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.
So, as seen with the previous news updates posted here, we’ve all been treated to something special. Rarely does someone such as our dual-champion RayanIsran go on such a rampage and murder the world records in such an astoundingly fast and efficient manner. Wouter Jansen did this in his prime; Bryan Bosshardt enjoyed the same kind of success with ease in the mid 2000s; David Clemens also showed his dominance in the late 2000s by setting all kinds of untieds in both games while stopping short of going all the way in Perfect Dark. Considering how maxed both games really should be 16 and 13 years after their release dates, untied records should be an extremely rare occurrence. “Ace” has some divine powers with a controller right now, and his consistency shown in streams of individual-level runs and full-game runs is something rarely ever displayed in Elite history.
With that bit of worshiping nonsense out of the way, lets recap exactly what would entail such a praising opening paragraph. GoldenEye held the most activity for a very long time, and a lot of people were getting used to Perfect Dark being declared “dead” due to perpetual inactivity and the insane amount of time between world records being achieved. Once Ace switched allegiances to PD, that was all over and now GoldenEye seems dead for the time being! Along with Ace, Ryan White and Bryan Bosshardt have also started playing PD – 3 extremely high profile players of course around the Elite – and subsequently brought attention back to the all-but-dead PD community.
Ace’s world records have been utterly insane, and I’ll list them here with videos from oldest to most recent:
That’s 10 world records in the last month or so, 8 of them being untied; .800 batting average for untied records? This is mind-blowing stuff! One must note that Air Force One Agent 0:54 was a record for an astounding 2905 days, good for #4 on the all time longest-standing non Duel world record page. It was little solace for Ryan White (Goose), who got 0:54 just a couple of days later in what would have been his first non-Duel world record.
So what the heck has been going outside of the #1 spot in both games? Not much on the rankings, however there’s been plenty of hype for January’s Awesome Games Done Quick, which might have Alex Anderson (GE), Bryan Bosshardt (PD), and Ryan White (Mario Golf/GE) participating. AGDQ is a charity marathon in which the very best gamers attend to raise money for cancer prevention while speedrunning the games they are very best at, plus some bonus material. Boss is going to represent PD for the first time ever on stream and attempt a full run on Perfect Agent – an extremely tall task he’s been practicing for months with the help of the champ, Ace.
Closing shoutouts to Luke Szklarz, Eise Smit, Ryan Lockwood, myself, and Bryan Youse for keeping GoldenEye somewhat alive in the last month or so during this insane stretch of PD dominance. Keep up the competitive edge, boys, but stop beating my times please.
It’s a great time of year. Beautiful weather for most of the world, the Elite Summer Contest finals looming, and the Elite’s largest meet just a few days away… there’s a lot going on right now! That’s just the social side of this great community, what’s going on within the realm of the games?
A ton! What our champion Rayan “Ace” Isran has accomplished in the last month is nothing short of historical. Rayan has posted 3 untied records in the last month – those being Bunker 2 00 Agent 0:54, Aztec 00 Agent 1:39, and Caverns 00 Agent 1:31 – in addition to his tied record of Control 00 Agent 4:07. Rayan has opened up a 60 point cushion over 2nd place David Clemens. Since the last update, Ace has also taken away Cedric’s Perfect Dark champion position and has claimed the title of dual champion. Rayan is one of 3 people in history to claim both championships at one time.
Luke Szklarz, the Australian who has absolutely shot out of a rocket and well into the top 10 has also kept busy. His Silo Agent 1:01 highlights his insane run of PRs posted in the last month. Bunker 2 00 Agent 0:57 and a pair of Statue 2:19s put him within spitting distance of 7th place Jimmy Bauer.
Ryan White ended a multiple year journey by finally getting a time proven to be a crux for many players – Cradle Agent 0:34! Milan Pacino also posted a pair of records, albeit without videos, those being Bunker 1 Agent 0:17 and Archives Agent 0:16. Steffan Persson posted a solid Archives Secret Agent 0:54, and Adrian Axelsson rounded out the record table with Archives Agent 0:16.
Take care, keep playing, and we’ll see you all after the big Virginia meet which happens from July 29 to August 3.
