Over the past week, I’ve been watching a crap ton of archived speedruns from the two Games Done Quick events that happen each year: Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ) and Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ). I love watching these superhuman gamers destroy some of the games I love. I’m never not impressed with their optimized routes and skips.
But, not to make this a heated topic, I noticed there were almost no female runners. The only one I’ve seen so far was SanGillespie running Silent Hill 2. I’m sure there are plenty of female speedrunners out there, but I’ve not come across them yet. I did notice one female Resident Evil speedrunner on the couch commentating on a Resident Evil 2 speedrun, but that was it.
I am decent at playing games. I’m not amazing, and I’m not terrible, but I can hold my own (unless we are talking about the Crucible in Destiny which I routinely suck at). I’ve been thinking of ways lately that I’d like to forcibly push myself out of my comfort zone, and I think I’d like to try my hand at speedrunning no matter how terrible I might be at it.
I’d simply like to try.
The first game that came to mind to attempt would be a compact experience I quite enjoyed: The Park. It’s not terribly long, and I’d love to find out how to optimize a run of it. I know the vast majority of speedruns I see are on PC (which isn’t much of an option for me), but I’d like to find a handful of games to try on console. I’d also need to find a way to capture them for submission.
The Park would be an interesting one to try. Even if I came nowhere close to a competitive time, I’d love to see what I could do. I’d also like to try one of my favorite games of the GameCube/PS2 era: Disney’s Haunted Mansion. I also wouldn’t mind trying anything Destiny-related.
Right now, the record for The Park is 18m 40s. I’m sure I wouldn’t get anywhere close to that, but I’d love to start looking into optimized runs to see what I could do.
The record for Disney’s Haunted Mansion is 1h 05m. It’s been years since I played the game so I’d need some heavy refreshers. I have the game for both PS2 as well as GameCube, but I no longer have a GameCube. So I’d need to do some research into which platform to attempt it on and proceed from there.
I’d also need to look into some sort of capture or streaming device for the older consoles. I am not that brand of tech-savvy, so I’d welcome any and all help there.
As for Destiny, it looks like the speedruns are broken down by mission/strike/etc. Of any of these games, I’ve arguably had the most experience with Destiny. I could easily try to push myself to see what times I could get.
I have no illusions that I’d be a great speedrunner. I just feel inspired by these folks that crush times and I’d like to push myself to do it if for no other reason than to see if I could. If I don’t try, I’ll never know.
Have you ever wanted to speedrun a game? If so, which game? Also, what will you be playing this weekend?
I will be playing some Wolfenstein: The New Order, Destiny, and hopefully some Killing Floor 2 here and there. And perhaps Tales From the Borderlands. A buffet of differing experiences.
Cheers to all the weekend warriors!