The Roman Scroll of Chameleons

Improvement has always been a tenable object that many have striven for over the course of history. These improvements come either in the form of efficiency or qualitative thought, but rarely together. Oh wait, that was my lecture from a class I just taught. Anyways, speedruns are meant to be improved on and ‘AntonioPeremin’ decided that he did not conquer …

An Update As Random as the Guy Posting Today

How’s it going, everyone? I’m MAS8705 and I will be helping out with the Front Page for today. While I might not be as well known in the speedrunning community, I have submitted a few runs that have been featured on the site: These runs include Fire Man from Megaman Powered Up, Crash Tag Team Racing, and Naughty Bear: Panic …

Don’t Tell Her Your Name, Kimmy!

Contra III to common belief, I am not Alien to the meanest levels of punnery. It is, after all, a basic part of the speedrunner’s parLance! I know this kinda stuff can result in Flame Wars, but that’s only fitting, because this game isn’t TOO far away from a frame one. Improving (by six seconds) on hotly contested runs like …

Fly, Skip, and a Hop

My brother and I have spent countless hours in the Might and Magic universe, primarily in the first three Heroes of Might and Magic games. We return to Enroth in Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer in order to figure out why there’s a giant crystal in the middle of a city. ‘Snabel’ gives us a quick tour through the …

Divine Divinity… Marble Marble… Rumbly Rumble… Metal Metal

I remember about the only one – the first one – of the idiosynchratic Larian Entertainment’s Divinity RPG-hack-‘n’-slashers I’ve played that it had a distinctly imbalanced skill tree. That’s no wonder, since their aim was to incorporate a large smörgåsbord of options suiting the three main playstyles, with both ranged and melee combat fleshed out, all the while dealing with …

That DEATH Cat’s Gonna Make Me Fall Prey (2017) to Gift Falsehood Hollow!

If and only if you’re a giant weeaboo, you will no doubt feel patronized for me telling you this, but Yu-Gi-Oh! is some kind of anime, probably also a manga and most certainly a video game (or a hundred billion). It’s apparently more mature than Pokémon with something called Shadow Games and talk about DEATH. Yu-Gi-Oh! isn’t actually something you …

Modes of Transport

Cars, airplanes, rockets, hookshots, super arrows, teleportation, and good old walking are just some of the ways we get from Point A to Point B in video games. Sometimes we stay in bounds, other times we break the game’s reality and forego collision detection and other such impediments. Today’s runs all feature different means of travel; some direct and some …

Shockingly Pink, Shockingly Tasty

The times are extremely interesting for the retinue of cyberpunk masterpiece System Shock and fans of so-called immersive sims in general. If you’ve been buying once-lost adventure and RPG titles from GOG recently, there’s a chance you’ve been enjoying enhancements coded in by a certain Night Dive Studios and their sub-contractors (contractees?). Modern resolutions and compatibility, bug fixes and improved UIs …

Was the Third Dimension Invented Before or After Color?

(this update was requested to be published anonymously) Catapulted back to pop culture fame by Toy Story, the line of generic action figures endearingly called Army Men garnered enough attention for 3DO to license the toys for their own video game series that continues to this day. Utilizing strange tactics such as rolling through minefields and sidestepping tank rounds, ‘ZEN_Ivan’ …

Was the Third Dimension Invented Before or After Color?

(this update was requested to be published anonymously) Catapulted back to pop culture fame by Toy Story, the line of generic action figures endearingly called Army Men garnered enough attention for 3DO to license the toys for their own video game series that continues to this day. Utilizing strange tactics such as rolling through minefields and sidestepping tank rounds, ‘ZEN_Ivan’ …

99.99% Fail Rate Means You Did It

…and it only took you 10 000 attempts! In that childish and annoying race to be first at all things, Jordan ‘Greenalink’ Greener makes a semi-continuation appearance with Blaster Master Zero, a 0:08:26 run that forced us into drastic renovations (i.e. digging out a new virtual room for Switch runs). In Zero, you’re given that old supertank Sophia III of every adolescent’s …

SBD for You and Me

Hello friends. Do you need more teleportation in your life? Have you grown weary of walking in the light? Do you yearn to hide in the shadows and find your way through testing chambers, risking certain death if you are seen? Are computers and moving platforms your only friends? If any or all the above apply to you, then please …

Just an announcement…

Here is an interesting survey for speedrun fans and runners created by some members of the greater speedrunning community. If you have the time, please help them out with your thoughts and opinions! Note that the deadline is this Friday, the 14th. The second thing happening this Friday is there will be some server downtime due to shifting the physical …

The Stragglers

Daylight had broken. Almost. The last fading embers, transformed from a youthful, pale birch into gaudy, poignant shades of the upper tiers of rainbows; sizzling in the extreme, a devilish red; now softening ang graying like the twilight of man; committed their nightly act of untroubling, lay unstirred, eagerly prepared an un-ceremony for a final self-effaced donation to that which …

Quest for Glololollololory

I’ve long since unofficially dubbed (and will officially, once elected Head of Enough Many Things) the less monotone version of Robin Hood from the Quest for Glories “Trollface”. It’s cuz of that win screen… I say less monotone because of the clothing but also for the blank sheet of a perfectly malleable RPG character. I’ve written on the series before …

Tactical Espionage Action… in plain sight.

Some believe it is a point of pride to remain anonymous while causing change, to be in the shadows unseen while molding the fate of the world. The ninja, the commando, the guy who decides every few years that eggs are good for you, then bad for you, then good again… But there comes a level of ability in the …

A Secret Splinter Update

For the record, the Mega Man X run from last update wasn’t the WR (an error that owes to differences in timing), but the latest WR is held by the same person anyway. We know James Earl Jones is not Lord Vader’s body, just his voice, and so the rest of the cast had to keep a straight face playing …

There’s a semi-clever pun in here somewhere that’s not in my hand

The Teen provides versatility as a video game character: there isn’t much a teenager couldn’t conceivably effect in the world of material objects and their interactions – as an adventure game – yet possessing the better (worse?) half of his naivete so as to lend a subject to silly slapstick and floundering failure. You’ll recall Ron Gilliam’s Threepwood was one …

PJ Wins and Loses (Part 2)

Welcome back my friends to the PJ update express! It’s time to see what other games have received the PJ treatment. First, let’s take a look at Hyperzone. PJ gave us a run of this game a few years ago and his time has been improved by ‘AggroSky’. The improvement in this run comes from manipulating the scoring system to …