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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...
How to get the Secret Ending in Hollow Knight (Spoiler Free)
Challenges, Gaming, Guides

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...
Intentions – Putting Mental Health ads in Video Games
Community, Community Articles, Esports & Competitive, Gaming

Intentions – Putting Mental Health ads in Video Games

Before we begin, it is important to state just how crucial mental health is. It is good to see that people and the media are beginning to talk about it more. Everyone deserves the chance to enjoy life and be happy. During the Covid-19 pandemic, many people have been forced to stay at home. That isolation can wreak havoc on one's mental health, and for those with mental health disorders, it could be even worse. Organizations that treat and deal with mental health find themselves at a critical point. While the impact of the pandemic has led to a surge in mental health issues, the pandemic itself makes it difficult for those afflicted to seek help.  As such, these companies have searched for different ways to reach out. One of these ways comes in the form of ads, but in a unique medium - V...
A Re-Inventing of Perfect Dark: Story, Theory, Analysis
Gaming, New Releases

A Re-Inventing of Perfect Dark: Story, Theory, Analysis

As you already know, a "re-inventing" of Perfect Dark was announced at The Game Awards 2020. This information had been leaked some time back, and it is great to finally confirm a new Perfect Dark. Should we get excited yet? Should we dismiss this and just admit that any new take on Perfect Dark will just let us down? I don't know for sure yet, but I have some insight on the story, theories, questions, and possibly a few answers. I am fairly confident I know what the story is going to be about. That said, if you are looking to go in fully blind, now is the time to stop reading! This teaser trailer showed very little about the game, but it is currently the best we have to go on. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out here: When we first see the Perfect Dark teaser, the camera ...
The Mexican Runner Takes on The God Run Challenge in Cuphead
Challenges, Gaming, Speedruns

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...
The Phenomenon of “Dead” Games: A Deep Dive into a “Dying” Titles in the Video Game Industry
Esports & Competitive, Gaming

The Phenomenon of “Dead” Games: A Deep Dive into a “Dying” Titles in the Video Game Industry

There is a strange phenomenon that is going on within the games industry. Over the past few years, popular video games that are no longer the golden child of social media are very quickly considered “dead”. A quick browse on YouTube will give you hundreds of videos that explain to you why your favorite game is dead. Fall Guys, Animal Crossing, Among Us, and Phasmophobia are a few examples of games that exploded in popularity due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, before fading from the spotlight. Games like Fortnite or League of Legends are examples of games that are extremely popular, but internet forums are quick to deem the games dead or dying. We will take a look at a few massive games over the past half a decade that has faded from the limelight to see if they’re really “dead” or not. Redefin...
Dead by Daylight’s Chapter XVIII: A Binding of Kin Adds to the List of Ongoing Issues
Gaming, New Releases

Dead by Daylight’s Chapter XVIII: A Binding of Kin Adds to the List of Ongoing Issues

It has been more than a month since Chapter XVIII: A Binding of Kin arrived for Dead by Daylight. This new DLC added, as usual, a pair of new characters who can be acquired by spending in-game currency (9000 iridescent shards each), or simply buying it for $6.99. The new killer, Charlotte, whose power is being able to control her brother Victor, and the survivor Élodie Rakoto, a mysterious woman that works as an occult investigator, have come with three new perks each -- and this is where the trouble begins. There has been a conflict among survivors and killers because while Élodie's perks are fun, Charlotte's are not really helpful or useful in any way. However, this is not the main cause of players' complaints. The problem lies in Charlotte’s power. Her power has presented over ...
The Journey from Casual to WR Holder – New Super Mario Bros. Wii Low% by BMAN_03
Speedruns, World Records

The Journey from Casual to WR Holder – New Super Mario Bros. Wii Low% by BMAN_03

New Super Mario Bros. Wii was one of my (BMAN_03) favorite childhood games. I was originally a Nintendo DS kid around the mid to late 2000's, until I received the Wii for Christmas of 2009. Playing games like Mario Kart Wii, New Super Mario Bros. Wii (NSMB Wii), Super Smash Bros Brawl, Skylanders, Super Mario Galaxy, and many more. I just really loved Wii games. Eventually I got into Minecraft and such, so I started to drift away from the Wii. I got a bit older and it wasn't until 2018 that I felt the urge to play some childhood classics. At the time, I was also aware that speedrunning exists. My ideas clashed. I thought I was good enough at these Wii games to give speedrunning a try, so with very little practice, I jumped right into it. On the 23rd of September of 2018, I attempted my ...
How to Start Speedrunning: A Beginner’s Guide
Guides, Speedruns

How to Start Speedrunning: A Beginner’s Guide

If you're asking yourself "How do I start to speedrun?" you're in the right place. I'm going to write the short of this article first. If you need any extra details of how to start speedrunning, everything will be further explained in greater detail after this quick speedrun checklist. I personally believe the best way to start speedrunning is to not overthink it. Let's give you the TL;DR of how to start speedrunning! 1. Choose a game! 2. Watch a speedrun of the game! 3. Follow along with the speedrun, take notes, and seek out community help where necessary. 4. After obtaining a general idea of the route, start speedrunning! 5. Practice! And there you go! That's it, you're doing the thing! You're speedrunning for your first time. Make mistakes and learn from them. Practice whe...
What REALLY Happened at the End of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening?
Gaming

What REALLY Happened at the End of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening?

What actually happens at the end of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening? To state the obvious, everything in this video [article] is going to be a spoiler. So if you are looking to avoid spoiling yourself... what are you doing here? Many people view Link's Awakening as one of, if not THE, best Zelda game in the series -- besides Wand of Gamelon, of course. However, others are left feeling disappointed. And reasonably so, if you look at the game as simplistically as possible. As someone who has played through this game nearly every year since its initial release in 1993, I've picked up on the nuances and a few KEY details which most people probably overlook. Details which shine a new, more positive light on the devastating destruction of the beautiful Koholint Island. To tell yo...