Speedrunning

Games Features

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.
Patrick Klepek
5.30.19
Mario

Watching Someone Beat a Mario Game Without Pressing Right Is F'ing Wild

'New Super Mario Bros. U,' like most Mario games, asks you to move right to win. But what if you don't want to? That's where it gets tricky.
Patrick Klepek
1.10.19
Awesome Games Done Quick

I Can't Stop Watching This Dude Dance at Games Done Quick

How one enthusiastic fan is making Games Done Quick even more positive.
Danielle Riendeau
1.9.19
Spelunky

How Players Used Shotguns to Tear Open the Fabric of Reality in 'Spelunky'

Thousands of hours of experimentation and happy accidents have all lead to this moment, and it's changing the 'Spelunky' community.
Patrick Klepek
11.20.18
Gaming

Watch a Speedrunner Break the ‘Super Mario Bros.’ World Record

Speedrunner Kosmicd12 used old and new glitches to trim precious milliseconds off the game’s world record.
Matthew Gault
9.25.18
Speedrunning

One of Zelda's Greatest Speedrunners Was Just Banned From Twitch

Narcissa Wright, who's largely moved away from speedrunning due to health issues, isn't sure why Twitch decided to kick her off.
Patrick Klepek
5.15.18
Review

'Minit' Is a Speedy Triumph, Where The Goal Is Simple: Live, Die, Repeat

'Minit' is a quirky Zelda-like you play in 60-second chunks.
Danielle Riendeau
4.3.18
open thread

Watching Other People Play Zelda Gets Me Through My Day

Watching speedruns on Twitch is soothing and meditative in the least expected ways.
Danielle Riendeau
3.27.18
Speedrunning

The 33-Year Quest for the Perfect Run of 'Super Mario Bros.' Is Almost Over

These days, new records aren't about seconds, but milliseconds. Eventually, it just might not be possible to beat the game any faster.
Patrick Klepek
2.20.18
Postscript

The Cosmic Horror of Games Done Quick

The combined human effort of speedrunning is a wonderful, terrifying thing to behold.
Cameron Kunzelman
1.12.18
Final Fantasy IX

Players Are Using Robots to Jump Rope in 'Final Fantasy IX'

Final Fantasy IX's PS4 remaster has "Hail to the King," a truly Herculean achievement for mastering a difficult minigame.
Cameron Kunzelman
1.9.18
Awesome Games Done Quick

The Awesome Games Done Quick 2018 Schedule Looks Awesome, Quick

AGDQ 2018 is coming up fast.
Danielle Riendeau
11.2.17
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