A new record has been set for speedrunning Half-Life by a group of talented, and devoted speedrunners completing the game – on hard – in 20 minutes and 41 seconds.

The group, which posted its run as quadrazid on YouTube, has been working on perfecting this speedrun since 2010. It breaks the previous record of 29 minutes and 41 seconds. You can check out the video below, which is hugely impressive even if you haven't played the original Half-Life. Accompanying the video is some background on the run, as well as the message, "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."

The group broke apart the game into over 300,000 different sections and perfected the process of making it through each one as fast as possible. You can find a breakdown of each section in a giant spreadsheet by heading here, and even listen to step-by-step commentary on the run by heading here.

For our own Super Replay playthrough of Half-Life, which is pretty much the opposite of a speedrun, head here.

[Source: quadrazid on YouTube, via Eurogamer]


Our Take
I'll sometimes flirt with the idea trying to speedrun a game that I consider myself good at, but then I watch a speedrun video and realize that I am nowhere close to being talented enough to speedrun a game. This is a prime example of one of those videos.