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Karl Jobst’s most important moments in speedrunning history

Published: 22/Jul/2020 21:10 Updated: 30/Jul/2020 18:22

by Jacob Hale

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From the release of Doom in 1993, to that awkward Mirror’s Edge speedrun fiasco, to cheese’s clutch Super Mario 64 record, there have been many memorable moments in the history of speedrunning.

It is a form of competition unlike any other and, on June 26, Doom Eternal speedrunners will be looking to add their names to the history books by becoming world record holders at Break the Record: LIVE.

One person who knows more than most about speedrunning, though, is YouTuber Karl Jobst, He’s recently produced ‘The Evolution of Speedrunning’, a video which takes a look at the history and growth of the competitive esport.

We spoke with Karl about speedrunning ahead of Break the Record: LIVE, and he revealed what he believes to be the most important moments in speedrunning history. Here’s what he said:

Release of Doom in 1993

Doom 1993
Nintendo
Doom was released in 1993 and has been a hugely popular speedrunning game since.

Jobst: Doom came out in a time that was perfect because the Internet was coming to be, and all the ingredients came together at the same time to create the first game that people could really compete in and have fun with.

So, the release of Doom is one of the most important things [in speedrunning].

Quake Done Quick 1997

Jobst: In 1997 there was Quake Done Quick, which was a project that a bunch of Quake speedrunners put together. Doom was popular on online bulletin boards and everything, but nobody really talked about it in the general gaming sphere. But, when Quake came out and the Quake players made Quake Done Quick, where they played the whole game and made a video out of it, that was the first time speedrunning spread outside of speedrunning and into gaming in general.

You didn’t need to be a speedrunner to know about this, you could just be a gamer and you knew that people were speedrunning Quake. So that was the first time, I think, that speedrunning spread outside of its own niche, and people realized “this thing that people are doing… It’s pretty cool.”

Speed Demos Archive opens its doors

Speed Demos Archive homepage
Speed Demos Archive
The Speed Demos Archive collated the world’s best speedrunning times for all manner of games.

Jobst: The popularity of Quake Done Quick led to Speed Demos Archive becoming a popular website, which was the website people hosted Quake demos on.

When Speed Demos Archive opened its doors to other games, that was really important too. That was the first central hub for speedrunning. If you wanted to find a speedrun of a game, you would search on Speed Demos Archive, there would be a place you would know to search for them. That was the first place that started to host videos for speedruns, because there was no YouTube back then.

Speed Demos Archive was the first website where you could search for videos and you could see it, and that really increased the popularity dramatically, so that was another very important moment.

Narcissa Wright’s 18:10 on Ocarina of Time

Jobst: Most speedrunners would agree that the most important speedrun of all time was Narcissa Wright’s 18:10 in Ocarina of Time. That was the first speedrun that really went mainstream. It was the first time legitimate news organizations were taking notice and talking about speedrunning. It was a big deal.

The thing about that run is, it wasn’t like she beat someone else’s record. It was just herself, over a long time, just kept beating her own record. So it wasn’t like a duel between someone else. It was just a solo effort, which is a lot of what speedrunning is, it’s just doing better than you’ve done before. So you don’t need to beat someone in order for something to be special. It’s just the result of hard work over a long time. And then doing something you can be proud of. This 18:10 was a really big deal. That would be the best speedrun of all time.

The launch of Twitch

Twitch logo purple
Twitch
Twitch, and livestreaming in general, has completely changed the speedrunning landscape.

Jobst: Obviously, Twitch coming out is another important moment. Again, it increases the visibility of speedrunning so people could watch grinds. Before, you could see the result but you could never see the work that goes into it.

Streaming, in general, was the first time you could see what it takes, and if you do watch some of these speedrunners, they play a lot, they play many hours every day, and this was something people had never seen before, which was why, when speedrunning first was able to be streamed, it was really, really popular. It was game-changing.


So could breaking the Doom Eternal speedrun record with no major glitches be another one of these moments? Well, according to Karl, it will hopefully get more Doom fans engaged with speedrunning.

