A Metal Gear Solid streamer has discovered a game-changing time skip glitch and speedrunners are absolutely losing their heads.
Here's how it all started. Streamer Boba was casually playing the original 1998 Metal Gear Solid when she reached a locked door at the top of a staircase. Bad guys quickly close in on her as she backs into the door, shots are fired, and then, *poof*. Suddenly, she's on the other side of the locked door having incidentally skipped past a bunch of gameplay and into the next part of the game. Boba celebrates with an impromptu performance of her 'I Am The Best At Video Games' tune.
last night i broke metal gearget rekt speedrunners pic.twitter.com/6tqhBvP5LAAugust 15, 2021
There it is! Both proof we don't need the rope and that we just need to stand at the door and aim at the guard. the guard will shoot us through the doorIt is consistentit saves 2:30 minutesand I love @boba_witch for just casually finding it. Thank YOU! :D pic.twitter.com/Qke9DGJKJTAugust 15, 2021
Less than 24 hours later and there's a new claim to the world record for fastest MGS playthrough thanks to Boba's glitch, which the speedrunning community has lovingly dubbed 'the Boba Skip'. The trick seems to work by standing at a specific area in front of this particular locked door (it hasn't been tested successfully in other locations) and letting the guards shoot you right on through. All in all, you can expect to shave about 2.5 minutes off your playtime if you pull it off.
At the time of writing, the Boba Skip is the top post on the /speedrun subreddit, and for good reason. Even to a casual viewer, it's fascinating that a 23-year-old game can still surprise a community that's been looking for something just like this for years. It makes you wonder how many other classic games are hiding game-changing secrets still waiting to be discovered.
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