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Watch this new Super Mario Bros. speed run record and be amazed

Friday, 27th June 2014 10:02 GMT By Dave Cook

Super Mario Bros. has been completed in just under five minutes by speedrunner ‘Blubbler.’ They’ve just beaten their own previous world record by using a newly-discovered glitch. Watch the whole run here.

Blubber’s previous record was 4:58:09, but this new run came in at 4:57.69. The glitch in question occurs in World 8-2, and sees Mario jumping on a Bullet Bill just as he reaches the end flag. It prevents him from walking across the screen to reach Bowser’s castle, shaving precious time off the run.

Check it out:

Thanks LordSaradoc & CVG.

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  1. TheWulf

    That is impressive. Some speed runs really get me, because it shows an insane dedication to a game. One that’s played not for dutiful grinding to reach the next dangled carrot, but simply out of an unabated love for what the game is. Any game where you have speedruns achieved that quickly is indicative of a game that’s probably quite, quite good.

    I’ve seen speed runs of VVVVVV, Quantun Conundrum, and Portals (both) alike. I don’t go much in for let’s plays, but I’m always intrigued to see what trickery a determined soul might come up with to shave a few seconds off their time. It often leads to revelatory moments of “I had absolutely no idea you could do that!” and it’s just a really groovy scene.

    After a fashion, it reminds me of the demo scene, if you will. Coders who’re so into optimisation and size reduction of code that they want to fit as much awe-inspiring stuff as they can into the smallest amount of highly optimised code possible. The demo scene is speed running for coders, and every now and then they achieve something mind-blowing! Similarly, artists enjoy speed paints, in an effort to improve upon their techniques whilst not obsessing over every little detail.

    It’s an aspect of human culture amongst creatively minded people. There seems to always be an intellectual undercurrent of efficiency to it all, and I think that that’s because a lot of creativity does revolve around mathematical equations, due to how our brains work. The more naturally predisposed you are to being able to pull numbers out of nowhere that actually make sense within the context, the more well equipped you are to being a scientist or an artist alike.

    I think it’s that same kind of mindset that drives a person to do a speed run. They’re playing with the underlying mechanics of the game, more than playing the game itself. They’re tasking the engine, to see what it will allow them to do. And that’s why, beyond speed runs, glitch runs can be even more entertaining to watch.

    I think that’s the difference between a creative person and someone who isn’t. If a glitch is found, the creative person examines it with intrigue, is fascinated by it, and uses it to probe the engine. The end result is probably a speed run, or just showing off for fun in a harmless way. Sadly, this can be taken by someone devoid of those romantic inclinations and used to troll people, for their own amusement.

    There’s a reason trolls are generally extroverts, if you think about it — they’re using it to get a rise out of a group of people, which they then draw energy off of by feasting on their rage, annoyance, and irritation, and the good vibes of those who’re amused by the trolling. That’s how extroverts work. Whereas the more introverted mindset will do something by themselves, privately, and then share it for others to enjoy privately. That’s the difference.

    A speed runner is the introverted side of the coin, the extraverted side of the coin is trolling — for more immediate gratification. And it’s a shame that people will often get the two confused, especially other, easily manipulated extroverts. It’s how their eco-system works, they react in big ways so that they can feast off of other people reacting in big ways. Thus, many can’t tell the difference between a white hat and a black hat. I remember this topic coming up before in the PSN hacking days, and the extraverts just being baffled, struck dumb even by the mere idea that not all hackers are going to use their talents to outward ends.

    That there are hackers out there who use their talents creatively to provide entertainment without victimisation, or greater security. The difference between white hats and black hats in general is, indeed, introversion versus extraversion. The black hat is just a troll, out to fuck with people. Like Lulzsec, for example, or certain aspects of Anonymous. The white hat just wants to make things better.

    And white hats are typically idealists, they can’t help themselves, as is the introverted way. They’re just doing their bit to make the world a better place, but they often toil in obscurity because the masses are extraverted and it’s easier to see the massive reactions to black hats than the quiet thanks given to white hats.

    But it’s important to remember that even those who engage in glitchier speed runs are hackers of a sort, because they’re toying around with the systems in place beneath the game’s surface.

    And I love seeing what they can do.

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