Interviews with the Quickest Gamers


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Imprint or Series:Studies in Gaming

About the Book

More than 30 years after its 1985 release on the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Mario Bros. continues to be one of the best-selling video games of all time. For many, completing the classic side-scrolling platformer remains challenging enough to provide many hours of entertainment. In late 2016 an American gamer known online as “darbian” completed the game in record time, rescuing Princess Peach in 4 minutes, 56 seconds. darbian practices speedrunning, a method of play in which quick reflexes and intimate familiarity with games are used to complete them in the fastest possible time. Through 10 interviews with darbian and other elite speedrunners, this book explores the history and techniques of this intense and competitive type of gaming.

About the Author(s)

David Snyder teaches English in Japan.

Series editor Matthew Wilhelm Kapell teaches American studies, anthropology, and writing at Pace University in New York.

Bibliographic Details

David Snyder

Series Editor Matthew Wilhelm Kapell
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 260
Bibliographic Info: 11 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7080-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3076-2
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Studies in Gaming

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction 3
Speedrunning 9
History 33

Michael, LackAttack24, The Legend of Zelda (NES)  45
Adam, AdamAK, Grand Theft Auto Series (PS2, PC)  64
Beck, abney317, Mario Kart 64 (N64)  80
Allan, cheese05, Super Mario 64 (N64)  102
Kari, EssentiaFour, Final Fantasy VI (SNES)  119
Andrew, goatrope, Halo: Combat Evolved (Xbox, PC)  136
Jayson, ZFG, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)  153
Mabel, EnchantressOfNumbers, Tetris: The Grand Master (Arcade)  171
Nick, WildAnaconda69, Super Metroid (SNES)  189
Brad, darbian, Super Mario Bros. (NES)  208

Epilogue 227
Data Sources 229
Recommended Viewing 231
Chapter Notes 232
Bibliography 243
Index 249