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.
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). Fantastic job to both players, as well as everyone who helped contribute to the Control massacre of the last few weeks. The records currently stand at 3:56 / 4:04 / 4:05.
GE Activity-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. With all that in mind, it's time to bring back an award that's been dead for too long:
Player of the Month!We've seen a lot of activity this month, but there's only one POM award, and in January 2014, it goes to:
Henrik Norgren!Most famous for his amazing, game-breaking knowledge of GoldenEye, Henrik is ranked 24th right now, and only had four world records prior to January (getting three of those four in the last week of December). He more than doubled that total last month with five new WRs: Runway Agent 0:22, Bunker 1 Agent 0:17, Surface 2 Agent 0:48, Depot Agent 0:25, and Cradle Agent 0:34. On Christmas Day last year, he was tied with many other players on the World Record Leaders page with just one WR; he's now T-9th with Jimmy Bauer, passing many GE greats along the way. POM Runner-Up: Eise Smit That's it for this month. Happy speedrunning!
GoldenEye World Records in January2nd: Runway Agent 0:22, Henrik Norgren 4th: Cradle Secret Agent 0:35, Karl Jobst 4th: Cradle 00 Agent 0:36, Karl Jobst 10th: Dam Agent 0:53, Adam Moore 11th: Archives Agent 0:16, Daniel Coelho 11th: Bunker 1 Agent 0:17, Henrik Norgren 14th: Cradle Agent 0:34, Henrik Norgren 18th: Surface 2 Agent 0:48, Henrik Norgren 19th: Dam Agent 0:53, Daniel Coelho 26th: Runway Agent 0:22, Daniel Coelho 26th: Cradle Agent 0:34, Gregor Degenhart 27th: Streets Agent 1:12, Ryan White 28th: Depot Agent 0:25, Henrik Norgren
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. Watch Lockwood's Streets Agent 1:12 here and Silo Agent 1:01 here. In other GE news, Jim Barrett scored 5 PRs to enter the top 10 for the first time since 2007. Contributed by Corey Stolzenbach
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.
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!