Yesterday afternoon, Awesome Games Done Quick hosted a short segment featuring the open-source rhythm game Stepmania. During this showcase, speedrunner Staiain pulled off one of the most insane things I've ever seen accomplished—reaching an astounding rate of 30 notes a second, all while holding down a solid combo streak.
So exactly how hard is it to reach this benchmark? According to commentators, the notes with a "marvelous" rating are being hit within a 45 ms window. Even more impressive is that some of these windows were hit at speeds over 250 beats per minute. It's certainly not an easy task, but how does it affect the player? One commentator stated, "So this is very, very stamina-intense. On really hard songs... you actually become mentally tired as well. It’s not just your hands. You actually get tired." Watching the video, you can see how fast Staiain's fingers were moving, even to the point of shaking the camera.
Awesome Games Done Quick continues through tomorrow, and if you haven't caught any of it, I highly suggest you do. There have been some great events already, such as the StepMania stream and the blindfolded Mike Tyson's Punch-Out! race, and more are yet to come. Check out the video above to see Staiain's entire performance at AGDQ 2016, but if you want to skip to the 30 notes per second segment, jump to 9:24. If you want to see more of Staiain, check out his YouTube channel for even crazier stunts!