out Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim can be completed in little over two hours; that is,
provided you play video games for a living and have an insider's knowledge of
every last short-cut and secret. As per its wrap-up tradition, Bethesda
recently pit a rep from its quality assurance team against a member of its
development staff for a one-on-one race through Skyrim's main campaign,
resulting in a winning time of 2:16:10.
speedrunner Sam “I Am” Bernstein and Bethesda Game Studios developer Jeff “Live
the Dream” Browne were chosen to compete in the in-house contest, reigniting a
rivalry that began three years ago with Bernstein's win over Browne in a
similar Fallout 3 event. As documented on Bethesda's blog, both
challengers put up a heroic fight, but it was Bernstein who once again edged
out Browne by a mere 20 seconds in the game's final moments to claim victory.
“If Fallout 3′s speed run was that close,
the Skyrim contest was… well, I can’t think of something closer than that
Michael Phelps race. But this one was crazier - crazy like the final minute of
this year’s Michigan-Notre Dame game,” wrote a Bethesda rep.
Bernstein has been promised a pumpkin pie
from Bethesda's Todd Howard for his efforts.
Above: Check out snapshots of this year's competition
in Bethesda's slideshow
The studio emphasized Bernstein's winning
time was not indicative of the game's actual length, and that a normal
playthrough will take “many hours to complete for new players”. To put the
achievement in perspective, it noted the 2:16:30 speedrun for Skyrim was over
an hour longer than the winning times for both its Oblivion and Fallout 3
Oct 14, 2011