Speed Run: Half-Life 1 Completed in Under 21 Minutes

halflifespeedrunWhen you played the first Half-Life game how long did it take you to complete it? Couple of days? Longer? Gave up and went back to Diablo? In any case, you didn’t do it this fast.

Here’s a video of the new record time to finish Half-Life 1. Impressively it only took 20 minutes and 41 seconds.

Like any form of competition, speedrunning generates arguments over authenticity. Does a speedrun count if it relies on a bunny-hopping mod, in-game glitches and different runners tackling different parts of the game in short segments? I’m not sure I care either way. No matter the methods, Half-Life 1 being completed in 20 minutes and 41 seconds is an accomplishment of endurance, skill and effort. More importantly it’s a beautifully entertaining video, full of ingenuity and grace and physical comedy.

if anything it’s too fast. I had a hard time keeping up while watching the video. Considering I spend most of my time looking for med packs after headcrab attacks it’s really impressive to see that only 28 enemies are killed in the whole run.

Hit the jump for the video.