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 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!
I received a private message from the Elite’s Facebook page from a fellow named Greg Johnson, an avid Goldeneye fan who led the creation of one of the neatest soundtrack medleys ever created for the game. Grant Kirkhope and Graeme Norgate, creators of the original soundtrack, both gave their outstanding approval and I felt the need to also share it with the rest of the Elite. Enjoy!
I’d also like to point out that the comment section below has been upgraded and finally works! Feel free to post your thoughts as freely as you’d wish.
It was Saturday, June 25, 2005 – Wouter Jansen, the elite’s greatest 1.1 control style player and one of the most dominant speedrunners in the elite’s history, finally achieved an unheard-of record of 1:13 on Streets Agent. That record stood alone for a year and a half until Ryan White tied it on March 2, 2007. Since those two, 22 additional players claimed 1:13 as a record on their times page – including myself just 3 short days ago – only to see the record fall today by a player who is almost certainly the most persistent player since the days of Wouter Jansen himself; both players being so determined to get a record that many others would simply settle for less on.
That player is Marc Rützou, whom now is finally a top 5 player after a long period of time with an incomplete set of times. 1:12 was a figment of the imagination for a while until Ryan White had a 1:12.99 rounded up a few years back. Marc’s robot-perfect strafing, a cash offer of $100, the new addition of 2.2 control style, and hours upon hours of free time has contributed to a record that most certainly will not be tied by very many people in the long run.
Without further ado, here is the video. Once again, congrats to Marc for being a stubborn speedrunner who literally settles for nothing less than the very best.
On a horrible sidenote, David Clemens is the 2012 Elite Summer Contest winner! Clemens was victorious by a margin of 28-26 over his opponent, who had another solid showing in the contest for the 2nd time in 3 years. Dave’s win closes the book on possibly the most dominating month in elite history (see previous update for his Virginia results)
11 days late, but hey who’s paying attention right? The 6th international meet of the Eliters and (a few specific) Karters came to a close about 9 days ago, and what a meet it was!
David Clemens took down his first Virginia Goldeneye championship in rather dominating fashion, winning 5 matches in a total of only 6 played over competitors Karl Jobst and Jimbo Barrett. Karl showed his amazing ability by backing up all of his trash-talk on the boards and finishing a solid 2nd… Myself on the other hand, well… I was no more than a meat bag for these guys. When it comes to 3P and 4P games, these 2 are in their own zip code. It’s also to note that David took home a cool $250 cash from Karl in a special 4P match set up by the Aussie with his own custom rules. David ended the meet about $400 richer and with an amazing controller as a prize…
In Mario Kart 64, Bryan Bosshardt cruised to his first Kart championship. With his win, he continues the streak of no repeat winners since 2008. Upstart Tyler “Third” Wishall took home 2nd place from the angry Jimbo Barrett, who finished 3rd, just ahead of Nathan Stinson. (note: That was my 5th consecutive finals appearance without a win, Kart can get depressing sometimes)
In other Goldeneye news, Marc Rutzou finally became a top 5 player by getting a complete set of times. With relative ease, he coasted into his current 5th place in both time/points. Ryan Koch keeps climbing the rankings and is now ranked ahead of legend Wouter Jansen and ice cold Aussie Glen Stevens. Ilari Pekkala came out of his inactive cave and posted a Depot SA 0:42 just after he was supplanted by Marc Rutzou. Finally, I myself have posted about 100 points worth of new PRs to get over the 5000 point mark again. (Goldeneye has been relatively inactive the last month and a half compared to the last few updates)
Last but not least, the elite Summer Contest is wrapping up and the 2 finals entrants have been announced! Check the boards to see who made it!
Here we are, officially under 30 days to go until what has become the largest Elite meet and an annual occurrence brings a lot of us together once again. Memorable lifetime moments are created at the lake house, as personalities and competitiveness both mesh together and clash violently both on the big screen, and leisurely around the Elite’s real life bachelor bad. Friends are made and more great players will emerge as the newly-formatted Goldeneye tournament takes place this year. By this time next month, we’ll see if Eddie Lovins can step his game up in 3P-multi and hold his crown as the king of Multiplayer.
In solo news, who else but David Monteith is to highlight the July update? David has posted 7 new PRs in total, including Streets Secret Agent 1:55 and 00 Agent 1:55, giving him his first 300 point stage! David also posted Bunker 1 Agent 0:17, the 27th person to do so; and Facility Agent 0:45, which is insane in its own right, being worth 95 points.
The young gun wasn’t the only one posting new PRs this month. Veteran Australian legend Karl Jobst came roaring back onto the scene, posting Dam Agent 0:53, the 34th player to so do; and Bunker 1 Agent 0:17, the 28th player to do so. Karl also posted some PRs on other levels, likely to get into prime gaming shape for his first trip to the United States and first major international tournament in just about a month! Karl wasn’t the only grizzled veteran to be posting PRs, yours truly is also active; 19 seconds have been cut off of Aztec and a rank was gained in the process. Top 10 player Eddie Lovins posted Caverns 00A 1:41, and Greg Woll improved his Caverns 00 Agent time from something like 3:36 to 1:48! Luke Pettit posted both Facility Secret 0:55 and 00 Agent 0:55. Finally, Bryan Bosshardt followed up Runway SA 0:22 (see below update) with Depot Secret Agent 0:41, and Depot 00 Agent 0:49.
In Perfect Dark, Ilari “Illu” Pekkala’s dominance on Investigation has spilled over to Special Agent, as the record sits at an incredible 2:06. Illu continues to have untied records on both Agent and SA.
The first round of the Elite Summer Contest is nearly over, and boy what a contest it’s been! A huge thank you goes out to the 40 or so participants that consistently vote in every match.
Final note: By this time next month, the Virginia meet will be in progress, so the update will be a few days late. The next update will have all the tournament results and links to the epic recaps … perhaps even YOU could participate next year!
To summarize the month of May, Perfect Dark has completely stolen the show for headlines and activity. Investigation Agent has seen a total time drop of 22 seconds from the previous world record of 1:27 to a completely-unforeseen 1:05 by Ilari Pekkala. The record and strategy has now been optimized into a double-laser-glitch, essentially eliminating the bot-speed-luck factor altogether.
The video of the current record of 1:05 can be found here.
On the Goldeneye side of the spectrum, some new mid-carders have emerged as the powerhouses of the PR topic this month! Ryan Koch has emerged from a 30th-ranked player and is now knocking on the door of the top 15 with PRs such as Dam 00A 2:00 and Silo A 1:06. David Monteith, now shedding the mantra as “new Dave”, has gotten 17 total PRs in the month of May, including Runway Agent 0:22 and an astounding Depot 00A 0:49 as his world records for the month. David is currently ranked 25th as of this update and I’m personally very curious to see what he can do in the month of June!
Finally, the big non-game news of the month is the emergence of the annual Elite Summer Contest! All the information including brackets, links to everything, and match write-ups can be found in General Chat near the top of the boards.
We all openly welcome the time of year when contest is upon us. Certain people who are inactive throughout the other 3 seasons of the year come back to catch up and have fun as the traditions of first vote, predictions, and participant reactions roll through chat and the boards on a nightly basis.