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?
While Perfect Dark is [sadly] closing in on the 365-day mark with no world records posted other than Duel, Goldeneye has held fast in its incredible activity level and we have a few notable achievements to talk about.
Current champion Rayan Isran is still continuing to post untied world records, even in a day where the game is so considerably optimized already. Continuing from the previous update, Ace got Aztec Secret Agent 1:34 using the far-riskier Agent strat, thus knocking off a world record Marc Rutzou has had since June 1, 2010. After this, Ace went after another one of Marc’s untied records and nabbed himself Train 00 Agent 1:49 after several failed runs and duped completed 1:50s. Watch the commentary videos linked below for further analysis of the runs by the champ himself!
In other news, we have a new top 5 player on the point rankings, and that player is Australian juggernaut Karl Jobst! Karl, having been around the site since the stone ages and once claiming the #1 spot in overall time, has slowly clawed back in the last year in direct competition with fellow Australian Luke Szklarz. While Luke is on break, it’s Karl’s time to shine and possibly go after 4th place Bryan Bosshardt, who still remains inactive in individual levels and continues to practice for a possible AGDQ Agent race.
Finally, a note of congratulations goes out to top 10 runner Ilari Pekkala, who nabbed himself a 1:08:xx run at the European Speedster Assembly earlier this month. The 1:08:xx is special because it beat his own goal of sub 1:10:00, beat his personal record, and had no fails or deaths using skill-based strategies and of course was completed in only one try. Only one word can describe this run, C-L-U-T-C-H. Great job Illu!
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 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).
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.
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.
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 Rayan Isran 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:
- Infiltration Special Agent 1:28 (untied, one second cut)
- Pelagic II Perfect Agent 1:56 (untied, one second cut, rare Janus guard near end)
- Air Force One Agent 0:53 (untied, one second cut, top 5 oldest world record)
- Air Force One Special Agent 1:19 (untied, one second cut)
- Rescue Perfect Agent 2:38 (untied, THREE second cut)
- G5 Building Perfect Agent 0:50 (untied, one second cut)
- Villa Perfect Agent 1:28 (untied, one second cut)
- Rescue Special Agent 2:16 (untied, one second cut)
- Air Base Agent 1:14 (tied with 5 other people)
- Infiltration Agent 1:10 (ties David Clemens)
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.
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!
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!