The life of an elite ‘Super Mario 64’ speedrunner

Allan Alvarez can complete the game Super Mario 64 faster than anyone in the world, which means that most days he gets out of bed around 4 PM. Afternoons consist of errands — lately, finding a new apartment and office space with reliable internet for streaming — and training with his volleyball team. After dinner, he does a few rounds …

Watch favorite games finished quickly in the name of charity

It’s a long July holiday weekend, and that means something big for gamers: it’s the start of Summer Games Done Quick, the second of two annual livestreams for charity. As of 1PM Eastern on July 2nd, you’ll witness a slew of top players rushing through games for nearly a full week to raise donations for Doctors Without Borders. It starts …

How to get banned from Disney’s Club Penguin in under 30 seconds

How do you get banned from Disney’s tween-focused Club Penguin social network in under 30 seconds? Hacking. Tool-assisted speedruns have been around since the late ’90s, showing off inhuman feats in games like Doom and Super Mario Bros. 3. Folks in the speedrunning community are pretty okay with it too, so long as your runs are clearly labeled as such. …