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Scuttlebugs! photo
Scuttlebugs!

This Mario 64 glitch walkthrough broke my brain


In the best possible way
Jan 12
// Jordan Devore
What is the meaning of life? I'm not sure, but I'm beginning to believe it's lurking somewhere in this ridiculously in-depth Super Mario 64 glitch video commentated by pannenkoek2012. The video, a breakdown of the game's inne...
Mario Maker insanity photo
Mario Maker insanity

Watch an absurd race through Mario Maker's hardest levels


Don't forget to blink
Jan 11
// Jordan Devore
"Mario Maker has really provided an opportunity for very sadistic individuals, like this man playing right here, PangaeaPanga, to create horrifying levels for our amusement," speedrunner Carl Sagan said during the gaming mara...
AGDQ photo
AGDQ

Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) ends, full charity haul tops $1.2 million


For the Preventing Cancer Foundation
Jan 11
// Chris Carter
Awesome Games Done Quick 2016 just ended yesterday after a week-long stretch, bringing in over $1.2 million dollars to support the Preventing Cancer Foundation. Runners played everything from the popular Super Metroid to...
AGDQ photo
One of the best events I've attended
I had the chance to attend the Awesome Games Done Quick event at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel (right near Super Smash Con), and in addition to all of the great runs so far, it's been one of my favorite indu...


SNES Disney speedruns photo
SNES Disney speedruns

These Disney platformer speedruns bring back fond memories


Also, pain
Jan 06
// Jordan Devore
Some of my favorite video games as a kid were based on Disney properties. You didn't even need to like the source material to appreciate them -- they were just plain good games. Tough, too. Back then, a typical rental often w...
Fallout 3 photo
Fallout 3

Watch someone beat Fallout 3 in under 15 minutes


A new world record
Jan 05
// Joe Parlock
Fallout 3: a huge, sprawling game that will eat hundreds of hours of your time… unless you’re speedrunner Rydou, in which case it’s only about 15 minutes long. Rydou has broken the world record for an Any%...
AGDQ 2016 photo
AGDQ 2016

It's time for Awesome Games Done Quick 2016


Strap in!
Jan 04
// Jordan Devore
Awesome Games Done Quick is one of my favorite yearly events, yet I always seem to miss the opening day of the marathon broadcast. The holiday break kept me in a relatively unplugged and intoxicated state, away from the live ...
Awesome Games Done Quick photo
Awesome Games Done Quick

Awesome Games Done Quick 2016 starts next week, benefiting the Prevent Cancer Foundation


January 3-10
Dec 28
// Chris Carter
Awesome Games Done Quick is one of my favorite events of the year. It gathers some of the best speedrunners all across the globe to complete games as quickly as possible, benefiting charity in the process. The next event is s...
Azure Striker Gunvolt photo
Azure Striker Gunvolt

Azure Striker Gunvolt is getting a new speedrun mode on PC


Sadly not 3DS
Dec 28
// Chris Carter
Speedrunning is one of my favorite things in gaming right now. It's not so much the rush you get from actually doing it well, but the journey you embark upon -- learning just about every facet of a game along the way to trul...
Gotta go fast photo
Gotta go fast

Is this new Super Mario Bros. world record a perfect run?


Looks damned close if not
Oct 22
// Jed Whitaker
A new Super Mario Bros. speedrun world record has been set (as seen above) and it looks damned near perfect. It's mostly a vanilla run, meaning the player doesn't use many glitches aside from one allowing access to the secon...
Nintendo photo
Nintendo

Nintendo's cracking down on speedrunning and ROM hacking videos


Say goodbye to your videos
Sep 10
// Joe Parlock
Nintendo really, really hates YouTube, doesn’t it? The policy of using copyright strikes and ContentID matches against videos of their games are draconian, and now it’s targeting speedrunners and ROM hackers under...
This is not about you! photo
This is not about you!

