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Has anyone watched these? I'm pretty fascinated by the skill it takes, the efficiency of the playing, the time these people invest in order to be competitive and get their WORLD RECORDS, the various categories and lingo specific to each game, the knowledge of glitches and their ability to apply them to their runs, its growing popularity and culture, etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev-QpxN8wPo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DExvqc6z_94

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSkHSF3e6kY&feature=youtu.be

http://gdqvods.com/

https://gamesdonequick.com/

Evan, Tuesday, 19 April 2016 18:29 (two years ago) Permalink

ive watched this entire thing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTf3-AmwcTo

lag∞n, Tuesday, 19 April 2016 18:31 (two years ago) Permalink

o ha wrong one here u go

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMrWnUf3iN4

lag∞n, Tuesday, 19 April 2016 18:32 (two years ago) Permalink

no wait theyre both goos

lag∞n, Tuesday, 19 April 2016 18:32 (two years ago) Permalink

i resign

lag∞n, Tuesday, 19 April 2016 18:33 (two years ago) Permalink

It's alright. I find it hard to keep track of what's what. There's so many "categories" per game.

Evan, Tuesday, 19 April 2016 18:38 (two years ago) Permalink

some of the glitch ones r so crazy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14wqBA5Q1yc

lag∞n, Tuesday, 19 April 2016 18:42 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTzs9bcNgMQ

lag∞n, Tuesday, 19 April 2016 18:43 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, and that ^ no stars one is "tool assisted" so they're using programs to hack and help automate things humans can't do alone. So that's a whole other category itself.

Evan, Tuesday, 19 April 2016 19:16 (two years ago) Permalink

The commentary on the zelda one in the first post really highlights all of the things a runner needs to know and practice and hope for to get a good time, though I don't understand what he's talking about in most cases.

Evan, Tuesday, 19 April 2016 19:25 (two years ago) Permalink

Sorry if that particular one jumps to 30 minutes in for anyone else, sorry about that.

Evan, Tuesday, 19 April 2016 19:25 (two years ago) Permalink

I actually watched significant chunks of GDQ this year live.
Planning to do the same for SGDQ in a couple of months.

bothan zulu (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 27 April 2016 23:19 (two years ago) Permalink

I love the awful games done quick segments the most

bothan zulu (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 27 April 2016 23:19 (two years ago) Permalink

i enjoy how different the speedrunning technique is for different games, with e.g. mario64 mostly being about abusing the game's physics and freedom of movement without actually breaking it, while ocarina of time (and the other 3d zelda games) is about breaking the hell out of the game with glitches

ciderpress, Thursday, 28 April 2016 00:00 (two years ago) Permalink

i used to watch a lot of speedrunning on twitch a few years ago but i've fallen out of the habit, at my peak interest i was actually running mario64 myself though i never got under 20 mins for 16-star or 1hr for 70-star so i was pretty much a scrub. was still fun to learn and practice all the tricks though

ciderpress, Thursday, 28 April 2016 00:02 (two years ago) Permalink

How much of your free time did that suck up? Some of these games require over an hour to run through, not to mention all of the grinding to memorize and perfect each little trick. Also the time spent glitch hunting I'm sure.

Evan, Thursday, 28 April 2016 19:13 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah i didn't spend too much time on it, that's why i never got good at it. was also mainly done during a period of unemployment. i'll leave it to the folks without jobs now

ciderpress, Thursday, 28 April 2016 19:54 (two years ago) Permalink

tbh i have more interest in TASes now than real-time speedruns but that might be a different thread altogether

ciderpress, Thursday, 28 April 2016 20:00 (two years ago) Permalink

They're the only ones that can dedicate the time needed to actually be competitive if I were to guess.

Evan, Thursday, 28 April 2016 20:00 (two years ago) Permalink

Nah same thread! It's just a "category" of speedrunning as far as I understand.

Evan, Thursday, 28 April 2016 20:01 (two years ago) Permalink

it's a top-level category then, there's a pretty big difference between 'this is the best a real person can do' and 'this is what is theoretically possible within the game engine'

ciderpress, Thursday, 28 April 2016 20:06 (two years ago) Permalink

For sure. TAS runs aren't to be compared to human runs.

