It’s been quite a month for GoldenEye! 43 different players managed at least one PR, and we saw a lot of activity from many of GE’s top players.
-Eise Smit led the charge, picking up 25 PRs in 14 different levels. This puts him at 12th place with 5207 points heading into February, less than 100 points from #10-ranked Shawn Johnson! He spent a lot of time on Control, ending up with 4:00 Agent, 4:13 SA, and 4:18 00A, which were enough to get him on the level’s leaderboard with 270 points. He became one of the few eliters to successfully pull off the most risky version of the Aztec glass strategy (more on that later).
-Karl Jobst, one of the all-time greats, had five amazing times this month. 0:52 Agent, 0:56 SA, 0:57 00A got him on the Jungle leaderboard, and he got world records on Cradle Secret Agent (0:35) and 00 Agent (0:36) to get 300 points there…better yet, he got those WRs in one day! He used a new strategy as well, throwing the grenade into the hut that Trevelyan first runs into.
-Luke Szklarz took that new strategy and used it to get 0:37 on Cradle 00A, but stuck with the old strat for SA 0:36. Both excellent times, although Luke wasn’t done there…he focused on Train this month, coming away with a superb trio: 1:01 Agent, 1:26 SA, and 1:53 00A. These times tie him with David Clemens for 3rd on the Train leaderboard, behind Rayan Isran and Marc Rützou. Luke pulled off a very impressive rise in the ranks in 2013, and continues to impress in the new year; we’ll see whether he can push past Bryan Bosshardt to make the top 4.
-Jim Barrett spent last year clawing his way back into the top 10, and rumor has it he has his sights set on passing Ilari Pekkala for the #7 spot. Anybody who knows Jim knows his tendency to complain about his unsurpassed streak of bad luck, but Baron Samedi finally threw him a bone, dying fast enough for Jim to get Egypt Agent 0:46. He had a Train trio of his own, clocking in at 1:07 Agent, 1:32 SA, and 1:57 00A. He also pulled off the crazy Aztec strategy, and since I promised I’d talk about that…
-Axel Zakrisson only PRed once this month, but it’s one of his best times: Aztec Agent 1:28. Getting under 1:30 requires very fast guard manipulation to open the glass door where you’d normally need Jaws’ keycard.
Eise Smit, Jim Barrett and Ilari Pekkala all used this strategy to get 1:29 this month, a crazy rush of times using a technique that had only been successfully utilized by four people before.
-Ryan “Goose” White continues to dazzle many hundreds of viewers a night, after he and Alex Anderson thrilled the crowd at Awesome Games Done Quick 2014. Besides his own trio of Train times at AGDQ (1:06/1:32/2:00), Goose finally achieved a world record he’d been trying years for: Streets Agent 1:12! Ryan Lockwood recently got this time, receiving unprecedented amounts of hype for his reactions (and for skipping 1:13), but Goose’s accomplishment shouldn’t go unnoticed; Marc Rützou is the only other player with 1:12, a time which requires a combination of luck, very precise execution, and CLUTCHNESS.
-Daniel “Wodahs” Coelho is back from hiatus, and moving up the ranks once again; currently sitting at 37th, Wodahs spent a week improving quite a few different times, but then focused on a few key levels. He came away with three world records: Archives Agent 0:16, Dam Agent 0:53, and Runway Agent 0:22. It’s hard to predict how high Wodahs will manage to climb, but I don’t see him slowing down any time soon.
While many people spent their holiday time with family, Ryan Lockwood was working hard to score big Goldeneye records on Twitch. His Christmas Day accomplishment has excited the Goldeneye community.
The 22-year-old from Key West, FL spent much of his time at the 2013 Virginia Meet trying for Silo Agent 1:01. He finally became the 5th player to earn this time on December 22nd. Just three days after nailing that record, he managed to hit an even bigger record. Lockwood must have been on Santa’s really, really nice list, as he hit Streets Agent 1:12. He is the first player to tie the world record set by Marc Rützou in 2012. Prior to this Christmas Day shocker, Rützou held seven untied world records, including a sweep on Train. By tying him, Lockwood showed everybody he can live up to his potential.
