Speedrunning

5.30.19

The Speedrunner Who Wasn’t: How a Community Dealt with an Elaborate Cheater

It would take weeks of defensive public statements, private battles, Reddit threads, and hostile exchanges with a reporter before the truth came out.

12.4.16

Hanging Out With a Pro Video Game Speedrunner Defending a World Title

Some game streamers become celebrities, but thousands more make a modest living in semi-obscurity. My brother is one of the latter.

10.25.16

This Guy Spent 342 Hours Speedrunning a Card-Based JRPG

Julien Jaffrès's hobby is beating 'Baten Kaitos,' a cult classic card-based JRPG for the GameCube, as fast as he can. His fastest time is just under two weeks.

8.6.16

Routers Are the Pros Who Make Speedrunning Possible

Speedrunners beat 50-hour games in a matter of minutes. "Routers" are the people who find the tricks that make that possible.

3.30.16

YouTube Channel of the Week #14: Games Done Quick

People playing games as quickly as they can opens us up to some surprisingly tender moments.

8.14.15

‘Resident Evil 2’ Is the Game That Proved Horror Didn’t Have to Be Humdrum

Capcom's 1998 title bursts with colour and life and gameplay beats that don't quite work, but that just makes it the more enjoyable.

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7.24.15

Summer Games Done Quick Starts This Weekend: Watch and Be Wowed

Understanding what makes perfectionist players go faster than their peers, and all for good causes.

2.6.15

This Was the Week in Video Games

Unbelievably, we're still talking about GamerGate.

1.13.15

Why Speed-Running Is the Greatest Thing About Gaming

Watching grown adults – often blindfolded – speed-run their way through my favourite computer games is a thrill like no other.

10.17.14

You Can Now Make a Career Out of Playing Zelda Really, Really Fast

A Swede is challenging the reigning champ to become the Ocarina of Time "speedrunning" champ.