April 14th, 2014 at 8:28pm by
Back about one month ago, the Elite (and in particular Luke Szklarz) tossed around an idea that it would be entirely possible to heave a timed mine through the big door on Caverns SA and into the radio room to complete objective C – much like the mine throws now used on Control. Proof-of-concept was finally delivered and the race to 1:18 and beyond was on which gave us quite a few nights of entertainment.
The throw itself is a precise throw, comparable to Surface 2 Agent, which requires Bond to chuck a timed mine in full left strafe at a particular angle and in a specific part of the tunnel. Bond must chuck a timed mine in a space the size of a mailbox; all of this while dealing with several extremely accurate guards and the likely scenario of the scientists failing anyway. The level has become much easier to survive, but still leaves a completion rate somewhere in the low single digit %.
On March 30, Canadian superstar Michael “Mouser” Kirkness posted his first career untied record with 1:18. With that monkey off his back, previous champ and American sage Bryan Bosshardt tied that record within a few hours. The race for multiple untieds was on! Australian powerhouse Luke Szklarz would also post his first career untied record with a skip directly to 1:16 on April 4, a time Swedish player Ilari Pekkala would tie just a few hours later as well. The next day, Bryan Bosshardt would get the “run of his life” in what ended up as a 1:14 completion and a 4 second skip into what was his first untied record since June 2012. Not to be outdone, Luke Szklarz posted 1:14 to break Bryan’s heart and solidify his time for the near future. It must be noted that neither the champion Rayan Isran or 3rd place player Marc Rutzou have beaten their former best times and former world records of 1:19. In total, as of this post, only 7 players have completed a run using this strategy.
In other game news, Australian champ Luke Szklarz continues to sizzle up the ranks as former Australian champ and direct competitor Karl Jobst skyrockets up the rankings. Luke would post Surface 2 Agent 0:48, a couple of previously mentioned Caverns Secret Agent world records, and finally would tie a DCMR time of Caverns Agent 1:01 – something even Ace doesn’t have quite yet! Karl has posted an incredible string of personal records, finally getting close to cleaning up his notoriously one-sided times page. With too many good individual times to list, his recent run is highlighted by Runway 00 Agent 0:35 – a time that ties a 4.5 year untied record that dates back to November 2009! Luke vs Karl is shaping up to be a wonderfully entertaining rivalry.
March 26th, 2014 at 10:19pm by
March 26, 2014 – a day that can be remembered for GoldenEye relinquishing its last reasonable untied record, and the day when former giant-killer Michael Kirkness ended a streak that started on August 7, 2002.
Karl Jobst, former Australian champ, perennial multiplayer powerhouse, former champion of the game in time rankings back in the very early 2000s and strat contributor posted Cradle 00 Agent 0:35. The quest to earn 0:35 on 00 Agent began back in July 2008 when former champion David Clemens posted Secret Agent 0:35, but no players emerged as the candidate to put in the likely grind needed to match that record on 00 Agent. Not only did Karl get his first untied record since January 17, 2006 (Archives Secret Agent 0:55), but he did the entire run with only one ZMG in the hut in style.
Part 2 of this milestone day is Canadian player Michael “Mouser” Kirkness finally tying Bryan Bosshardt’s last remaining untied record with Runway Secret Agent 0:22. This is the first time in 11.5 years that we will not see a solo pink “BB” on the rankings, a streak that spans over 4000 days and won’t be threatened to be matched in many years. Michael Kirkness’s previous most notable achievements are being the first player to tie Runway Agent 0:22 in May 2006, and Bunker 1 Agent 0:17 back on 666. (June 6, 2006).
Fantastic job to both players, as well as everyone who helped contribute to the Control massacre of the last few weeks. The records currently stand at 3:56 / 4:04 / 4:05.