Evan, Thursday, 28 April 2016 20:08 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

fuck going outside, fuck this white holiday, fuck britain, fuck isil.... & thank god for gdq

there is some really bad mega man clone happening right now and it's like whatever
but yesterday i caught a bunch of this sweet totally broken f-zero-ey game and now i want a wii

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGxa37IRqNA

<3 these nerds. y'all been watching?

yolo mostly (sleepingbag), Monday, 4 July 2016 19:13 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh, yeah I've been checking it out periodically! The less popular games that probably have a "community" of what- 10 serious runners maybe(? wild guess), is it weird for them to have such a deep knowledge of something that almost nobody else is paying attention to? And the time and energy they'd have to spend to get to that level. It's a strange existence to me.

Evan, Tuesday, 5 July 2016 13:17 (two years ago) Permalink

Watching someone speed run the Japanese version of the GameCube port of Resident Evil 2 (Leon B path?). What a weird game to watch

Nhex, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 08:57 (two years ago) Permalink

Watching Leon eurostep through this game is so oddly mesmerizing

Nhex, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 09:12 (two years ago) Permalink

Goddamnit, I'm gonna spend all week watching this shit, aren't I

Nhex, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 09:50 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm already thinking about waking up tomorrow early to catch a 100% Bionic Commando run

Nhex, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 09:50 (two years ago) Permalink

Disabled runner forced to play one-handed makes a sweet speech after his run: https://www.twitch.tv/gamesdonequick/v/76453001?t=02h39m01s

Evan, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 15:56 (two years ago) Permalink

I love that guy. Last GDQ he did a run of that recent Transformers game that looks like the cartoons and solicited donation comments with Transformers puns only. It was memorable.

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 16:22 (two years ago) Permalink

having a great time watching this Mega Man 2 run:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mgZwf1lpLU

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Wednesday, 6 July 2016 16:23 (two years ago) Permalink

xp that was sweet

Nhex, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 20:20 (two years ago) Permalink

Useful to just check here to see the last day's archived videos:
http://www.youtube.com/user/gamesdonequick/videos
Just watched the Jet Set Radio speedrun which is amazing mostly considering (as much as I love that game!) how much you're fighting the camera controls and cut scenes themselves and this guy makes the insane building-to-building jumps and turns look like nothing

Nhex, Thursday, 7 July 2016 09:32 (two years ago) Permalink

GDQ = hax with hands. I want to go to one eventually just to find out what makes them all tick

El Tomboto, Thursday, 7 July 2016 20:39 (two years ago) Permalink

the tetris happening right now is a+ tetris

yolo mostly (sleepingbag), Thursday, 7 July 2016 20:48 (two years ago) Permalink

GDQ = hax with hands. I want to go to one eventually just to find out what makes them all tick

― El Tomboto

drama, mostly. :(

the event dynamics of power asynchrony (rushomancy), Friday, 8 July 2016 01:00 (two years ago) Permalink

but yeah, speedrunning is basically what i watch when i want to watch something and not think about it. i really like watching "binding of isaac" because there's so much rng in it. i also have this strange fascination for watching people trying to 100% the ancient cave in lufia ii, just because it's such a completely ridiculous thing to do (and again, super rng dependent).

the event dynamics of power asynchrony (rushomancy), Friday, 8 July 2016 01:02 (two years ago) Permalink

i enjoyed this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXggQm9EGLw

am0n, Friday, 15 July 2016 01:54 (two years ago) Permalink

Damnnn GDQ has really upgraded their setup in just a few years

Nhex, Friday, 15 July 2016 22:11 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah they used to look like they were in someone's basement

ciderpress, Friday, 15 July 2016 22:21 (two years ago) Permalink

I got to the point where he starts grinding for 10 minutes for money and was like "nooooooo i've watched a speedrun on this before"
this game is really terrible

Nhex, Friday, 15 July 2016 22:23 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

this SGDQ's Bioshock run is pretty entertaining to watch because the runner is basically being an asshole about the whole thing - he loads from prior saves at multiple points, the couch commentators are just dumbfounded ("this is literally cheating") and despite the donations coming through for the bad ending, because he loads up from a previously saved game to finish it off, he gets the good ending and basically tells everybody to fuck off and watch the bad ending on youtube. I have to assume the organizers gave him a talking-to afterwards.

