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#1 Posted by DriveupLife (909 posts) -

Play the same game over and over for a silly record? Sounds like a complete waste of time to me. Don't those gamers have anything better to do, like play games for fun?

#2 Edited by konig_kei (597 posts) -

Play the same game over and over for a silly record

#3 Posted by StaticFalconar (4849 posts) -

Well, you see my dear lad. Way back then these games cost a lot of what some people would call money. And, there was also this thing called poor people. Don't forget about the little thing called really good games.

So when you combine all of these factors, the poor guy that got his one game for probably the next 6 months if not the year, will have to play the fuck out of his really good game. Speed runs of Mario, Metriod, etc are the most common games. You never really see speed run of say Army of two and Kane and lynch.

#4 Posted by believer258 (11682 posts) -

I can understand a certain sense of satisfaction from knowing a game so well that you can beat it in 20 minutes. However, I do not have the patience to ever do a proper speed run. It's not my thing at all.

#5 Posted by fang273 (192 posts) -

Play the same game over and over for a silly record?

Do you not understand why anyone plays any competitive or racing game? Hint: They find it fun..

#6 Posted by Camling (70 posts) -

I think the argument "Sounds like a complete waste of time to me" could be applied to anything from climbing mountains, running marathons, swimmming across the English Channel to bungee jumping or racing on a circuit.

Sooo... people do it because they can, and want to? Also, why do you assume it isn't (at least when they are successful) fun for them?

#7 Posted by LTSmash (604 posts) -

It's enjoyable to watch people who are the very best at what they do.

#8 Posted by Turtlebird95 (2313 posts) -

Uh, because it's fun?

#9 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (5268 posts) -

Time, Lots of time.

#10 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

Well, speedrunning can vastly add to the replayability of a game. I've S-ranked Dark Souls and I still go back to it to try to pul off crazy tricks I see in speedruns.

@ltsmash said:

It's enjoyable to watch people who are the very best at what they do.

This, too. I love seeing people completely break how a game is designed to be played.

#11 Posted by Irvandus (2826 posts) -

For fun.

#12 Posted by Xolare (1274 posts) -

@irvandus said:

For fun.

Why would anyone play games for fun? What are you, crazy or something?

#13 Posted by SlashDance (1806 posts) -

#14 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11495 posts) -

I think it's super fun watching someone either play a game incredibly skillfully or break it in the most insane ways possible, and I bet the people doing such things find it fun. I certainly enjoy trying to unlock the infinite rocket launcher in any given Resident Evil game.

#15 Posted by TooWalrus (13139 posts) -

Fun. Challenge. A sense of accomplishment.

#16 Posted by colorbrandon (160 posts) -
#17 Edited by Clonedzero (4091 posts) -

the challenge and fun of it.

I beat Fallout 1 in like 15 minutes.

#18 Posted by joshwent (2143 posts) -

@driveuplife: Most modern speed runs you see utilise bugs/exploits to complete a game in a ridiculously short time. I think there are videos of finishing Morrowind (a potentially 80+ hour game) in like 15 minutes. A crazy feat, but they're of course missing all of the actual game, so I absolutely understand the feeling that subverting "how the game was meant to be played" could seem unfun, but consider this...

Understanding a game intimately enough to break it is discovering a weird depth that almost everyone else who's played the game is ignorant of. It makes you the person that has knowledge of something that potentially no one else out of millions of gamers has. A lot of the bugs are things that the developers were aware of and just figured no one would discover, so in a way, it's bringing the gamer closer to the developers and the real hidden quirks of a beloved title. Also, I'm sure almost every speed runner has played a game "normally" before attempting a speed run, so they've had that intended fun already. It's just another way of getting that much more entertainment out of something you love.

#19 Posted by Itwongo (1132 posts) -

Achievements. Trophies. High scores. Speed run records.

#20 Posted by davidwitten22 (1708 posts) -

Why do people do anything in life?

#21 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

Because people enjoy it? The records are one thing, but these people enjoy mastering stuff.

#22 Edited by ShaggE (6348 posts) -

First, explain why people are so concerned about other people's hobbies. Sounds like a complete waste of time to me.

#23 Posted by CaLe (3916 posts) -

I think some have mental health problems and others do it for competition.

#24 Posted by ilovebees (75 posts) -

@slashdance: That was pretty crazy. I wonder how people find this stuff out.

#25 Edited by aajf (223 posts) -

As someone who is seriously into high score games, I think the idea of effectively turning any game into a high score chase is pretty swell, not to mention how compelling it is to watch people execute tricky sections of runs and shave seconds off split times.

@slashdance: Gotta love Cosmo. He makes some pretty handy money every time he starts streaming on twitch. The financial rewards that a few speed runners have found might well be part of the reason so many others try their hand at it too.

#26 Posted by JZ (2125 posts) -

Just to spite you

#27 Posted by frankfartmouth (1016 posts) -

It's the same reason Michael Phelps trains incessantly to be able to swim back and forth in a pool over and over again 1.8 seconds faster than someone else: to do it, to be the guy on top.

