Watching Speedruns

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Instead of playing games myself, I’ve been chilling out and watching a lot of speedruns lately. I’ve always been interested in speedrunning and would love to try it myself, but… it’s complicated.

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I haven’t watched speedruns in a while. I go in spurts when watching them and I’m definitely in one now. So far, I’ve watched four speedruns – two of them were Paper Mario, the third was Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, and the fourth was Luigi’s Mansion.

All of these were from Games Done Quick. They have a charity event twice a year, which I didn’t know about. I watched the two Paper Mario runs from 2016 and 2017 and the second Paper Mario game was from 2018.

They have a winter event called Awesome Games Done Quick in January and a summer event in June called Summer Games Done Quick. So, 2019’s winter event has already come and gone. I’m going through the games they played and already watched Luigi’s Mansion.

Voting for the games for the summer session will be opening at the end of the month and I’m excited to get more involved.

As I said, I’ve always enjoyed speedruns but have never been too into it to really know what’s going on and get involved. I’m hoping to do so for the summer event. I’d love to be on top of that news and follow some new Twitch streamers as well.

Paper Mario is one of my all-time favorite games and while it takes me about 24 hours to do a normal run, these guys beat the game in about 3-4 hours. Minimal glitches were used and some of them looked fairly “easy” though I know they’re not.

They explained things pretty well and honestly, I think I’d like to give some of those techniques a try. I’ve always liked to see how fast I can get through a game that I know like the back of my hand. I also like to go through the whole game and enjoy it. But I wouldn’t mind trying out one or two glitches just for the sake of trying it.

I don’t know why I enjoy speedruns so much. In all honesty, I had turned on the first Paper Mario speedrun because I had an itch to play it myself and I wanted to listen to the music. But, I had work to do, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone.

Now I’m going down a rabbit hole of speedruns. But it’s fine because it’s a lot of fun and the speedrunners are super talented.

Do you watch speedruns? Have you ever tried one yourself? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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7 thoughts on “Watching Speedruns

  1. Went too far down the comment reply rabbit hole to reply to my message. But reading your bit about speedruns made me think of a quote from Brian Eno about the evolution of art and technology that is tangentially related.

    “So much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.”

    Watching speedrunners of the glitch or non-glitch variety is fascinating to me because of the way they push the limits and break the original design intent.

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