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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Can Be Beaten In Two Hours, Sixteen Minutes

Every time Bethesda wraps up development on a game, they hold a contest among their employees to see who can beat it the fastest. This year's competition for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim turned out to be an epic showdown.

Sam “I Am” Bernstein from Quality Assurance and Bethesda Game Studios' Jeff “Live the Dream” Browne, the finalists from the Fallout 3 speedrun contest, were the two competitors this year. Browne managed to finish the game in 2:16:30, while Bernstein logged a 2:16:10 completion time. The small victory of margin is surprising because, according to Bethesda, the two took "totally different routes" to finish the game.

"Congrats to Sam on being the Speedrun Champion!" said Bethesda. "He showed the heart of a champion and will be celebrating later this month with a pumpkin pie from [game director] Todd Howard."

In case you're wondering, the speedruns for Skyrim took about an hour longer than the Oblivion and Fallout 3 runs. Does that mean Skyrim's a bigger game? Maybe so. If nothing else, the required story missions must be a bit beefier.

Because Skyrim's not out yet, Bethesda can't release a video of the competition. Their blog does have a slideshow of the event, though. A picture of the award given to Bernstein is below.

Skyrim will debut on November 11th.

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend.