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Saturday, May 9, 2015 by IsraeliRD

More improvements!

This time to shorter runs.

It hasn't even been two months since Half-Life last appeared here, and we already have an improvement to an already short Hazard Course run. Max 'coolkid' Lundberg shaves 8 seconds off the run to clock in at 0:02:49, Single Segment.

Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road continues where the first game left-off, where the heroes return to their homeland only to be zoomed thousands of years into the future where Zang Zip has taken over. Playing on the (better) NES version of the game, 'ktwo' beats the game in 0:07:58, a 49 seconds improvement over the last run.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by IsraeliRD

Got a good run? Improve it!

FEZ is a cool indie puzzle platform game where you play in 2D on one of four sides of a 3D world. There are no enemies or bosses here but it has left you wondering whether the puzzles you meet are actually decipherable. Personally I am not sure I would be able to solve a QR code puzzle without the app on my phone. GaƩtan 'Gyoo' Young improves his previous run by 1:30 minutes, down to 0:29:25, Single Segment.

If you enjoyed the Gauntlet series then you'd be happy to see a run for Gauntlet Legends. A corrupt mage summoned a demon who in turn imprisoned his soul in the underworld, and you need to banish the demon back. 'Boyo003' returns to his previous run as well, massively improving by 30:31 minutes and clocking in at 1:10:19, playing as the Archer on Expert difficulty, Single Segment. Unlike his previous run 'Boyo003' gave us author's comments, and added in audio commentary to the run.

Monday, May 4, 2015 by IsraeliRD

Welcome To Hotel Kique-Asse

If you haven't had enough of Quake then you'll be happy to hear there is a new update on the Quake section. In short the improvements are: Easy marathon run, nightmare 100% e2m2, hip2m3, ep1 Easy marathon, 2-player Easy run of ep3, and couple customs: Dude, Where's My Sewage? and For My Babies 6. The last two should be reused for a news post title for being that random.

As you might have noticed, we're a little short-staffed these days, especially on the front page. We're looking for 3-4 new team members interested in join us in producing front page news updates. In this position, your responsibilities would include writing news about runs that are ready to be posted, writing game descriptions for game pages, and/or writing about the latest speedrunning community news. Knowledge of English is important, but English does not need to be your first language (coughmecough).

If you're interested in helping out, are up to date with the speedrunning community, and have some history with SDA, please drop me a line by PMing me on the forums.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by IsraeliRD

Games with numbers

Ever played as a goat? I'd imagine you'd graze grass all day but apparently it gets more exciting than that in Escape Goat 2! Your task is to become the first goat in history to make it through the Stronghold of Toragos. 'StingerPA' finds the fastest path through the fortress and beats the game in 0:13:39, Single Segment.

'footbigmike' returns with a new speedrun to Bomberman 64, this time around he tackles the slightly more difficult 100% category on the Japanese version, and beats it in 1:27:26, Single Segment.

Sunday, April 26, 2015 by IsraeliRD

New runs for old games

Everyone knows Myst, right? The original was probably the best but it had lots of remakes and ports and some didn't do the game justice (3DS anyone?). Andrew 'eLeveN' Buckman tackles the 100% category on the realMyst version and beats the game in 0:28:20, Single Segment.

Not everyone, however, would know about Cadash. The Balrog, a powerful demonic wizard promised his fellow demons that if they rise up against humanity they would take over the planet, and centuries afterwards they have nearly successfully done so. To complete that process, The Balrog also kidnapped a princess (couldn't guess that). 'Pasky' comes in to undo the centuries of the uprising in 0:26:10, playing as the Ninja in Single Segment.

A tad late but a few weeks ago Radix posted a new Quake update and I highly recommend you check it out. It has 28 new demos for you to watch and should quench some of your Quake speedrunning thirst. In addition to that 'ikk' is a fan of Quake speedruns and he made a topic where he records demos and uploads to YouTube for your viewing pleasure. You should ask him to make a few videos... maybe a couple thousand?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by IsraeliRD & UraniumAnchor

Alone in the Dark

I have to disagree. Most of the game is lit up.

To prove that, here are not one but two speedruns from the series: Alone in the Dark and Alone in the Dark 2. In the first game Edward Carnby is sent to retrieve a piano which may contain a secret that explains why did its owner commit suicide, and instead finds lots of monsters and puzzles to solve. Alexis 'NHG' Gabaig skips quite a lot of the game and beats it in 0:09:27, Single Segment. In the sequel we have the mystery of why did the developers remove most of the horror theme of the first game and make a shitty sequel. Unfortunately we may not get an answer but according to Alexis 'NHG' Gabaig it's more interesting to speedrun than the first one. Go figure. The run being presented to you today clocks at 0:24:40, Single Segment.

