Chances are if you’re an active participant in the gaming news sphere you’ve heard of Awesome Games Done Quick and the very charitable speed running community. Speed runs are not just a fascinating aspect of this hobby, they are also a seemingly endless source of entertainment for streaming viewers.
As a result it’s hard to pick just one impressive feat to highlight out of all others, but one that stood out from last year’s Awesome Games Done Quick was a blindfolded attempt at Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out. The runner, Sinister 1, got through almost every boxer in Punch-Out, but eventually his run was cut short by Mike Tyson. As Sinister1 explained, every fighter in the game has a set pattern and move set that can be mastered without looking, but Tyson is completely random. He’s also strong enough to take the player out with a single punch.
But one speed runner, named Jack Wedge, has taken it upon himself to prove Sinister1 wrong – to show that the ENTIRE game can be beat while blindfolded. Was he right? Check out the video below to find out.
As if there was any doubt given that we devoted a full post to it, Jack Wedge does beat the entire game blindfolded. It was touch-and-go there against Tyson, but eventually Wedge does earn a TKO against the Hall of Fame boxer, and in the process proves that it is possible to best every fighter without ever looking at the screen.
We should point out that Wedge was not the first to beat Tyson blindfolded – another speed runner actually TKO’d him first – but this speed runner completed his feat as part of a full game run. The other guy simply got to Tyson and then ended up beating him blindfolded.
Now that Wedge has thrown down the gauntlet, though, it shouldn’t be too long before more speed runners and blindfold runners try to set World Record times and maybe even beat Tyson by KO. We’d actually be surprised if another blindfold run wasn’t featured during next year’s Awesome Games Done Quick.
And so, while Jack Wedge may not be a name most know, his accomplishment will go down in the annals of pointless video game achievements. Right there along Twitch Plays Pokémon, Far Cry 4’s record for highest game session, and the first gamer to hit 1 million Gamerscore.
What is the most impressive gaming feat you’ve ever seen? How does this blindfolded Punch-Out rank for you?
Source: Jack Wedge