**In this news entry you will read everything about the progress of players and the rankings during 2008. Also, some of the great moments will be discussed and highlighted which have occurred during the past year.**
Lets start off with the one and only Dark Otto, who started the year with a total time of 1:40:10 and during the year lowered that time to 1:39:34, that is a total cut of 36 seconds, good job! With this 36 seconds also comes an 47 net points gain, meaning he did gain more, but also lost some because of activity of other players.
Myself (Red Bull) cut off 6 minutes and 14 seconds (1:42:28 to 1:36:14) from my total time and gained 923 points, quite a lot if you ask me! This also puts me into third place on the time rankings compared to position 11 a year ago. In point rankings that is from place 16 to place 5.
Carathorn managed to cut off 9 minutes and 33 seconds (!) (from 1:54:49 to 1:45:16) during the course of the year, and with that total time cut he earned a net amount of points of 1846 points. With this accomplishment he moved from position 51 to 23 on the point rankings, and from 44 to 21 on the time rankings. Congratulations to that!
Taka bought the PAL version of PD this year, which is a good thing, since his rank now better reflects the skill he has. Along with several untieds (Rescue PA 2:46 and Air Base 1:43) he cut off 1:57 of his total time, which puts him in second place. With his new PD PAL version and some fine other stuff he gained 102 points during the year.
Wouter Jansen, who decided to improve some of his worst times he had still remaining, improved his total time with 4 minutes and 12 seconds, and a total points gain of 469. Good job fellow Dutchman!
Some people have been primarily playing GoldenEye during 2008, but also touched the PD game on several occasions. One of these players is Rayan Isran, who basically got to the first place in PD just before the start of 2008, and became the third Dual Champ ever in 2008. Still he improved his total time by getting some untied world records (such as Pelagic II SA 1:43, Pelagic II PA 1:59, and Infiltration SA 1:30). His total time improved from 1:34:40 to 1:34:27. Because of more activity from other players his total points actually dropped from 6221 to 6185 (36 points loss).
Henning Blom lowered his total time by 1 minute and 26 seconds (from 1:58:08 to 1:56:42) and gained a total of 404 points! A new entrant, David Clemens, the current GoldenEye champion has proven himself that he isnt only good in GE, but also in PD. As he hasnt finished every level yet, or played every level seriously, its quite useless to state a difference of points or total time. However, its worthwhile to mention some of his great accomplishments this year. Most notably his untieds: Investigation A 1:27 and Rescue SA 1:27, as well as some tied WRs: Rescue A 1:26, Infiltration A 1:11, and Chicago SA 0:27. Bryan Bosshardt, who lost his number 1 position in GE this year, made a comeback at the end of the year in PD. All his PRs also were untied WRs, which were MBR A 1:19, and Investigation SA 2:09. He posted his new untied (MBR PA 1:24) on 1 january, which is a great start of the year!
With the progress of several players noted, there were some other things which have drawn our attention this year. One of these things were the TAS vids of Henrik Norgren, who put a lot of time and effort into doing a full Perfect Agent run (which is still not really finished for what I know). Although these runs are useful in the development of several possible new strategies, and to see how maxed several levels really are. Matt Cook is also someone who is always up for crazy ideas for strats, but lets not forget that those ideas can be modified or changed and maybe implemented in actual WR runs.
Another PD related issue was the coop-battles battles we have had for a during 2008. The players involved were primarily Red Bull and Carathorn, JugadorJ3 and Funky Buddha, Vulpex and Failsafe, and the Brazilians working together (Mitrhil, Greg K, Ghus Dark). This is actually a very funny (and also annoying, because of immense lag issues) league, but dont be shy to join the fun in 2009! This league actually rewards creativity, because of all the possibilities working together.
Also, this was the year of another barrier going down. We have broken the 1:34:00 barrier, and are now in the beginning of the year at 1:33:36 (officially 1:33:33 with the new untieds of Bryan counted). We started the year at 1:34:08, so that is a total time cut of 37 seconds! Will the 1:33 barrier fall this year? I would say, only time can tell!
Dont forget to vote on the best WR of 2008 on the PD elite boards!
A happy new year to all of you,