So we are now only a few weeks away from Elder Scrolls: Skyrim and it seems that the bar has been set in terms of the time it takes to actually beat the game. The good news is that the time it took to beat Skyrim in this case was almost twice as long as it took for the same folks to beat Fallout 3 and Oblivion, the bad news is that these guys actually made the game and there is probably now way you get anywhere near as close to this. In what has become a tradition for Bethesda studios as they near the completion of a game, they held a speedrun competition through the main quest (with no cheats allowed). The game will take many hours to complete for a first-time players, but their developers have years of experience under their belts and know all the ins and outs for speeding through the game. The contest pits the best Bethesda Game Studios has to offer vs. the best of QA team. The person with the best time wins a trophy and gets a pie of their choice from Todd Howard.
When it came time to crown the Skyrim champion, two familiar faces rose to the occasion: Sam “I Am” Bernstein (QA) and Jeff “Live the Dream” Browne (BGS) — the very same combatants from the Fallout 3 speedrun three years ago that they said was “as close as Michael Phelps .01 second escape in the 2008 Summer Games”. If Fallout 3′s speed run was that close, the Skyrim contest was even closer and they couldn’t even think of something to describe how close this was. In the end, Jeff Browne finished the game first with an impressive time of minutes 2:16:30. That’s a wrap for Bethesda right, I mean there is no way that the Sam from the QA team could be that? WRONG!!
At 58 minutes into the competition, Sam had to roll back to an earlier save (ruled fair by the judging committee, we assume the game froze), so they had to wait several minutes after Jeff completed the main quest to compare their final times. Despite taking a totally different route to get to the endgame (in the Fallout 3 speedrun, they had virtually the same game plan), Sam’s time was 2:16:10 — 20 seconds faster than Jeff. How much closer can you get than that?
Well congrats to Sam on his win and hope he enjoys that pumpkin pie from Todd Howard later this month as his prize.
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