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Can You Beat Minecraft in Under 10 Minutes?
Personal Bests, Routing, Speedruns, World Records

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...
New EXPLOITS found in The Legend of ZELDA: Skyward Sword
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New EXPLOITS found in The Legend of ZELDA: Skyward Sword

New exploits have been found to save time in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword! These are all complex, yet excellently named glitches known to speedrunners of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. These exploits, combined with countless other optimizations, have led to the world record time of the Any% category to be reduced by multiple hours in the past year. Despite all of this, Skyward Sword still remained one of the longest 3D Legend of Zelda speedruns (that crown is held by The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess). Well, the run isn’t so long anymore! In the past few months, even more developments of the route have taken place after a discovery made by speedrunner lepelog. The new techniques involve the Boss Rush mini-game that takes place near the end of the game. Lepelog discover...
This Week in Speedrunning
Community, Routing, Speedruns, World Records

This Week in Speedrunning

Ocarina of Time, Skyward Sword, events, an NES classic -- this week has been huge for speedruns. Let's check it out. Contra 11 months ago, Angrylanks took a long-standing world record from DK28 in the Nintendo classic, Contra. DK's time of 9:53.834 has stood for 3 years, and Angrylanks only inched forward with a time 0.034 seconds faster -- 9:53:8. Well, Angrylanks has unparalleled dedication, and he pushed that 9:53 lower and lower over these 11 months. Finally, he broke through that barrier. After a tough and ongoing battle, Lanks achieved an incredible 9:52.850. If you don't know Angrylanks, we highly recommend you check out his twitch channel. Not only is he incredibly good at any game he puts his mind to, he's also a great drummer and an all around great guy. Skyward Sword A...
OoT Ganon’s Castle Cutscene Skip
Community Articles, Routing, Speedruns

OoT Ganon’s Castle Cutscene Skip

This article is not original content. This is only a reconstruction of a pastebin created by Zfg. This is only being reposted because we consider it highly valuable speedrunning information, and wanted to display it in a way that keeps you on a single page. The only edits of the original post are grammar, punctuation, capitalization, embedding links, and a little bit of styling or rephrasing if necessary. Without further ado, read about the new route improvements -- originally written by Zfg: A few days ago a new clip was found in Ganon's castle escape that lets us get out of bounds and skip all the way to the end of the castle collapse -- without even having to watch the cutscene for the collapse starting. This saves more time than simply getting out of caste collapse faster ...
8 Second Time Save in LADX!
Routing, Speedruns

8 Second Time Save in LADX!

Just 2 months ago, VlackSR PB'd with a 52:45 in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX. With the world record being held at 52:44 by TGH, that leaves Vlack only about 1 second away. The main category is Any% (No SQ/WW/OoB). Complete the game without save & quit, wrong warps, or out of bounds. The most brutal aspect of this run is that you not only need flawless execution throughout the entirety of the run, but also the final boss is just riddled with RNG. I couldn't count the number of times Vlack had missed out on WR purely based on RNG alone. Upward of 10 times in a single stream! Day after day this bad luck just beats down on any runner with green splits. One of the most notable luck-based moments of the final fight is during a phase in which Agahnim shoots projectiles towards L...
ZFG Gets OoT 100% WR With New Route!
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ZFG Gets OoT 100% WR With New Route!

Timed at 4:11:08, Zfg just improved his Ocarina of Time 100% world record with the new category route! There was a huge build up of anticipation for this run. We watched as Zfg pieced together old and new route ideas, unsure if it could even result in a time save, or if it was simply wasted efforts. We started off knowing it could be slower, but as it was timed we found the new route to be at least 1 minute faster. Within 24 hours, that time save jumped to 2 minutes. Zfg's not sure what the God-run might look like, but with a quick estimate he stated it might be around 4:07:xx. So what changed? So much, and I'm sure nobody can explain it in as great of detail as Zfg himself! One of the first notable changes is the RBA inside the windmill before getting the song of storms. Doing this all...