Breaking a World Record is no easy feat and requires a high level of commitment and skill in most cases. Sometimes though, record setters stumble into breaking a record without even realizing they did so. Whether they were trying to do something else, or just going about their day, the following individuals had no idea they were setting World Records with these exploits:
5. Super Mario 64 Speedrun
Speedrunning, in which players try and get through video games as fast as they can, has become a popular gaming pastime thanks to easy-to-use streaming services like Twitch. One of the most interesting speedrunning records was set by a player who wasn’t even trying to break a record! A speedrunner called Nero was given a challenge by fellow speedrunner puncayshun to see who could finish Super Mario 64 the quickest by collecting 120 of the game’s “stars” (incidentally, puncayshun held the previous fastest time). Nero ended up finishing before puncayshun with a time 23 seconds better than the previous record. Incredibly, Nero wasn’t even trying to break the record, as he got up and left the game a few times during the challenge, which is not something a serious speedrunner would even consider doing. The proof of Nero’s accomplishment can be found here, but note that Nero’s time has already been beaten, showing how quickly these gaming records come and go.