Competition is fun and rewarding. The stakes are obviously higher with pro sports and the such, but the idea's the same: people trying to execute a task better and faster than someone else. That can be fun no matter what it is; speedruns are certainly no exception.

They've never been my thing, they obviously aren't the OPs. But I can certainly see how it would be fun and challenging.

#28 Posted by PandaBear (1310 posts) -

I think it's super fun watching someone either play a game incredibly skillfully or break it in the most insane ways possible, and I bet the people doing such things find it fun. I certainly enjoy trying to unlock the infinite rocket launcher in any given Resident Evil game.

This.

And besides, if you really break it down what is the point in entertainment of any kind other than to, you know, entertain. Don't be so judgmental of what makes other people happy.

#29 Posted by MikkaQ (10269 posts) -

Probably the same reason anyone plays video games, to have fun.

#30 Posted by HerbieBug (4212 posts) -

Fun. Challenge. A sense of accomplishment.

Yep. And also, routing a speed run and picking apart the little eccentricities of any given game is really satisfying. That stuff is fun for me. Sort of in the same way I really enjoy dismantling a perfectly functional bicycle and putting it back together again with different parts from another bicycle that I have also dismantled. :)

Who says the only way to play video games is to blow through single player once and never touch it again?

#31 Edited by BeachThunder (11719 posts) -

Mastering a game/optimising something as far as possible is enjoyable and satisfying to a lot of people. Also, if you want to play a game for a second (third, fourth, etc...) time then challenging yourself to play it in a different way is fun.

#32 Posted by stryker1121 (1355 posts) -

Not very interested in watching speed runs if exploits or bugs are used. Somebody beat Oblivion by falling through the floor the Imperial Temple of some such.. I just don't find that kind of thing interesting, but a non-exploit speed run of something like Ninja Gaiden (NES) would be more interesting to watch, just b/c of the massive amount of skill it takes to burn through that game.

#33 Edited by tourgen (4432 posts) -

"People like something I don't like. They are dumb! Why are they wasting their time with being dumb?"

I'm not trying to be asshole but you sound like a 5 year old.

#34 Posted by Dethfish (3630 posts) -

A lot of the people who speed run games do so because that's the only way they find that game fun anymore. They've put so much time into playing it normally that they're bored, but they still really like the game so they've moved on to trying to play it perfectly.

#35 Posted by Breadfan (6589 posts) -

The only game I could really speed run was Shadow Complex. There's just something appealing about it.

#36 Posted by Clonedzero (4091 posts) -

@breadfan said:

The only game I could really speed run was Shadow Complex. There's just something appealing about it.

Oh man! i should replay that!

#37 Posted by WarlordPayne (694 posts) -

Once you've played a game so many times that the normal rules are too easy, you have to make up your own rules to increase the challenge.

#38 Edited by BisonHero (6235 posts) -

@colorbrandon said:

@driveuplife: Because racing is a thing.

This is literally the only post required in this thread.

"Why do people stack cups competitively?"

Because racing is a thing.

"Why do people solve Rubik's cubes competitively?"

Because racing is a thing.

#39 Posted by dudeglove (7688 posts) -

Because it's, like, breaking the mold of the game devs, guys. Fucking fascist developers can't tell me what to do with their "level design" bullshit.

#40 Edited by Darji (5294 posts) -

Because they are stuck in the past and dont want to play newer and better games. Instead they are playing the same games over and over again.

#41 Edited by JoeyRavn (4949 posts) -

Guys, guys. I think we all go trolled by @driveuplife...

@darji said:

Because they are stuck in the past and dont want to play newer and better games. Instead they are playing the same games over and over again.

Hint: speedrunners also play modern games. So I have no fucking clue what you're talking about.

#42 Edited by SomeJerk (3158 posts) -

It's human nature to actively seek out to improve ones skills.

It's also really fun to sequence break the hell out of a game, on purpose. Out of bounds glitching in The Last of Us is wicked.

#43 Edited by Sursh (243 posts) -

the skillful speedruns can be genuinely awesome at times; the ones who glitch it up are nothing but cockwhisks.

#44 Edited by RedCream (704 posts) -

For the kicks

#45 Posted by jimmy_p (278 posts) -
#46 Posted by Lydian_Sel (2481 posts) -

For the lolz?

#47 Edited by kerse (2103 posts) -

Just because something doesn't sound fun to you, doesn't mean other people won't find it fun.

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#48 Posted by GaspoweR (2830 posts) -

For fun. I remember that I liked playing Prince of Persia: Sands of Time a lot that it got to a point that I could beat the entire game in four hours. Usually, it would be because that's the only game you played a lot for an extended period of time, it's similar to how one gets better at competitive games.

#49 Edited by EvilNiGHTS (1093 posts) -

Why does anyone do anything, really?

#50 Edited by Fearbeard (824 posts) -

They probably like the challenge of it. First you need to learn the routine, then you need to execute it flawlessly. Not the way I play games, but I don't have the discipline for it.