Anyone vaguely interested Speed Runs?

#1 Edited by ArbitraryWater (12663 posts) -

Although I know I could never actually do any of the crazy things I see (personally, my bragging rights consist of finishing Resident Evil DS in less than an hour), I'm the kind of person who enjoys watching people beat games stupid fast, sometimes through serious memorization and practice (Super Mario Bros in 5 minutes flat), sometimes through serious and brutal exploitation of the game engine (Dragon Age in 35 minutes?). In any case, I was wondering if anyone else finds these kinds of things entertaining. Here's an example of what I'm talking about:


Edit: Gaaahhh. My thread title is grammatically incorrect.
#2 Posted by GunslingerPanda (5030 posts) -

Links to more? Having trouble sleeping, lol.

#3 Posted by Hailinel (25787 posts) -

I enjoy a good speed run, but I hate tool-assisted runs.  That just loses the point of it.

#4 Posted by ajamafalous (12393 posts) -

I like watching speedruns.

#5 Posted by Linkin10362 (636 posts) -

I beat Shadow Complex in 47 minutes, got me to 7th place on the leaderboards back when the game came out, but now I believe I am at 40th....

#6 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11949 posts) -

I once speed ran through MGS4 in a couple hours. Watching speed runs is usually as far as my involvement goes though. 

#7 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12663 posts) -
@GunslingerPanda: Here's where I find most of them.  Personally, the singular most mindblowing one for me was Might and Magic VI in 45 minutes, but that speed run really only makes sense because I have played the game before.
@Hailinel: Same here, oddly enough. Watching someone abuse save states to save a few minutes isn't nearly as impressive as someone who get's a slightly higher time legitimately, because you know the second person is batshit crazy.

#8 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -

I'm sometimes interested in the methods of doing these runs, like the backwards long jumps you see in every Super Mario 64 speedrun. Damn it, I wish I could pull that crap off!

#9 Posted by Cwaff (1316 posts) -

I would watch them, performing them isn't my style.. it becomes too technical for my liking.

#10 Posted by SuperfluousMoniker (2906 posts) -

I love watching speedruns, and like to attempt single level speedruns from time to time. Doing entire games is usually a little masochistic for my taste. I've done it for Mega Man 9 and 10 before though, those are a little less rough because you can save and load if you mess up instead of having to start all over, though the Wiley levels have to be finished in a single segment. It's been a while since I've tried, but I beat Mega Man 9 in under 35 minutes once. Not spectacular but it felt like an accomplishment.

#11 Posted by GunslingerPanda (5030 posts) -

Lol, that Dragon Age one must be wrong: He started in the Fade? What?

#12 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12663 posts) -
@GunslingerPanda: No, as part of the mage origin story you totally go into the fade. Sorry to burst your bubble.
#13 Posted by GunslingerPanda (5030 posts) -
@ArbitraryWater: Shows how long it's been since I played that game!
#14 Posted by DeathbyYeti (785 posts) -

I was thinking about creating a Speed Run thread and found this. i will revive this thread! I wonder if there is a good New Vegas speed run yet.

#15 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8020 posts) -

I actually have a strong interest in speedrunning....I am fascinated by the Super Metroid speedrunning scene in particular.

#16 Posted by Scooper (7920 posts) -

Love watching them but I don't like to play a game like that and if I do a try and play a game fast, like SMB1, I won't try and memorize the best route or anything crazy or try ridicules tricks and things, I'll just try and run through the game as fast as I can. I'd be too afraid that I'd get absorbed and obsessive like some of the people's speedruns I watch.

#17 Posted by MisterChief (832 posts) -

I'll watch really short speed runs or longer ones if they have commentary.

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