Patrick 'PJ' DiCesare has questionable taste in a lot of things (such as music, judging by some of the stuff he wrote for this next run) but his skills at speedruns are very much unquestionable. Today we give you a mighty 0:18:22 on the PC version of Bionic Commando: Rearmed, which is even more broken than the console version because of strange physics tricks that can be done when manipulating the framerate at certain points. Why games continue to use variable-step physics is something I'll never understand, but when it means that the run can be made significantly shorter (if harder because of the lack of a certain weapon) then I suppose I can live with it.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 by IsraeliRD

Let's Get Serious

Apparently things broke with the last Serious Sam update due to archive.org and our scripts not playing nice, so we'll patch them up today. If you haven't had enough of Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter then Nikita 'Tezur0' Buriak submitted two improvements for the Individual Levels table, pushing it to 0:37:23 which is 0:02:11 faster since the last news update. We have Oasis in 0:00:46, a 0:01:20 improvement and Metropolis in 0:06:35, a 0:00:51 improvement. If you're too lazy to scroll down, then here's the previously posted Moon Mountains in 0:01:05 from Yoann 'Yoyoshi' Decamps. At this time of writing Moon Mountains flash player is buggy, but you can still download via dl and archive without problems.

It doesn't feel like 5 months since Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers last appeared on the front page. 'philosoraptor42' keeps improving the 100% category and gives us an 18 seconds improvement, bringing the time down to 0:13:13.

Adding a new ending to Clock Tower is always good to have (although most may be similar). Playing fully through the game and grabbing the elusive S Ending is Lawrence 'playe' Palmiter, who lets Ann die instead of Laura. We're sorry Ann (and her fans), but watching you die is half a minute faster and frankly we're on a tight schedule to escape today in 0:20:57.

To continue on the horror theme I have a new game for you to watch, The Cat Lady. Susan Ashworth is chronically depressed and her only companions are stray cats that she is able to summon by playing her piano. After one night where she commits suicide, the Queen of Maggots sends her back to the living world as an immortal and gives her the task to get rid of five psychopaths. Andrew 'Bigmanjapan' Bondarenko plays through this interesting game in 1:45:57, Single Segment.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by IsraeliRD

Laughter

They say it's the best cure. Both games below are attempting to be humoristic, so we might help a few of you today.

Years after the first game The Legend of Kyrandia 2: Hand of Fate takes place where Zanthia, a young female alchemist and wizard, finds that the Kingdom of Kyrandia is disappearing piece by piece. The Mystics hold a meeting and The Hand (a giant glove with supposedly no relation to Master Hand) gives Zanthia the task to obtain a magic anchor stone from the centre of the world. Andrew 'Bigmanjapan' Bondarenko helps Zanthia on her quest for a new wardrobe (and save Kyrandia, can't forget that) in 0:31:56, Single Segment.

There are quite a few metroidvania inspired games, and today we have a run for Magicians and Looters. Unlike most games in this style it differs in its very funny yet silly dialogue, having several characters with their own abilities and items, and an ability to throw fruit at enemies. 'Uraj' runs through the many enemy mobs to beat the game in 0:34:13, Single Segment.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 by UraniumAnchor

A Long Time Coming

Travis 'Klaige' Nible has long been threatening (or promising, depending on your perspective) that he'd be revisiting Castlevania Bloodlines and pushing the John Morris category (aka whip guy) under half an hour. A couple of months back I was fortunate enough to catch his 0:29:50 live, and I'm pretty sure I heard his victory yell across three states. Trust me when I say it's fantastic. And as a bonus, it's got not one, but TWO audio commentary tracks. If you haven't already seen it on his Twitch channel, what are you waiting for?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 by IsraeliRD

Level Select

I got good levels for you to play on your favorite media player.

Are you a power-hungry Shaman? Are other tribes keeping you away from becoming a God? Do you like killing mercilessly using supernatural disasters? If you answered yes to all questions, then Populous: The Beginning is the game for you! You play as a female Shaman and you take your tribe to battle against three other tribes who simply wish to remove you from existence. Battling on 25 different planets is 'Grubby Hour' who dismantles everything in his path using some crazy routes and blessing from the God of RNG, in 2:39:18.

If you enjoy plain good kills with something that resembles a storyline then I have Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter, which today sees a 21 seconds improvement in its Individual Levels list, which now stands at 0:39:34. Yoann 'Yoyoshi' Decamps speedran Moon Mountains and got 0:01:05, tourist difficulty.

It is not often we see two speedruns for the same game in one update, but guess you get lucky today. The game in question is Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2. This "part sequel, part prequel" game sees the Rainbow team on the hunt after terrorists with chemical bombs, but as it turns out the mastermind is an ex-Rainbow team member who is a bit full of himself. 'Soliduz Znake' plays the game on the PS3 version, and achieves a time of 1:49:35. Tim 'Judgy' Kedge plays on the PC version, netting a time of 1:16:11. Both runs are on the Casual difficulty.

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