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It's possible to beat Dark Souls II in 20 minutes photo
It's possible to beat Dark Souls II in 20 minutes
by Jordan Devore

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 they've got a bit of a friendly rivalry going on right now.

How are these times feasible? Glitches. Bypassing the Shrine of Winter. Running above and below the environment. Binoculars, which inadvertently allow for absurd movement speeds.

I realize that any% runs aren't as interesting to some of you who prefer to see most if not all of a game's content bested, not skipped, and I tend to agree. All the same, watching people obliterate a game I've poured an ungodly amount of hours into is captivating and oddly satisfying.

[Thanks, Steven]

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6:30 PM on 05.01.2014

This three-minute Super Mario Bros. 3 speedrun is impressive

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...

Brittany Vincent

9:00 AM on 04.26.2014

Check out Games Done Quick event schedule for tons o' speedrunning

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...

Brittany Vincent

8:30 AM on 04.23.2014

Super Mario 64 speedrun record beat at 1 hour and 43 minutes

"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 ...

Dale North

1:00 AM on 04.22.2014

Zelda: Ocarina of Time beaten in record-setting 18:40

"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...

Jordan Devore

1:00 AM on 04.15.2014

This 20:41 speedrun of Half-Life is a joy to watch

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...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 01.17.2014

New Majora's Mask glitch lets you freely warp to statues

A glitch in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask allowing Link to warp to owl statues he hasn't activated has been discovered. In this video, Indextic, who took part in uncovering the glitch, walks through the process. It's fa...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 01.12.2014

Awesome Games Done Quick raises over a million dollars

If you missed the Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 charity marathon, chances are you missed some of the most memorable gaming moments this short year has already offered. The event, which took place from January 5-11, was home ...

Wesley Ruscher

5:00 PM on 01.11.2014

These two blindfolded Punch-Out!! speedruns are must see

I used to think I was pretty good at both Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! and Super Punch-Out!!; that is until I saw these two amazing blindfolded speedruns that took place during the currently ongoing Awesome Games Done Quick 2014...

Wesley Ruscher



Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 has begun! photo
Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 has begun!
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Just a quick reminder that Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 is underway! The seven day marathon benefits Prevent Cancer Foundation and will see people racing to beat games quick while raising money. On top of all the speed running, Simon Vicklund (Payday, Bionic Commando Rearmed) is lending his talents to the campaign, offering to remix one of a number for NES soundtracks depending on which gets the most bids.

900 games are on deck this year, and you can see the full schedule right here. Otherwise the stream is embedded below, and here's the donation page.

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3:00 PM on 01.02.2014

Don't miss Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 next week

If you're relatively new to the world of watching people fly through games as quickly as possible, you'll want to clear time next week to watch Awesome Games Done Quick 2014. It's one hell of an introduction to speedruns and...

Jordan Devore

4:00 PM on 07.25.2013

Summer Games Done Quick is back with more speedruns

Speed Demos Archive puts on some great livestreams of speedruns, as I came to realize far too late into the last marathon. I'm heading into the latest event, Summer Games Done Quick 2013, bright and early -- you should join m...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 07.08.2013

Speedrun: Half-Life 2 cleared in remarkable 1:27:51

You know it's a good speedrun when it gets me to let out an audible "Whaaat?" I lost count. Believe me when I say that this record-breaking Half-Life 2 run by the SourceRuns Team is a good one. Actually, I'm probably va...

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 01.31.2013

New speedrun bests Tony Hawk 3 in under four minutes

I thought I was a Tony Hawk pro after beating every game in the series last year, but I got nothin' on this guy, who beats Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 in three minutes and 55 seconds! The way he does it is by completing multipl...

Chris Carter

9:00 PM on 04.15.2012

Kid Link don't wanna grow up in this glitchy OoT speedrun

There is an upside and a downside to the patching functionality found in modern console games. On the one hand, being able to close up nasty holes that would otherwise dampen the experience is quite the welcome feature. On t...

Tony Ponce

8:00 PM on 01.11.2012

Bit Brigade's Mega Man 2 concert / speedrun is my JAM

MAGFest is the gift that keeps on giving, apparently. Why wasn't I there? Because reasons. So there's this band, Bit Brigade, whose members I will now consider my close, personal friends for life despite never having met the...

Tony Ponce