Endurance is...Fatbomb (January 2013)

So, the previous bundle of words that I pushed to you via the information superhighway was a bust. The one and only comment I received on it was from my good self, not that I’m blaming YOU, deary me, no! In fact, it was during the very first edition of this epic undertaking that I did indeed state that this whole sorry saga would primarily be for my own benefit. Something to allow me to uncork the plug from my brain and pour out any excess thoughts into a pool. A pool that I could then reflect upon later. A reflecting pool. AAAAARRGHIKNNNNNNOOOOOWWWWW!!!

Stocks are down. Money are down. All are down.

Do. Not. Fear.

I have the sweet sweet tonic that you need to calm your fears, settle your wearied mind and to soothe your cantankerous soul. So, if you please very much; take a seat right there and loosen up those tight, stifling clothes (yeah...yeah, just like that) and take this hot cup of what I got.

Let’s kick off this brand NEW edition OF the FATBOMB! 2013! WE DOING IT! YEAH!

If you were expecting, nay, requiring the best wrought and written words that I've ever produced for this series of blogs, then I'm afraid I must let you know upfront that you are about to be mighty be disappointed. Once again I had to rush this mother out there in somewhat of a state of incompleteness, and for that I am sorry. I need to get some polish to rub all over the next edition.

Gotta go fast

This month I are mostly been playing Sleeping Dogs and XCOM: Enemy Unknown, both of which I acceptably completed in my opinion, although I've yet to reach for the 100% in either game...yet. Now watch out, because the bunch of games that I'm going list are definitely not in any sort of state of completion, and will, in all probability, require the rest of this year for me to get through (not enough good games to play throughout the year of 2013, hmm?). These games are these:

  1. Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit.

With all that being writ, it’s actually a gaming-related pastime, and it is only tangentially related to the sport of gaming, that’s been taking up quite a bit of my free time these past few weeks. Consider yourselves fairly warned with these words; it can be addictive to the soul, obsessively compulsive to the brain, and a surly temptress luring your eyes and fingers to their very doom. I am, of course, talking about...

Speedrunning.

  • Take a video game you know and love.
  • Now destroy it in every conceivable way. Strip it back to its bits and bytes, learn everything that maketh the game the very thing that it is. Use that knowledge to reorder the very nature of its being. Master it. Over and over and over again.
  • Then do that about 40 or 50 times over the course of many months and several years.
  • And you’re good to go!

Sounds scary, right? I know, I know, it was and continues to be consistently terrifying to my every sense. BUT ALSO SO VERY RIGHT. I encourage you all to take a look at the fantastic feats of these glorious girls and guys whom create a video game playing experience very much not of this world.

Whilst I had been aware of the scene for a few years, it had never really sparked a further interest or deeper appreciation within me. That is, not until I bore witness to the events that unfolded during the live annual charity event put on by the two biggest websites in the sport, SpeedRunsLive and Speed Demos Archive. This extravaganza of speed is a non-stop cavalcade of gaming for an entire week. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. Seeing such a multitude of different games and the ways in which they could be bent to their runner's will was astounding, the skill and effort that was on display meant that I could not help myself in signing up with SRL and SDA before the very first day was out.

Does anyone here have the bug for running? Were you even aware that this was even a thing? Let me know, so we can take each other's hands and lead ourselves into this dark land.

I wholeheartedly apologise to Alan Seeger, his family, his friends. Everyone, really.

Here are some vidcon video links to give you a taste:

SpeedRunsLive

Speed Demos Archive

Awesome Games Done Quick 2013 VOD Part 1

Awesome Games Done Quick 2013 VOD Part 2

Batsu

Custom Valves

Fall down this wonderful hole with me, go on...I dare thee! If you brave this dangerous journey then you too can have sick art all up in your Steam libraries. Don't know how to do this wonderful thing? Well, all you have to do is 1. Load up Steam 2. Select Grid View from the top right corner of your library, that'll make all the games turn into pictures 3. From there, simply right click on any one of those pictures and select Set Custom Image 4. Pick your poison, and it's off to the races you go!

I did these, for example:

Once you go textless you never go backness. It is truly a work of art to see all these works of art displayed in a fashion that treats the eyes to a veritable feast of colour and shape. Join me or die. If/when you do come to your senses and you want to give this a right good go yourself, all you have to do is make your objet d'art fit inside a 460x215 sized image file (png for life).

Mega Big Neogaf thread about this whole thing, with lots of icons

An online repository of icons, with search function

A Skydrive with a bunch of icons

Rocking around the clock

So, playing video games whilst streaming them out to the world using the Internet? THat’s never been done before, right!? Well, I’ll break this newly sodden ground with my hoe of virtue and get right on that thing. Soon. Soon. To that end, I propose that anyone and everyone reading this thing should help me decide on which games I should play within a set period of time. A period of time around, let’s say, TWENTY AND FOUR HUMAN HOURS? Oh, and for charity of something, I guess.

For some reason I have it in my head that I should play 24 games within those 24 hours. I don’t know why, maybe I won’t because it’s really stupid. Maybe not. Either way, I’d like some input on what might be cool to show the whole world. If the whole world had undergone a near-total annihilation by Mega Virus, leaving about four people left alive to actually watch my stream.

Some of these games have had a few hours put into them, whilst others have nought but scant few minutes devoted to them. The one thing they do all share is that I have not reached the kill screen on any of them. Because of my ineptitude and lack of coolness, I'm still not quite sure as to whether or not I should be making my way through a larger volume of smaller games (just to give them a go) or if I should just duder up and actually complete, say, two or three larger games (to be totally sick). Suggestions to me on a SAE.

Video games which came out three or more years ago count as older. Video games which didn't, count as newer. The dates y’all see down below are when the game came out, and the platform you see down yonder is the platform I own aforementioned game upon.

