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World’s fastest button-masher breaks 200 in Mario Party 4 Domination

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The thrill of victory, in one glorious minute on a GameCube

Screenshot of the moment when livestreamer Ludwig Ahgren breaks 200 in Mario Party 4’s Domination minigame
Prepare for glory! 200!
Screenshot via Twitch

Even if you don’t know Mario Party 4 (raises hand), the significance of this video is rather easy to grasp. Ludwig Ahgren so thoroughly obliterates the presumed maximum score in the Domination minigame that the trail of Thwomp-dominoes runs slap out of the game entirely.

Put another way “Fastest masher in the world,” is the title Ahgren now claims, and who could argue? Here is a tool-assisted speedrun bot maxing out the same minigame three years ago, hitting the 160 score. That means Ahgren is faster than a machine. More significantly, Ahgren broke the 200 barrier, topping a previous high of 199.

Dat mashing technique doe; he looks like a squirrel filing its nails. Everything about this clip is awesome, the suspense, the Flight of the Bumblebee accompaniment, the pinwheeling livestream chat, the triumphant scream and goddamn-right victory flex.

The last time I saw this kind of a face?

Was when Shaq threw it down against the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2000 Western Conference Finals playoffs to cap a 15-point, fourth-quarter, game seven comeback.

Los Angeles Lakers’ Shaquille O’Neal raises his ha John Mabanglo/AFP via Getty Images

If aliens landed and I had to explain what video games are and why they are fun, I’d show them this. Take a bow, Ludwig.