March 8th, 2014 at 12:26pm by
If you’ve waltzed onto the GoldenEye boards or taken a brief look at the rankings since February 23, you’ll notice a trend amongst the top players. 6 of the 7 most recent world records have been Control Agent after new, more consistent strategies have been found to make Natalya’s 17 second escape far more consistent. It all started when Ilari Pekkala tied 3:58, which was previously considered to be a god-tier time in April 2009 (David Clemens). 5 days later, 8th place player Jimmy Bauer came out of left field and posted 3:58 as well, prompting others to play it and try for that elusive 3:57 untied. Ryan White promptly tied 3:58 during a live wodahs-reklaw Mumble broadcast. This flurry of record-ties prompted formerly-retired and current champion Rayan Isran to get 3:57 within an hour’s playtime, and now 3 people have tied 3:57 in the past few days. The race to 3:56 is on.
What has happened, you ask? The beginning lift can be warped, thus saving around a half a second; you can now destroy the drone room mainframe and glass mainframe without ever leaving Natalya’s area (exploiting the mine-through-walls glitch); you can shoot Natalya in a way that lures her closer to the stairs after Objective B completes; endings of 17 seconds or better can now be done on an infinitely more consistent basis, thus yielding more legitimate runs and chances at 3:59 or lower.
The Elite is fortunate to be a well-glued community. Instead of many players playing many different levels, many of the top players tend to stick to one level, obliterate their old times and move on, leaving knowledge learned to the players that come after them. It wasn’t long ago that 3:59 was considered an amazing time, but now it is sitting at a fragile 90 points and unacceptable for most top tier players.
In a quote stolen from rwhitegoose at AGDQ 2014, the Elite hivemind sticks together and we all suffer from a case of monkey-see-monkey-do. The first monkeys, however, are the pioneers and cornerstones of the Elite community and must be recognized for their efforts and time invested to make the strategies usable for all of us.
In “other” news, which by no means is meant to be a degrading comment to the rest of the community, we’ve seen Jimmy Bauer return to action by posting that extremely elusive Statue Agent 2:18, thus completing the 2:18 sweep which began in March 2008 on 00 Agent by Bryan Bosshardt. Karl Jobst is furiously climbing the ranks, posting an insane amount of world records and now sits a measily 11 points out of 10th (Shawn Johnson) as of this writing, and 100 points behind me in 9th. The other big mover this year has been Eise Smit, who now sits in 10th place in overall time, just 5 seconds away from the elusive 1:15:59 overall time. The unknown ninja Luke Pettit also made his presence felt by scoring Frigate Secret Agent 1:00, a record formerly choked away in 2012 by David Clemens and gotten by Luke only after an extreme amount of hours, and 3 completed 1:01s. Lastly, Canadian superstar Michael “Mouser” Kirkness, famous for being the man to tie Bunker 1 Agent 0:17 and Runway Agent 0:22, has made a big comeback after returning from hibernation.
Player of the Month, February 2014
This month’s award goes to Jimmy Bauer! For completing the Statue WR sweep including an untied 2:18 on Agent, plus a very impressive Control Agent 3:58 (which he’s since improved to 3:57!)
February 11, 2014 will forever be a historic date within the-elite, for it is on that date when GoldenEye 007 speedrunner and workhorse extraordinaire completed Depot Dark License to Kill (DLTK) becoming the first man to beat Goldeneye’s 20 levels on all difficulties; Agent, Secret Agent, 00 Agent, License to Kill and Dark License to Kill. DLTK is a 007 mode in the game with all enemy settings maxed. This mode is absurdly difficult and is a premiere challenge in any video game; effectively requiring at least 10 headshots to kill any guard, whereas any shot fired at Bond will almost certainly kill him. Beating any level on DLTK can take dozens, if not hundreds of hours of attempts, strategizing and planning. Not to mention the standard License to Kill (LTK) mode is not much easier. Bozon’s full completion of every level on every category is a truly incredible gaming achievement.