El Tomboto, Saturday, 27 August 2016 22:48 (two years ago) Permalink

Like right around here he just basically says fuck it

https://youtu.be/2gnnweoN76Q?t=3414

El Tomboto, Saturday, 27 August 2016 22:52 (two years ago) Permalink

Anyone else attempted/thought about attempting a speedrun besides ciderpress? I've been thinking about what game I might already be good enough at to be semi-competitive out of the gate, and I think for me it's GTA2. Seems the record is well under an hour too, so that's good.

I'm pretty fair at some RPGs too but those all seem to run into the multiple hours, even if you can find some kind of glitch/exploit, ain't got no time for that.

it's sort of a layered stunt (sheesh), Sunday, 28 August 2016 04:29 (two years ago) Permalink

i had started running Nightsky towards the end of my last speed running phase, if I was gonna do it again i'd stick to that and other similar short lite games

ciderpress, Sunday, 28 August 2016 04:49 (two years ago) Permalink

Closest I probably ever came was this joke game on Steam called DLC Quest that lasts about 15 minutes long and (naturally) has an achievement for speedrunning it that I tried in vain to get. But I can dream...

Nhex, Sunday, 28 August 2016 06:51 (two years ago) Permalink

Why?

https://www.twitch.tv/underscoretrix/v/87810660

Evan, Tuesday, 6 September 2016 20:38 (two years ago) Permalink

To clarify it's a 300% run. So it's a 100% run in all 3 save slots done consecutively.

Evan, Tuesday, 6 September 2016 20:43 (two years ago) Permalink

well, that's one way to kill eight hours anyway

erudite beach boys fan (sheesh), Tuesday, 6 September 2016 22:12 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mpHGZIgPaA

am0n, Saturday, 12 November 2016 00:28 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WilkndNIIfI

am0n, Saturday, 12 November 2016 00:32 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

"Awesome Games Done Quick" happening now

https://www.twitch.tv/gamesdonequick/

Evan, Monday, 9 January 2017 18:56 (one year ago) Permalink

psyched for pacifist NG1 and 2 runs tonight

Nhex, Monday, 9 January 2017 22:53 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

twitch has ruined speedruns

lag∞n, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 01:51 (one year ago) Permalink

Because of how ubiquitous they are now?

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 03:26 (one year ago) Permalink

seeing how the sausage is made?

Nhex, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 03:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Too many people are good at video games

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 05:11 (one year ago) Permalink

1. you have to look at the gamers 2. you have to listen to them

lag∞n, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 14:16 (one year ago) Permalink

like the twitch experience of watching someone play a video game and chatting is one thing its a facsimile of hanging out playing games but if you want to fire up a youtube of some world class gaming it tarnishes the zen

lag∞n, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 15:19 (one year ago) Permalink

i only watch TAS now

ciderpress, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 15:22 (one year ago) Permalink

if the guy is actually skilled at speedrunning i actually love listening to them jabber on about the ridiculous glitching that leads them to finish Blaster Master in an hour or something. but Twitch has just made it easier and more popular for idiots and bad presenters to get out there, hello internet

Nhex, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 19:11 (one year ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR1ZhWpi_dY

dollar general (am0n), Thursday, 2 March 2017 01:15 (one year ago) Permalink

You been watching summoning salt's speedrun progression docs? Information heavy but really good.

https://youtu.be/p2etSAWJKTs

barbarian radge (NotEnough), Thursday, 2 March 2017 08:05 (one year ago) Permalink

Certain speedrunners are less irritating to listen to. The first two videos I posted in this thread are very reasonable fellows.

Evan, Thursday, 2 March 2017 17:42 (one year ago) Permalink

speedrunners talking over their runs are exactly what the mute button is made for.

the worst are those japanese runners who have the robot voice reading chat aloud to them. i hate the way that robot voice sounds.

this isn't quite speedrun stuff, but has anybody watched any videos from themexicanrunner's recently completed attempt to beat every licensed ntsc and pal nes game? i like themexicanrunner okay.

