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Half-Life speedrun record smashed, video evidence is nauseating

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The original Half-Life game has been the running track for many speed runners over the years, with the usually 15-20 hour story being blitzed through in less than an hour. But now the fastest players alive have thrown down a new gauntlet and broken the existing speedrun record. 

Their new time: 20 minutes and 41 seconds. That’s nine minutes faster than the previous record. Nine. 

This speedrun has been in ‘development’ since 2010, with years spent painstakingly planning the approach and discovering new techniques to sprint through Black Mesa as fast as possible. The original target was to achieve a 27 minute run, but through the development of new tricks the team managed to slice a whole 7 minutes of their target time, beating the existing run record by 9 minutes. Pretty impressive.

“This run has truly been an endurance test for everyone involved, and we're extremely happy to finally be able to share it with you,” said YouTuber quadrazid, uploader of the speedrun video. 

Also a test of endurance is watching the video. Hold onto your stomach, especially after the 15 minute mark.

The speedrun was segmented - each section tackled individually by different players - and then stitched back together to find the final time. You can check out the details of each section's time by reading the team's spreadsheet.

You’ll notice that the video contains a lot of ‘bunnyhopping’, a technique that’s used a lot in speedrunning but normally frowned upon in general gaming. The Source version of Half-Life has removed the ability to bunyhop, but by using mods the team were able to exploit bunnyhopping to their benefit. The Bunnymod Pro mod also adds HUD elements to aid the speedrunner, which you can see in action in the video. 

Cheers, NeoGAF

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4 Years ago

So they cheated in form of mods to achieve faster movement speed and jumping capability. Not really worth mention then imho. Plus at 9.50 they seem to glitch through the map for a while there, and definitely go off the map at 15.07 to reach other parts of the map through glitching. How is this even worthy of being "news" :o

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Belimawr Avatar
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4 Years ago

he glitched through the map quite a few times, not to mention he has modded the game to move faster and make the short cuts possible. he may as well have just ran it with godmode and noclip.

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4 Years ago

As far as i know, The faster movement speed was a bug in the original engine that was patched out later. The speedrunning community for this game all use mods to get that back. Out of bounds glitches are also widely used in this category.

I always feel that segmented runs are a bit less impressive than single segment runs. But this is still quite an achievement. Do not underestimate just how precise all of these parts had to be executed for this time to be achieved.

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Belimawr Avatar
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4 Years ago

but thats the point if mods and glitches are fine you could make the entire game in a couple of minutes, if people want to speed run, they should do it in the constraints of the game, using glitches and mods makes the achievement no more valid than completing a game with god mode on.

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Stranger replied to Belimawr
4 Years ago

Using a glitch is within the contraints of a game though.

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Belimawr replied to Stranger
4 Years ago

God mod and noclip are in the game it doesn't mean you would use them does it?

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4 Years ago

Yeah I hate glitch type speed runs like this. I saw a Crysis speed run where he just basically started flying. Why is that even considered? It's just fastest to glitch the game gets the "record".

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