This past weekend was all about sleeping at the wrong times. If it was daylight, I was asleep for absurdly long periods of time. If it was dark out, I was awake. But, in those wee hours of the night, I was watching speedruns.
There is an amazing group of speedrunning folks called Games Done Quick and, twice a year, they do week-long events for charity. For more information, please check out their official website.
I hadn’t seen many speedruns from their last event (they do one in winter called Awesome Games Done Quick and their summer event is called Summer Games Done Quick), so I watched several. Some of my favorites were survival horror games: F.E.A.R., Silent Hill 4: The Room, and Silent Hill 3. Those speedrunners are unbelievable. They inspire me to want to look into speedrunning, myself! The first game that comes to mind to consider speedrunning is an older game, but one I have a particular fondness for: Disney’s Haunted Mansion. It released on the GameCube and PS2 back in 2003. I’m not particularly good at it, but I’d love to challenge myself to find a way to optimize a run of it. I recall it being a well done, but underappreciated, gem.
So who knows? Lately I’ve been into finding new ways to challenge myself. I mean, I’m not getting any younger.
In fact, I’ll never be younger than I am today.
What a petrifying thought.
Anyway, I had a grand old time in the middle of the night watching speedrun after speedrun. If you’re ever interested, just look up AGDQ or SGDQ on YouTube and check out their archives of events. At one point, I just started searching for games I like to see if there were runs of them, and I ended up seeing some delightful folks speedrunning some of my favorite games.
I had had grand plans to start Wolfenstein: The New Order and several other smaller games. My nonsensical sleeping patterns put the kibosh on that. I suppose I could have been playing while I was awake at o’dark hundred, but I didn’t want to prolong my sleeplessness. So I watched speedruns instead.
Today is a new day.
Today is a day for Wolfenstein.
I have fond memories of playing the 2009 Wolfenstein, and I feel certain I will enjoy The New Order, I just need to hunker down and get in there. Also, this week a friend I play games with regularly is on vacation and he took his PS4 with him, so I anticipate some co-op gaming there. I’d love to get in some Friday the 13th, Destiny, or finally try out Killing Floor 2. No matter how things shake out, I’m glad there are so many options.
I’m also hoping to finally take a dive into Nex Machina, the latest game from Housemarque. I’ve been reading that it’s quite difficult, but I have to get in there to see all those voxels for myself.
Quick note: this week I will be ringing in the addition of my Thursday posts of miscellany. I imagine they will range from silly to serious and everywhere in between. I will never know until the day what they might hold. I’m kind of worried but kind of excited. So we’ll see how it all shakes out.
With that I ask: what are you hoping to play this week?