“Insane.” “Epic.” “Amazing.” These are words that get thrown around gaming communities all the time in hyperbole and over exaggeration. But if anything, what’s happened recently in the elite is beyond these few words.
Briefly, let’s take a look:
April 27 – In the fluke that would change the world, Squrpion hits the Depot Warp. This was a TAS-only strategy that had been known about since at least 2010. It had been attempted in the thousands of times on console, but no one ever hit it, until Squrpion did. This would change the entire landscape of not only Depot Agent, but the Depot leaderboards and WR tables as we know it… forever.
– Later that night, Ryan Koch is the first to use the new strategy to execute an untied WR in Depot Agent 0:24. His first career untied, and a fitting one. It is however shortly thereafter tied by Daniel “Wodahs” Coelho.
April 28 – Icyspeedruns posts his first untied WR, MBR Agent 1:18. This breaks Boss’ untied sweep which stood, untouched since 2008. That’s not all however, as he used a newly discovered strategy which involves pushing Cassandra to a ladder which she climbs to escape; rather than pushing her up the building traditionally. This leads to a total onslaught of the level, where Mouserscribe, RWhiteGoose, speedruntrainer and Axel Z all post their first untieds until finally, Boss and Karl stabilize with solid new records with the new strategy. The 1:31:00 barrier falls and PD’s total time melts deep into the 1:30s.
May 6 – A further improvement to the MBR strategy is discovered, involving clipping out of the building after Cassandra escapes, returning to the lift in the basement with the Skedar Bomb and shooting it, thus triggering the end of the level. The trick is discovered by Trent H, who however is unable to prove any untied WRs using it. Karl and Boss swap WRs more than a dozen times, until Boss had one of many untied sweeps at 54/54/1:02 (from 1:19/1:21/1:26!) Illu later swept on in and untied Perfect Agent with 1:01. The PD total time crushes the 1:30:00 barrier and is well into the 1:29 range.
– Another series of clips are found in the Datadyne building, lowering the Defection SA time from 0:31 to 0:19 through Greenounet, Henrik, Illu, Ace and finally Karl (May 23.)
Step inside the world of GoldenEye pro Daniel “Wodahs-Reklaw” Coelho, as masterfully documented by fellow Eliter, dsx. Go behind the scenes of Daniel’s journey to (and reflection after) AGDQ, and relive the world record run that would firmly announce his arrival as one of the world’s best GoldenEye players.
The odyssey began when the siren song of AGDQ beckoned “degenerate”, speedrunning gamers from faraway lands. Soon lights and cameras anointed Wodahs with the prestige he was due, paid for with calluses, lost Saturdays, and hourly investments measured in hundreds. The moment may have been bittersweet, but true Odyssean tales are not defined by hardship, but by endurance and redemption. The journey continued with the pursuit of 0:43 on Facility agent, a time achieved only 3 times in the course of 1 or 2 billion human attempts. Times like Facility 43 don’t just happen. Wodahs knew this and set sail anyway, sent adrift in an ocean of repetition and failure. Nearly 100 hours went by with no shores in sight. There were bad Trevs and there were badder Trevs. God runs were desecrated by conveniently timed backboosts and shapeshifting RNG. Eventually, and inevitably, however, willpower prevailed and teh run happened — Facility was dead. Wodahs’ reputation vaulted a few more echelons, scraping the clouds, but — as you are about to learn — this may only be the first chapter in a much longer story.
The word “documentary” is appropriate here. The video is over an hour long, exploring a variety of settings as Wodahs fields questions from dsx. The video comes to life as anecdotal video is woven in to complement the dialogue. Here’s how dsx described the production:
Filmed on location in the San Francisco Bay Area during the official Elite California Meet 2015
GoldenEye 007 speedrunner Wodahs-Reklaw achieves Facility Agent 0:43, a high-skill individual level world record. In celebration, he decides to create “the most insane tour video possible”, recruiting unqualified filmmaker DsxChallenger in an effort to make the best GoldenEye speedrunning video of all time. This documentary provides an insight into Wodahs’ habitat, as well as the struggle it takes to achieve world records in GoldenEye. He also answers some of the big questions.