It wasn’t exactly one of the usual suspects of Rayan Isran, David Clemens or Bryan Bosshardt who first managed to tie the #3 ranked Rutzou. Lockwood is currently ranked 48th in the world at Goldeneye. This record shows once again that even the best world records can be achieved by players anywhere on the ranks. Cliff Hampton isn’t even in the top 50, yet he has the honor of holding an untied with Runway 00 Agent 0:35.
In hitting 1:12, Ryan skipped over the former World Record mark of 1:13 from his previous PR of 1:14. His time has since been met with critical acclaim from numerous Eliters. Sixth ranked Goldeneye veteran Ryan White (RWhiteGoose) commented, “Lockwood has cemented his place as a true legend.” Many of Ryan’s fellow players were in awe after witnessing his remarkable achievement.
In other GE news, Jim Barrett scored 5 PRs to enter the top 10 for the first time since 2007.
Contributed by Corey Stolzenbach
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.
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!
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.
The headline isn’t a joke. Since February 10, seven different players have gotten this world record in what is easily the biggest surge since Surface 2 Agent 0:49 in April 2010. Poor folks like Shawn Johnson, Eddie Lovins, and even our active rankings administrator Axel Zakrisson have all lost points simply from not hopping aboard this record bandwagon. There wasn’t a whole lot of record activity in the previous month if 0:24 is taken out of the equation, but without further ado, I give you our players of the month:
Rayan Isran: Surface 1 00 Agent 1:48, Silo 00 Agent 1:22 (both tied records, both insane obviously)
Luke Szklarz: Bunker 2 Agent 0:24, Runway Agent 0:22 (OOOOOOH….. SHIT!)
David Clemens: Egypt SA 0:45 (1.2, the man’s way)
Wouter Jansen: Bunker 2 Agent 0:24 (w000000ter)
Ryan White: Bunker 2 Agent 0:24 (2.2 CRUISE CONTROL like a boss)
Ryan Koch: Bunker 2 Agent 0:24 (Nicely done, d00d)
Guilherme Alberto: Bunker 2 Agent 0:24 (great job passing Shawn Johnson!)
David Witten: Bunker 2 Agent 0:24 (Keep it up, Dwit!)
Karl Jobst: Bunker 2 Agent 0:24 (my prediction for the guy that actually gets 0:23 first)
With the passing over of the new year, one must now look back at the last 366 (leap year!) days of 2012 to truly appreciate how far the Elite has come. With the new implementation of twitch.tv integrated into the habits of mostly every Eliter, we have created and showcased 27 individual channels with a multitude of interactive videos and highlights that will be saved and remembered forever. Along with some actual world records being set live on stream, one can now appreciate a few live player reactions along with countless chatter’s reactions when such a moment happens.
Since January 1, 2012, Goldeneye has seen a time cut of 18 seconds. This is insane for a 15-year old game of course, and its greatest contributor could very well be Rayan “Ace” Isran, but we’ll get to that later. Perfect Dark has seen a total time cut of 44 seconds, primarily because of Ilari Pekkala’s Investigation Agent findings (see: The JUNE Update!)
Lets start at the very top, and assuredly the Elite’s player of December 2012 by a wide margin. As noted in the previous update, Rayan Isran completely destroyed Jungle in now what is Goldeneye’s 2nd untied streak on one single level (Marc, Train). As a player ranked barely in the top 15, I can only marvel at Rayan’s amazing consistency at levels that troll the living hell out of all of us. A perfect example in this case is his tying of Silo Agent 1:01, a record previously held by only David Clemens and Marc Rutzou. Rayan’s level of play would rise however, and the Elite would find its collective self checking the board tops every day for new untied records – those being Control Secret Agent 4:05 (a TWO SECOND untied), Facility Agent 0:43 (primarily because of a strategy tweak), and Facility Secret Agent 0:52 (just insane overall). To cap off the year, Rayan added a Frigate Secret Agent 1:01 and Surface 2 Secret Agent 0:49 – both records having an average completion rate to a normal Eliter of about 1/5,000!