Bozon’s journey began in 2006 when he joined the-elite, to speedrun Goldeneye’s normal modes. Later that year, he beat his first DLTK level, Statue. At the time, three levels, Streets, Train and Silo had not been completed by anyone; many believing they were impossible. By mid 2008, Bozon had completed 13 of 20 levels on DLTK. A huge milestone came in April 2013 when, after 330 hours of play, Bozon became the first person (and still the only) to ever beat Silo DLTK. Bozon rounded out his completed 20 by beating Streets, Jungle and Depot this year. His feat is a great testament to the passion typical of many great Goldeneye and Perfect Dark players at the elite, playing the game for over 8 years with dedication, desire and heart.
Bozon has made a playlist of his DLTK completions available here; a necessary watch if you are into extremely difficult video game challenges!
Bozon currently holds 11 of the 20 DLTK World Records, 6 LTK World Records, and 2 normal mode World Records.
It’s been quite a month for GoldenEye! 43 different players managed at least one PR, and we saw a lot of activity from many of GE’s top players.
-Eise Smit led the charge, picking up 25 PRs in 14 different levels. This puts him at 12th place with 5207 points heading into February, less than 100 points from #10-ranked Shawn Johnson! He spent a lot of time on Control, ending up with 4:00 Agent, 4:13 SA, and 4:18 00A, which were enough to get him on the level’s leaderboard with 270 points. He became one of the few eliters to successfully pull off the most risky version of the Aztec glass strategy (more on that later).
-Karl Jobst, one of the all-time greats, had five amazing times this month. 0:52 Agent, 0:56 SA, 0:57 00A got him on the Jungle leaderboard, and he got world records on Cradle Secret Agent (0:35) and 00 Agent (0:36) to get 300 points there…better yet, he got those WRs in one day! He used a new strategy as well, throwing the grenade into the hut that Trevelyan first runs into.
-Luke Szklarz took that new strategy and used it to get 0:37 on Cradle 00A, but stuck with the old strat for SA 0:36. Both excellent times, although Luke wasn’t done there…he focused on Train this month, coming away with a superb trio: 1:01 Agent, 1:26 SA, and 1:53 00A. These times tie him with David Clemens for 3rd on the Train leaderboard, behind Rayan Isran and Marc Rützou. Luke pulled off a very impressive rise in the ranks in 2013, and continues to impress in the new year; we’ll see whether he can push past Bryan Bosshardt to make the top 4.
-Jim Barrett spent last year clawing his way back into the top 10, and rumor has it he has his sights set on passing Ilari Pekkala for the #7 spot. Anybody who knows Jim knows his tendency to complain about his unsurpassed streak of bad luck, but Baron Samedi finally threw him a bone, dying fast enough for Jim to get Egypt Agent 0:46. He had a Train trio of his own, clocking in at 1:07 Agent, 1:32 SA, and 1:57 00A. He also pulled off the crazy Aztec strategy, and since I promised I’d talk about that…
-Axel Zakrisson only PRed once this month, but it’s one of his best times: Aztec Agent 1:28. Getting under 1:30 requires very fast guard manipulation to open the glass door where you’d normally need Jaws’ keycard.
Eise Smit, Jim Barrett and Ilari Pekkala all used this strategy to get 1:29 this month, a crazy rush of times using a technique that had only been successfully utilized by four people before.
-Ryan “Goose” White continues to dazzle many hundreds of viewers a night, after he and Alex Anderson thrilled the crowd at Awesome Games Done Quick 2014. Besides his own trio of Train times at AGDQ (1:06/1:32/2:00), Goose finally achieved a world record he’d been trying years for: Streets Agent 1:12! Ryan Lockwood recently got this time, receiving unprecedented amounts of hype for his reactions (and for skipping 1:13), but Goose’s accomplishment shouldn’t go unnoticed; Marc Rützou is the only other player with 1:12, a time which requires a combination of luck, very precise execution, and CLUTCHNESS.
-Daniel “Wodahs” Coelho is back from hiatus, and moving up the ranks once again; currently sitting at 37th, Wodahs spent a week improving quite a few different times, but then focused on a few key levels. He came away with three world records: Archives Agent 0:16, Dam Agent 0:53, and Runway Agent 0:22. It’s hard to predict how high Wodahs will manage to climb, but I don’t see him slowing down any time soon.
