Faster, Higher, Stronger…Well, At Least Faster..

Think that finishing Metroid Prime in a matter of days is fast? Well, some people would beg to differ as they can finish the game in less than 2 hours, and with 100% completion.

While you are busy picking your seemingly slack lower jaw off the floor, I would like to welcome you to the world of “speed running”. In a nut shell, gamers doing a speed run aim at completing a game in the quickest way possible.

Often than not, breaking the previous record and setting new ones require a lot of training, strategizing and analyzing how the game works and how the previous record was made. It’s probably as exciting as watching Usain Bolt break the world record for the 100 meter dash.

I’m a notoriously slow gamer; it took me months before I got about completing SSX and Mercenaries for the PS2. But hey, if you are setting records as a speed runner, you’ve got my respect and admiration.

For the rest of you who are interested in checking out what speed running is all about, take a look at Speed Demo Archive; the site has speed run recordings (yes, videos!) and also commentary from the gamer involved.

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