Speedruns

How to Find the Speedrun World Record in Any Game
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How to Find the Speedrun World Record in Any Game

Over the last few years, speedrunning has exploded into one of gaming's most popular niches. Humans (and sometimes robots) compete to complete video games of all genres, qualities, platforms, and popularities in as little time as possible while following particular rules set in place by a game's respective speedrunning community. Most games will have numerous different categories, ranging from merely completing a game to achieving 100% completion, individual level times, runs with particular feature or glitch restrictions, or straight-up meme categories. With each speedrun category comes a world record to chase, and we'll show you where and how to find them. How to Find a Speedrun World Record To find the world record for a speedrun, go to Speedrun.com and search for any game you're curi...
Quick LiveSplit Setup Guide (3 Minutes)
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Quick LiveSplit Setup Guide (3 Minutes)

First, head to LiveSplit.org to download the timer. If you're not a Windows user, you'll need to check out the guide for other available timers here in our article Which Timer to Use For Speedrunning? LiveSplit Setup: Download LiveSplit at LiveSplit.org Edit splits to add the game name and category Add splits Style the splits with the layout editor Set your hotkeys in the Settings Speedrun! In the newly-downloaded file, open LiveSplit. Right-click the timer and head to Edit Splits. In the Game Name section, start typing the name of the game. A dropdown will display the best matches from Speedrun.com so you can easily select the game you are planning to speedrun. Now click on the dropdown arrow for the Run Category field to choose from available categories for that...
How to Set Up LiveSplit – In-Depth Guide with Screenshots
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How to Set Up LiveSplit – In-Depth Guide with Screenshots

Timing your speedruns is an essential part of tracking your progress. Furthermore, if you stream on Twitch or upload videos to YouTube, your viewers will enjoy seeing your pace. Bettering yourself with every run feels great and it's thrilling to watch! The timer on your phone may have sufficed as you were adjusting to the idea of splitting and timing your speedruns, but if you’re ready to really start tracking your time, then you need to set up a more sophisticated timer. This LiveSplit tutorial will get you set up in no time!  Welcome to the ultimate LiveSplit setup guide. This 'more than you'd ever need' in-depth, extensive deep-dive into the most common speedrun timer will cover just about every option available in LiveSplit. If you need to quickly look for a specific setting or feat...
How to Start Speedrunning – Guide, Tips, Timers, Hardware
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How to Start Speedrunning – Guide, Tips, Timers, Hardware

At some point, in 2015, after years of watching speedruns, I found a game that I truly wanted to speedrun. I went through a lot of headaches and confusion when getting started up, so I figure I'll save you some trouble. I'll first start off covering the details on a surface level, and then if you need any extra details of how to speedrun, you can keep reading. I hope this guide works as both a quick speedrun checklist, and a thorough enough guide that you'll be able to refer back to it when you're looking into more advanced approaches. I personally believe the best way to start speedrunning is to not overthink it. As a quick guide for beginners to jump in and get started, here's the general overview of the steps you will need to take. How to Start Speedrunning 1. Choose a game 2. Watch ...
What is Speedrunning? Speedrunning Explained
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What is Speedrunning? Speedrunning Explained

Speedrunning has been around for decades now, but gamers have given it a recent surge in popularity. Lots of people who aren't familiar with video games are asking, "What is speedrunning? What's a speedrun? Why is it so, so popular?" At face value, speedrunning can be summed up quite easily. This is what speedrunning is: Speedrunning is the act of beating a video game, or segment of a game, as quickly as possible while adhering to a set of rules which have been established by the game's individual community. Speedruns makes use of leaderboards to track who holds the fastest times for different categories such as Any%, 100%, and other various rulesets. But it's more than that. It's hard work, practice, grit, consistency, strategy, technique, technical knowledge, risk, luck, com...
How to Grow a Following in an Obscure Speedrun: The iCarly Blow Up – A Case Study
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How to Grow a Following in an Obscure Speedrun: The iCarly Blow Up – A Case Study

