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.
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.
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
The Pinball Era
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?
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.