Watch (at least) the first 6 minutes right now; feedback is encouraged over on the forum thread.
Anybody who doesn’t live under a rock which is everybody but Woody knows that Clemens has been going for a 44 in Super Metroid for quite awhile now. Over the weekend, David summoned the inner degen and finally completed a 44:51 which beat popular players like Oats, Sweetnumb and Krauser. The 44 is what separates the men from the boys, a step into the elite club. It is certainly an incredible achievement. With one of his true life dreams fulfilled, it seemed like David was more than prepared to pursue bigger and better things. Perhaps he could have moved to Europe with his girlfriend and chased his artistic dream to become a world-renown painter with his pieces being center stage at the most prestigious art galleries like The Louvre or the National Gallery in Prague. Or maybe he could haved climbed up the ladder in the Aldi business and broadened the horizons of the franchise to areas in Asia earning millions of dollars in the process. These all seemed very realistic for the young David Clemens but instead he decided to stick with speedrunning. Great. He claimed that he would steal the GE any% UWR and maybe even Facility agent 0:43. Then after these GE endeavors, he would learn the new route and get an even better time in Super Metroid. This was a decent idea but classic Clem is classic Clem. Played GE for a few hours and returned straight to Super Metroid not even bothering learning the new route. Fantastic. Good luck with passing Ivan and congratulations with the 44.
Pilotwings Rivalries Continue
Fluke “Luke” Szklarz gave his thumb a rest for Pilotwings in other words he gave up on Dark Cavern. So with his “thumb rest” he decided to see what other WRs he could cake. Luke went to Touch and Go searching for the bakery and struck gold. He became head baker and did business. The WR was lowered by almost 2 whole seconds to 42.94 from 44.68. However, we all know Grav treats his emeralds on the rankings like they are his women, all his and in check. So Grav stormed into the bakery one night and usurped Luke’s position as head baker with a 40.86. Just like the last WR, this beat the previous by around 2 seconds which is just nasty. Nasty business.
On the other side of town, cakes were being done in the oven of Boss. 57.96 on Hawk Attack was done which beats the next best time by more than 10 seconds. Boss was not done though as he tore Meca Hawk Again apart with a 1:21.91 which also beats the next best by more than 10 seconds. Just when you thought he was finished doing business, he got a 1:51.70 on Ice Hornet beating the previous WR of 1:54.23.
The Era of Pinball
With an established thread, PRs continued to pour in. The pinball council was also made and it arranged numerous meetings across the world which received a lot of media attention as expected. The big decision that had everyone on their feet was whether or not Axel Z’s 13mil run needed to be taken down as it was unrecorded. Besides meetings, several late night phone calls were made and back and forth e-mails were involved as well. The council finally came to a consensus that for pinball to be taken seriously, we had to establish strict rules. Axel’s 13mil was taken down and now Ryan “Woody” Lockwood has the Elite record of 10.9mil. However, Øyvind “Typosaur” Persvik entered the playing field with a run of 10.2mil coming close to the Elite record. This run attracted a lot of negative attention because he clearly stated that he just grinded the launch ramp until 10mil. What a waste of life. It seems to be some sort of European trend as some speculate that Axel Z might have used the same strat for his 13mil run. The next council meeting in Moscow, Russia will definitely hold some discussion regarding this issue. Some are ruminating over the idea of having separate European pinball rankings and rest of the world rankings. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Philip “MirrorMage” Bezgoubov also completed a run of 9.9mil which puts him on the podium. What a gangster. A new category has also been introduced which is a speedrun to 1mil. The current elite record is held by Rayan “Perfectace” Isran with 1:23 but there has yet to be proof provided.