Older video games

  • Too Human (2008 on Xbox 360)
  • Quake 4 (2005 on Xbox 360)
  • Syndicate (1993 on PC)
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (2012 on X360)
    • Metal Gear Solid 2 (2002)
    • Metal Gear Solid 3 (2005)
    • Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker (2010)
  • Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City (2010 on PC)
    • Lost and Damned (2010)
    • Ballad of Gay Tony (2010)
  • Darksiders (2010 on PC)
  • Batman Arkham Asylum (2009 on PC)
  • 3D Dot Heroes (2010 on PS3)
  • Dead Space (2008 on PS3)
  • Zeno Clash (2009 on PC)
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War (2004 on PC)
  • Demon's Souls (2010 on PS3)
  • Blade Runner (1997 on PC)
  • Rez HD (2008 on X360)
  • Wipeout HD Fury (2009 on PS3)
  • The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection (2011 on PS3)
    • Ico (2002)
    • Shadow of the Colossus (2006)

Newer video games

  • Halo 4 (2012 on X360)
  • Syndicate (2012 on X360)
  • Hitman: Absolution (2012 on PC)
  • Kentucky Route Zero (2013 on PC)
  • Dishonored (2012 on PC)
  • Darksiders II (2012 on PC)
  • Batman Arkham City (2011 on PC)
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (2013 on PS3)
  • The Gunstringer (2011 on X360)
  • Killzone 3 (2011 on PS3)
  • Dark Souls (2011 on X360)
  • Dragon's Dogma (2012 on X360)

I'll try not to be late with these bloody things again. I swear. Really really really. No, I mean it this time, you just gotta believe me, man. I-I just need a bit more time, okay? I’ll get your money, okay! PUH-P-PLEASE DON’T KILL ME AND MY FAMILY!!

Peace up and out duders!

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(I promise nothing)

They make chocolate with popcorn inside it now.

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Posted by Dethfish

Speed running has been taking up a lot of my free time lately too. Not so much doing it, but watching it. Siglemic (probably one of the most famous speed runners) has recently switched from playing Super Mario 64 to Ocarina of Time. I find watching him try and learn how to speed run a new game fascinating for some reason. I used to "speed run" Super Metroid when I was younger. I got alright at it, but it was nothing compared to people who do it for real. I've thought about giving another shot, or maybe trying something new like Bastion, or something a little more convoluted like getting all gold medals in Trials Evo.

Also, that custom images in steam thing is pretty cool. Now I'm going to spend way to much time messing with that.

Edited by Fattony12000

@Dethfish: Me too, doing a lot of watching at this early stage. Along with sifting through lists of hundreds of shit games that I can hopefully score a WR in. Someday.

Hah, the custom Steam icon thing is fun way to drown some sorrows, as well as create a few new ones.

Thanks for reading!

THEY'RE ACTUALLY WATCHING ANY% OOT RIGHT NOW ON http://www.giantbomb.com/chat/!

Posted by Vonocourt

I'm seriously thinking of buying a copy of Van Helsing for the ps2, because I remember waking up and finishing the game in under twenty minutes before heading off to school. Probably won't, I'm sure most of the people who are interested in speed running after AGDQ wont get far in their attempts, like me.

Posted by Fattony12000

@Vonocourt: Even if us plebs can just get a tiny taste of the sweet sweet nightmare fuel that is speedrunning, then everything will be fine in the world. Not everyone can run in the 100m sprint at the Olympics, but a lot of people still like to run about a little bit, now and again.

WHY WOULD YOU SEEK TO DENY THEM THIS SMALL PLEASURE IN THEIR LIVES?

It does very much seem like a pastime that directs you down the path of concentrating your time and effort primarily on a small number of games, rather than trying to "stay current". It does mean you get a shit ton more than your money's worth out of OOT, if you're playing that thing backwards and forwards for about 1200 hours.

Posted by Thoseposers

Similar to the grid view i fell down a hole from the neogaf custom box art thread, i have yet to create my own or print any but any time i see things like that i am super tempted to print up ones for every game i own.

Edited by Fattony12000

@thoseposers: Do it. Join us. Muhahaha!

Hey, you're a duder who tweeted about/emailed into/sent a question to the Whiskey Media Intern Podcast™ all those years ago, aren't you?

Posted by Thoseposers

@fattony12000 i did haha, i think it had something to do with the interns making out or something?

Posted by Fattony12000

@fattony12000 i did haha, i think it had something to do with the interns making out or something?

Man, I'm getting hot just thinking about it.

Hmm...it seems that I now have a subject for my next blog...

Posted by MistaSparkle

Americans get a decent amount of shit for enjoying pointless reality shows, and the more I learn about Japanese tv, the more I feel these wacky game shows are their equivalent. Now, I'm in no position to argue against Japanese game shows because, let's face it they're amazing works of art. BUT, don't you think Japan ever get's tired of them, the way we do of reality shows? I just realized over the course of writing this that this is the reason we have anime...

Also, I would love to see some of the original Syndicate being played on your aforementioned charity stream, if you decide on doing it!

Posted by Fattony12000

@mistasparkle: Everything is the reason we have anime. I do think you're somewhat right about that kind of show maybe being a thing over in Japan. Just like in the UK, shitty (but still very popular) soap operas and period dramas are our thing. There's probably a show in some country that's dedicated to showing what popular shows from other countries are like, and that's their thing.

With regards to Syndicate...

I will do a stream! Just for you! And charity too! I suppose!

Seeing as all I really need as an incentive to do stupid things is a slight nudge/wink from someone other than myself to get the ball rolling. I will start rolling my balls and bring you some news on my plans for a Video Thing, later this month.

Thanks for reading!