The world of video game speedrunning is all set to move out of the obscure corners of the web and into the mainstream thanks to its inclusion in the Guinness World Records.
Speedrun.com, the prime online destination for speedrunners looking to show off their talents, recently announced a collaboration with GWR that has select categories eligible for recognition. World record holders in these categories can apply for an official Guinness World Records title, which will also earn them a GWR trophy to show off on their speedrun.com profile.
For now, GWR titles are only being awarded for the following three categories, though the aforementioned announcement on speedrun.com forum says more “may” be added soon. It’s unclear how these first three categories were picked or what the selection criteria will be moving forward, if GWR does consider adding more categories to the mix.
- Fastest time to beat all six boss rematches in Super Mario Odyssey
- Fastest time to complete all Muspelheim Impossible Trials in God of War 2018 with Common level equipment
- Fastest time to collect all six enchanted apples on the 10 years of Minecraft map
Runs submitted to these categories will be verified by speedrunner.com moderators, with participants having to honor both category-specific and GWR rules to have their submissions accepted. Speedrunners can find more information on each category as well as the aforementioned Guinness World Records submission rules on speedrun.com/gwr.
The speedrunning community isn’t a small one by any means, but this dash of mainstream recognition may be what it needs to attract even more to the fold. At the very least, it should make world record attempts for the included categories even more fun to view, with the stakes having been raised.
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