“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 - The race for 0:23 goes on and Sir Phillip Bezgoubov becomes the first player to achieve what used to be considered the “TAS-only” time, tying Miika Pekkala's TAS run from 2010. It is his first untied WR and the defining record for his young and promising career. 0:23 however is tied shortly thereafter by another strong newcomer; Sammy Rodrigues.
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.)
May 10 - Yet another warp is discovered by Icy; this time on Pelagic II. A quicker route to the ending is possible on Agent, leading to 7 seconds cut from the 0:46 WR. The record stands at 0:39 by Clemens and Boss.
- Another new innovation is developed involving throwing explosives. It is discovered that if you R-Lean while throwing, the distance thrown can be outrageous. Randy Buikema, dual champion in 2002, who has returned getting multiple new WRs, gets his first untied Wrs since 2002 with Surface 2 Agent 0:47 (May 11) and Surface 2 Secret Agent 0:48 (May 17.) The 47 is tied by Luke Szklarz, but the 0:48 remains untied.
May 18 - Wodahs cracks into the Top 10 in Goldeneye, even with a 0 point, Aztec 00 Agent 6:00 time on his timespage. He becomes the most recent member of the-elite to break into the Top 10 in Goldeneye, having joined in 2012. The previous holder of this distinction was Marc R. who joined in 2009. There is little telling how high Wodahs can peak, having recently posted true Top 10 only WRs such as Depot 00 Agent 0:47 and Facility Agent 0:43.
May 22 - Karl's prowess in falling through the Datadyne building allows him to casually cake Defection Agent 0:05, becoming the first to tie one of the most legendary untieds ever set by Illu in 2010. He's since gone on to collect six more Perfect Dark WRs with no sign of stopping any time soon.
Things sure have heated up at the-elite, rife with activity and action. In the 2nd year with no summer contest, there is no shortage of ongoing events and fun to be had. A second Fantasy League has begun, this time incorporating Perfect Dark (which hasn't been this active since at least 2004!) If you wish to join, just start playing! Players are being dropped and added each week, so if you show promise to get a lot of point scoring times, chances are you'll be picked up by a team manager at some point! As well, many eliters are going hard in Splatoon with the goal of creating a competitive eSports team in that game. Be sure to sign up and follow the forum as that remains the main portal for discussion and activity; and of course watch Twitch streams from all the Goldeneye & Perfect Dark players on the site!
Wishing you the best in your adventures,
Ryan “RWhiteGoose” White
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 2015GoldenEye 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.
Clemens Finally Achieves a 44 in Super Metroid
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.
The first WR of the week comes from Sammy "Clashingashes" Rodgers with an Archives 00 agent 0:54 which completes his WR sweep there. His first 300. The run was extremely smooth and a well-executed ending sealed the deal. Top players were reportedly sweating bullets about the likely prospect of Sammy picking up 0:53. However these rumors of the untied in the works were seemingly squashed as Sammy instead played Runway agent and caked 0:22 on a 5:0 run. The dark side doing wonders for the Chicago boy. Congratulations.
Moving on to arguably the most exciting WR to happen this week, we've got Runway secret agent 0:22 from Walton "Hotshott" Mattei. Just reading that sentence should have you more pumped than when Swompz got Depot 0:26. This time has only been achieved by three people including Walton. He had 148 0:23 completions, 3 0:22 fails and 2 0:22 runs that were ruined by the plane blowing up. This time also almost beats the entire top 10 excluding Bryan Bosshardt. You know you're gangsta when you've got a time that beats Ace. It should also be noted that the color combination we've got on the Runway SA initials is dope.
Right after he got the 0:22, I sat down with him for an interview over Skype. He started off by saying that I was lucky that he had time for a peasant like me. It's whatever. The interview goes as follows.
Please describe your 0:22 journey for me.
Well it all started in Birdie’s chat. The conversation turned to Runway SA 22. I popped my GE in, played some Runway SA trying to emulate Boss and Mouser and that same night I got the first 22 fail. It was a total fluke. No chance at completion but I decided that it was a goal, maybe a long shot but still a goal to shoot for someday.
Originally I played it for an hour every now and then, not really giving it my full effort. Was getting too frustrated. The only reason I got back into it was for January 23rd, Jimbo’s WR bounty. I played it for 17 hours that day over a couple of sessions, got the second 22 fail then. From there it was just putting all my effort in. Got some advice from various players, including Mouser and Boss. The last couple days I was getting many 23 completions, so I just went all in. As speed runners like to say, I finally got THE run. Took less than 30 hours.