IamButtPixels achieved a 7:00.53 on Mario’s Star which is known for unforgiving ball t-rolling. It remains the only individual level that is not sub 7 but still a great run from Pixels. From the man himself: “Only one or two bad mistakes, couple of clutch sets of RNG helped.”
Victor completed a clutch 1:01:22 in the all courses category setting the new UWR. Congratulations to both Victor and IamButtPixels for their Mario Golf WRs.
Assorted musings from young Goldeneye star Mirrormage; enjoy.
The Day With No WRs: 23rd January
It’s a well-known fact that the 23rd of January is the only day in Elite history that does not have a single WR in GE. This year however, we weren’t ready to just let it slide like a little fucker. Jim “Jimbo” Barrett surprisingly put up some of his own money, $25 even, for the person with the best WR on the day. $25 coming out of Jim’s wallet is probably enough to give him a heart attack so of course everyone picked up their controllers and went at it. There were a record number of twitch streams going on on the day; people were seriously hungry for dat $$$.
Unfortunately, no one was able to get a WR. So many runners wasted 10 hours of their lives running some game from the 90s. We probably would have had a WR if the Singaporean streaming servers did not shit the bed on the night of the 23rd. If I was able to put in about 3+ hours, a WR would have definitely happened… but it didn’t. Putting all the hours squandered by runners trying to achieve a WR together adds up to almost 110 hours. Ilari “Illu” Pekkala wins the award for being the biggest degen with almost 18 hours of Dam agent for 0:52. He could have recieved a massive pot of over $300 for the 0:52 but the 18 hours was completely fruitless. Congratulations on wasting 18 hours of your life, Illu.
Woody Cuts The Boss in Super Metroid
After attending virgin fortress 2015, Ryan “Cockwood” Lockwood underwent weeks worth of intense seshes of Super Metroid incorporating new strats in hopes for amazing improvements. These desired improvements quickly followed and a great PR was imminent. The run started with a sub 17 power-bombs, his first. Woody continued to clutch his movement, dashing and hopping stylishly past monsters and across rooms. This play was just barely enough for a sub 22 grav suit, almost choking it by running over the item like a complete scrub. Some unfortunate mistakes hurt the run afterwards but Woody ended up with a 50:22. Celebrations went wild; the once insipid chat erupted into a boisterous frenzy congratulating Ryan. Woody was visibly fucking pumped about his time but he seemed particularly excited about recieving nudes from Oats after the run. The 50:22 beat Bryan Bosshardt’s time of 50:45. With this, he was bestowed one of the most prestigious titles in all of speedrunning, “2nd best Super Metroid runner in the Elite”. Congrats bud. He is currently grinding out late-game because his late-game is shit. Hopefully we get to see the sub 50 soon.
Fierce Rivalries in Pilotwings 64
Fluke “Homeonice” Szklarz was inspired to run Pilotwings 64 upon return to the barren wastelands of Australia. However, he was only interested in running the level “Dark Cavern” probably because his current habitat is awfully similar to a dark cavern. He described it as a potentially year-long project with constant grinding but in just 4 days he annihilated the WR of 36.92 with 36.71 improving his PR of 37.84 by more than a second. Grav was definitely tilted so as expected, he grinded the shit out of that level (probably skipped school) in hopes to get the WR back. And he did. 36.24 bb. Grav showed who is boss. Completely rekt the previous rekky by almost half a second. Will Luke bounce back? We can only wait and see.
Szklarz was not the only newcomer Grav had to deal with, Bryan Bosshardt showed his gaming prowess by collecting two WRs for himself (1:49.44 on River Run and 2:08.95 on Sky Maneuvers). However, Grav quickly responded with 1:48.80 and 2:08.48. Boss would not be defeated so easily though and got 1:48.42 on River Run. A day later, Grav bested the Boss WR with a 1:48.06 and claimed he is going for the 1:47. That’s some pretty intense shit guys.
