A speedrun is a play-through (or a recording thereof) of a video game performed with the intention of completing it as fast as possible.Speedruns may cover a whole game or a selected part, such as a single level.This thread was called "Gravity Suit and Ice Beam before Thardus"; using the since then common "x before y" notation in the nomenclature of speedrunning.
If you're not sure what this rule means, think about it this way: don't mess with your system while playing the game, and don't modify the game itself at any time.
There are some glitches in video games which allow the player to become invincible to enemies by delaying death and it can also result in skipping some stages.
Although speedrunning was originally not a widespread phenomenon, it has since grown to involve several active websites and an increasingly expansive assortment of speedrun videos that are freely and widely circulated on the Internet.
Whilst routing, it becomes apparent that some of the goals in the game do not need to be achieved for completion.
Thus is it possible for two separate times for a 100% speedrun of a game, a 100% speedrun utilizing glitches, and one without using them forcing the player to complete the game in a standard fashion.
It is agreed upon that glitches, which are the fault of the game's programmers and not the player, are legitimate and allowed, however cheating or using cheat devices (this includes cheat codes that are implemented by the programmers such as an "Invincibility" cheat) are not accepted, even if the cheat is a glitch from something such as improperly inserting the cartridge.Players performing speedruns call themselves speedrunners and often record their attempts.These recordings can be seen through many streaming websites or seen on You Tube and are used to entertain others, to verify the completion time, to certify that all rules were followed and that no cheating took place, and to spot ways to improve the completion time further.Some games are considered to be particularly suited to speedrunning and have online communities dedicated to them, which can provide an active platform for discussing, publishing and improving speedruns.Speedruns can be viewed on a variety of platforms, including live streams where players can carry out and share their attempts in real-time.This verifiability is needed to count a speedrun as an official attempt to beat any previous records.