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How was it calculated that Dream cheated on his Minecraft v1.16 glitchless speedrun?

The Short Summarized Answer These are the relevant facts. These were drop rates for two items important to the speedrun attempts over the course of six livestreams. Ender pearls are obtained 4.7% of ...
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On San Andreas Speedruns, why do players blow up the Picador in the mission Ryder?

This video shows it pretty good: At some point during that mission, a cut scene plays. If you don't blow up the car, you can't skip that scene and you need to wait ...
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What is arbitrary code execution (ACE) and how does it affect speedrunning?

Arbitrary Code Execution (ACE) is a glitch that allows the player to cause the instruction pointer to jump to a section of memory that can be written to by the player (such as the filename, the angle ...
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Why are there no DOOM 2 Nightmare 100% kill speedruns?

So one of the quirks of the Nightmare difficulty is that monsters respawn. This means you can actually achieve more than 100% kills for a given level, making the distinction of 100% kills pretty ...
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In Super Metroid, is jumping after running not just as fast as running on the ground?

No, running on the ground is faster because of a tech called Arm Pumping or Shoulder Pumping. While you are running, if you move Samus's arm cannon up and down it advances her forward by 1 pixel. ...
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What's the longest speedrun world record?

There are also a special type of speed run where lower % (less items) takes precedent over time. Twilight princess has a glitch where it involves looking at a rupee for 17 hours to bypass significant ...
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What's the longest speedrun world record?

As @Diehe posted, the longest one for a 100% run is definitely this submission for Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon with 528h 16m 44s. (It's worth noting that Snowfats is the only submitter of that ...
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What is an any % speed run in Diablo 2?

While I haven't played Diablo 2, I can tell you any% speedruns are speedruns with the goal of finishing the game as fast as possible, while allowing the player to ignore side content. The percent ...
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What is an any % speed run in Diablo 2?

You can see the rules and descriptions specifically for diablo 2 here https://www.speedrun.com/d2lod (press 'view rules' button) Any% in d2 means that the timer starts on character creation of a lvl 1 ...
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In Mario 64 speedruns, why are the keys necessary?

The reason why is because the castle is split into multiple zones (ground floor, basement, and upper castle), which are not loaded at the same time. Like the outside of the castle is a separate zone, ...
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What is arbitrary code execution (ACE) and how does it affect speedrunning?

I'm not 100% sure about the inner workings of various assemblers and processors, but I'm attempting as best as I can to explain, how I understand it Let's say the machine instructions to perform a ...
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What's the longest speedrun world record?

Slightly different type of game, but a strong mention for Runescape, specifically old school runescape as it takes longer to max. A mod tweeted the record for fastest "Maxing" (highest level ...
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Is there such thing as an "All Glitches" Speedrun?

Not exactly. Although every game can have their own distinct speedrun categories, there is normally no "All glitches" run. I can think of couple of problems with that category: You would ...
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Can you speedrun Bomberman with an emulator?

There is nothing much that could stop you speedrunning on emulator if you would like to. Not like the game would simply self destruct to prevent you speedrunning, lol. But that means the question is ...
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What is an any % speed run in Diablo 2?

Generally, as @PausePause has said, Any% (without any qualifiers) involves using "any means necessary" to "complete the game" as quickly as possible - the quotations are there ...
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Looking for more detailed explanation concerning SMB flagpole glitch

I've found a pretty good explanation of how to pull off this glitch in this thread: Okay so, to start off with, you need to have as close as possible to a perfect room 1 and room 2, you can still get ...
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Why do speed runners use different languages

If a game has a lot of text to scroll through, there is a chance that in another language you have to scroll though fewer text to save some seconds for your run. Or the voice acting goes a little bit ...
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What is the fewest cycles to clear Majora's Mask, without exploiting glitches?

This is the glitchless speedrun, which appears to use 2 cycles (counting the prologue cycle): Less cycles should not be possible since you have to get the Ocarina on ...
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Why does frame rate matter for speedruns in games with in-game timers?

I would think if the frame rate dipped, it would slow the timer down just as much. That's where you're mistaken. The in-game timer isn't a frame counter, it's a timer. Either it's driven by a timer ...
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Diablo 2 Andariel in 30 seconds

There is no trick to it. On single player (non-battle.net play) the map is consistent. He simply reads the map and teleports to the icons on the map. If you leave the game and start a new one on the ...
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What's the longest speedrun world record?

Honorable mention to this 100% run of Animal Crossing with the added challenge that no Nook codes are used. There's no category for this specific restriction on speedrun.com, but the run itself comes ...
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Does a Super Mario Galaxy 100% Speedrun Count if I don't get a star with Luigi?

According to speedrun.com, there's a category for 120 stars and another for 242 stars. 120 category rules: Start timing when selecting "Play This File," and end timing when touching the ...
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Have there been video games for which perfect speedruns were mathematically proven?

SMB best time was not proven - even small, simple, and scrutinized as it is, while a new discovery is unlikely, it's not impossible - the code is complex enough that unexpected emergent behaviors ...
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Can Chell die in the credit sequence?

Massive Spoiler Warning TL;DR: There is no way to die without using console commands. The line in speedrun.com seems to come from theories, people theorize that Chell dies at the end of Portal 2, ...
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Long Jump Glitch Super Mario 64

The higher FPS of Project 64 makes it far more difficult to achieve a BLJ (backwards long jump), as Project 64 runs at 60fps, whereas Mario 64 runs in 30fps. To perform a BLJ, you'll need to jump at ...
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In Super Metroid, how do you "Kago" through falling platforms?

Turned out I had two misconceptions: That i-frames (i.e. invincibility frames by damaging self on spikes) were required. They're not. That the shortness of the hop had something to do with it. Nope. ...
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What are the common categories for speedruns?

It varies wildly by game. Each game's speedrunning community will come up with categories that make the most sense for their game and the available glitches. In general though, the most common ...
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What's the software used in Megaman X speedruns?

They're probably using a program called Live Split. It's discussed on the speedrun.com forums here: https://www.speedrun.com/mmx/forums/2ilke
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Super Mario Odyssey Downgrade Digital Version to 1.0.0 or 1.1.0

Since the cartridges don't change version like in the N64 days, you have 2 choices. Starting at 1.0 on a wifi disabled switch with the physical game; or playing on the latest version on digital/wifi ...
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