r... read
This video may be just more than 50 minutes long, but I managed to have quite a few nostalgic flashbacks to my youth in that short time. I played the hell out of it as a kid. And that was very correct of me, because after al... read
I can only half grasp the interest in watching speed run streams (or any game streams). I can also only half grasp $713,338.96, which to me feels a fortune. That's how much Summer Games Done Quick 2014 raised in donatio... read
Even though most of us are distracted by the Steam Summer sale, you'd be missing out if you passed up on this special Summer Games Done Quick Humble Bundle. Taking its name from the week-long event that's happening right now,... read
The Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ 2014) event is underway, where skilled gamers speedrun games as fast as they can over a stream to earn money for charity. In this case the cause is Doctor's Without Borders, and you can watc... read
Speed Demos Archive is holding its next speedrun gaming marathon, Summer Games Done Quick 2014, real soon. The non-stop week-long event kicks off Sunday, June 22 at 11:00am Pacific and as with all of these streams, I highly ... read
After watching a great deal of the week long Awesome Games Done Quickly charity livestream, I've gained a new appreciation for the ingenuity and thought process of speed runners. Still, it's crazy how many new tricks are bei... read
Here's Distortion2's 20:14 run
I haven't been keeping up with Dark Souls II speedruns. I should be. We got a tip in this weekend about Marksel's 21:25 world-record any% run, which has since been topped by Distortion2's 20:14 run, included above. Seems the... read feature
I thought finishing Super Mario Bros. 3 with my dad over the course of a week when I was a little girl was impressive, but this speedrun clocking in at 2:54:98 has forever shamed me.
Of course, it lessens the pain a bit to k... read
Do you like games? Do you like games completed in an expedient manner? Bully for you. You should check out Games Done Quick, a charity gaming marathon by speedrunners who pull off some impressive feats. The events are streame... read
"Why did I do this on a Tuesday? I just woke up and decided I would do this."
That's what Siglemic said right before he beat the Super Mario 64 speedrun record, claiming all 120 stars and finishing the game in just one hour ... read
"I think I talked about Super Smash Bros. Melee for like the first twelve minutes of this [world-record any% run of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time]. That's kind of funny."
On Saturday, speedrunner Cosmo set the impress... read
Segmented or not, this record-breaking 20:41 speedrun of Half-Life is seriously impressive.
But as mind-blowing and enjoyable as it is to watch without context, the more you read up on the run, the crazier it all seems. Take... read