“Doom Eternal is amazing to watch,” he said. “It’s amazing to watch these speedruns, especially the categories without glitches. I think the spectacle of Doom Eternal is there, and it’s worth the watch in itself, and then breaking the record is going to be the cherry on the cake. There’s a lot of people out there that haven’t watched these types of speedruns, and hopefully this gets it out to more people and gives them a taste of what it’s all about.”

You can can watch this year’s Break the Record: LIVE event live on ESAMarathon.com, so be sure to tune in on July 26, 2020 at 10:00 am  – July 27, 2020 @ 1:00 am CEST.. We’ll keep you up to date with all the records as they’re broken.

Apex Legends

Apex Legends Black Friday 2020: Airship Assassin skin, Legendary Hunt

Published: 24/Nov/2020 20:18

by Bill Cooney

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Some of the rarest skins in Apex Legends are making a return for the annual Black Friday sale, including Wraith’s famous Airship Assassin skin, cosmetics returning from Legendary Hunt bundles, and more.

It was heavily speculated in the runup to Thanksgiving week that Wraith’s fan-favorite skin would be returning for the second year in a row, and the shop update on November 24 confirmed those leaks and rumors.

Wraith isn’t the only hero getting some of her old skins up for sale again though, Octane’s highly sought-after Jester look will also be back, along with several from the Legendary Hunt themed event all the way back from Season 1.

Wraith Airship Assassin skin pictured in Olympus with 'November 24' in writing beside it
Respawn Entertainment
The long-awaited skin is finally returning, Respawn has confirmed.

For those who don’t know, Wraith’s Airship Assassin skin is a recolor of the pink Void Specialist skin, so you’ll need to unlock both of them in order to rock it.

In addition to the legends and weapon cosmetics, there are deals offering three, 25, or 50 Apex Packs, and a bobblehead weapon charm available during the sale, which goes from Nov. 24 to December 1.

Let’s take a look at all of the bundles available during the sale, what’s included in them, and how much each one will set you back if you’re interested.

Legend Skins

  • Void Specialist Wraith – 900 Apex Coins (Required for Airship Assassin)
  • Airship Assassin Wraith – 6,500 Legend Tokens

Jester Bundle

Octane Jester skin
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This Jester skin for Octane is certainly one of the more disturbing cosmetics in Apex.
  • Cost: 2,500 Apex Coins
  • Laughing Fool Octane Skin
  • Harlequin VK-47 Flatline Weapon Skin

Legendary Hunt Bundle

Legendary Hunt Apex skins
Respawn Entertainment
These Legendary Hunt skins will be available in the Black Friday bundle.
  • Cost: 6,000 Apex Coins

Hero Skins

  • Voices From the Past Wraith
  • Outland Warrior Bangalore
  • Tiger Blood Caustic
  • Pain Killer Lifeline
  • Snake Charmer Mirage
  • Hot Pursuit Octane
  • Sunfire Initiate Pathfinder

Weapon Skins

  • Goldmine Gremlin VK-47 Flatline
  • Bone Saw M600 Spitfire
  • Trophy Collector R-301

Apex Pack Bundles

Bobblehead Bloodhound Charm Apex Legends
Respawn Entertainment
Bloodhound’s adorable bobblehead charm is available in the 3 Apex Pack bundle.

Legendary Pack Bundle

  • Cost: 1,500 Apex Coins
  • Bloodhound Bobblehead Weapon Charm
  • 3 Legendary Apex Packs

25 Pack Bundle

  • Cost: 2,000 Apex Coins
  • Bobblehead Octane Weapon Charm
  • 25 Rare Apex Packs

50 Pack Bundle

  • Cost: 4,000 Apex Coins
  • Bobblehead Revenant Weapon Charm
  • 1 Legendary Apex Pack
  • 49 Rare Apex Packs

There you have it, the full rundown of every single bundle and all the items available in the Apex store during the Annual Black Friday sale. Which even though they call it that, you’ll still need some serious Apex Coins if you haven’t been saving up.

Like we mentioned, these cosmetics and packs will only be available for one week until December 1, so don’t wait until the last minute if there’s something you know you want. As always, stay tuned in on Twitter @TitanfallBlog for all the latest Apex news, leaks, and info.