If you’ve read our video gaming protection over the previous couple of years, you might have picked up on our love of speedrunning— the act of mastering and exploiting cherished video games to complete them much faster. While a lots of video and streaming channels focus on this hobby, we continue to want to the biannual Games Done Quick marathon series for the most amusing (and even educational) speedruns every year.
This week, Summer seasons Games Done Quick turned 10 years old and celebrated the turning point by raising $2.3 million for Doctors Without Borders– all without leaving the home.
Super Mario 64: Speedrun.com continues to note the N64’s breakout classic as a fan favorite, so we were excited to see how a preprogrammed run, adjusted on a frame-by-frame basis, could break the video game. As an included little obstacle, the programmers in question focused on a later variation of SM64, which meant they could not lean on its notorious “in reverse long dive” bug for additional speed.
Instead, they found a completely brand-new, and absolutely bonkers, make use of in which Mario perfectly jumps in between 2 walls to gain ridiculous quantities of speed.
Pump It Up!
If you’re short on time, fast forward to the one-hour mark in the above YouTube embed to cut to the “benefit incentive” song that F333 tz finishes at the end, after he’s currently clearly tired. He almost fails this 220 bpm blur of a track a few times however still handles to finish it, after advising audiences that only six individuals in the world have actually beaten that tune on the above settings.
Half-Life: Alyx: The honor of GDQ’s first-ever VR video game goes to Valve’s 2020 masterpiece, and it showed up with a severe bang thanks to this game-breaking speedrun for the ages. The meat is all in runner Buffet Time’s physicality, which you can see in the corner of the screen. He exploits the VR video game’s head-tracking focus by continuously kneeling, ducking, and crawling. By getting low to the ground, resetting his in-game position, and standing, Buffet Time grows to major heights in order to march above the levels in ways players were never meant to do. (That’s not his only “strat,” mind you, but you’ll have to view the entire thing to see his other wizardry.)