Is there anything you enjoy about the Runway 0:22 in particular? Like how it beats Ace, only two other people have it or that you got it on English?
It just feels good to have it. It's definitely mostly skill with some RNG but it can be influenced. It's good to get it on my English cart since that’s where most of my times are gonna end up in. Plus there’s no confusion. It says runway, it says secret agent, it says 22.
Do you think the level is severely underplayed or do the rankings accurately show how hard the level is?
I think Ace called it “boring” and “tier 4” but there are many little RNG things to deal with. It’s definitely not for everyone but I think people will start playing it and hate it all over again once 23 starts losing more points.
Are you interested in going for the Runway 300 or is there some other level you'd like to play now? Or are you unsure at the moment?
Gonna chill for a bit. I still want to go for top 50. Runway 00 I will wait. The goal is 36 for now, I want to get an idea of how difficult it will be.
Now that you've shown you're better than Ace at this level, do you feel like you can overthrow him for the throne in the future?
I’m too old for this shit Kappa. But any time you can humble the gods, it feels good.
Now I know you're a true baller outside of the game but do you feel like this accomplishment has helped you in real life? Examples could include women, confidence, women, spiritual development and women.
At some point you just want to prove to yourself that you can still do it, even when you fail so many times.
But this has zero impact on real life. It is truly irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.
Are you sure?
I recall Woody telling me about how his Streets 1:12 slightly improved his sex life. I'm also aware of people becoming depressed as a result of lots of GE play.
Maybe for them impressionable girls, if you whip out a line like “I’m a world record holder” that’s ez money.
Do you have any inspiring words for your fans out there or any new players that aspire to be as cool as you?
For the next 24 hours… in the words of Aloe Blacc “You can tell everybody I’m the man, I’m the man, I’m the man".
Immediately after the interview he told me to get lost and promptly blocked me from Skype. I respect this, he's a busy man and he's got shit to do. You should also check out his extended version of 0:22 vid, it's really good. Congratulations!
Marc "Inkosidevinyl" Rützou called upon the ultimate truth to get Surface 2 agent 0:48, a time no one would have expected Marc to get. Even Marc's poor eye for a run led him to believe that the run was a low 0:49 and not the WR. This is an insane point gain for the Dane especially at his ranking (24 pts whaaaat). This jump stepped all over Luke's hopes and dreams of returning to the podium but we'll see what Luke can do this year in GE. It seems like Marc is currently making a push for top 2 by playing top tier, Ace-approved levels like Surface 2 secret agent. However with turns wider than the skill level between Jimbo and Ace, it's unlikely he'll beat 0:55 even with the nade throw there. Congrats on the WR.
Austin "Austinthegamer" Perroux finally clutched a 0:53 on Dam agent. If you took all of the times Jimbo has ever complained about not getting a good trev on Facility, put it all into one audio file and checked the length, it would probably be the same length of time Austin put into 0:53. The run was very nicely done with a 1:0 but the reaction will probably catch most of the attention as he was very pumped and it showed how hype getting a WR can be in GE. Congratulations bud.
Alex "Carlvalho" Carvalho achieved Archives agent 0:16. A 0:0 run so that's legit. A sketchy first room but solid strafing for the rest of the level kept the 0:16 within grasp. Alex was not done though as he continued his WR streak with a Bunker 1 agent 0:17with a 6:0 run. A standard run with good RNG and good movement. Alex only has 2 more tier 4 agent WRs to go which should not be hard for the rapidly-improving newcomer.
Those were all the WRs but there have been some big PRs. Erik "Eric" Bond gave up on Depot secret agent and instead put the new strat to the test on 00 agent. He managed to cake a 0:48... with the new strat. Old legends say that no person could ever go so slow to get a 0:48 with the new strat but Erik debunked these myths. What a champ. Hopefully he flukes a rocket shot and skips to 0:45. Congratulations.
Daniel "WodahsWalker" Coelho got a Facility 00 agent 0:54 which isn't too amazing these days but the run was a potential 0:52 pace until he got trolled and then got a bad trev. Hopefully Doak returns from vacation more often and Trev molests the bottles less frequently for the 0:52. Congratulations!
