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Speedrunner breaks 15-year-old GoldenEye 007 record

By Shawn Knight ยท 14 replies
Dec 4, 2017
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  1. One of the longest-standing speedrunning records in history has been toppled. Over the weekend, Karl Jobst managed to complete Dam – the first mission in GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64 – in just 52 seconds flat.

    The previous record, first set by Bryan Bosshardt way back in 2002, was 53 seconds. More than 100 people have tied the record in the years since, leading many to assume that it was technically impossible to complete the map any faster.

    With his record-setting run, Jobst has proven them wrong.

    Jobst pulled the run off on Agent difficulty. As Kotaku highlights, it all comes down to his use of boosts and getting through the stage’s gates as fast as possible. Jobst said on Reddit that he has spent around 250 hours working on the achievement and has only had three runs during that time in which he got all three speed boosts.

    As you can see in the clip, he is overcome with emotion when the summary screen loads at the end of the map.

    The question on everyone’s mind now is whether or not a 51-second run is possible. Given how long the 53-second run stood, I think this one is safe for quite a while.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,201   +2,662

    Oh thank goodness ..... now life is complete!
  3. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,607   +924

    LOL, get out of your parents house!
    senketsu and Peter Farkas like this.
  4. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,399   +560

    Lol this guy is going on like he found the cure for cancer...

    The next question is can he last more than 52 seconds with a woman!!
  5. ross01

    ross01 TS Rookie Posts: 22   +6

    I play video games and I don't even see the point in this stuff... da fuq are u crying for
    ZackL04 likes this.
  6. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,323   +1,094

    Yeah I'm with you on this, I don't get it.
    SymphonyX7 likes this.
  7. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Evangelist Posts: 319   +176

    In 250 hours he only got all three speed boosts in three runs? This record has not been beaten in fifteen years. It is a pretty big achievement.
    FloofyFox and SirChocula like this.
  8. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,399   +560

    Big achievement to who?

    half of the kids these days don't even know what golden eye is or an N64.

    Those of us that are old enough to have played it back in the mid 90's are adults now and don't care lol.
  9. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Evangelist Posts: 319   +176

    No idea why people don't understand how big speed running is. Its basically its own genre.
    FloofyFox and SirChocula like this.
  10. J spot

    J spot TS Addict Posts: 194   +118

    I think playing video games, hours a day, to beat it and then move on to the next game is such a waste of time. A much bigger waste of time than speed running. Because speed running is a bout the competition, and building skills to beat the competition. For a guy it can be very mentally stimulating. I also like that it involves seeing the particular game in a totally different way. In ways that you can't unless you're being pushed to the limit.
    SirChocula likes this.
  11. J spot

    J spot TS Addict Posts: 194   +118

    You should watch the video.
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 10,568   +4,410

    Virtual gratification for those that can't get it in real life. I play games as well. But if want gratification, I will go out and do something productive for someone.
  13. J spot

    J spot TS Addict Posts: 194   +118

    I don't know. I hardly ever see anyone do anything productive. It's either watching TV, playing video games, logging on Facebook. I find anyone developing any type of skills, even if it's in a video game to be more productive than those things, including simply games to just beat it and move on to the next.
    poohbear likes this.
  14. Skjorn

    Skjorn TS Maniac Posts: 290   +159

    Laughing at all the people here talking crap. Bet none of you talkers have ever dedicated yourself to something like this guy did. Highly doubt you could ever come with something to match this type of skill.
  15. SirChocula

    SirChocula TS Maniac Posts: 174   +182

    Lol seriously. All these "go outside" or "do something practical" comments are retarded at best. These things (speed running in this case) can mean a lot to someone and they pour hundreds of hours into perfecting their craft so obviously they would get a profound sense of achievement. If you have something "better" to do with your time, then go for it; personally, I'm happy for this chap achieving something very important to him. Live and let live...
    SantistaUSA and Panda218 like this.

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