Fresh off his re-addition and welcome-back to the Goldeneye rankings, Henning Blom kept active and posted a sweet Caverns Secret Agent 1:19 – only the 4th player to tie this record. With his re-addition, his times are under constant monitoring and ultimately need to be approved by the rankings moderator Axel Zakrisson before any new time makes it onto the rankings. Henning currently sits in the 4th spot, just ahead of Bryan Bosshardt.
Speaking of Bryan, his notable accomplishment of the month was finally taking out Greg “Funky Buddha” Lewis’ longest standing untied record of all time – Attack Ship Perfect Agent 3:12! After weeks of slaving away at possibly the most trollish level in either game, Bryan posted a sweet 3:11 and ended an era of a 6 year untied record. In total, Greg held the record on Attack Ship PA since Summer 2005 – an INCREDIBLE run!
Greg Lewis was not about to lose his credibility in Perfect Dark however. Good old FB posted some slick new Deep Sea world records, including an Agent tie of 2:27 and a brand new untied of Special Agent 2:56! Greg was in danger of having 0 world records in Perfect Dark thanks to Bryan’s determination to take out 3:12, but Greg saved himself just in time.
Strangely enough, rounding out the bottom of the world record achievement list is Marc Rutzou and Luke Pettit. Marc’s typically strong months have cooled down just a bit in December, probably from a burnout of playing the game so much. Marc posted a Control 00 Agent 4:08 TIE of David Clemens, and a Control Secret Agent 4:07 before Rayan blew that record out of the water. One must also note that Luke Pettit finally nabbed himself a common world record – Archives Agent 0:16
On the personal record front, a few players have been absolutely on fire lately. Eise Smit has gained a bazillion points over the last month has has climbed to 27th in the overall rankings. Luke Szklarz has kept up his run of PRs and has climbed all the way into the top 50 from out of nowhere. Yours truly, teh Jimbo, with my somewhat entertaining streams and endless hours of playing has finally cracked the top 15 again with the temporary passing of Wouter Jansen (who nailed Archives 0:55s to pass me back) and barely edging out Axel Anderson. Ryan Koch successfully held off the charge by Jimbo by posting a Control Secret Agent 4:16 – enough of a point and time gain to discourage me from playing as I take my routine beginning-of-the-year break for a few months. Finally, Guilherme Alberto secured his 12th spot on the rankings by posting a solid set of Control times, as well as Bunker 1 Secret Agent 0:23 and Surface 2 00 Agent 1:32.
OK, so the title seems a bit silly – it’s a 1977 song from the Steve Miller Band – but its title applies to recent events lately. Have you checked the rankings? One should note that only three days ago, there was only one untied sweep; now there are two!
Former champion and current #2 player Rayan Isran has historically owned Jungle, having 300 points on there for as long as one can remember. Rayan has had Jungle SA 0:53 untied since June 12, 2008 – the 2nd longest standing GoldenEye untied of all time – and an Agent tie of 0:51 complimented by a 00 Agent tie of 0:55.
Not anymore, however. Rayan has achieved an unreachable time on NTSC with Jungle Agent 0:50. Just because 0:50 was achieved on PAL does not mean this time is any less than perfect, however. With 8 boosts, and a PERFECT warp, Rayan nailed 0:50 and made 4 other players lose a record in the process. 0:54 00 Agent was just a perfectly smooth PAL run* with all the mines being blown up just before Xenia to reduce overall lag. Marc Rützou with 0:55 is the only player who loses a record there.
*PAL players can normally blow up the last 2 drones and the ammo dump no problem, whereas NTSC players will have grenades shoot through the floor after the ammo dump due to lag.
