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By Alex Walker on July 4, 2014 at 7:49 am
And if you like watching games but don’t want to spend a great deal of time watching them, then why not take up speedrunning? You can save oodles of time and feel humiliated at your inability to fly through games in one convenient package. That’s the mix of feelings I got when watching the new Super Mario Bros. world record speedrun, where gamer Blubber (taking the name from the Super Mario Bros leaderboard) blows through the entire game in a 4:57:69, a mere 40 milliseconds ahead of the previous world record.
That’s less than five minutes to beat the whole of Super Mario Bros. I remember playing a retro drinking game with my Starcraft 2 friends in SMB once. I couldn’t get past the second world in two hours. Shame on me. But you can think about my misery when you watch the wonderous feat for yourself.
In other speedrunning news, a new Fallout 3 world record has been set as well. This isn’t a 100% completion record – that’d be a bit ridiculous, honestly – but blowing through the entire game in a mere 23 minutes and 13 seconds is an admirable effort indeed. A bit counter-productive considering you’re meant to absorb and enjoy the radioactive world of Fallout, but then, speedrunners end up exploring the game in ways others never dream of, so each to their own.
Source: Thanks, Eurogamer!