How, Exactly, Does One Beat Elden Ring in Under 23 Minutes?

There will be a few spoilers for Elden Ring in the following piece. I have something like 200 hours in Elden Ring (and I’ve still not completed the game.) Many of my colleagues have similar playtimes, as it is an impressively huge and multifaceted world. Its wide-open design means I…

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Elden Ring Spirit Ashes Tier List

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Behind the Blindfold: How a Sekiro Speedrunner Parried Visual Feedback

Imagine playing Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, FromSoft’s seminal 2019 action game, without anything but audio and your own memory to guide you. Facing all those bosses, engaging in those tough fights, and exploring the various danger-filled caverns and fortresses with nothing but faith that the game will not act in an…

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A Speedrunner’s Quest to Perfect Super Mario 64 Blindfolded

Speedrunner Bubzia has been on a quest to collect every star in Super Mario 64 blindfolded for years. For the final one, he needed to collect 100 coins in the Dire, Dire Docs level. In a regular speedrun, this takes around two minutes — too slow to be included in…

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Barney, Shrek, and Other Monsters: The World of Obscure Speedruns

At speedrun.com, over 1,000 players are on the Super Mario Bros. leaderboard. Only four have run 1996’s bizarre point-and-click adventure Harvester. The latter is one of countless obscure games obsessed over by as few as one fan, but the drive to master them can be no less studied and intense than what’s…

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Breaking VR with the Half Life: Alyx Speedrunning Community

In many ways, the Half Life: Alyx speedrun is just like any other. For about half an hour, players race through the game, combining ordinary precision play with glitches that allow them to skip major parts of levels. Though it may look familiar, the game’s virtual reality format makes the…

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The Wild World of Animal Crossing Speedrunning

For most of us, Animal Crossing represents a much-needed escape from our fast-paced day to day lives. In Nintendo’s idyllic series, we can take a relaxing stroll through a digital neighbourhood, spend socializing with our animal neighborhods, or go fishing to fill our town’s aquarium with exotic specimens. All of…

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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