With the passing of November, a large chunk of the Elite was getting over a historical presidential election, and passing through to the month where Winter officially begins. Historically, the Winter months have proven to be the most dead time of the year within the Elite; with the recent addition of Twitch.tv and flurry of activity however, this will most certainly be the busiest December in years. Lets get right to the best of November!
Starting at the very top of the rankings, David Clemens is feeling the heat from his closest challengers. In just a few short days, Clemens posted an insane Control 00 Agent 4:08 – an untied that made the #2 ranked player Rayan Isran lose a precious 3 points in his own personal journey to perhaps regain the top spot.
Rayan “Ace” Isran wasn’t quiet this month either. Seemingly out of the blue, Ace posted a slick Caverns Secret Agent 1:19, becoming only the 3rd player to achieve this time. Along with that, Ace also posted a smooth Surface 1 Secret Agent 1:48 (also being the 3rd player to get this), and a very good Aztec Agent 1:28. The Aztec run was highlighted by a fairly lengthy stuck on the glass prior to the final mainframe, long enough to probably cost him the world record.
Marc Rützou, perhaps the most active and prolific player of the month, achieved a jumbled mess of records that has him on the heels of the podium. Marc is one of the Elite’s most popular streamers; combine that with his outrageous skill, ability to grind out records, and ridiculous amount of time available to play – suddenly you have a deadly combination ready to take it to the very top. Marc’s first record was Aztec 00 Agent 1:40, a tied record which features Marc’s 5 minute decision to go the “slow or the fast route” at the pause just before the final room. Marc also posted a pair of Egypt 0:46s, both world records, in route to getting 295 points there. Finally, he dominated Control by posting a slick Control Agent 3:58, claiming it was “relatively easy” and has failed a few 3:57s live on stream! Marc’s “regular PRs” would include Cradle 00A 0:37, Egypt Agent 0:46, Control SA 4:08, and Control 00A 4:11.
Next up on the December update is the promising Jimmy Bauer. Jimmy only posted 3 PRs this month, but they were still enough to take everyone by surprise. Firstly, Jimmy strut his stuff by posting a sick Bunker 2 Secret Agent 0:47. Although not a record, it’s a 4th place time highlighted by a 2-boost ending which got quite the response. His other times are featured by his first ever untied record – Statue Secret Agent 2:18 – breaking the heart of Statue superstar Bryan Bosshardt. The best part of that 2:18 was the sweet $45 bounty that went along with it, congrats on taking my money, JB! Jimmy wrapped up the month by posting Statue Agent 2:19, also a record.
Posting a pair of single records on the month, Ilari Pekkala posted a Cradle Agent 0:34 in an ultimate troll action to Marc Rutzou, who is currently struggling for the record; and yours truly Jimbo Barrett posted a pretty snazzy Bunker 2 Agent 0:24. Credit to all the top players for taking me by the hand in helping me getting my 25th career record; it certainly helped that 0:24 included the fastest warp of the 11 total players who have that record. I am currently about 25 points out of the legitimate top 15*, thanks in part to several streamed PRs this last month.
While not posting any records, Ryan White “Goose” and David Witten were not quiet this month either. David destroyed his former Train PRs and now has 1:04/1:31/1:59, a solid combination that puts him 9th on the Train leaderboard. Ryan posted a Caverns 00A 1:34, a 3rd place time on the legitimate rankings*, and Depot SA 0:43.
Rounding out the update, we have the only notable piece of news from the Perfect Dark world – the end of Attack Ship 3:12 being the longest standing untied of all time. Bryan tied this record when the bounties started encouraging other players to finally challenge the record.
Hopefully by the next update, we’ll all have made it through the December 21st doomsday, Marc will have finally gotten Cradle 0:34 and Control 3:57, Clemens will have safely made it back from his month-long stay in Indonesia, Ryan Koch’s stream will be up and running, and I will be in the top 15. Keep playing guys, because Twitch is the greatest thing to ever happen to the Elite.
*Legitimate rankings are stated because of the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the indefinite banning of Henning Blom. All stated rankings are assumed that Henning is active and unbanned.