‘PBS Game/Show’ Examines How Video Game Speedrunners Get So Fast

PBS Game/Show host Jamin Warren examines how video game speedrunners get so fast in the latest episode of the series. For anyone unfamiliar with the term, speedrunning is completing a video game as fast as possible–through the exploit of bugs or otherwise.

Speedrunning! The competitive genre of choice recently that’s popping up on Reddit, Twitch, YouTube, and basically anywhere you can watch video. Recently popularized by people like Cosmo through his run of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, speedrunning is becoming the next big thing (and possible foil) to most games’ competitive scenes. Instead of doing your best to play by the rules, you break them! You try and beat the game as fast as you can in an exhibition of wit, reflex, and raw talent. But how? How do people become MASTER speedrunners? And can you become one too?