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Speedrunner breaks Super Mario Bros world record by the thinnest of margins

Published: 15/Aug/2019 16:53 Updated: 15/Jul/2020 17:52

by Michael Gwilliam


After years of attempts, speedrunner Kosmic broke the warpless world record for the original Super Mario Bros, finishing the game with the quickest time ever recorded. 

Super Mario Bros has a couple of speedrunning categories. First, there are warps, in which players are allowed to use the pipes to skip stages. Then there’s warpless, where the player must go through every stage in the game flawlessly.

For over 12 years, every other record was over 19:00 minutes, but that all changed when Kosmic finished the game with 18:59.856. This is the first time in history Super Mario Bros has been completed in under 19 minutes.

“For over 12 years the World Record for beating Super Mario Bros. Warpless has been 19:XX, but TODAY THAT CHANGED. I finally did it! I got 18:59.856!!! First 18:XX ever!!!” an excited Kosmic tweeted on August 14.

The entire run was something to behold as it requires near flawless execution throughout with the smallest error ruining the whole attempt.

Upon completion, the new record-holder’s reaction was priceless. “Did I do it?!” he shockingly asked his stream. “Did I finally do it, dude?” (Timestamp 19:18 for mobile users)

“I don’t know for sure,” he added, staring at the timer. When it comes down to runs like these with every fraction of a second counting, you can never be too positive. “I really hope it’s a .9 as it says.”

“We gotta re-time it to be sure, but I think we finally got the 18. Holy cow…”

Eventually, the freshly-crowned king of Mario speedrunning realized the clock is right and after years of attempts, it happened.

Kosmic, however, isn’t done trying to lower the record even more. “This isn’t the end of the line though. I see humans taking warpless down to at least 18:54 some day in the future. I don’t think I’ll take it that far, but I will be taking it down to at least 18:58 and maybe 18:57 and beyond! Tune into my twitch stream to watch my attempts live!” he wrote on a YouTube video of the incredible run.

Prior to this, the best record 19m 00s 954ms set by GTAce99 on August 10.


How to complete Fortnite Season 5 Week 8 challenges

Published: 20/Jan/2021 17:07

by Daniel Megarry


Fortnite’s Season 5 Week 8 challenges are here, and we’ve got all the information you need to complete them all in no time, with some handy tips along the way.

We’re now halfway through Season 5 of Epic Games’ hit battle royale Fortnite, and the weekly challenges just keep on coming to help players earn that all-important XP to level up their Battle Pass.

The introduction of Predator to the island may be taking everyone’s attention right now, but you’ll still want to make time for the Week 8 challenges as they’ll need to be completed by Thursday, January 28.

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Fortnite Season 5 Week 8 brings fresh challenges to the mix.

This week features a farming theme, as three of the challenges will require players to visit either a Farm or a Farmers Market on the map. Aside from those, there are some more standard quests like dealing Pistol damage and collecting Gold Bars.

Without further ado, here are the seven Epic quests you’ll need to complete this week, as well as the single Legendary quest that’ll earn you a significant chunk of XP.

Fortnite Season 5 Week 8 Quests

  • Destroy apple and tomato produce boxes at The Orchard Farmers Market (3)
  • Drive a car through the corn field at Steel Farm (1)
  • Deliver a truck to Sunflower’s Farm (1)
  • Pistol Damage (250)
  • Collect Gold Bars (500)
  • Blow up a gas pump (1)
  • Distance traveled Gliding (3,500)

Let’s start with the basic ones: You’ll gain Gliding distance every time you play a match and jump from the Battle Bus. Similarly, you’ll collect Gold Bars in everyday play, but you can speed this one along by searching tills, safes, and destroying washing machines.

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There’s new Quests, Bounties and other things for Tfue to explore.

Pistol damage is easy, as you’ll simply need to find a Pistol (they’re very common) and shoot other players. You may find it easier to go after IO Guards, as their aim isn’t great, and remember that using a rarer Pistol will deal more damage.

Blowing up a gas pump should be as simple as visiting a gas station and shooting one of the gas pumps out the front until they explode. We’ll have guides for the Farm challenges when they go live, so be sure to check back then.

As always, completing each of these challenges will bag you a sweet 20,000 XP, meaning there’s a total of 140,000 XP to be earned. And that’s not even including this week’s Legendary quest.

Fortnite Season 5 Week 8 Legendary Quest

  • Eat Fish (10/20/30/40/50)

To complete the Week 8 Legendary quest, you’ll need to eat fish. You can do this by fishing with a Rod or Harpoon Gun, or by using explosives such as Grenades or a Motorboat’s missiles to blow them up.

Simple, right? Well, there are multiple tiers to this challenge, and if you want to complete them all and get yourself a whopping 55,500 XP you’ll need to eat a grand total of 50 fish.

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You’ll need to get fishing if you want to complete the Week 8 Legendary quest.

While finding 50 fish might take you a while, it should be a lot easier to complete than last week’s Legendary challenge, which had some players calling for “trash” vehicle challenges to be removed from the game.

Remember, you’ll have until Thursday, January 28, 2021, to complete all of these weekly challenges before they disappear when Week 9 rolls around.