Ryan "Goose" White had started playing Frigate 00 agent ever since "G-day" in hopes of going big in the hostage casino. The planets finally aligned and the ball landed on black after a session of Mario Golf where Goose got a 1:09. It's a great time especially while saving all hostages, it's even in the top 5 Frigate 00 agent times. The 1:09 also let Goose pass the mysterious Jimmy Bauer. While Goose clutched the run, the man we must thank is Twitch god, Kryzshenko. Ryan was not planning on playing Frigate that night but Kryzshenko insisted, he knew it was destiny. Kryzshenko is the guardian of the Twitch world. He lurks in the shadows of Twitch chats blessing runs with his divine powers. Some nights you might be having a bad sesh but just know Kryzshenko is omnipresent, he is always by your side guiding you to victory and happiness. So yeah mad shoutouts to our boy Kryzshenko and congratulations to Goose for the 1:09!
Other honorable mentions include Jonathan "dsx" Hotinski's Silo agent 1:05, Alec "Troubleclef" McDonald's Silo agent 1:04 and Marc's 0:59 dupe on Train agent (JAP UWR, wtf?!?).
*tumbleweed strikes again*
Not much has happened in the normal difficulties though Ludovic "Greenounet" Begon is closing in on the CI Defense agent WR. As usual, some serious business goes on in the lands of LTK/DLTK. Kyle "Flickerform" Wiebenga strengthened his Maian SOS sweep with 2:54 and 4:21. Eric "Icy" Liikala used some scary strats to sub 5 Ruins DLTK with a 4:59. Also, with his recent PR of2:07 on G5 DLTK, he became the new PD (D)LTK champ dethroning previous king, Bryan Bosshardt. There was also a surprise UWR from Axel Z who got 5:37 (first completion) on Escape DLTK exposing Icy's time of 5:39 as a joke. Congratulations to those mentioned especially Icy for being the new champ.
Oh what's this?
*tumbleweed returns for round 2*
In the States, Szklarz bought himself an NTSC SNES along with Super Metroid so he could annihilate Woody's current SM PR. In Australia, he attempted to start up the SNES with no sort of adapter relying on a miracle for it to work. With all the chips in the pot, there was no going back. The plug was in the socket, it was either going to work and Luke would get his sub 50 or it would be fucked and dreams would wither away before his eyes. Unfortunately there was nothing but echoes of silence and the harsh black persisted to hug the TV even after vehemently hitting the switch. Shortly after, a sinister, sly smoke escaped from the console and carefully creeped into Luke's senses. However, Luke thought nothing of it and went out to purchase a power adapter. The power adapter did not fix anything though. Something was fucked and Woody's PR would live on. However, while one door closes, another opens as Luke bought his new apartment. He is now truly independent and can now invite parades of women to his home. Congratulations!
The Elite hosted a NFL hall of fame 2015 prediction contest recently. Participants thought hard and long about who to pick. Some endured sleepless nights and some contacted analysts and experts to make good choices. With the Elite AIM chatroom all over the contest, it was obvious that someone no one has ever heard of would win the prize. The winner was very unexpected though. Erik would rack up the most points and collect the prize for himself. It's a major surprise because he knows nothing about the NFL but still beat all the fan favorites. Sources say that Erik just copy-pasted Invertigone's predictions. Some believe this and are very tilted about the sequence of events, "Meh. At least I did more than copy Alec's picks." We don't know what Erik did for sure but what we do know is that Erik is the Elite's NFL hall of fame 2015 prediction contest champion. Congratulations.
Quotes of The Week
Wodahsr: that joke died quicker than woody's ambition for the hitman WR
*talking about having a meet on Venus*
[5:22:03 AM] To Wave Race 64: but apparently every 2 days it gets 200mph winds kapap
[5:22:37 AM] (Channel) dsx: blows the console away before you get to see the timescreen
Any of Inky's posts this week
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.gifThe Pinball Era
One night I streamed a little bit of pinball for my boys just to chill and hang out. However, people got pretty hyped and some were already flexing about how high their pinball records were back in 2003. We soon made a thread on the boards for everything pinball-related and eliters started posting PRs. It was the dawn of a new era, the pinball era. Woody provided the first real record with 10.9mil. This was on a late night and he basically caked it. It was a good record but he had work an hour later and he did not get any sleep as usual. He was probably not even able to collect digits from hot Texans that came in to the liquour store because of how insanely tired he was. This whole endeavor was completely crushed by Axel "AZ" Zakrisson who got 13.7mil within a few tries the day after. So one could say Woody wasted his whole night and there was no need for him to go to work sleepless. lol.
