Let’s Talk About Speed Runs

The problem with video game speed runs is that they aren’t particularly impressive unless you know the game. Watching some dude beast Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts in less than 40 minutes doesn’t translate well to a general audience. If anything, the fact I see some intrinsic value in such a feat will likely distance me from normal people. And then they will push me down and no one will ask me to the Sadie Hawkins dance.

Fortunately, The King of Kong has done a nice job of injecting an understanding of video game world records into the public consciousness. This is mostly because King of Kong isn’t a documentary about video games as it is a story of good vs. evil or, at the very least, a story of adorkable vs. douche-incarnate.

You don’t need to know anything about Super Mario 64 to appreciate the world record holder for fastest 120 Star run.  Clocking in at 1:47:10, Twtich TV’s Siglemic record breaking run is an interesting watch simply because how calculated every single second is. Watching the whole thing is completely unnecessary; skipping to any part of the video below should suffice.

Watch as he pimp slaps my childhood.


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