Speedruns, be they tool-assisted or old-fashioned, are certifiably awesome. Tool-assisted speedruns (or TAS) use programming trickery to manipulate a game with an exactness and haste that surpasses any mere mortal. The more traditional method of speedrunning also requires extensive planning and game knowledge, but with an additional need for dexterous fingers, nerves of steel, and the patience of a saint. But no matter the method, the end result is always the same: witnessing games you know and love, being played in ways you never thought possible.
Being that speedrunning is such a competitive scene, expert runners are endlessly devising clever and creative ways to skip as much of a game as is humanly (or mechanically) possible. Their hard work is our reward, letting us watch in disbelief as these games are completed faster than the average commercial break. We're looking forward to seeing the 10 minute speedrun of Watch Dogs, which clocks in at around 40 hours long for mere mortals. If you think you can beat these times, you're either a gaming genius or absolutely insane. In any case, these runs are all pretty much required viewing. You've got a few minutes to spare, right?