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.
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.