Have you ever breezed through a game and thought to yourself “Man, that was quick”? Have you ever kept track of how fast you complete a game and see how you stack up against the rest of the pack? Well there many gamers who practice day and night to perfect their favourite titles to try and compete for world records. Some of them do it for fun or the love of a game, while some, like the guys who participate in the Awesome Games Done Quick marathons, do it for a good cause. Here are some unique and interesting speed runs:
Super Mario 64 One Handed
Super Mario 64 is a very common choice for speed runs, but at AGDQ 2014 a speed runner by the name of Peaches_ took it up a notch by completing his run one-handed. There are quite a few glitches and exploits he uses during his run, but being able to do some of the star quests he does with only one hand on an awkward controller like the N64 controller is pretty damn impressive. The action starts at about the 5:45 mark.
Blindfolded Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
Another unique speed run from the AGDQ 2014 event is Luke Miller’s blindfolded Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!. Luke has clearly studied the patterns of each Punch-Out!! opponent, and was able to make it all the way to Tyson blindfolded, and with relative ease. He also posts a pretty impressive run time, but unfortunately doesn’t quite complete 100% of his intended goal. I won’t spoil the ending, so you’ll have to check it out for yourself. The action starts around the 8:25 mark.
Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Speed Run
The Elder Scrolls series feature in-depth storylines and many epic quests that are meant to take several hours to complete. This speed run of Morrowind is the exact opposite, completing the game in just over 3 minutes. Many glitches and exploits are used, but the accomplishment is simply hilarious to watch.
Demon’s Souls Speed Run
If you have an hour to spare, why not check out the world record speed run of Demon’s Souls? Demon’s Souls is arguably the toughest game of the 3 in the series, and speed runner Fred Vasquez puts the game to shame. As someone who has been victimized by the punishing difficulty of the relentless Soul series, I feel pretty inadequate watching someone breeze through the game with such little difficulty.
These are just a few of the thousands of impressive speed runs that are out there. If you’d like to see more be sure to check out Games Done Quick’s Youtube videos from their yearly events. These guys do amazing work for charity, and raise thousands of dollars each event for charities like Doctors Without Borders and the Prevent Cancer Foundation.