Pilotwings was not the only new game to get it's own child board on the site, Mario Golf made its way in as well. The small community kicked off quick providing many threads with valuable information on the game. Soon after, Goose got a new record on Toad Highlands with 6:22.06. A few putting mistakes but a very solid run overall. A day later however, MetalYoshi posted a 6:19.86 on a great run. Some sick rivalry there. Goose went on to another level and got 6:52.53 on Yoshi Island. The run had it's insane shots and some mistakes but it's a level known to have several tricky courses. The run looked over at hole 18 but a clutch last shot saved it for the WR. "A lesson in clutchness."
Wave Race 64
This was another game that given a child board but not much has happened since then. Shibbypod, the Wave Race grandmaster got a 1'06"311 on Sunny Beach reverse which I'm guessing is pretty good. Hopefully we see this game blossom within the Elite like a dope flower.
The first WR of the week came from Logan "Squrpion" Jordan with Dam agent 0:53. A very well-executed run with a 1:0 ratio and it was his first WR. Upon seeing the new time on his screen, he took off his headphones and even his hat. For a second we all thought he was going to strip down naked in this state of euphoria but unfortunately did not do so. Congratulations.
Dan "Swiss" Parker used 2.x like a naughty boy to get Runway agent 0:22 on a tight 5:0 run. The run was obviously a 0:22 but Swiss skipped right over the beautiful timescreen like a complete derelict. His 5th WR so he is well on his way to the top 50 (only 4 spots away!). Soon after, he even completed a Bunker 1 agent 0:17. He is only 1 more WR away from getting all tier 4 agent WRs (missing only S2 agent 0:48). A 6:0 run with some good RNG allowed to him to safely secure the WR.
Twitch giant, CosmoWright picked up his N64 controllers again after wasting ridiculous amounts of his time degen'ing Smash 4. He decided to go after Depot Agent 0:25 which is considered tier 3 on the tier-list. Equipped with great knowledge of the dark side, 0:25 was likely to be a cake-walk for him. And it was, took that shit to the bakery. Rumors say that elite gangsta, Philip "MirrorMage" Bezgoubov, was tilted by this as he was going for 0:25 recently but failed to get it. However, these rumors are completely untrue as reliable sources confirm.
The CW weren't the only new initials to be put on the board as Chicago boy Sammy Rodgers achieved Archives Secret Agent 0:54. Sammy displayed real potential on Archives early flexing his abilities with smooth library movement and slick door entries. This run showed that exactly, an amazing 0:54 with the box boost (a strat that was definitely not invented by Goose). However, since Luke recently visited him at the "No-Chicago Chicago Meet", there is a good chance Luke got the 0:54 for him. Though the movement does look slightly too good to be Luke. He is likely to move on to 00 for the 300 and then maybe the 0:53??? Time will tell.
Staying on Archives, Nick "Split" Franks achieved his 2nd WR with 0:16 on agent. The run looked smooth and the boost by the glass confirmed the 0:16. It should also be pointed out that he used some c-up strat for the first room. Somewhat of swag strat. Congratulations.
Taylor "Qweczol" Von Paris acquired Dam agent 0:53, the time he spent several hours going for like a degen on the 23rd. Qwec put in another 9 hours since the 23rd until he finally got the time. The powers of the dark side were used here but still a nice WR to have. 1:0. The run had a funny reaction so I suggest you go see that along with the run. Congratulations.
That was not the only 0:53, Alex Carvalho grabbed the same time within an hour of the other 0:53. He clutched the lockshot on a 1:0 run so with a 2nd controller, it was pretty much WR confirmed. If you watch his proof video, you'll notice the Amarec watermark is there. Not sure why he tried to copy my swag. Everyone knows I style with that AMV logo but it's whatever. Congrats!
Last but certainly not least, in fact, this is probably the best WR of the week, Daniel "WodahsWalker" Coelho finally nailed a sick run on Facility secret agent with 0:52! He is only the 4th person to get the time. In other words, he is the 4th person to have both Doak and Trev cooperate with you in one run. With 0:43 and 0:52 in the bag, he's become a favorite to be the first to tie the 0:52 on 00 agent. He still has a 0:55 there so it's easily improvable with his Facility skills. Godspeed on the rest of his Facility journey.