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It was early Sunday morning, around 3:30am local time, when eliters finally took the stage at Awesome Games Done Quick 2014. Alex Anderson and Ryan White speedran GoldenEye 007 using 2.X control styles in World Record time of 24:01. Bryan Bosshardt followed this up with a stellar Perfect Dark Perfect Agent 58:34, cutting the 1 hour time; something only the Bossman himself, as well as dual champion Rayan Isran have been able to do. Not to be outdone, Ryan Lockwood clutched a legendary GoldenEye 007 multiplayer victory in a 19-19 ending vs the other three gamers. Derek Clark and Trent Hovis provided insightful couch commentary while the two games raised well over $15 000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation in donation incentives.
All in all, the unanimous feeling among eliters was that this was the biggest moment in elite history. Incredible gameplay and commentary broadcast to an audience around 50 000 viewers gave huge exposure and cemented the elite’s reputation as a premiere speedrun community among the gaming world. Congratulations to all eliters who had a helping hand in making this happen!
Alex & Goose GE 007 Agent 2.X Speedrun 24:01 (WR)
Boss PD Perfect Agent 58:34
GoldenEye 007 Multiplayer Deathmatch
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January 8th, 2014 at 11:57pm by
Friday – 10:05 PM ET – GoldenEye at 3 AM, PD at 4 AM. Watch for Lockwood sightings.
Friday – 6:05 AM ET – The marathon has fallen well behind schedule and GoldenEye has been pushed back to 4 AM ET. We’ll keep you posted. Up-to-date discussion is available on the boards. We’ll post videos afterward.
At the Grand Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza in Washington, D.C., there is no ball this week. Nor are there suits and ties or PowerPoint presentations (hopefully). Instead, the space is host to a makeshift studio, of sorts, where a week-long marathon of video game speedruns are being performed live and streamed to thousands of viewers online here (Jan 5-11). Yes, there are a lot of geeks at the Crowne Plaza right now. This is AGDQ.
AGDQ stands for “Awesome Games Done Quick” and for the most part, the games are awesome and the runs are quick. Every year (for 4 years now… I think?) console gamers from around the world flock to D.C. to showcase their highly specialized gaming abilities for a growing audience of speedrun enthusiasts. This year viewer audiences are expected to approach 100,000 at times, tuning in to see an A-list lineup of gaming wizards dismantle an A-list lineup of classic game titles. The event is run annually and raises loads of money for charity (learn about donating here).
The Elite has well-represented this year, with roughly a dozen community members in attendance, three of whom will be performing Saturday. This year’s GoldenEye showcase is a tandem performance by Ryan White and Alex Anderson sharing duty on an agent speedrun. Alternating segments? No. They will be playing simultaneously using the dubious 2.2 control style while the audience simultaneously appreciates and underappreciates the scale of difficulty. One player (allegedly Goose) will manage the C-buttons to navigate, and the other (Allegedly Alex) will manage pitch, the trigger, A, and B-buttons. Allegedly they’ve run sub-25:00 in practice, and (allegedly, of course) that is faster than you. (Me.)
Bryan Bosshardt, the original GoldenEye prodigy, will be speedrunning Perfect Dark (I’d elaborate, but don’t know much more right now). He’s got ice water in his veins and I’m excited to watch him crush it. I’ve also got ice water in my veins because it’s god damn freezing here, by the way.
The runs are currently scheduled for Friday evening, though they could get moved to Saturday afternoon. Tune in to see me and also maybe those other guys and their runs. Keep an eye out for guest appearances by Ryan Lockwood, Trent Hovis, Mark Jones (running MK64 tonight!), Dan Edeen, Drew Weatherton, Greg Woll, and Lady Gaga. And some other community members that are arriving that I don’t know about. But not Jimbo (who is instead passing time alone in the frozen wasteland of wherever he’s from)
This year the event is raising money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. For most games, different donation targets are set as bounties for the speed runner to attempt something entertaining, ludicrously difficult, or otherwise novel. So even the pro-cancer lobby can find cause to donate!