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Thursday, 2 March 2017 17:45 (one year ago) Permalink

I haven't. Heard about it though. Any memorable moments?

Evan, Thursday, 2 March 2017 17:47 (one year ago) Permalink

family feud

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Thursday, 2 March 2017 19:29 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This guy seems great. A polite, soft spoken cowboy with the world record in Ninja Gaiden.

https://www.twitch.tv/arcus87

Evan, Monday, 3 April 2017 18:15 (one year ago) Permalink

otm - i love how he noted that the sunrise cutscene was his favorite

Karl Malone, Monday, 3 April 2017 19:15 (one year ago) Permalink

he's telling his origin story right now. this is awesome

Karl Malone, Monday, 3 April 2017 19:15 (one year ago) Permalink

"jumpin' and a spinnin'
spinning and a winnin'
flip flop drop
spin, jump, and boom - good boom!"

it's not completely different from bob ross

Karl Malone, Monday, 3 April 2017 19:24 (one year ago) Permalink

ha, love it. 'slice and dice...nice.'

speaking as someone who spent a lot of time playing NG it's cool to see how he handles all these little moments, especially with the 'booms' (intentionally taking a hit to get the rebound and invincibility).

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 3 April 2017 19:57 (one year ago) Permalink

Great find, love this game and the guy is pretty cool!

Nhex, Tuesday, 4 April 2017 17:56 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

The most informative world record I've seen yet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iTmRmx9fK8

Evan, Wednesday, 16 August 2017 03:48 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

what....

Nhex, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 09:10 (one year ago) Permalink

what, the Dr. Mario WR vid?

Evan, Thursday, 21 September 2017 16:27 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah, he's playing an audiobook? lol

Nhex, Thursday, 21 September 2017 21:20 (one year ago) Permalink

p subtle treatment of the politics of the great war while playing dr mario

lag∞n, Friday, 22 September 2017 07:14 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Ars did a piece on the logistics of GDQ

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/01/how-to-play-and-broadcast-video-games-non-stop-for-a-week-straight/

El Tomboto, Monday, 15 January 2018 15:11 (ten months ago) Permalink

I watched quite a bit of it this year. Pretty fun!

Evan, Monday, 15 January 2018 15:16 (ten months ago) Permalink

Wow nice. The stream has been impeccably stable and seamless the last few events.

RE VII run from the just-concluded AGDQ is a good watch.

The Bridge of Ban Louis J (silby), Monday, 15 January 2018 15:23 (ten months ago) Permalink

Watched some of the Super Mario Sunshine run, which was filled with crazy stuff

Nhex, Monday, 15 January 2018 16:40 (ten months ago) Permalink

I was gushing about the Legend of Zelda ALTTP randomizer on another thread but no ilxors were interested. Anyone see that race at AGDQ?

Evan, Monday, 15 January 2018 16:48 (ten months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1AHCaokqhg

this is pretty cool. it is a history of figuring out the fastest way through 4-2 in Super Mario Bros. this is the famous underground level that has the warp pipe that zips the player to 8-1. there is a glitch where you can trigger the warp vine and then go down the pipe to skip the animation, jumping through various bricks along the way to offset Mario & the camera enough to trigger the glitch. the person to discover the final technique used for the fastest completion of 4-2 was someone named xx_420_blazit_xx.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 3 February 2018 01:20 (ten months ago) Permalink

i wonder if there's any crossover between these guys and the extreme couponing people

Philip Nunez, Saturday, 3 February 2018 01:31 (ten months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Oh hey there's a European Speedrunner Assembly marathon going on right now https://www.twitch.tv/esamarathon

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:44 (nine months ago) Permalink

was coming in to post that 4-2 mini-doc. it really is fascinating, just how much time and effort is spent breaking down the inner workings of Super Mario Bros. just to shave a third of a second off a world record time

frogbs, Sunday, 25 February 2018 19:27 (nine months ago) Permalink

decisive intervention of xx_420_blazit_xx was great to see

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Sunday, 25 February 2018 20:19 (nine months ago) Permalink


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