Those are all the WRs this week but there is definitely an insane PR. Henrik "Train Strat Master" Norgren finally completed a 1:00 on Train agent after getting more 101s than Jim saying he can get B1 SA 0:21. This time is only beaten by two players so this is really legit. Henrik himself said that the run "sucked" but the locks were "great". He has already duped 1:00. He has shown interest in 0:59 so expect the Clem (who's that again?) bop in the near future. Other honorable mentions include Alex Carvalho's 0:45 on Facility agent, Trouble's Silo agent 1:05 and Quizno's Archives agent 0:17 for his funny reaction.
I forgot this game existed and I do not know anything about it but we're going to attempt to cover it anyways. Ludovic "Greenounet" Begon got 0:53 on Air Force One becoming the 5th person to get the world record. It was a 0:53 (.95) but the run was considered amazing nonetheless. In LTK/DLTK news, Eric "Icy" Liikala completed Villa DLTK in 6:15, an untied world record. He discovered several new strats making the level significantly easier. He believes that the time can be pushed much lower, even down to sub 6 so expect some great time soon. Kyle "Flickerform" Wiebenga also finally beat all levels on LTK for both games, 41/41. A very sick accomplishment.
Welp. That's PD.
Erik "Stoxenbawns" Bond and I finally began our adventure in Final Fantasy I. We've encountered several troll situations like NPCs running right in our way, our thieves being completely useless and getting fucked by absurd inn prices. We grinded on and reached a point in our quest where we needed to find a crown for some bitchass king. This involved going into the Marsh cave which is a complete fuckfest. Almost every battle has your whole party paralyzed and taking massive numbers of damage. We both struggled but what happened to Erik was rather comical. After a sleepless night of adversity and sugarfrees, he finally collected the crown and exited the cave with his party injured and almost dead. Like the idiot he is, he advances straight to the king who wanted the crown without saving. Little did he know, the king is a boss who can one-shot anyone in your party. He starts the battle and his fighter dies instantly. Erik was astonished and he knew he needed to step his game up to finish this battle or else he would have to do the cave all over again.
He went upstairs and got himself a couple of cinnamon pop tarts and a 355ml can of sugarfree redbull, none of that pussy 250ml shit. This was serious. The battle was intense, his eyes were fixed on the screen; nothing could come in between him and the game. Nothing but the sounds of swords clashing could be heard. Sweat rushed off his face and cascaded down his back. The controller was firmly clutched in his hands like prey in the talons of an eagle. After a series of powerful hits, the black mage somehow came up clutch and won the game. What. Erik pranced around his house after his triumph with crumbs all over his chest and redbull dripping off the side of his mouth. Unfortunately, Erik deleted his save files shortly after. Whether it was an accident or not is up for debate but sources agree with the possibility that he was jealous of my progress in the game so in a state of frustration, he deleted everything.
Well, that's the week in review. Good stuff guys.
Update: G-Day is over.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
You can also check out the GoldenEye category on Twitch to browse current streams. Looks like this:
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:
Most people don't realize that emoji symbols are actual characters added to the Unicode character set. Not all browsers and apps read Unicode, but it's becoming increasingly common. There's a cross-hair emoji and I propose that we MAKE IT OURS. Check it out:
⌖ Copy It:
("position indicator" aka cross-hairs).
⌖ Font Appearance:
Because it's a character like any other, it's appearance can be modified:
It can change colors: ⌖
It has bold and italics: ⌖⌖
It can change fonts!
When pasting the character into different apps, fields, editors, etc, sometimes the paste fails. Here are some encodings to try.
URL Escape Code
I can't recall for sure if this symbol is actually part of the "Emoji" alphabet (otherwise part of another character set in Unicode).
⌖ Ways to Use It
I like the idea of being able to quickly ID yourself as an Eliter or Elite Team player just by incorporating the character somewhere visible. Here are some ideas:
1. In your username (imperfectcl⌖rk, ⌖rwhitegoose)
2. Social media (#⌖)
3. As a referral string key for referral program (e.g. link to "http://the-elite.net?⌖")
4. Use it in page titles, in chat, twitch profile, etc etc.
I'm buying ⌖.com (or maybe ⌖.ee) as a URL shortener for the Elite (FYI: Browsers decode the character to be HTTP compliant. It requires multiple steps and the domain you end up with -- the one I actually am buying -- looks like a bizarre mess of letters and dashes.
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?