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December 31st, 2013 at 9:54pm by
Veteran Trent Hovis answered my challenge/bounty on the boards to create a subtitled version of the video. All the run’s glory is plain to see now:
Hey folks – Derek here. I’m here to share with you my new favorite video – Ryan Lockwood’s narrated replay of his record-tying 1:12 Streets Agent run from a few days ago. For those who missed the news or even those who already got the word (see: Corey Stolzenbach’s post), let me provide more context for what makes this time–and the video below–so interesting.
Hundreds know Ryan Lookwood from his Twitch stream; dozens others have met him at our annual meetup. There are a lot of, um… idiosyncratic dudes that take to speedrunning, and Ryan Lockwood is no exception. He’s an intense dude, in short.
Here’s Ryan narrating his run over stream to a 50+ audience, shortly after achieving it. It was the first time he or anyone else watched the run.
Ryan is the second person to achieve the time of 1:12 on this level. Normally record ties aren’t big news, but Ryan hit this time before getting 1:13. This is absurdly unlikely. 1:12 is one of the most frame-for-frame maxed times in GoldenEye, first accomplished by Marc Rützou in 2012, a player whose made a name for grinding hard to break/set records that are daunting to match. With 20+ people sharing the old record of 1:13 in early 2012, the prospect of 1:12 was a popular debate in the forums. A $100 bounty was posted for anyone who could get this time–legitimately–and after weeks of attempts, Marc won the “race”. Only a few have shown serious intentions (or even interest) in matching the feat since. Technically, Ryan isn’t among them, as 1:13 was his goal. But you’ll see in the video that he had a good sense of what was on the line toward the end of his run.
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December 27th, 2013 at 5:10pm by
While many people spent their holiday time with family, Ryan Lockwood was working hard to score big Goldeneye records on Twitch. His Christmas Day accomplishment has excited the Goldeneye community.
The 22-year-old from Key West, FL spent much of his time at the 2013 Virginia Meet trying for Silo Agent 1:01. He finally became the 5th player to earn this time on December 22nd. Just three days after nailing that record, he managed to hit an even bigger record. Lockwood must have been on Santa’s really, really nice list, as he hit Streets Agent 1:12. He is the first player to tie the world record set by Marc Rützou in 2012. Prior to this Christmas Day shocker, Rützou held seven untied world records, including a sweep on Train. By tying him, Lockwood showed everybody he can live up to his potential.
It wasn’t exactly one of the usual suspects of Rayan Isran, David Clemens or Bryan Bosshardt who first managed to tie the #3 ranked Rutzou. Lockwood is currently ranked 48th in the world at Goldeneye. This record shows once again that even the best world records can be achieved by players anywhere on the ranks. Cliff Hampton isn’t even in the top 50, yet he has the honor of holding an untied with Runway 00 Agent 0:35.
In hitting 1:12, Ryan skipped over the former World Record mark of 1:13 from his previous PR of 1:14. His time has since been met with critical acclaim from numerous Eliters. Sixth ranked Goldeneye veteran Ryan White (RWhiteGoose) commented, “Lockwood has cemented his place as a true legend.” Many of Ryan’s fellow players were in awe after witnessing his remarkable achievement.
Watch Lockwood’s Streets Agent 1:12 here and Silo Agent 1:01 here.
In other GE news, Jim Barrett scored 5 PRs to enter the top 10 for the first time since 2007.
Contributed by Corey Stolzenbach
November 22nd, 2013 at 12:59am by
Well, I don’t always go 3 months between front page news updates, but when I do, it’s probably for a reason. Just one year ago, a new fad in the Elite was taking its foothold; many older veteran players and new players alike saw the newness and potential of streaming their sessions. Tons of players were active, many world records were gotten on a weekly basis sometimes, hundreds of old personal records were shattered in what was one of the most active times in community history. That was November 2012, this is November 2013. So what now?
