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Half-Life Speed Run World Record Set at 20 Minutes 41 Seconds

by Ron Duwell | April 16, 2014April 16, 2014 1:00 am PST

Speed run collective quadrazoid has achieved its goal of setting the world record for beating the classic first-person shooter, Half-Life. The group painstakingly theorized and planned out its route and accomplished it with a help from bots, and shattered the previous record by exactly nine minutes.

When all was said and done, quadrazoid beat the game in 20 minutes and 41 seconds in brief segments, and a Google Spreadsheet exists breaking down each portion. The previous record was held at 29 minutes and 41 seconds.

“This run has truly been an endurance test for everyone involved, and we’re extremely happy to finally be able to share it with you,” reads the YouTube video.

“Theorycrafting” is the term used by the group to describe how it approaches a speed run, and this video contains footage from seven different runners: quadrazid, Crash Fort, coolkid, pineapple, YaLTeR, Spider-Waffle, FELip. The group beat the game on Hard mode using tools like a “jump spam, duck spam, 180 degree turn for gauss boost and precise use-key actions.” Of the 317 segments, 249 are under five seconds, so this is not a solid and complete runthrough.

Still, it is impressive nonetheless.

Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...