The Elite Searching For A New Proof Moderator
After the council decision was made to remove Dan Berube’s Dam agent 0:53 and Adam Matis’ Archives agent 0:16 off the rankings, Thiradell, a well-known member of the elite staff, ragequit from his duties. He will be doing one more proof call before passing the baton. The Elite launched a search for a new proof moderator this week attracting a few people. Current applicants include Austin “Austinthegamer” Perroux, Alec “Troubleclef” McDonald and Jonathan “dsx” Hotinski. Good luck to all the tryhard applicants. It should also be noted that Dugg created a funny .gif in that thread which inadvertently supported dsx’s campaign to elite relevance. Link: http://i.imgur.com/tAVyf4o.gif
Results: No WRs but massive amounts of interest and effort.
A few weeks ago at AGDQ, Jimbo told us that January 23rd was the only day on the calendar without a GE Record (in about 15 years). We decided to fix this by launching a campaign to encourage people to attempt to tie or break GoldenEye records on January 23rd — today. To further promote participation, community members started posting bounties for anyone that can achieve a record (with a $500+ bounty — and climbing — on Dam 52, specifically). Visit the boards to see who’s streaming and join the conversation in the G-Day discussion thread
The Elite has arrived at AGDQ, gearing up for this year’s GoldenEye speedrunning showcase at AGDQ (Saturday time TBD). Ryan Lockwood, Luke Szklarz, Bryan Bosshardt, and Daniel “wodahS” Coelho will be racing to see who can beat the game the fastest (“Any %” format — completing the game on agent as fast as possible). Look out for look-down, diagonal strafe-running, and a wide assortment of other quirky time-savers mastered by the Elite’s GE pros.
The core of attendees from the Elite have already arrived, headlined by Ryan “Goose” White who put on his best MTV Cribs persona with a tour of Elite HQ at the Hilton:
If you have an hour of free time and want to be caught up on everything that’s happened in the Elite in the last 3 months, as well as some extensive analysis of the very first GoldenEye Fantasy League, check out Episode 3 of the Elite Podcast!
The Aussies have long held key footholds in the ranks, and in 2014 we’ve seen the rise of another great one — Luke Szklarz.
Luke cracked the top-3 this month, a tier reserved for Elite legends. He shared the following after briefly passing (secretive/mythical) Mark Rutzou:
It blows my mind to think about it, the last 2 years have been a whirlwind. the journey this game takes you on – even with the low points and struggles – is all worth it all. I’ve challenged myself with lots of different things in my life so far but this has been one of the most rewarding to date. I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
Luke’s latest feat is a rare untied record, setting 1:13 on Caverns SA using the strat he helped pioneer earlier this year.
The next featured Aussie is no stranger and has long secured his name among the game’s legends — Karl Jobst. After a 6+ year hiatus, Karl made an unexpected return to the game in 2012, flying out to the Virginia Meet and hustling everyone but Clemens. Karl has since posted a remarkable rise, now up to 6th place, starting as low as (30ish?), and achieving an untied world record along the way (Cradle 00 0:35).
Another veteran, Illu has made a strong return to the scene, completing his Jungle crusade by tying all three of Ace’s once-untied records – 50/53/54. Extremely impressive.
Other notable movement includes Jimmy Bauer squeaking by GoldenEye’s live-stream, celebrity Ryan “Goose” White (who, as most know, made a big splash with an untied of his own, 1:54 Streets SA — watch the real-time stream video if you haven’t!). Both are resolved on breaking into the top 5; some guy named Bryan Bosshardt stands in their way. Karl, however, is working on some crazy three-game simultaneous speedrun conquest and may be paused on GE for a bit.
Stay tuned for updates on the Elite’s presence at AGDQ 2015 (preview: both GoldenEye and Perfect Dark will once again be showcased by an all-star crew of Eliters, a few who may have just been mentioned… And Jimbo.)
PS – Cosmo (yes, that Cosmo) has been playing GoldenEye a bit, we hear…. we also hear he hit an 80-pt time or two. Should we expect less?