The powerhouse players have redirected their concentration from individual levels and point-driven times to single-segment runs, which have become all the buzz in the speedrunning world. The Elite’s most popular streamer, rwhitegoose, consistently nets over 300 viewers for each session of single-segment runs that he performs. With AGDQ 2014 just around the corner in January, the players who are attending the event are practicing feverishly to hone their skills, perfect their muscle memory, and figure out ways to avoid the risks of embarrassment when 30,000+ people are watching them perform.
The Elite’s #1 player, Rayan “Ace” Isran, has made single-segment runs look like a walk in the park. Marc Rutzou, the 3rd place GoldenEye player from Denmark, was the first to really put a cap on the 100% world record with 1:02:32 back on September 11, 2012. This run was notorious for Marc’s mistake of thinking he was running Aztec Secret Agent at the time he was running 00 Agent, so he ran the final drone room and saved an insane amount of time on accident. Ace would take a few cracks at this record, eventually posting a 1:01:52 and cementing a record that didn’t use the controversial converter. Never satisfied with his own domination, Ace pushed this prestigious world record down to an insane 1:00:01 which was achieved live on stream! Ultimately, his goal is to get under 60 minutes to complete the entire game, and no one has a doubt in their mind that this will happen someday. See the previous news update for further evidence of this.
While there hasn’t been much activity at the top of the individual-level rankings to report in the last 3 months, the mid-ranks have taken this opportunity to steal the spotlight and showcase their skills. The new standard for Dam 00 Agent is now 2:00 with the recent influx of players getting this; the new standard for Dam Secret Agent is now 1:18; the new standard for Bunker 2 00 Agent has finally been pushed down to 1:00 for 90 points. Old-school player Eise Smit has turned in a nice showcase of personal records in the last few weeks, including Bunker 1 Secret Agent 0:22 (which breaks the author’s heart), Facility Agent 0:45, Bunker 1 Agent 0:17, and Bunker 2 00 Agent 0:58. Eise was the first player since spring 2008 to post a time of 0:22 or better on Bunker 1 SA. Philip Bezgoubov’s recent rise has been great to watch as well. The Elite’s new favorite young chap from Singapore has posted a recent string of times that show great potential – Runway 00 Agent 0:37 (back on July 31), Runway Agent 0:22, Caverns Agent 1:02, and Dam Secret Agent 1:18. Philip is currently working on grinding out Dam Secret Agent 1:17, and when that happens, this place is going to light up. Never to be forgotten, Australia’s Luke Szklarz continues to light up the scoreboard by posting insane personal records on a regular basis now, showing his skill and fluidity all while getting these times relatively quickly. His PR highlights recently have been Train Agent 1:03, Train SA 1:28, Silo SA 1:10, Frigate SA 1:02, and most recently Aztec SA 1:41. Luke right now is less than 50 points from Ilari Pekkala for 6th place in the point rankings.
On the Perfect Dark side of things, perennial top player Otto Oksman has been posting a recent string of high-point personal records that have secured his spot in the top 10 once again. His return to action began with Air Force One Agent 0:54, right around the time Goose started going for 0:54. One of his highlighted runs is Investigation Agent 1:18, which ties champion Ace and stands at 93 points! On the single-segment side of Perfect Dark, both Ace and Big Bossman have been hammering out all kinds of interesting strats to avoid deaths and the inevitable trolling that comes with these runs. Big Bossman will be running Perfect Dark at AGDQ; the work that has gone into the strats for this marathon has been mind-boggling, as it has been proven over and over again that deaths can happen instantly and something can go wrong in the blink of an eye.
Boss will be staying with Alex Anderson and Ryan White who are running co-op GoldenEye together at AGDQ. Get hyped! This should easily be the most publicity the Elite has ever gotten, and we’re all anxious to see what happens when our trio of top players hit the big stage. Our good friend from the Mario Kart 64 player’s page Mark Jones will also be running a 150cc shortcut run at this marathon.