If you’re in the world-record setting speedrun business, your job got a little bit harder this weekend. On Saturday, the evil geniuses at SourceRuns posted a new world record speedrun video of Half-Life 2 completed in 1:27:51.09.
This is cute, and kind of stupid: someone has done a speedrun of Dear Esther, the atmospheric FPS-without-the-S that, until now, we would have considered unspeedrunable. We can only speculate whether Simon 'default' Albacke Eriksson - discovered via Kotaku on the Speed Demos Archive - set out to subvert the art game by missing the point entirely, or if he simply wanted to see how quickly it could be over with, but he managed to finish the game in a not-too-shabby 23 minutes.
Spelunky is a free, randomised platformer, so how long it takes you to complete depends on both skill and luck. So spare a thought for the guys trying to speedrun it. If you don't find the right items in the first few levels, you might as well restart. And even if you do, it's nail bitingly tricky to survive. Watch Exploding Cabbage's run, discovered via Mode 7 Games, and when he gets down to one health point, after 8,684 failed attempts, imagine how the close shaves feel.