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New Half-Life World Record: Game Completed in 20 minutes and 41 Seconds

The previous record was about 9 minutes longer - A sizeable difference

A new "Speedrun" record has been broken for Valve's classic title, Half-Life. A host of avid Half-Life fans all chipped in to do separate segments of the 15 hour length game. They managed to whittle down the gameplay length -- in its entirety --  to just 21 minutes of video footage. 

Being developed since 2010, the group of 8 players (quadrazid, CRASH FORT, coolkid, pineapple, YaLTeR, Spider-Waffle, FELip) each did different parts, and the quickest were pieced together for the shortest time possible. Here is a very confusing graph of everything they did, in lots and lots of detail.

Here is the video, in all of its glory:

There has been some controversy over what gives this play of the game true 'legitimacy' as a world record. 

But at least the guys who compiled this themselves have been honest. In the video description, they concede to it being "heavily scripted",  the most widely used scripts being "jump spam, duck spam, 180º turn for gauss boost and precise use-key actions."

They also used the "bunny mod pro" mod, which gives the player extra HUD and saving capabilities. This mod also resets the "anti-bunnyhop" patch released in 2001.

It's certainly an impressive feat; a triumph of skill. But where do you draw the line in regards to mods, add ons and separate takes of the game?

What do you guys think? I know I found it to be an enjoyable watch, to say the least.

Published Apr. 15th 2014
  • Fathoms_4209
    Featured Columnist
    I'm always impressed by this stuff.

    It wasn't a speed run or anything, but I did manage to beat Metroid II: Return of Samus on the Gameboy in about 2 hours and 17 minutes. I thought that was fast but these people just FLY.
  • Hobo With A Keyboard
    Featured Contributor
    Haha yeah it is insane. Quite fun to see it being done, and even better to see people still mesemerised by such a classic game.

    Haven't actually played metroid myself but heard it's pretty difficult, so nice one. I don't have the rapid reactions to even attempt to attempt things like that!

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