Doom 2 has a new speedrun record

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I’ve always been fascinated with speedruns in gaming. Whether glitches are allowed or not to make the record eligible, it still takes some extraordinary skill, timing, and lots and lots of practice to clock a game as quickly as possible. Doom 2 may be 20 years old, but its just had its speedrun record beaten.

Zero Master beat Doom 2 on ultra violence difficulty with a time of 00:23:03, shaving 22 seconds off the previous record which was 00:23:25 (set way back in 2010). Here’s his run (via EuroGamer)

So this is the second improvement in the last 10 years, though I don’t think we will have to wait that long before we see the 23 minute mark broken.

If you watch the video, you will see there are several moments where death is just one cough away. Somehow, Zero Master pushed through, and even demonstrates some mind boggling tricks to quickly traverse all the levels. I’ve watched several speedruns (or segments of them) for titles like Duke Nukem 3D, Resident Evil, and even Final Fantasy VII. I’m definitely no professional when it comes to the matter, but this is impressive and well worth a view if you’ve ever played the old school shooter.

As a kid, I used to see how quickly I could finish some games. Resident Evil 3, one of my favourites, usually took around 3-5 hours per playthrough – assuming you knew exactly where to go. I’ll never forget the one time I played it, opting to ignore every single enemy (except for compulsory bosses) and finishing in just under 2 hours. I couldn’t get over how short the game was if you took away all the meat inbetween. Even with what I believe to be a respectable time,  the current record is much quicker, sitting in at 1:20:42.

Are you fan of speedrunning? Have you beaten any games in times that you are proud of? Let us know in the comments.

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Last Updated: November 19, 2014

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