Okay, maybe "blow up" is a bit strong. But when you consider that most obscure games will have just one or two speedruns on the leaderboards if any, I'd say this one constitutes as a blow up. So, what’s a speedgame that’s obscure? A game that no reasonable person would think to speedrun? Well, probably iCarly for the Nintendo Wii. Let's take a quick look at where the boost in popularity came from and how this applies to building up a following for any speedrun. This game used to be a title with a mostly empty leaderboard, lost to time and history -- a shovelware product that faded into the background of everyone’s collective memories. But thanks to the actions of one person, that has changed. Meet Saltydkdan, a YouTuber (retired from this project) who previously dedicated themsel...
Can You Beat Minecraft in Under 10 Minutes?
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Can You Beat Minecraft in Under 10 Minutes?

Wow, it has been an INSANE month for Minecraft speedrunning. The community managed to break sub-14 minutes. Not only that, but sub-12 was achieved. Can you imagine beating Minecraft in under 14 or even 12 minutes? If beating the game in under 12 minutes is possible, then is beating Minecraft in under 10 minutes possible? Let's take a look at the past four world records (all in the same month) to see if it is. Please note that speedrun.com looks at the in-game time rather than real-time. Illumina's 13:53 YouTuber and speedrunner Illumina managed to pull off a sub-14 right at the beginning of the month. This was the first sub-14 run of Minecraft ever. How did he do it? Illumina started out about a hundred or so blocks away from a village. He ran his way over to the village and...
How to get the Secret Ending in Hollow Knight (Spoiler Free)
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How to get the Secret Ending in Hollow Knight (Spoiler Free)

If you’ve completed Hollow Knight’s story, whether recently or long ago, it might have left you a bit… hollow. It is not new having “bad endings” in video games for our main characters, and sometimes those are there for the best. However, despite how tragic Hallownest’s story is, some of us just waited for the credits to stop rolling and show us a better resolution to the conflict presented. If this is your case, fear not, because instead of a post-credit scene, there is a secret, more complex ending, which has a better outcome for our protagonist. It requires some extra work, and that is what we will be explaining in today’s article while keeping out any major spoilers as best as possible. What you will first need to have is an item from the Ancient Basic. Though you may already kno...
The Mexican Runner Takes on The God Run Challenge in Cuphead
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The Mexican Runner Takes on The God Run Challenge in Cuphead

The Mexican Runner, the absolute gaming legend, is working on his latest Cuphead challenge: The God Run! The Mexican Runner, also known as TMR, is a speedrunner who usually plays retro games, particularly NES. At the time of this article, TMR holds 30 speedrun world records, with times on leaderboards of 40 different games. Despite his many speedrunning accomplishments, he's most known for something else. He was also the first-ever player to complete the entire NES catalog. And he did it all live on Twitch, with most games being completed blind. Despite this being an insanely massive challenge to take on, it only took him 3 years. In just 3 years TMR completed all 714 officially licensed titles in a project he dubbed NESMania. You can find more details on this project, including TMR’s r...
AdamFerrari64 Takes on More Super Mario World Records
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AdamFerrari64 Takes on More Super Mario World Records

AdamFerrari64 has quickly risen up the leaderboards on multiple games, attaining multiple Super Mario world records. Inspired by Darbian, Adam picked up Super Mario Land 2 as a speedrun in June 2020 and blasted his way through incredible times on the leaderboard. I personally have been watching Super Mario Land 2 speedruns since 2013, and seeing someone move up so quickly on the leaderboards is practically unheard of. In the main category, Any% Glitchless, AdamFerrari64 stands in first place with a 26:14, right above IluvMario (26:18), Darbian (26:19), Oh_DeeR (26:20), EiP25 (26:21), along with many other talented and incredible runners holding ranks nearby. With those on the leaderboard between 2nd and 5th place spanning a mere 1 second apart each, Adam's more than 4 second lead shows you...