Holy Crap, These Guys Finished Portal In Eight Minutes

Holy Crap, These Guys Finished Portal In Eight Minutes

You’re about to see what happens when a team of “speed-runners” knows enough about the progress and timing of a game that they can finish something that normally takes hours in just over eight minutes.

The run, with video slightly edited for your viewing pleasure, is above, while this online document is full of notes detailing how they actually did it.

For the doubters, there’s this:

There were no cheats, hacks, or modifications made to the game while the speedrunning took place. Everything you see in this video can be done on a current Steam version of Portal without using any console commands. Any part where the video “stutters” or when a “console box pops up” signifies a segment. The console box is a demo artifact, and we couldn’t fix it from popping up.

And if that’s not enough, there’s a link to download a demo of the run in full below.

Portal Done Pro-er – Portal Speedrun – 8:31.93 – WR [YouTube, via Beefjack]


  • Oh my god, he mixed the sequel up with the original! What an absolutely disgraceful travesty! Holy crap the world is ending because of it!
    Chill out, nobody gives a crap.

    • You realise this was posted on Kotaku before right? Not only is Plunkett being lazy at his job, he’s also reposting content from his own website and passing it off as new.

      • It’s actually (kinda) new. This run is done in just over 8 and a half minutes(00:08:31.93), where as the previously posted run (linked below) was done in 00:09:25.567. Taking close to a minute off a speed run at these sorts of times is pretty significant – for the speed run community. For the rest of us, the two videos may as well be identical. Since the you tube link includes “WR” I will assume that this new time (8:31.93) is the new World Record. I guess that’s pretty snazzy for an unassisted speed run. It would be interesting to know what the TAS record is for Portal, or Portal 2 – or where Portal stands in relation to other games that get speedrun regularly.

    • There are a number of different types of speed runs.
      There’s actually a video in their channel for someone who goes through the whole game legitimately if you wanna see that in action.

    • Many speed runs, especially in 3D games, utilise sequence breaks such as finding gaps in walls, allowing them to skip whole sections of levels. Many famous speed runs have been glitched that way, most notably Mario 64.

      It’s not an exploit if the game normally allows it. It’s only an exploit if you need to use some tool or cheat to enable you to do it. This type of thing is 100% legitimate on speed demos archive. You should check it out sometime: http://speeddemosarchive.com/

      • I’d be more inclined to say that breaking the game like that is an exploit. If you use a tool or cheat to break it, then it moves from exploit to hack.

        Not to say that exploit-based speedruns aren’t a legitimate thing, they certainly take a good amount of skill to pull off.

        • they specifically stated in the video that it’s not about glitches, this one is about pure speed. And that they have another video that doesn’t utilise them

        • I believe I had a similar argument with my roommate a while back as to whether use of sequence breaks constitutes an exploit. I was of the opinion that there was a programmed and designed “correct” way to do it and perhaps an “alternate but still within the expected direction” way to do it (think mario warp pipes for reference) then there was abuse of less than perfect level design resulting in avoidance of puzzles designed to be solved, which, while still a legitimate completion of the game once all is said and done, was still, in my eyes at least, exploitation.

  • People, can we please refrain from all the insults. They’re not necessary and they certainly don’t make you look any better or smarter than Luke himself for pointing out his mistake. They make you look petty and small which I’m sure is not your intention.

  • Just a reminder to those people who whinge/explode with insults. Luke Plunkett owes you f-all. You behave like he’s ruined your day by posting something you don’t like, and he needs to be made to feel like crap for it. What’s the real problem?

    • It lowers the entire standard of the site, which then reflects badly upon those that actually put an effort in and create valuable and worthy content. Poorly researched, completely superfluous articles add nothing to the site.

        • I’d have said complaint comments would be an indicator that the community isn’t happy with the standard of writing. Would you rather everyone said “Great article Luke, keep up the good work buddy!”

  • A lot of skill in this video, sure, but I’m not all that impressed to be honest by people glitching their way out of the level.

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