(This is Derek) – Most of the regulars know I spend a lot of time working on a music blog and scouring the web for interesting music. Rarely does this hobby overlap with my older passion (GoldenEye 007 / this website / arguing over the internet), but when it does the results are interesting. Couldn’t resist.
From a rando Cleveland producer, I present to you an “instrumental” beat that’s positively stuffed with GoldenEye samples. Primarily, a mixture of shrieks and howls from people taking bullets; appropriate enough for the style (crunk/trap/hip-hop). So… who’s gonna lay down vocals on it?
So with the inevitable appearance of this thing called summertime almost everywhere except Australia, where it’s always warm, the game play around the Elite generally tends to die down pretty significantly. We’re not going to see 10+ world records every month like we did when the winter updates came every month and everyone was still in the honeymoon stage with twitch. With that said, however, we have had some pretty significant events happen in the last few weeks. Without further ado, I’ll begin with the most important event!
CEDRIC, a Japanese player whose real name is Takuya Kakizawa, has become Perfect Dark’s newest speedrunning king with the flurry of recent world records he’s attained. CEDRIC’s Villa Perfect Agent 1:29, a time that tied David Clemens, was the time that put him over the top of gone-but-not-forgotten fellow Japanese player Takahiro Arai. Both players maintain a roughly 30-point lead over the perpetually dangerous Rayan “Ace” Isran, who could storm back on a whim and at any moment.
On the Goldeneye side of things, we have a new top 10 points player amongst other world records achieved. Luke Szklarz, frequently mentioned in past updates, has made his presence felt with an onslaught of 90-plus point personal records. His recent Bunker 2 00 Agent 0:57 helped secure his 10th ranked spot over American player Shawn Johnson. Jim Barrett, your quack author for all of these updates, finally became the 20th player to get Runway Agent 0:22 over 9 years after it was initially achieved in 2004. Jimbo’s 0:22 gave him enough points to secure him 12th spot in the points and a top 10 spot in time. (which, as of this update, is a 3-way tie for 10th!) Goldeneye champion Rayan Isran has continued to do damage on the rankings, tying Marc Rützou’s Aztec Secret Agent 1:35 and Henning Blom’s Depot 00 Agent 0:47. “Ace” has also done something the top players rarely do, and that is post times in the PR topic! Rayan also posted a Bunker 2 00 Agent 0:56 along with Train Agent 0:59. (skipped over 1:00, goodness!) Finally, Marc Rützou also contributed to this entire mess by tying Ace’s Control SA 4:05. He’s currently on a mission to untie Control 00 Agent, posting 3 failed 4:07s in the last few days. Unbelievable.
Finally, I believe new players who do good things should be recognized in the best way to further motivate them to keep playing. New player Brian “Swompz” Dupont has successfully achieved the “big 4″ PRs to get a speedrunner started – Dam Agent 0:54, Runway Agent 0:23, Bunker 1 Agent 0:18, and Archives Agent 0:17 – the players who watched his stream, and myself, wish him the best in his quest to continue to get good Agent PRs and climb the ranks! This goes for all the other new players who have discovered the Elite recently!
In an ending note, the real entertainment for quite a few of us is in the 2013 Elite Summer Contest! The contest is now underway. A full bracket and biography links can be found in the board topic, which is found here. Take care gentlemen, and keep those PRs coming!
So I’m aware we haven’t had a front page update that holds any relevant content in regards to the latest world records or other significant events (minus Silo DLTK of course), and I blame that on me being pretty busy/lazy and the fact that streaming activity has significantly dropped in the last few weeks! A few players continue to hang on, however, including Marc Rutzou with his Bunker 1 00 Agent 1:03 (a 2nd place tie), and myself – nothing terribly special out of me, but inching ever close to that soughtafter top 10!
With myself and that other fellow Marc out of the way, I want to highlight 2 other GoldenEye players who continue to show their impressive pure-strafing skill. Luke Szklarz, an Australian native, has skyrocketed into the top 12 in points lately with his influx of insane PRs – he currently sits in 7th in Agent points but 18th in 00 Agent points! The other player is the notoriously entertaining Ryan Lockwood, whom right now is currently trying his luck on achieving an incredible Silo Agent 1:01. Ryan has dedicated a countless amount of hours into proving he can achieve the time, conquer the troll of a level, and establish himself as one of the best Agent players in history.To round out GoldenEye, I give a shoutout to Stefan Persson who got his very first world record with Archives Agent 0:16 way back on April 5.
