As I said recently, I've started getting into speedrunning, and I'm going to make good on that by writing about some of the most exciting runs in the community, starting today. Castlevania speedrunner RomScout just cleared a new world record for the "all bosses" category in the beloved Castlevania: Symphony of the Night with a 31:51. That's the whole game, with every boss bested, in under 32 minutes.
He uses plenty of wild tricks to hit the time, including one technique at 1:43 that allows him to skip death. Reddit user Talic_Zealot explains the glitch here:
"It's called an RSL (Reverse Shift Line). By moving away from a screen transition at the point of screen scrolling while a screen freeze is happening (level Up, Heart Refresh, etc.), then entering the transition, it makes the next loaded screen underflow the x position and plop you on the opposite end of one screen length. And the death room is only one screen long so you instantly exit."
Congrats to RomScout! You can find the thread on Reddit and the run up above, starting at the 1:40 mark of the stream.