Control Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in Terminus aka Speed The Game


Sandra is also driving a bus
Aug 15
// Jed Whitaker
If the classic hit movie Speed were turned into a video game it would be Terminus. In case you're not familiar with Speed this is what you need to know: Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock are on a bus with a bomb attac...
Spelunky record photo
Spelunky record

This Spelunky run through hell is astounding


Also record breaking
Aug 13
// Jordan Devore
The new world record for clearing Spelunky, including hell, is 3:44:411. Holy shit. Despite knowing this run by D Tea would end successfully, I still got nervous watching it all unfold. What can I say? Rapidly navigating randomized areas with a teleporter while shopkeepers run wild puts me on edge. Even at a slow pace, there's just so many ways to screw up in this game.
Mario 64 Glitch photo
Mario 64 Glitch

Some guy will pay $1,000 if you can recreate this Mario glitch


Better get jumping guys
Aug 06
// Laura Kate Dale
In the world of Super Mario 64 speed running, the idea of a new glitch appearing is a bit of a holy grail. The game has been played so many times over so many years that the idea of a way to shave even a second off from the t...
Speedrunning photo
Speedrunning

Be sure to watch Summer Games Done Quick this weekend


A week of live speedruns starts Sunday
Jul 22
// Jordan Devore
Brett and I have gotten way into Games Done Quick. Seeing people excel at beating video games as quickly as possible is such a blast, especially when it's happening live. The next event, Summer Games Done Quick, begins on Su...
SGDQ photo
SGDQ

There are some real winners on the Summer Games Done Quick schedule


And some real neat constraints
May 18
// Brett Makedonski
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...
HL2: Ep 2 speedrun photo
HL2: Ep 2 speedrun

Nauseating Half-Life 2: Episode 2 world record speedrun


Protip: Bring a bucket
May 05
// Jed Whitaker
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...
Speedrun photo
Speedrun

Pillars of Eternity, beaten in less than 40 minutes


Speedrun
Apr 15
// Steven Hansen
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. Sk...
Witcher 3 photo
Witcher 3

A Witcher 3 playtester needed 25 hours to speedrun the game


The Internet can probably do it quicker
Apr 09
// Brett Makedonski
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...
Bloodborne speedrun photo
Bloodborne speedrun

Bloodborne beaten in under 40 minutes


6 hours in and I haven't beaten a boss
Apr 01
// Jed Whitaker
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...
Pokémon speedrun photo
Pokémon speedrun

This guy caught 'em all in Pokémon Red and Blue quicker than you'll ever hope to


This is definitely an impressive speedrun
Feb 14
// Jason Faulkner
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...
Super Mario World glitch photo
Super Mario World glitch

Watch a guy 'beat' Super Mario World in six minutes


If glitching to the credits counts as beating the game*
Jan 22
// Kyle MacGregor
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...
AGDQ 2015 recap photo
AGDQ 2015 recap

Now that Awesome Games Done Quick 2015 is over, which runs should we watch?


Speedrun marathon brought in $1.5 million for charity
Jan 12
// Jordan Devore
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...
Mario Lost Levels photo
Mario Lost Levels

I didn't expect this to be my favorite AGDQ 2015 speedrun


Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels of all things
Jan 09
// Jordan Devore
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...
Kaizo Mario World photo
Kaizo Mario World

This Kaizo Mario World speedrun stresses me out


It's hard to watch and yet I can't look away
Jan 08
// Jordan Devore
"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 ...
AGDQ '15 photo
AGDQ '15

AGDQ 2015: This man plays Tetris better than you do anything


'Done Quick' doesn't quite do this justice
Jan 08
// Brett Makedonski
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, ...
Speedrun insanity photo
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 ...

Our new overlord photo
Our new overlord

All hail TASBot: Twitch chat on a Super Nintendo, complete with emotes


'At this point, it's less of a game and more of a program'
Jan 05
// Jordan Devore
"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 ...
AGDQ 2015 photo
AGDQ 2015

Awesome Games Done Quick 2015 is underway


Watch some speedruns, donate some money
Jan 05
// Darren Nakamura
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...
Deadcore teaser trailer photo
Deadcore teaser trailer

FPS platformer Deadcore is the kind of game I want to play on Oculus Rift


Coming to Steam this Friday
Oct 15
// Rob Morrow
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...

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