In the world of Perfect Dark, we have one significantly active player who’s actually doing a fair bit of damage there. Cedric, a Japanese player, has nailed a few good records. We’ll start with Defense Agent 0:49, the 7th person to do so. He also got a very slick Chicago SA 0:26, the 5th person to do so. Cedric’s records are highlighted by an incredible 3:09 Attack Ship PA however. This record, a 2 second untied, continues to improve what used to be the longest standing untied of all time (by Greg Lewis for over six years). Cedric for now is the last hope for Perfect Dark to continue any activity and generate interest until Boss and Ace decide to play again.
There’s usually not much to update in the summer months, that’s what the headline suggests. Be on the lookout for summer contest headlines, and meet highlights. Have a great rest of May, folks!
Back in 2004 when Ilari Pekkala created the “Dark License to Kill” league for Goldeneye, players have slowly accomplished the incredible feats of beating each level one by one as strategies were optimized. Some of these completions when it was all said and done reached times beyond the one hour mark, showing that players need incredible patience to beat levels with these incredible guard statistics (maxed to 1000% on all four options).
With this information established, the last few levels to be beaten was Streets, Train, and Cradle in late 2009/early 2010. With 19 of 20 levels completed, the only one remaining was Silo. Silo was considered to be impossible by nearly every player almost exclusively because of the 8:30 timer that automatically starts on the 00 Agent/007 difficulty. Many players in the last 3 years have collaborated and worked the level to a science, optimizing the most out-of-this-world strategies to clear out 63 total guards in less than 9 minutes with limited ammo and space to work with.
3 years, 330 hours, and $175 USD in bounties later, Adam Bozon presented us with the following video; loaded with annotations and more information than one could ever imagine. One must note that this kind of run requires 3 grenades and incredible patience to get a remote chance at making the final lift intact. The utmost of congratulations go out to Adam for conquering the final frontier in Goldeneye DLTK; may this accomplishment be remembered forever by all of us as time goes on. Enjoy everyone!
I’m sorry guys. For the 4 total people who read the front page updates when I post them, I apologize for not being on the dot with my “monthly” new world record updates. I assure you however that I have not forgotten about anything, and I promise that the next update will be as epic as I can make it!
Things could be worse, mind you. Need I remind you that David Clemens had this happen to him. The title in the Youtube video is wildly appropriate and accurate.
After standing for 3,217 days on the rankings (May 23, 2004), Bunker 2 Agent 0:24 has been dethroned as the 6th-longest standing tied record in Goldeneye history. Watch as Marc Rützou uses robotic perfection and a strat envisioned by Karl Jobst to nail 0:23 – perhaps the finest Agent record on the rankings right now.
Remember, 18 people had 0:24 before this (including Marc) after the recent surge of new 0:24s by several players. With this surge, Karl Jobst developed a new strategy utilizing that annoying “warping guard” while also showing great timing for the critical keycard guard kill. Karl might not have been the first one to actually execute 0:23, but he contributed greatly to its cause. Special credit also goes out to David Clemens who also participated in the race to 0:23.
After 1,812 days – just a hair under 5 years – Bryan Bosshardt’s Statue 00 Agent 2:18 was finally tied, and althought it wasn’t actually used in Marc 00 Agent run, it yielded a new strat that might make that time the new standard for our top players. Marc Rutzou’s ingenious find of a small tweak in the route to and from the Trevelyan meeting has proven to save anywhere from 0.4-0.5 seconds if executed perfectly. Suddenly, a 2:18 sweep seems imminent with a possible 2:17 00 Agent on the horizon.
Side note: After tying 00 Agent, Marc promptly tied Jimmy Bauer’s only untied record with Secret Agent 2:18. The video linked is recorded live with all of Marc’s reactions out there for everyone to hear. He explains some of the facts behind finally achieving that coveted 2:18.